Life Sciences Learning Center Awarded $175,000 grant

Toyota USA Foundation funds will enhance UR, RCSD partnership

December 18, 2002

The Toyota USA Foundation will award $175,000 to the University of Rochester Medical Center's Life Sciences Learning Center for the creation of a national model of life science education.

The Life Sciences Learning Center will receive the funding over two years. The model of life science education that is developed will provide Rochester City School District students with tailored science learning opportunities, both in the classroom and at the Center itself. Science educators also will be trained to do laboratory-based teaching.

"This grant allows us to further strengthen the partnership we've built with the City School District," says Dina Markowitz, Ph.D., director of the Life Sciences Learning Center. "It will enhance programs for teachers and students, which inform educators about cutting-edge science initiatives and foster a love of science in students."

The Life Sciences Learning Center provides interactive and hands-on learning experiences for students and teachers in Western New York. It receives support from the National Center for Research Resources, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the University of Rochester Environmental Health Sciences Center, and charitable and corporate sponsors.

Also receiving Toyota USA Foundation awards are Northern Kentucky University, Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy, and the New Detroit Science Center. Annually, the foundation provides $2 million in grants to support mathematics and science educational programs for kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information about the Life Sciences Learning Center, please call (585) 275-0268. # # #

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