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Several dozen high-school students will spend their last days of summer vacation in Hutchinson Center labs

They could be indulging in summertime activities like in-line skating or hanging out at the mall. Instead, about 40 high-school students from the Puget Sound region will be spending the last precious days of their summer vacation immersed in an intensive, six-day science workshop at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
    The new workshop, called HutchLab, will help students explore and understand genetic diseases through hands-on access to biomedical research techniques ranging from antibody assays and gene therapy to genetic "fingerprinting."
     Students will attend one of two sessions, from Aug. 1 to 6 or Aug. 8 to 13, during which they will work individually and in teams under the supervision of HutchLab staff scientists at the Center's Robert W. Day Campus on South Lake Union.
     The program, funded by the Hutchinson Center, aims to build strong problem-solving and critical-thinking skills through various scientific exercises designed to tackle challenging, real-world problems based on themes relevant to everyday life. The theme of this summer's program is genetic diseases of blood, from cancer to sickle-cell anemia.
     Using the written word, hands-on tools and the latest scientific equipment, students will benefit also from a student-teacher ratio of four to one.
     "Even if they don't want to be scientists when they grow up, doing science helps develop valuable troubleshooting and organizational skills that are useful in every area of life," says Dr. Laura Streichert, HutchLab program manager and staff teaching scientist.
     HutchLab, developed by a team of local secondary-school science teachers and laboratory scientists, is an offshoot of the Center's Science Education Partnership, or SEP, an award-winning statewide mentorship program for science teachers established in 1991.
     Former SEP participant David Masterman, a teacher at Seattle's Lakeside Upper School, was so impressed with the Hutchinson Center's educational outreach efforts he has returned this summer to serve as HutchLab's teacher-in-residence. His duties include curriculum development and supervising students and educators in the teaching lab.
     "Often, schools are proud to be only 10 years behind the times. The HutchLab and Science Education Partnership Programs together keep science education on the cutting edge and make it accessible to classrooms throughout Washington," he says. "I think that's a pretty major direction in the overall evolution of science education."
     Media please note: Reporters and photographers are welcome to visit HutchLab for several days during the second session (Aug 9, 10, 11 or 12). To arrange an interview with HutchLab students or faculty during this time, please contact Kristen Woodward, (206) 667-5095.

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The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is an independent, nonprofit research institution dedicated to the development and advancement of biomedical technology to eliminate cancer and other potentially fatal diseases. Recognized internationally for its pioneering work in bone-marrow transplantation, the Center's four scientific divisions collaborate to form a unique environment for conducting basic and applied science. One of 35 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, it is the only one in the Northwest. For more information, visit the Center's Web site at <www.fhcrc.org>

 

1999 HutchLab Student List

Bellevue
Grade
School
Stephen Bor
12th grade
Interlake High
     
Issaquah
   
Sarah Alvarez
12th grade
Skyline High
Heather Turchin
11th grade
Skyline High
     
Kirkland
   
Heather Fullerton
11th grade
Juanita High
Robyn Greaby
12th grade
Lake Washington High
     
Lakewood
   
Jake Kuehn
11th grade
Lakewood High
Michelle Mattson
11th grade
Lakewood High
     
Mercer Island
   
Cheryl Hou
11th grade
Mercer Island High
Vanessa Smith-Bronstein
12th grade
Mercer Island High
     
Port Townsend
   
Nicole Hay
12th grade
Port Townsend High
     
Seattle
   
Courtney Crocker
12th grade
Garfield High
Kathryn Lamp
11th grade
Seattle Christian School
Giselle de Mesa
11th grade
Blanchet High
Raymond Delos Reyes
12th grade
Franklin High
Lorrie Dong
12th grade
Garfield High
Kelly Garneski
11th grade
Holy Names Academy
Courtney Ostbye
12th grade
Shorewood High
Mark Steedman
12th grade
Garfield High
Jenni Stephens
12th grade
Tacoma Baptist High
     
Spokane
   
Kim Conder
12th grade
John Rogers High
     
Session II (Aug. 8 to 13)
Grade
School
Arlington
   
Ella Reiss
12th grade
Arlington High
     
Belfair
   
Sera Huenergard
12th grade
North Mason High
     
Bellevue
   
Albert Chang
12th grade
Newport High
     
Everett
   
Ladawna Glevers
11th grade
Cascade High
     
Issaquah
   
Jessica Foley-French
12th grade
Skyline High
     
Kent
   
Kevin Moore
12th grade
Kentridge High
Lindy Webster
12th grade
Kentridge High
     
Mercer Island
   
Elizabeth Dixon
11th grade
Mercer Island High
     
Monroe
   
Ashley Kearns
11th grade
Monroe High
Andrew Ograin
11th grade
Monroe High
     
Renton
   
Tiana Farrant
11th grade
Lindbergh High
     
Royal City
   
Jorge Borunda
11th grade
Royal High
     
Seattle
   
Suzanne Asuncion
11th grade
Cleveland High
Cynthia Chen
12th grade
Shorewood High
Carol Davis
12th grade
Blanchet High
Amber Odekirk
11th grade
Blanchet High
Lisa Pillitteri
12th grade
Holy Names Academy
Samoeun San
12th grade
Rossevelt High
Sean Wilson
12th grade
Seattle Preparatory School
     
Woodinville
   
Chrissy McCormack
12th grade
Inglemoor High


CONTACT:
Kristen Woodward
206 667-5095
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 1999