Hattiesburg, Miss., October 3, 2013 - William Carey University hosted a Molecular Biology Training Workshop for area high school teachers on September 21 in Green Science Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. This free workshop, which used resources from the Princeton University Satellite Learning Center, was made possible through the generous support of the Princeton University Department of Molecular Biology and organized by Dr. Tyler Hodges, assistant professor of biological sciences at WCU.
Kathy McKone, biology teacher at Enterprise Attendance Center and a trainee for the Princeton Satellite Systems program, led the workshop. She was named the National Association of Biology Teachers' 2013 Outstanding Biology Teacher for Mississippi, and for the Princeton Satellite Systems program. She trains high school teachers around the state and goes to individual schools to conduct experiments with students.
For this workshop, the experiments included, “Transform Bacteria – Way to Glow! Transforming Bacteria with a Jellyfish Fluorescent Gene,” “Crime Scene DNA – Using Restriction Enzymes to Catch a Criminal,” and “PCR – The Wolbachia Rodeo – Identifying Insects Infected with the Bacteria Wolbachia by Roping with Primers.” Upon completion of this workshop, participants earned the right to borrow Princeton Satellite Program equipment and to order one commercial kit per year free of charge to perform an experiment in their classroom.
This workshop was the second in a series that allowed educators to earn professional development hours. The first was held at Enterprise Attendance Center on September 14. Participants came from Gulfport High School in Gulfport, Loyd Star Attendance Center in Brookhaven, Madison Central High School in Madison, Ocean Springs High School in Ocean Springs, and St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Ridgeland. Some WCU biology students took part in the workshop as well.