Science meets music: John Bapst students visit The Jackson Laboratory

Date: April 2, 2010
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Bar Harbor, Maine -- Research shows that music education can enhance learning of math and science. On Wednesday, March 31, students of John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor visited The Jackson Laboratory for a combination of arts and sciences.

The students toured the Laboratory and learned how Maine’s largest nonprofit biomedical research institute is working to improve human health. They met with scientists studying the genetics of cardiovascular disease, visited the Cryopreservation laboratory, saw how high-tech imaging equipment works, got a peek at the JAX Mice & Services operation, and learned about the institution’s historic Summer Student Program.

Then the students broke for a pizza lunch and music in Roscoe’s, the Laboratory’s dining facility, with the school’s Chamber Orchestra, Choir and piano soloist Tom Jones performing. Julie Ewing, John Bapst’s music leader, was instrumental in helping The Jackson Laboratory acquire and upgrade the piano that now graces Roscoe’s.

The visit was covered by WLBZ/WCSH-TV and WABI-TV.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif. Its mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human diseases, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.

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