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Department of Education Grant to Help Support Science and Health Literacy

Duquesne's Department of Biological Sciences has received $285,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education to help the University's Partnership in Education project continue to create new films and multimedia activities that provide science and health literacy education in exciting, accessible formats. Pennsylvania congressman Mike Doyle worked to help secure the funding as part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009.Led by Dr. John Pollock, associate professor of biology in Duquesne's Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, the partnership outreach project focuses on regenerative medicine, health literacy and evolutionary biology. They have had much success attracting and educating children and young students by creating movies and planetarium shows, educational public art, teacher development materials and multimedia, including online student tutorials, interactive software and video games.

A recent project by the partnership is, Dr. Emily Allevable's Tissue Engineering Lab, a video game that they produced for If a Starfish Can Grow a New Arm, Why Can't I?, a new exhibit at the Carnegie Science Center.

The Partnership in Education team is currently working on a new planetarium show that compares reproductive biology across species while highlighting the importance of stem cells through an evolutionary perspective.

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