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Laboratory Focus November 2011

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PHARMACEUTIC AL C LINIC AL C HEMIC AL FOOD ENVIRONMENT 2011 Readers' Choice Awards Page 8 MARKHAM TEACHER AWARDED PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING GENOMICS NOVEMBER 2011 Volume 15, Number 6 R&D News ......................... 1 Pharma Notes .................... 6 Appointments .................... 7 New Products ..................14 Calendar ..........................17 Career Spotlight...............18 encourage tomorrow's generation of scientists, as well as educating all students about the power of genom- ics, ensuring tomorrow's generation is informed about this life-changing area that will undoubtedly play a greater role in health care options, the state of the environment, and the availability and quality of crops for food." The OGI Genomics Teaching Prize Jacqueline Ross (Left) of Thornlea Secondary School receiving the Genomics Teaching Prize from Dr. Alison Symington, VP Outreach, Ontario Genomics Institute. The Ontario Genomics Institute (OGI) has named Thornlea Second- ary School teacher Jacqueline Ross as the recipient of its 2011 Genom- ics Teaching Prize. Ross has been teaching for 17 years and over the last five years has developed a laboratory-based biotechnology course, which is unique to the York Regional Dis- trict School Board. In addition to the development of the course, Ross secures external guest lec- turers and leading scientists in their field to speak to her class about the science of genomics and the societal implications of such research. She also arranges Publications Mail Registration Number: 40052410 for her students to attend field trips to Dr. Michael Gadsden's labora- tory at Seneca @ York every year where they perform genomic tech- niques such as restriction enzyme DNA analysis as well as protein characterization. "The mix of theoretical learning and practical application of scientific knowledge is just one of the reasons Jacqueline was awarded the teach- ing prize," said Dr. Mark Poznansky, president and CEO, OGI. "Teachers like Jacqueline are incredibly impor- tant in engaging students and provid- ing them with a basis of knowledge about genomics and its importance to every facet of our lives. Teachers play a vital role in helping nurture and - which was formally presented to Ross at a ceremony on October 6, which students, parents, fellow teachers, and school administra- tors attended - includes a $5,000 cash prize and a budget for up to $2,000 in new laboratory equip- ment and/or instructional materi- als for the classroom. The award also allows Ross to share her award-winning genomics teaching approach with other life science teachers at a science education conference in the coming year. "I look forward to using the award to continue providing exciting and interesting classroom exercises, and to expand the educational opportuni- ties available to my students," com- mented Ross. "I also look forward to drawing on and contributing to the genomics teaching resources that previous awardees have provided through the OGI website." Candidates for the OGI Genom- ics Teaching Prize are evaluated on their demonstrated excellence in stimulating interest in genomics and teaching students about its impact. Teacher's use of innovative teaching methods and instructional tools is also evaluated. OGI's 2011 advisory review panel included a former student of last year's prize winner, an OGI-funded genomics researcher and experts in life sci- ence education including represen- tatives from Ontario's Ministry of Education, the Science Teachers' Association of Ontario, Let's Talk Science, Queen's University and the University of Western Ontario.

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