NIH-Funded Program Educates High School Teachers About Issues in Science

We were so happy to be a part of a recent workshop with teachers from Athens Drive High School in Raleigh to discuss current issues in STEM education, particularly the public health impacts of antibiotic resistance.

A collaboration with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and funded by the National Institutes of Health, the workshop included a talk at Athens High followed by a tour of the CVM from Derek Foster, assistant professor of ruminant medicine.

“Opportunities to talk to the public about how the veterinary profession works with farmers to produce food is invaluable,” said Foster

After the tour, we took teachers to the clinical microbiology lab, where they met with Megan Jacob, associate professor of clinical microbiology, and practiced testing a sample for bacteria and determining which antibiotic to use.

“Opportunities to talk to the public about how the veterinary profession works with farmers to produce food is invaluable,” said Foster. “My hope is that this day will provide these teachers a spark of an idea that they could integrate throughout the curriculum to help improve the science literacy of future generations.”

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