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Biotechnology Center
Instructor: Mrs. Lindsey Walton   

The Biotechnology Center is a four-year program of study for academically motivated students with interests in health sciences and related fields. This rigorous program of studies emphasizes the broad understanding of theory and the application of science to real world issues. It provides students with opportunities to pursue authentic and meaningful, hands-on research projects. The Biotechnology Program also provides students a rich environment of integrated humanities and the opportunity to enroll in a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) science courses.  

Where can I get additional information about The Biotechnology Center? If you have specific questions your are encouraged to contact Mrs. Lindsey Walton at WaltonLB@pwcs.edu


Biotech Center Announcements
Biotech Summer Reading Books
Students can earn up to 10 hours towards their Biotech certificate by voluntarily participating in the Summer Biotech Book Club. Selections are listed for each grade level. After reading one or both selections for their grade level, students must write a reflective essay about each book using the instructions below. The reflections must be handed in by Friday, September 2, 2016. Essays will not be accepted for hour credit after that date. They can earn additional hours by attending a discussion session. Information about the date and time of each session will be posted on the Biotech and Library School Fusion pages.

9th grade
Charles and Emma : The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman. New York : Holt, 2009. (268 p.)
This biography of Charles Darwin is a thought-provoking account of the man behind evolutionary theory: how his personal life affected his work and vice versa. The end result is an engaging exploration of history, science, and religion. Charles and Emma was a 2009 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.

Monkey Town: the Summer of the Scopes Trial by Ronald Kidd. New York : Simon Pulse, 2007. (250 p.)
When her father hatches a plan to bring publicity to their small Tennessee town by arresting a local high school teacher for teaching about evolution, the resulting 1925 Scopes trial prompts fifteen-year-old Frances to rethink many of her beliefs about religion and truth, as well as her relationship with her father.

10th grade

Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up To Biotech’s Brave New Beasts by Emily Anthes. Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux , 2013. (241 p.)
A journalist discusses how biotechnology is altering animals in ways both trival and profound. It may sound like science fiction, but our ability to manipulate DNA is very real, and carries both perils and extraordinary potential. -- NPR Summary

Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 208. (266 p.)
Before he can start a life with Jenna, seventeen-year-old Locke, who was brought back to life in a newly bioengineered body after an accident destroyed his body 260 years ago, must do a favor for the resistance movement opposing the nightmarish medical technology.

11th grade

Asleep: the Forgotten Epidemic That Remains One of Medicine’s Greatest Mysteries by Molly Caldwell Crosby. New York: Berkley Books, 2011. (291 p.)
Provides an account of the epidemic eventually identified as encephalitis lethargica, or “sleeping sickness”, which swept across the world between 1918 and 1927 when it disappeared, and discusses the efforts of a group of neurologists in New York in the 1920s and 1930s who worked to solve the epidemic and treat afflicted patients.

Spiral by Paul McEuen. New York: The Dial Press, 2011. (312 p.)
When respected and beloved Nobel laureate Liam Connor is found dead and his death is declared as suicide, search for a virus hidden since World War II is ignited. Soon Liam's collaborator Jake, Liam’s granddaughter Maggie, and Maggie’s nine-year-old son Dylan find themselves in a conspiracy of bio-warfare spread over the world and decades of research.

12th grade

The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History by Molly Caldwell Crosby. New York: Berkley Books, 2006. (308 p.)
"The American Plague" reveals the true story of yellow fever, recounting Memphis, Tennessee's near-destruction and resurrection from the epidemic-and the four men who changed medical history with their battle against an invisible foe that remains a threat to this very day.

Next: a Novel by Michael Crichton. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006. (431 p.)
Next interweaves the stories of various human and animal characters with genetic abnormalities, including a boy who has chimpanzee chromosomes, a parrot that was injected with human genes and can figure out mathematical equations, and an orangutan that can talk, and the complications that are associated with their existence.

Your written book reflection may either be typed or handwritten.
It must include:
  • Your Name and grade (First and Last name in the top right corner of the paper.)
  • The book’s title. (Capitalize the important words and center it on the top of the page.)
  • The name of the author. (Center it just under the title)
  • A description of the setting of the book.
  • A description of the main character
  • A description of what happened in the book
  • An explanation of how science was used in the book and was it reasonable.
  • Give your of opinion of the book

Summer Aviation Maintenance Camp - Rising Senior Biotech Hour Opportunity
Please click here to get more information and to register for the Summer Aviation Maintenance Camp. Cost is $25 for the week long camp.
Biotech Course Offerings and Certificate Requirements
Curious about which courses are required for Biotechnology students? Not sure which science electives are offered? Don't quite understand the Biotechnology service hour requirements? Click here for some answers to your questions!
Aspiring Scientist Summer Internship Program
Please click here to view the flyer for the Aspiring Scientist Summer Internship Program. You can also visit http://assip.cos.gmu.edu/ for more information regarding this free program.
Biotech Service Hour Opportunity at Udvar-Hazy
Please see the attached flyer for information on being an Explainer at the Udvar-Hazy museum. /modules/groups/homepagefiles/gwp/23069/34466/File/UHC%20Explainers%20Program%20Recruitment%20Info.pdf
Biotechnology Program Student Requirements
Please click here to view the requirements for all students admitted to the Biotechnology program.
Blast Program for 9th graders

Current 9th grade students don't miss out on this excellent FREE program for the summer of 2016 which will allow you to spend three exciting days on the campus of the Old Dominion University, University of Virginia or Virginia Tech engaged in hands-on STEM activities and demonstrations led by experienced faculty members. Please clink on link for application process www.blast.spacegrant.org.
Join the Biotech Book Club
The Biotech Book Club will meet each quarter to discuss the selected book. For the books that have movie adaptations we will also hold a movie viewing session before the group discussion.
To earn the Biotech hours you must read the book, complete the summary questions (they will be posted on the webpage), and participate in the discussion. For the book club there isn’t a summary essay. You can earn additional hours if you attend the movie viewings. Students earn 10 hours for reading the book, completing the summary questions, and attending the 1 hour discussion. Student can earn an addition 2 hours for attending the movie screenings.
Biotech Center Files
 Biotechnolgy Center Certificate
This folder contains files that explain Biotechnology Center Certificate requirements.
 Biotechnology Service Hours
Here you will find the forms to document your hours and examples of what types of activities count as Biotech Service Hours.
 Science Fair
science fair materials
Biotechnology Center Coordinator
+ Walton, Lindsey
Click on name to see details.
Opportunities for Biotech Hours


Earn up to 10 Biotech hours each quarter by joining the Biotechnology Book Club. More info on dates and times to follow!!!!!

Biotech Club

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