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 Date: May 15, 2008 Contact:  Paula Cobler, 361-570-4350

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Young scientists wanted for UHV summer camp


 

Parents, do you want to keep your young scientists from driving you mad this summer? Foil their fiendish plots and send them to learn about real-life crime scene investigation, genetics, DNA and other cool stuff.

 

The DNA, Genetics and Forensics Camp will teach students going into the seventh through 12th grades all about these things and more from 1 to 3:45 p.m. July 14 to 18 at the University of Houston-Victoria, 3007 N. Ben Wilson.

 

“Students will learn how we use science to fight crime, disease and understand the very building blocks of life,” said Richard Gunasekera, geneticist and UHV professor of biology. Gunasekera has worked as a DNA forensic sciences expert in countless court cases.

 

“Safety procedures are in place to guarantee no student will be mutated,” Gunasekera joked.

 

Instead, students will learn how to gather evidence, use laboratory equipment, examine DNA and other skills, he said. The camp is perfect for students who want to be doctors, forensic scientists, biologists or pursue other science-based careers.

 

The camp is $195 per student, which includes the cost of a T-shirt.

 

For more information, call biology teaching assistant Christy Edwards at 361-570-4216.

 

 

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region, offers courses leading to more than 65 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, and Nursing. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus as well as teaching sites in Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery counties, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. Since its founding in 1973, UHV has provided students with a quality university education from excellent faculty at an affordable price.