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Dr. Hinchcliffe to give 7th-graders presentations about science and research

AUSTIN, Minn. — Thursday, March 14, 2013 — Dr. Edward “Ted” Hinchcliffe, a section leader at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic, will give educational and entertaining presentations throughout the day on Monday to 7th-grade students at Austin’s Ellis Middle School.

As part of The Hormel Institute’s year-round educational outreach initiative, Hinchcliffe, who heads the Cellular Dynamics section that started over four years ago at the Institute, will give presentations in the school’s auditorium about his cancer research and the fun of science in general. Monday’s visit will be The Hormel Institute’s fourth-straight year of providing scientists to spend the day at Ellis speaking to and interacting with students.

Media interested in covering Hinchcliffe’s presentations should contact Ellis Middle School at 460-1500 regarding the schedule.

“Helping students consider the importance of science education and the field of research is critical for science and our society,” said Dr. Zigang Dong, Executive Director of The Hormel Institute. “We are grateful for our collaborative partnership with Ellis Middle School that allows us to share information with students and hopefully ignite in them an interest in scientific research and medical research.”

Scientists visiting Ellis Middle School is one of the numerous ways The Hormel Institute, which specializes in research focused on discoveries leading to the prevention and control of cancer, promotes science education throughout the year. The Hormel Institute’s educational outreach initiative includes providing opportunities for pre-school to post-doc by supporting science fairs, working with high school honors biology students, offering a summer college internship program, serving as a leader of the University of Minnesota-Rochester’s Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology (BICB) program, and providing both doctoral and post-doctoral research training programs.

On Jan. 30, The Hormel Institute hosted all 6th-grade students from Ellis Middle School throughout the day for the 4th annual Ellis Day in which the students meet scientists, see scientific demonstrations, and learn about the Institute’s cutting-edge cancer research and state-of-the-art technology.