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January 11th, 2011

Rochester Principal Wins Award for Zebrafish Classes


Next month principal Jim Sonju from Lincoln Choice School in Rochester will be honored at the Minnesota Science Museum in St. Paul. Working with Mayo researchers, he instituted hands-on science and a concept that translated into other subject areas as well. Read about it in the Post Bulletin.

One of the people he worked with at Mayo is Dr. Steve Ekker, who wears among his many hats, the directorship of Mayo's zebrafish core facility. Here's what he said about Mr. Sonju:

"Jim Sonju represents the true spirit of innovation in education. He enables all around him to break down critical barriers for science education reform. He truly keeps the students first in everything he does."

He also tells us this collaborative team will be presenting at a national science conference ---

"The InSciEd Out  group will be presenting 7 abstracts at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in Washington, DC next month. 8 students, 4 teachers, Jim Sonju, Chris Pierret, Maggie Hoody and I will all be there."

For those who don't know AAAS is the largest single science organization in America and publisher of the journal Science. Showcasing this collaboration on this national stage is a great opportunity and a great achievement. Congrats to all!


Tags: Awards, genetics, Innovations, medical genetics, People, Progress Updates, science education, Uncategorized, zebrafish


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