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iGEM program featured at first AAAS International Teacher-Scientist Partnership conference

February 25, 2013

The UCSF Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP) works with scientists and teachers in the Bay Area to support science education and has been a valuable collaborator for educational opportunities that our Center has developed. As a result of our successful iGEM program, we were invited to organize a session at the first International Teacher-Scientist Partnership Conference.

The conference was co-organized by SEP and AAAS and was held February 13-14th, 2013, in Boston, MA, directly preceding the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting. Our Center Education Coordinator, Veronica Zepeda, and two former iGEM mentors, David Pincus and Saber Khan, presented an hour long session titled “UCSF iGEM Program: Team-based Science Education from the Classroom to the Laboratory.” During the session, the speakers shared information on the UCSF iGEM team and how our approach to teaching synthetic biology to young scientists has positively affected both student and mentor participants over the years.

Saber Khan, Veronica Zepeda, and David Pincus after their AAAS session.