Carroll Community College Celebrates National DNA Day to Encourage Genomics and Genetics Education

Release Date
2019-04-23
Contact
Trish McCarthy Carroll, Chief Communications Officer, Carroll Community College, Work: 410-386-8184
Press Release

Westminster, Md., April 23, 2019—Carroll Community College (Carroll) invites the community to join College faculty, staff and students in the Babylon Great Hall for fun and educational activities. The event will be held on April 25, 2019 between 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Carroll Community College will host a National DNA Day event to celebrate the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of the double helix in 1953. This event is just one of many being held nationwide as part of National DNA Day, a national observance promoted by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

“DNA Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of science discovery through student-led activities,” said Dr. Stacy Zell, associate professor of biology for Carroll. “Scholars in introductory science classes have prepared a poster walk and hands-on materials to showcase the history of DNA and its applications in everyday life. In addition, several students in the education program are sharing age-appropriate DNA lessons with our Littlest Learners. DNA day provides a way to share science as a community from our eldest to our youngest learners on campus.”

Carroll provides accessible, high-quality educational opportunities to advance careers, enrich lives, and strengthen the community we serve. This celebration offers students, teachers, and the public an exciting possibility to learn about basic and molecular genetics, latest advances in genomic research and explore how those advances may impact their lives. Join us and see why events such as these provide our students and residents with an unparalleled educational environment.

Carroll’s Science Division seeks to provide students with the current scientific knowledge and skills necessary to prepare students for their educational and career goals. The major goal of all courses in the biological and physical sciences is to involve the student actively in the use and understanding of the scientific method, using a variety of instructional modes such as technology, analysis and interpretation of data, oral and written communication, information literacy, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.

For more details on National DNA Day at Carroll Community College, please contact:
Dr. Gregory S. Leppert (gleppert@carrollcc.edu) or Dr. Stacy Zell (szell@carrollcc.edu)

For more details on Carroll’s Science Division or the STEM Scholars Program, please contact:
Dr. Raza Khan (
rkhan@carrollcc.edu)

For more information about National DNA Day, please contact:
National DNA Day,
dnaday@nih.gov

For the complete listing of events nationwide and additional resources for National DNA Day, please see: www.genome.gov/dnaday

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