Redefining the Classroom

Honors students dream in DNA

Posted: April 18th, 2014

NOBEL RE-ENACTORS – Lake Superior State University Honors students Trace Hill (l), and Brandon Yanni recreate a famous 1953 photo of Francis Crick (left, on screen) and James Watson, scientists who shared 1962 Nobel prizes in medicine for their work in discerning the molecular shape of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA. Hill and Yanni reconstructed their 21st-Century model for an Honors-program ideas class – DNA: Secret of Life – taught by chemistry professor Marshall Werner. For their final creative projects, students composed poetry and prose about the molecule, wrote computer programs and performed songs paying homage to DNA, and even built a pinata filled with DNA-inspired (e.g., sucrose, triglycerides) candies. Yanni is a junior studying chemistry from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; Hill is a junior from Roscommon, Mich., majoring in computer engineering. Run a Web search on "honors LSSU" for more about that program at Lake State. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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DNA explorers (from left) Alyssa Ellsworth, Shelby Cunningham, Trace Hill, Erica Smith, Miranda Emaus, Brandon Yanni, and Jane Newman. (Download a print version)


CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315.