Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Lab programs gives teens a jump on science


EMERYVILLE -- Deep within the Joint BioEnergy Institute, eight researchers are hard at work trying to find solutions to the growing global energy crisis. The team diligently researches renewable, carbon-neutral alternatives to fossil fuels in the hopes of finding a resource abundant enough to meet the world's demand. Eight sophomores and juniors are participating in the Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology, or iCLEM, a summer science education program sponsored by the Joint BioEnergy Institute and the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center. The program provides opportunities to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and who come from families with little or no history of college attendance. More