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Vol. LXIII, No. 15
July 22, 2011

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‘Adventures in Biology’ To Begin Second Year

Adventures in Biology, a series of evening lectures at NIH for high school students, will begin its second season this October and is seeking volunteer teachers from the NIH staff.

The program explores topics in biology that are not covered in the usual high school curriculum and are chosen by the speakers. The goal of AIB is not just to present science facts, but to introduce students to the process and drama of scientific discovery. AIB is administered as a 4H program and is not sponsored by NIH, but NIH supports its educational goals. The program will take place on campus on Wednesday evenings, 6-7:30 from October through March.

Last year’s AIB sessions included talks on the Human Genome Project, cell motility, immunoglobulin genes, parasites, bacterial pathogens, oncogenic viruses, polar bear ecology, tracking arboviruses in Peru and genetic diseases. Speakers included volunteers from NIH, the National Zoo, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Food and Drug Administration and Georgetown University.

The program is looking for volunteers who would enjoy teaching about biological mysteries that were solved by exciting scientific detective work, and who believe that presenting a memorable and entertaining scientific lecture is an art form. The lectures should also address biology’s everyday role in society by including any implications of scientific discoveries for medicine and science policy.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Dr. Juhong Liu ( or Dr. Ed Max ( Students interested in attending the program should contact Eric Keen at to receive enrollment information. NIHRecord Icon

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