Our outreach program aims to inspire and in turn educate K-12 kids and the greater public about ribonucleic acid (RNA).
Since RNA controls protein production in the human body, it has enormous potential to treat and diagnose disease. This cutting edge research area has relevance to public health and therefore, we feel strongly about educating the public about this molecule.
We have a menu of activities for a variety of age and skill levels. Some activities involve science projects and others teach basic scientific concepts through art and movement. Please contact Lori Chertoff for more information.
Upcoming Outreach Events
Ask a Scientist
A gathering for local high school students where a scientist from The RNA Institute will talk about RNA science in the context of public health and why science and technology are important and interesting career paths. Students will have numerous opportunities to ask career questions, get advice and generally pick the brain of the scientist on the stage.
Past Outreach Events
The RNA Institute hosted an inaugural RNA Day for local 7-12th grade students from the New York State's Science Technology Entry Program (STEP) and Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region on October 25th, 2014. During RNA Day, Institute scientists and staff lead hands-on workshops to extract DNA/RNA from strawberries and then visualize it using liquid chromatography, a technique used by forensic scientists to create a “fingerprint” that can uniquely identify people. UAlbany undergraduate student volunteers from Chemistry's living learning community and graduate students from the Life Sciences's Graduate Student Association aided in teaching basic scientific concepts. Each session included a tour of The RNA Institute facilities.