Bank of America Charitable Foundation Grant Provides Hands-On Genetics Education to Underserved Long Island Students

Cold Spring Harbor, NY— The Dolan DNA Learning Center (DNALC) at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) announced today a $25,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The fund will help the center continue to ensure that underserved schools and students on Long Island have equal access to state-of-the art education about genetics.

Check presentation from left to right: Monica Cavallo, market development specialist for Bank of America; Dave Micklos, DNALC executive director; Lorraine Aycock, market development manager for Bank of America and Bruce Stillman, CSHL president.
DNALC, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, is a national pioneer in preparing students and teachers for life in what has often been called “the genome age.”  Having already reached 325,000 Long Island students, DNALC last year specifically distributed over $45,000 in scholarships to schools with the highest percentages of economically disadvantaged students.

“Bank of America is proud to support the Dolan DNA Learning Center as they enable students to participate in programs that will deepen their appreciation of genetics and, it is hoped, encourage them to pursue science courses in future years,” said Robert Isaksen, Long Island President at Bank of America.

As discoveries about genetics and genomics transform our knowledge of health and illness, understanding basic facts about contemporary genetics and biology become important in the making of individual healthcare decisions. 

“With two facilities in Cold Spring Harbor and Lake Success on Long Island and a new Harlem DNA Lab, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is helping students and teachers locally while at the same time extending its reach globally with innovative in-class and web projects viewed by half-a-million online visitors every month,” said Bruce Stillman, president of CSHL.

“It is a poignant realization that, as we reach out to students across the world, some children in our own community cannot take advantage of the fun and innovative scientific programs we have to offer right here on Long Island,” said Dave Micklos, DNALC executive director.  “The grant we have received from Bank of America will help make sure that we can fulfill our mission throughout Long Island.”

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is a private, not-for-profit research and education institution at the forefront of efforts in molecular biology and genetics to generate knowledge that will yield better diagnostics and treatments for cancer, neurological diseases and other major causes of human suffering. 

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