Monica Patterson Tackles Biotech Research

Monica Patterson

Monica Patterson

Senior Monica Patterson’s fascination with biological science led her to pursue a project that focused on biotechnology. She established and ran her own biotech lab at King Kekaulike High School in order to conduct her experiments.

As part of her research on the benefits of biotechnology, Monica not only had to delve into DNA and genetics information but she had to develop a position on the controversies involving biotechnology. Continue reading

Community Service Drives Arisa’s Project

Arisa Blanco

Arisa Blanco

Arisa May Blanco, a Waipahu High senior, is deeply committed to getting young citizens involved in community service. This ideal inspired her to serve as student advisor to the Waipahu Intermediate Builders Club. This was the start-up year for this fledgling club that is an international student-led service organization supported by Kiwanis International. She taught the 12 young students how to be effective leaders in the club and how to find viable service projects. They volunteered at West Loch Elderly Hall, Waipahu Elderly Hall, and Hawaii Plantation Village, and also participated in cleanups for the U.S.S. Battleship Missouri and their own school campus. Continue reading

Waipahu Senior Tackles Cancer Research

Maria Andrea Jurado

Maria Andrea Jurado

Maria Andrea Jurado, a senior at Waipahu High School, spent summer 2014 interning at the UH Cancer Center (UHCC)—a dynamic environment where researchers are trying to find medical solutions to the prevention and treatment as well as cures for cancer. Andrea’s laboratory work involved the synthesis of a potential cancer drug. She had to learn several precise lab techniques including liquid chromatography and thin layer chromatography, which are techniques to separate compounds into individual parts for detailed study in cancer research. As Andrea explains it, if this particular drug is successful, it will inhibit the dimerization (chemical reaction that joins two molecular subunits to form a single unit) of the STAT-3 protein that is related to cancer. She credited her project advisor, Dr. Francisco Lopez-Tapia, a medicinal chemist at UHCC, for mentoring her and teaching her essential lab techniques. Continue reading

Spreading PEARL at Baldwin High

Shannon Alueta

Shannon Alueta

As PEARL developers, we are always curious to hear if the PEARL resources are reaching teachers. We are delighted to report that Shannon Alueta, librarian at Baldwin High, is doing an amazing job of teaming with her teachers on research projects. While she was completing her PEARL training in 2011, Shannon was also moving from King Kekaulike High to Baldwin High on Maui. As the new librarian at Baldwin, she was able to partner with an English teacher who worked with both juniors and seniors on research papers. The teaming was a huge success, so much so that Shannon now has the six to eight teachers comprising the entire English Department seeking her assistance with research assignments. Continue reading