March 10, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Barb Chamberlain, 509/358-7527,
NEWS CONTACT: Sylvia Oliver, Assistant Director, Health Research and Education Center, and Director, WSU Spokane CityLab, 509/358-7635,
        SPOKANE, Wash. -- The chance to solve medical and scientific mysteries with real-world laboratory skills awaits young women who sign up for summer science camps offered by WSU Spokane CityLab. The camps are under the direction of Sylvia Oliver, assistant director of WSU Spokane's Health Research and Education Center and founder of WSU Spokane CityLab.
        Two sessions of a three-day Young Women's Summer Science Camp will be held at WSU Spokane's research facilities this June and July. Tuition is $75, which includes all supplies and a T-shirt. The first camp, created for middle school girls, will be held June 29-July 1, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The second camp, for young women in high school, will be held July 6-8, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Each session will allow an enrollment of 16 students.
        Students will learn and use state-of-the-art biotechnology lab techniques, biochemical food assays and medical tests to solve a laboratory mystery. Students will also isolate and analyze DNA from mammalian cells.
        An eight-day camp will be held July 18-25 at Camp Roger Larson on Lake Coeur d'Alene. Tuition costs $450, with full and partial scholarships available based on need. This camp is designed for young women ages 15-18.
        Students will be working with the Idaho Department of Fish and Wildlife (IDFW) on its Caribou Recovery Program. Science projects will involve isolating and analyzing caribou DNA using state-of-the-art biotechnology lab techniques.
        Also included is a two-day camping field trip that will focus on outdoor skills. Students will learn about radio collaring, compass/map navigation, and caribou ecology from the IDFW personnel. Campers will use computers to analyze their data and prepare professional posters.         In addition, the camp includes self-esteem and team-building activities. These include low and high ropes courses, canoeing courses, outdoor survival skills and participation in a camp service project.
        WSU Spokane CityLab's Young Women's Summer Science Camp program is an outgrowth of Oliver's work as chair of the Washington Science Teachers' Association Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science. "The collaboration with IDFW personnel was established not only to help meet their needs for DNA data on the endangered caribou herd, but also to provide an exciting and valuable learning environment to encourage the involvement of young women in science," said Oliver.
        Applicants for the eight-day camp should have at least one year of biology at the secondary level. WSU Spokane CityLab is also interested in involving teachers in the IDFW project. Those interested in attendance or teacher involvement should contact Sylvia Oliver, Director, WSU Spokane CityLab, 509/358-7635, WSU Spokane CityLab is also on the web at <>.


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