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April 3, 2002

Web-based biotechnology course offered this summer for teachers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – High school teachers may take the Web-based course "Introduction to Agricultural Biotechnology" (HORT 590G) for credit toward license renewal. Sponsored by the Purdue University School of Agriculture and Cooperative Extension Service, the course will be offered June 11 through July 27.

The three-credit course will cover an introduction to biotechnology, herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant transgenic crops, environmental and food safety of transgenic crops, and ethical and cultural issues of biotechnology.

"High school teachers can learn about biotechnology and take it to the classroom where they can educate students," said Kathryn Orvis, course coordinator. "When biotechnology issues come up in class, teachers will be able to talk knowledgeably about them."

The Web-based lessons require weekly assignments. Participants also will spend five days on Purdue's West Lafayette campus. Participants will meet the instructors and learn about the class on June 10-11. On July 24-26, there will be a hands-on workshop and field trip.

Credits earned in the course count toward the six-hour requirement for license renewal. The course also counts toward certification renewal unit requirements.

For more information about the class and the cost of registration, visit the Web site, or contact course coordinator Kathryn Orvis at (765) 494-8435, orvis@purdue.edu. To register, contact Ann Perry at the Purdue Center for Lifelong Learning at (800) 359-2968, annp@purdue.edu. The enrollment deadline is May 24.

CONTACT: Kathryn Orvis, (765) 494-8435, orvis@purdue.edu.

Writer: Andrea Gregory, (765) 494-8402, news_students@aes.purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes, bforbes@aes.purdue.edu; http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/AgComm/public/agnews/

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