Molecules, Microbes, and Man: High School Pre-College Introduction to Microbiology

As we have entered the age of technology and information, we are bombarded with words that describe the microscopic world, yet, have a significant macroscopic impact. We hear words, such as, 'bacteria, DNA, and antibiotics', often on a daily basis. What do these words mean? And how is it that they impact our daily lives? In this workshop, students in grades 9-12 will attempt to uncover their own answers to these questions and gain exposure to the biological sciences. The workshop will be divided into three topics: 1) DNA and relevance in biotechnology and forensics, 2) antibiotics and bacteria, and 3) natural bacterial inhabitants of the human body and our environment. To begin, we will examine how DNA is integral to 'forensics', the study of scientific evidence as it applies to criminal law. Students will participate in a mock crime scene investigation. Students will gather, process, and examine DNA evidence using techniques such as PCR and gel electrophoresis. We will then dive into the world of bacteria, in particular bacteria from the soil that produce 'antibiotics', small molecules that inhibit the growth of other bacteria. Students will collect soil samples from which bacteria will be grown and then tested for its effects on preventing the growth of other bacteria. Since antibiotics and antibiotic resistance is a hot topic in the medical field, students will discuss the impact of antibiotic use and misuse. Finally, the last part of the course will be spent examining 'normal flora', the bacteria that naturally inhabit our bodies, as well as those bacteria that exist in the environment around us. Students will be amazed to discover the amount and differing kinds of bacteria that live on us and within us without causing us harm and in some cases, preventing us from harm.

The camp will be held in the Sonderegger Science Center microbiology laboratory.

June 19-28, 2013, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. daily.
Note: Class does not meet on Saturday and Sunday.

For students entering grades 9-12 in the fall.

Instructor: Professor Nadia Dominguez holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a professor at Carroll University and Edgewood College. Her research is focused on the bacterial genetics and pathogenesis of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the causative agent of gonorrhea.

Fill out the registration form and return it to the address below. Registration will be first come, first served. The limit for the camp is 10 students. The registration deadline is June 4, 2013.

How Much?
$300 for the entire 10 day pre-college camp. Fee includes all lab materials. .

For more information contact:
Amy Schiebel
(608) 663-3414

Mail your registration form and payment to:
Amy Schiebel
Edgewood College
Department of Biological Sciences
1000 Edgewood College Dr.
Madison, WI 53711