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Medora Senior Chosen To Attend Research Program

Last updated on Saturday, December 29, 2012

(MEDORA) - Justice Dean, a senior at Medora Junior/Senior High School, never thought she would be one of 50 students in the state to attend Indiana University’s Molecular Medicine in Action research program.

The Jackson County Banner reports, Dean has worked hard for the achievement.

Dean says she plans to attend school for pharmacy after she graduates, and thinks the opportunity will give her insight and a jumpstart on understanding how things work.

To earn a spot among the 50 students, a student must be recommended by a teacher.

Eric Kelley, science teacher, recommended Dean for the spot, saying she is a bright student who would benefit from the program. Kelley says Dean is a focused, hardworking, logical and diligent student and deserves the honor.

Dean's goal is one day to open a pharmacy in Medora.

Dean said being nominated by Kelley was an honor.

Both expressed excitement after Dean was selected to attend the program.

The annual program takes place in March and will give Dean a hands-on experience with research in human genetics. The goal of the program is to increase student excitement for science and introduce students to careers in science, an official associated with the program says.

Mark Kelley, Ph.D., associate director, Wells Center for Pediatric Research, said the conference introduces students to new knowledge that is rapidly becoming accessible from the recent advance in biomedicine and the quickening pace of scientific discovery.

Students will work under the supervision of scientists and small groups will rotate through workstations and laboratory sites to learn modern molecular biology techniques, mutation analysis, and cellular formation.

Some things students will learn is how DNA is isolated and analyzed, how cancer cells respond during therapy, how to study immune responses to infections, and other health related information.

Dean says she is still deciding which college she wants to attend, but is interested in either Cedarville University in Ohio or Manchester University in North Manchester.

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