Stem cell research holds great promise for improved healthcare and regenerative medicine. However because the field is so new, instructors need help in learning what to teach and how to teach it.
Funding from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technology Education program allowed teachers to learn about this new area through workshops last summer at Alamance Community College, Austin Community College (ACC), and Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC).
Bill Woodruff, retired department head of Alamance's biotechnology program, taught professors from around the country about stem cell technology, both its potential and the practical aspects needed for today’s applications. “We’re training technicians to go out in the workforce and do the work that needs to be done.” said Woodruff.
Dr. Thomas Tubon, PI of an ATE project on Stem Cell Technical Education, drove all the way from Wisconsin to Texas to Kentucky to lead the workshops at ACC and BCTC.