PROJECT:  JACK AND THE GENESTALK

Dr. Steven H. Wool, Ph.D   @ The Hudson School

HELPING TODAY’S CHILDREN CHANGE TOMORROW’S WORLD

We are proud to announce the launch of PROJECT JACK AND THE GENESTALK at The Hudson School. This multiyear environmental research project (6 years)will primarily follow how pollutants change the genetics of common organisms over a period of several years, and will make the authorities aware of the damage pollutants are doing, even at minute levels, to the environment.

The project is unique not only because there are few, if any, projects that have followed over a long time period how the bacteria which form the base of the food chain are changed genetically by the pollutants that disturb the food chain environment in a substantial and irrevocable way, but because the project will use about 100 students at all times, grades 7-12, at every level of sophistication to run the experiments and collect and interpret the data. In this way, today’s children will affect tomorrow’s world.

Evaluated results will be sent to scientific journals and posted on the project’s Web site for the world to see. The success of this project could trigger similar projects around the globe as students from other communities and societies view our science "neighborhood" on the Internet. Through teamwork and effort, students will view science in general, and protecting the environment in particular, as areas in which they can have real impact.

PROJECT JACK AND THE GENESTALK hopes to show that the current acceptable pollutant levels are too high for the protection of the environment and of our children who are exposed to that environment.

We want to see that the earth is here for our children and for their descendants.

Our projected budget is $25,000/year and includes laboratory equipment/supplies and the construction/maintenance of the Web site on which we will constantly be recording data and results.

PROJECT JACK AND THE GENESTALK was recently awarded an "Unsung Heroes" Award from ING.

 


DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P0 Box 500
TRENTON, NJ 08625-0500
JON S. CORZINE
Governor

 
LUCILLE E. DAVY
Acting Commissioner

 
September 26, 2006

 
Dr. Steven Wool
1500 Washington Street, #3E
Hoboken, NJ 07030

Dear Dr. Wool:

Congratulations on the recent honor you received through the ING Unsung Heroes Program. You are to be commended for your innovative approach to studying the effects of pollutants on our environment called Jack and the Genestalk. This project is particularly important as it has learning implications for all the students at The Hudson School and challenges students across all grade levels. The maintenance of a web site of your findings will serve to inform your community as well as those who worked in the project as students and moved on after graduation. The critical thinking skills that apply to this theme will easily transfer to other practical learning experiences.

Thank you for developing this program and submitting it to ING. This is a distinction that brings honor to you, as an exemplary educator, and New Jersey, as well. The leadership you have shown translates into a wonderful opportunity for your students to learn essential concepts.

Sincerely,

Lucille E. Davy
Acting Commissioner
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ROBERT MENENDEZ
NEW JERSEY

 

United States Senate

WASHINGTON, D. C. 20510

   November 9, 2006

                   Dr. Steven Wool
                   The Hudson School
                   
601 Park avenue
                   Hoboken, New Jersey 07030


                   Dear Dr. Wool,

It is my great honor and privilege to commend you for being recognized as a 2006 ING Unsung Hero. This honor serves as a testament to the hard work, passion, and dedication with which you have served the community of Hoboken, New Jersey.

I am a strong believer in the importance of education, as it is the key to unlocking doors that lead to incredible social and economic opportunities for students. As a teacher at The Hudson School, you are committed to educating our youth while providing them with the skills necessary to become active and productive members of society. With the knowledge and skills acquired at The Hudson School, each student will be able to conquer new challenges and achieve new goals in their future.

As your United States Senator, I am committed to improving the lives of all New Jerseyans. Once again, congratulations and best wishes for continued success.

Sincerely,
Robert Menendez

United States Senator


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