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For Immediate Release: July 30, 2013

Providence College Professor Receives Grant for Collaborative Biological Research              

Providence, R.I. – Dr. Yinsheng Wan, a professor of biology at Providence College, has recently been awarded a Hands-on Opportunities to Promote Engagement in Science (HOPES) grant from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). The $2,000 grant will fund a project titled, “Curiosity: A Secrecy of Over a Century, from Polypoid Giant Cell to Cancer Stem Cells.”

Wan will be collaborating with a Classical High School (Providence, R.I.) teacher, Dr. Scott Macbeth, and presenting lectures to high school students about mitosis and other approaches of cell division by a variety of organisms during the school year. Wan will teach students how to culture cells and prepare the cell samples for confocal microscopy. Macbeth will bring his (20) students to the College to prepare slides and observe under the microscope, the beauty of mitosis, and learn the stages of mitosis process and exceptions.

At the conclusion of the project, the students will prepare a poster to showcase their work to their peers at Classical High School. The project will provide the opportunity of exposing Providence high school students to early college experiences and advanced scientific equipment.

HOPES grants are awarded to research scientists and K-12 teachers throughout the country, who collaborate to bring hands-on science learning methods into the classroom, supporting the development of K-12 STEM outreach projects.

Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations
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