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.