Right Turn: Dear teacher, this is how I spent my summer vacation…

Author: Stacey Johnson, 09/26/14


An interest and appetite for science appears to be alive and well in two jurisdictions where high school students competed for the chance to spend part, or all, of their summer learning about stem cells and biomedical research.

The winners of a science animation festival spent one week at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada to work alongside faculty researchers and then communicate complex biological and technological knowledge through the medium of animation.

Here is the work of Professors Christopher Yip and Penney Gilbert interpreted by Peel Region (just outside of Toronto) students. (Click here to watch three more videos.)

City of Hope summer interns from Los Angeles, California had the opportunity to get hands-on experience doing stem cell research at nine universities across the state, thanks to funding from California’s Stem Cell Agency (CIRM).  They chose to share their new knowledge in a video parody of the hit song “Let it Go” – in this case let it “grow” – from the popular movie Frozen. Their video was even featured on network television (ABC 7 Bay Area and NBC New York).

So, which group of junior scientists impressed you the most?

Our regular feature, Right Turn, showcases the “lighter” side of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Every Friday, we will bring you cartoons, photos, videos and other content that may be just as thought provoking as the written submissions that you are used to finding here, but they definitely won’t be blogs.

As always, we welcome your feedback and we also welcome suitable submissions. Be creative! Use the right (!) side of your brain. Make us laugh! Let’s see if we can make this new direction a positive one for all of us. Send your submission to info(at)ccrm.ca.




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Stacey Johnson

Stacey Johnson

For almost 20 years, Stacey has been providing strategic communications counsel to government, corporate, technology and health organizations. Prior to that, Stacey was at the CTV Television Network, first as a researcher, then as a story producer for “Goldhawk Fights Back,” a special ombudsman segment that aired weekly on the National News and Canada AM. Before joining CCRM as the Director, Communications and Marketing, Stacey was the Director of Communications for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Stacey is editor of Signals. You can follow Stacey on Twitter @msstaceyerin.
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