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Biotechnology conference scheduled June 24-25

The ninth annual Biotechnology Educator’s Conference is scheduled for June 24-25 in Plano.

This year’s theme is “Solutions for What Ails You,” said Dr. Rebecca Parker, conference coordinator and regional program director for agriculture and natural resources with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Dallas.

The conference on both days will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Spring Creek Campus of Collin College, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano.

Register by June 21 at or contact Jenny Leone at 972-952-9258, [email protected], or Betty Steinmetz at 972-881-5853, [email protected].

“Both days of the conference will feature experts who will discuss health issues and science related to them,” Parker said. “They’re not simple topics. They’re very specific, with some rigor.”

The first day of the conference is designed for educators and is free. Lunch will be provided.

First-day sessions include: “Biotechnology: Science for the New Millennium,” “Teaching Scientific Methodology Through Cheese-making the Biotech Way,” “Bucks for Biotech" and “Inside Cancer.”

The second day of the conference costs $25 ($15 for students), which includes lunch and conference materials.

That day will be geared for educators, AgriLife Extension agents, food service professionals and students, Parker said.

Second-day session topics include: “Cholesterol Research that is Making a Difference,” “Evolution and Ecology in Medicine,“Forensics Entomology: Critters on Cadavers” and “New Uses for Old Drugs.”

Ellyn Daugherty, author of Biotechnology: Science for the New Millennium, will be the featured presenter on both days, Parker said. Daugherty founded San Mateo Biotechnology Career Pathway, an educational program in San Mateo, Calif.

The second day will also feature Dr. Jay Horton, professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, she said.

The conference is being coordinated by AgriLife Extension, Collin College, Region 10 Education Service Center, and the Science Teacher Access to Resources at UT Southwestern Medical Center, known as STARS.

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