Web Connects K-12 Students With Scientists
The 7 o’clock hour is close at hand, and the Derek-and-Justin evening show is about to begin.
Inside a fifth-floor conference room, Johns Hopkins University epidemiologists Derek Cummings and Justin Lessler are making final preparations before they take to the air—for a live webinar on the spread of swine flu, to be broadcast to a group of middle and high school students across the country.
The two experts on epidemics have come to the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth to give the Web-based audio and video presentation. It’s one of many efforts by universities and science organizations to put K-12 students in direct contact with research scientists, in the hope of giving young people a taste of advanced scientific work and making it less...
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