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Penn State, Harvard team up to enhance science education for minority students

"Finding Your Roots," an innovative new curriculum that utilizes personalized genealogy and genetics to teach science and health to disadvantaged and minority students, based on Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s acclaimed PBS documentary series of the same name, received two major external grants: a $355,000 funding grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for “Genetics and Genealogy Summer Camps for Middle School-Aged Youth” and a $304,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a companion program at the college level, “Personalized Genetics and Genealogy Exercises to Enhance Introductory Biology Courses." Leading the curriculum working group are Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, and Nina Jablonski, the Evan Pugh Professor of Anthropology at Penn State. Full story...

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