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School to Careers Event
Stem Cells and Cloning: What about Dolly?
Subject Areas:
    Careers/Vocational Education
    Guidance/Personal Growth
Science teachers bring your students to hear an engaging and interesting presentation from Professor Shawn Ellerbroek, Chemistry/Biochemistry Department, Wartburg College.

Dr. Ellerbroek will begin his presentation with an easy to understand definition of stem cells. He’ll talk about what makes them unique and the difference between embryonic and non-embryonic or “adult” stem cells. He’ll discuss some of the potential uses of stem cells and share news about some big developments in the field in the past few years.

We’ll segue into cloning by first defining what it means to “clone” and how this technology is used by scientists. Your students might be aware of Dolly the sheep and other animals that have been cloned…but do they know what else cloning is used for? Professor Ellerbroek will touch on what has been done to date and what the future may hold.

The intent of this presentation is to leave the “science fiction” behind and share information that is fact based. Your students will find that Dr. Ellerbroek’s presentation is fun and easy to understand and we think your students will find him very engaging.

This is also a great way for your students who are interested in science to see a young professional working in the field.

Teachers, start your students thinking about the topic by asking them to answer one of these questions before the session:

-Name a common disease that may be positively impacted by some of the research that is being done with stem cells. Why?

-What was unique about Dolly? What was her claim to fame?

-What is gene therapy? What is cell therapy? How are they different?

- What does it mean to clone someone or something? What are potential obstacles?

Suggested Prerequisites:

This session aligns to some of the topics covered in the Iowa Core Curriculum for science, grades 9-12. See Life Science.

Session Related Web sites:

  • School to Careers ( - Teachers, students and parents explore the world of work via the STC Web site. Job descriptions, video clips and links to additional resources can be accessed through this Web site. The STC database features occupations in health, engineering, business, agriscience, human services and the arts. Career searches can be done by keyword, occupation, subject or Career Pathway.

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Contact Person:
LaShell Staley

(800) 532-1290 or (515) 725-9725
Offering Dates & Times: Registration Deadlines:
February 11, 2014
 Tuesday, 9:00 AM - 9:55 AM
Audience: grades 9-12
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
February 11, 2014
 Tuesday, 10:00 AM - 10:55 AM
Audience: grades 9-12
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
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