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Environmental Factor, February 2013

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Neighbors in the house

By John Schelp

KHS studants and Dugan

KHS students joined Joseph, center in brown suit, and Dugan, right, for the tour of NIEHS. (Photo courtesy of John Schelp)

Geoff Mueller, Ph.D.

Mueller explained the operation of the NMR as the KHS students looked on. (Photo courtesy of John Schelp)

A group of 22 high school chemistry students from nearby Kestrel Heights School (KHS) visited NIEHS Jan. 23 for a tour of the facility, much like hundreds of students each year who come to the campus in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The tour was organized by the NIEHS Office of Science Education and Diversity.

One thing in particular set this group apart, however. In the mid-1980s, their science teacher, Andrew Joseph, Ph.D., was a postdoctoral fellow in the Molecular Biophysics Group on the old north campus headed by lead researcher Bob London, Ph.D. Joseph discovered his passion in teaching high school students and decided to follow one of the roads less taken by NIH postdocs.

KHS Executive Director Tim Dugan also joined the group as they went on a walking tour of the Rall Building; learned about the NIH Summer Internship Program from Debbie Wilson; listened to postdoctoral fellow Danielle Watts, Ph.D., talk about her career; and enjoyed science talks by London and staff scientist Geoff Mueller, Ph.D., in the NIEHS Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Center.

(John Schelp is a special assistant for community engagement and outreach in the NIEHS Office of Science Education and Diversity.)

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