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MƒA Teachers Propel Students’ Dreams of Becoming Science Pioneers

In the News | May 24, 2017

With last week’s Genes in Space announcement on student finalists, we wanted to shine a spotlight on the extraordinary MƒA teachers who have and continue to serve as their mentors throughout this scientific engagement and DNA research contest.

As a proud Genes in Space partner, MƒA is thrilled that our teachers and their students are being recognized by the prestigious panel of judges. Last year the winning student project came from an MƒA teacher’s classroom! Below we’ve highlighted this year’s MƒA teacher representation.

Jessica Quenzer, 2015 MƒA Master Teacher, served as a mentor for:

  • Finalist: Elizabeth Reizis (14) from Stuyvesant High School, New York
  • Topic: DNA-based assays to monitor T-cell development and the effects of microgravity on the immune system
  • Honorable Mention: Kai Hin Lui (16) from Stuyvesant High School, New York

Dr. Marisa Wagner, two-time MƒA Master Teacher, served as a mentor for:

  • Finalists: Maxwell Allison (16) and Elena Li (16) from The Bronx High School of Science, New York
  • Topic: Studies of epigenetic regulation on bone loss in microgravity
  • Honorable Mentions: Gloria Das (16), Alena Blaise (17) and Kuan Cao (17) from The Bronx High School of Science, New York

Lisa Lowenstein, two-time MƒA Master Teacher, served as a mentor for:

  • Junior Scientist Awards, awarded to middle school teams who submit outstanding proposals: Jordan Gray (13), Kaya Slawecka (13), and Maveric Muchowski (14) from Arts and Letters, New York
  • Topic: The impact of stress during long term space missions on epigenetic regulation of gene expression.

Shubha Sarode, 2014 MƒA Master Teacher:

  • Constellation Award (Northeast): The Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences in New York
  • Awarded to one school in each of the five US regions who have the most submissions

Finalist teams will present their proposals to a panel of scientists and educators. In addition to the above teacher mentors, MƒA Master Teacher Michelle Daly will serve as one of this year’s Genes in Space competition judges at the ISS R&D Conference to be held July 17-20 in Washington D.C. Stay tuned to the MƒA blog for more details.