Gannon University Students, Faculty Celebrate Building with Biology at Community Center
Posted: September 8, 2017
Erie County children will have the opportunity to learn about
the emerging field of synthetic biology and talk with real
scientists when Gannon University's biology department and chapter
of TriBeta national biological honor society will present Building
with Biology, Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Lincoln Community Center,
1255 Manchester Road. The event will be presented in two sessions
at 9:30 and 11 a.m.
At the event hosted by the Erie County Library, children will
participate in fun, hands-on activities facilitated by scientists
in the fields of biology, synthetic biology, genetics or other
related science fields. They will design a "super organism" to
solve a problem, extract DNA from wheat germ and discuss which
future technologies they'd support. These activities are designed
to introduce concepts from synthetic biology and to promote
informal, two-way conversations between the scientists and visitors
about how synthetic biology is interconnected with our society.
The Erie Building with Biology event is part of a nationwide
festival of educational programs designed to provide a special
opportunity for scientists and the public to interact directly and
to learn from each other. These activities and conversations
encourage public audiences to share ideas and opinions about how
they want to see these new technologies developed and adopted. And
scientists, too, have the chance to listen to those views, share
their own ideas, and to consider ways public comments can affect
Quyen Aoh, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, said, "The
biology department and TriBeta are happy to have the opportunity to
introduce the concepts of synthetic biology to a new generation of
students. We hope some of them might be inspired to pursue
further studies in biology and to eventually become members of
Gannon University's TriBeta chapter in the future."
Steve Ropski, professor of biology, is president of TriBeta,
which has more than 670 chapters in 12 districts throughout the
United States and Puerto Rico and a membership in excess of 6,500.
Gannon's Theta Omega chapter has won TriBeta's annual Lloyd M.
Bertholf Award as the outstanding chapter in the country four times
since 1962. TriBeta has twice has twice selected Gannon as the site
of its national convention
The Building with Biology project is funded by the National Science
Foundation and led by the Museum of Science, Boston.