Pharm-Tox Club Promotes Science at Buffalo Public School

Published January 25, 2012

Members of the Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Student Association recently visited a Buffalo public school to conduct experiments with middle school students and generate interest in science.

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During the Dec. 9 event at Frank A. Sedita Academy, the UB students helped seventh and eighth graders extract DNA from strawberries, illustrated the biological significance of micelles and showed them how to separate chemical components using chromatography.

They also discussed career paths available to scientists, fielded questions about their education and research at UB and encouraged students to share their goals.

“This is the second year we have done this, and we have developed a nice relationship with the school,” said PhD candidate Alex Morrison-Nozik, who organized the event with Alice Crane, an MD/PhD student.

“Hopefully we can continue this event every year.”