Healthy Bones for Life: Your Stem Cells at Work

Spring 2013

Healthy Bones for Life Full ArticleProfessor Kim O'Connor and three of her research assistants (Anthony Lawrenz, Shuwen Lin and Andrew Gaynor) developed a laboratory workshop for girls in 5–7 grades from local and regional middle schools as part of the Girls in STEM at Tulane (GIST) Program sponsored by the School of Science and Engineering.

During each one-hour workshop, the students learned about bone health and stem cells, and conducted a hands-on experiment to evaluate stem cell differentiation into bone. The goal of GIST is β€œto open the doors wide and welcome young students to careers in STEM fields by encouraging creative thinking, promoting self-esteem, and increasing awareness of the opportunities that await them.”

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