Bank of America supports budding scientists in Uniondale

Hands-on lab experiences provided by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's DNA Learning Center

Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. – Representatives from Bank of America and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) visited a talented group of science students from Uniondale High School to mark a $25,000 grant from the Bank of America. The grant is part of an ongoing effort to ensure that underserved schools and students on Long Island have equal access to state-of-the art education about genetics.

"Support of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's DNA Learning Center is a direct investment in our future leaders," said Robert Isaksen, Bank of America Long Island president. "The science education program can help open students' eyes to a variety of educational and career options which they may not have otherwise considered."

"This program with Bank of America and CSHL has had a huge impact," said Uniondale High School Research Program teacher, Dr. Paul Lichtman. "It has given our students opportunities that under normal circumstances they simply wouldn't have had."

"Through our DNA Learning Center programs, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is committed to enriching the science programs offered by our local schools," said CSHL President Bruce Stillman, Ph.D. "We are pleased to provide Uniondale's kids with educational experiences that will get them interested in genetics and will help them make informed decisions about their health care and the well-being of society."
UniondaleCheck presentation: Uniondale Science Students with David Micklos, DNA Learning Center executive director (standing, third from left); Paul Lichtman, Uniondale High School research program teacher (standing, fifth from left); Robert Isaksen, Bank of America Long Island president (standing, seventh from right); and Lorraine Aycock, community relations manager for Bank of America (standing, third from right).

Through the grant from Bank of America, 145 students from Uniondale High School participated in eight half-day laboratory experiences at the DNA Learning Center (DNALC) West in Lake Success, NY. The DNALC West is a teaching facility of the DNA Learning Center of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

The students, grades 9 through 12, participated in one of two labs: genetically engineering bacteria with a gene for bioluminescence, and using restriction enzymes and gel electrophoresis to observe how scientists manipulate DNA for gene splicing. Both labs incorporate key concepts that are part of the New York State Regents Living Environment course.

Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy
Building on a long-standing tradition of investing in the communities it serves, Bank of America is delivering on a 10-year goal to donate $2 billion to nonprofit organizations engaged in improving the health and vitality of their neighborhoods. Here on Long Island, Bank of America has given millions to help address pressing community needs. In addition, Bank of America employees have volunteered thousands of hours to organizations making a difference at the local level.

About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
A world leader in genetics education for the public since 1989, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's DNA Learning Center (DNALC) has provided interactive, hands-on workshops in genetics and biotechnology for more than 500,000 students from Long Island and the surrounding boroughs.

Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. CSHL is ranked number one in the world by Thomson Reuters for impact of its research in molecular biology and genetics. The Laboratory has been home to eight Nobel Prize winners. Today, CSHL's multidisciplinary scientific community is more than 400 scientists strong and its Meetings & Courses program hosts more than 12,000 scientists from around the world each year. Tens of thousands more benefit from the research, reviews, and ideas published in journals and books distributed internationally by CSHL Press. The Laboratory's education arm also includes a graduate school and programs for undergraduates as well as middle and high school students and teachers. CSHL is a private, not-for-profit institution on the north shore of Long Island.