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STAR photos surface, show budding teachers at major research outposts

March 11, 2011

Category: A Closer Look

As reported in a recent CSU news release, Kaitlyn Fiechtner and Helida Haro embarked on a STAR trek last summer, going where no pre-service teachers had gone before: NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Kaitlyn Fiechtner, a Fresno State math major, at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. Photos newly provided to Science & the CSU offer some clues to their adventures – and to others who worked in other pioneering facilities as participants in STAR – the California State University’s pioneering Science Teacher and Researcher program

After orienting them, STAR dispatches its fellows for summer sojourns to national laboratories and other research centers to conduct research with the labs’ engineers and scientists. (See the release for details.)

Here are glances at some recent STAR participants (click on photos to enlarge them):

Helida Haro, who explored “moments of inertia” at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, sits in an aircraft reserved for guests.Helida Haro (right), who explored “moments of inertia” at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, gets comfortable in an aircraft’s ejection seat.

Raj Virk, STAR participant at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, 2009.Raj Virk (left), who earned a single-subject teaching credential in biology and chemistry at San Jose State University in 2008, conducted genetic engineering research focused on muscle-specific genetic markers of tadpoles in a 2009 summer stint at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).

Jody Dunkel, working at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in 2010, analyzed the effectiveness of various mechanical means of extracting DNA. Jody Dunkel (right), working at the LLNL in 2010, analyzed the effectiveness of using glass beads to break open spores and other methods involved in the extraction of DNA.

Purna Venkataraman examines tiny lipoproteins  at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.Purna Venkataraman (left) examined tiny particles of lipoproteins, at various temperatures and in various media, in her work at LLNL.

Emily Parra examines heat-exposed nanolipoproteins at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.Emily Parra (right), also at LLNL, examined the stability of similar nanoparticles of proteins after they had been exposed to heat.

A condensed galaxy of 2010 STAR appears below.

2010 STAR participants

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