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Wednesday, April 21, 2004


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NHGRI Scientists Return to the Classroom For Second Annual National DNA Day
DNA Day Ambassadors Will Encourage Students to Pursue Genomic Careers

Bethesda, Maryland — On April 30, dozens of researchers and staff from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will head back to high schools in rural and urban communities across the country to share with students some of the exciting research taking place at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The presentations by NHGRI's "DNA Day Ambassadors" will coincide with the second annual celebration of National DNA Day, which commemorates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953.

Many of the ambassadors will return to high schools in their hometowns, while some will reach out to other schools that have expressed interest in expanding their students' knowledge of genomic science. NHGRI, in cooperation with the American Society of Human Genetics, the Genetic Alliance and the National Society of Genetic Counselors, hopes that the DNA Day experience will inspire more students, particularly those from underrepresented and disadvantaged populations, to consider careers in genetics and genomics.

"As we embark on the genome era, we face an urgent need for a new generation of young scientists trained in everything from computer science to bioethics. National DNA Day is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn from real-life genome researchers how they too can become scientists and join in our effort to use genomics to improve human health," said NHGRI Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Below is a state-by-state list of DNA Day Ambassadors and their schools. To arrange an interview with an ambassador, contact Geoff Spencer, (301) 402-0911.

NHGRI Ambassador High School City State
Erin TanseyLuz Academy of TucsonTucsonAZ
Joseph WardWilson HSLos AngelesCA
Kenneth OwOakland Technical HSOaklandCA
Laura RodriguezJunipero Serra HS
Scripps Ranch HS
San Diego
San Diego
CA
CA
Barbara FullerSchool Without Walls HSWashingtonDC
Alyssa KennedyBenjamin Banneker HSWashingtonDC
Tim LeshanEastern Senior HSWashingtonDC
Aideen McInerney-LeoEastern Senior HSWashingtonDC
Erin PeckBenjamin Banneker HSWashingtonDC
James WhittleMaret SchoolWashingtonDC
Zhuang HanyiAtlantic Community HSDelray BeachFL
Milton EnglishW. J. Woodham HSPensacolaFL
Erica SuttonWoodward AcademyCollege ParkGA
Christina StrongJasper County HSMonticelloGA
Faith PangilinanColumbus HSWaterlooIA
David MillerCurie Metropolitan HSChicagoIL
David MillerNorthern Portage HSPortageIN
Meredith WeaverScituate HSScituateMA
Visiliki TsipouriSouthwestern HSBaltimoreMD
Alan GuttmacherPark HSBrooklandvilleMD
JoAnne MowczkoGaithersburg HSGaithersburgMD
Martin MendozaEleanor Roosevelt HSGreenbeltMD
Mary SchuelerHavre de GraceHavre de GraceMD
Barbara BieseckerWheaton HSSilver SpringMD
Ashley GriffinMounds View
St. Paul Central HS
Arden Hills
St. Paul
MN
MN
Jarrod HeckMinneapolis South HSMinneapolisMN
Mary LaMarcaJohn Marshall HS
Mayo HS
Rochester
Rochester
MN
MN
Caroline StuartBlaine HSBlaineMN
Belen HurleSt. Louis Career AcademySt. LouisMO
Jim SwyersRoosevelt HSSt. LouisMO
Sarah AnzickBrowning HS
Park HS
Browning
Livingston
MT
MT
Phyllis FrosstJames B. Dudley HS
T. Wingate Andrews HS
Greensboro
High Point
NC
NC
Shawn BurgessConcord HS
St. Paul's School
Concord
Concord
NH
NH
Jonathon WitonskyPrinceton HSPrincetonNJ
Erin TanseySanta Fe Indian SchoolSanta FeNM
Danielle DongSt. Ann Middle SchoolNyackNY
Sandra KamholzWestlake HSThornwoodNY
Tricia GasserThomas Worthington HSWorthingtonOH
Matthew PortnoyBensalem HS
William Tennent HS
Bensalem
Westminster
PA
PA
Marie CudocMars Area HSMarsPA
Timothy DayFort LeBoeuf HSWaterfordPA
Esther Warshauer-BakerSpring Valley HSColumbiaSC
Renee VargaLennox HSLennoxSD
Geoffroy SiskBennett County HSMartinSD
Kate ReedOakridge HSOakridgeTN
Sarah SmithJohn B. Connally HSAustinTX
Carmen PaguiriganIowa Park HSIowaTX
Robert CornelisonE.C. Glass HS
Brookville HS
Lynchburg
Lynchburg
VA
VA
Suzanna SchottAnnandale HSAnnandaleVA
Lowell UmayamFairfax HSFairfaxVA
Tess YannucciSt. Stephen and St. AgnesAlexandriaVA
Emily GottliebThe Bush School
Cleveland HS
Seattle
Seattle
WA
WA
Erin JonesGarfield HS
West Seattle HS
Seattle
Seattle
WA
WA
Elizabeth GillandersSt. Mary's Spring HSFond du LacWI
Reid PrenticeCheyenne Central HS
Cheyenne East HS
Cheyenne
Cheyenne
WY
WY

To help teachers and students make the most of National DNA Day, NHGRI also has developed free, educational tools on genetics and genomics, which are available at www.genome.gov/DNAday.

NHGRI is one of the 27 institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Additional information about NHGRI can be found at its Web site, www.genome.gov.


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