The University of Findlay will host a DNA Day on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, for high school students who are interested in the natural sciences and laboratory research. Students will learn how to perform tests like those seen on the popular “CSI” television shows.
According to Christopher White, instructor of biology and laboratory coordinator, UF faculty will teach the students some of the skills used by a DNA technician in a laboratory. Students also will run some DNA tests themselves. “The scenario is that the students are DNA techs in a CSI lab, and the team has brought in some samples from a crime scene,” said White. “Students will perform the lab tests and give the team the information they need to proceed with their case.”
The hands-on laboratory activities will take place in the Davis Street Building, a 62,000-square-foot academic building featuring laboratories that offer UF students the opportunity for hands-on research with faculty using modern techniques including gelelectrophoresis, protein chromatography and immunofluorescence. These techniques are in demand by pharmaceutical companies, private research institutions and graduate schools, as well as many other prospective employers.
The visit, slated for 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., also will include lunch on campus with current University students, a tour of the campus and admissions information.
Interested students may reserve a spot by contacting Robin Hopkins at 419-434-4161 or via email at email@example.com.