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Teachers learn about emerging pathogens through CATALySES program

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Dr. Havelaar discusses microbial pathogens at inaugural Food Safety Science and Research Centre meeting in New Zealand.

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EPI was created in 2006 to facilitate interdisciplinary studies of emergence and control of human, animal and plant pathogens of concern to the world.

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Teachers of CATALySES

Biology teachers from across the state of Florida came to UF for two weeks this summer to learn about emerging pathogens and the wide array of career opportunities available in academic research. We've highlighted three teachers from the program below.

Adenike Akinyode

IB Biology teacher at Eastside High School

Dr. Adenike Akinyode earned a PhD in 2003 from the department of animal sciences. For much of her career she taught at community colleges and in 2015 she began teaching at Eastside High School in Gainesville. Many of her community college students had trouble applying concepts taught during high school, so now that she teaches high school students, she emphasizes the knowledge and skills necessary for post-secondary success. Being so close to UF, she plans to support her students' academic development by bringing them to UF to use the labs and analytical equipment made available through CATALySES.

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Alejandro Krause

ELL Biology teacher at Blanche Ely High School

Alejandro Krause is entering his third year of teaching full time. In addition to teaching biology, Krause is also active in the biotechnology program at Blanche Ely High School, a medical magnet school in Pompano Beach. During the on-campus portion of CATALySES the teachers took part in a five-day lab where they extracted DNA from bacteria. He plans to replicate this activity with his students, many of whom face language barriers and other obstacles to success in the classroom. Krause plans to utilize the equipment locker available through the program, allowing him to demonstrate concepts from the textbooks.

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Carlia Vaughn

AP Biology teacher at Satellite Senior High School

Carlia Vaughn has 20 years of Florida teaching experience, and is in her third year at Satellite Senior High School in Brevard County. She mentioned enjoying the infectious disease focus of the program, and could see using a disease model as a way to teach key concepts to students. Thanks to the equipment locker program, Vaughn will have access to the micropipettes necessary for "Pipetting by Design," a lab she took at UF that she would like to do with her students.

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Adenike Akinyode

IB Biology teacher at Eastside High School

Dr. Adenike Akinyode earned a PhD in 2003 from the department of animal sciences. For much of her career she taught at community colleges and in 2015 she began teaching at Eastside High School in Gainesville. Many of her community college students had trouble applying concepts taught during high school, so now that she teaches high school students, she emphasizes the knowledge and skills necessary for post-secondary success. Being so close to UF, she plans to support her students' academic development by bringing them to UF to use the labs and analytical equipment made available through CATALySES.

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