The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Foundation is teaming with the Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) to create an Excellence in Bioscience Teacher Initiative. Scheduled to take place in July 2015 at TGen, the new pilot program will provide teachers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with a strong fluency in cutting-edge biomedical research. An intensive, thee-day agenda will immerse them in a series of presentations, interactive discussions and practical experiences led by TGen bio-medical experts.
“We are pleased to work with the SUSD Foundation to create this educational opportunity for the SUSD,” said TGen President, Dr. Jeffrey Trent. “TGen recognizes that to fully achieve its mission we must invest in local schools to help build the pipeline of translationally-minded future scientists and physicians that will elevate Arizona in terms of health care and economic competitiveness.”
“We believe that increasing the content-knowledge, depth of understanding and insight of just one educator can benefit an exponential number of students over time,” said Brandy Wells, TGen Director of Education and Public Affairs, and former junior high school teacher. “TGen’s interest in education and outreach is to help train and inspire Arizona’s next generation of researchers and physicians. Positively impacting teachers has been an ongoing interest area for me personally. This program represents an opportunity I would have benefited from and sincerely enjoyed as a teacher. We hope this initiative can be used as a model for industry-education partnerships in the future.”
The pilot program was praised by Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane, who has overseen an expansion of bioscience efforts through the city’s Cure Corridor, a stretch of Shea Boulevard that includes hospitals, clinics and other innovative businesses dedicated to bioscience and medicine. “This new partnership is exciting and potentially powerful,” said Mayor Lane. “Combining cutting-edge research, innovation and technology with education can benefit everyone, particularly the students within the Scottsdale Unified School District. As a Mayor active within Arizona’s Bioscience industry, I see this as the perfect collaboration.”
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