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Internship: Tori Rinker, a junior at Woodlawn School, interned this summer in the biology lab at Davidson College with Dr. Malcolm Campbell and 11 college students.
"The focus of my summer research is to document a new finding that will change the way people think about gene regulation. In particular, I am looking at a protein that binds to its cognate promoter to initiate gene activity, but it appears the protein actually binds in a different series of steps than is widely reported. That is the great thing about being in a discipline that so cutting edge - even 'bad results' contribute to the body of knowledge," said Tori.
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"This research interests me because it is so new and very exciting to be caught up in all the energy that is with it. Synthetic biology is in the news every week now," she said.
"Tori is a natural in the lab," said Campbell, her supervisor and professor of biology at Davidson College. "She is very quick to learn new methods and has a good understanding of biology and chemistry, which means she was productive the first week in lab."
Lake Norman Charter
Book Club: The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, selected Lake Norman Charter School as one of 16 public and school libraries nationwide to serve as official book groups for the association's Teens' Top Ten. The Teens' Top Ten is an ongoing project in which publishers of young adult books provide copies of their recent titles to teen book discussion groups. Teen readers at Lake Norman Charter School will evaluate books from more than 30 participating publishers. The Student Advisory Club for Media will begin its term in November and will finish its duties in 2012. Teens at Lake Norman Charter School will also choose the nominees for the Teens' Top Ten, in which teens nationwide voice their choice for their favorite books each year. This year's vote is open now through Sept. 17 at www.ala.org/teenstopten. The results will be announced in a webcast during Teen Read Week, Oct. 17-23.
Changes to Facilities and Operations: The operations departments have been centralized under the leadership of Ben Putnam. In addition to remaining as the director of The Davidson Day Institute, Putnam is now director of operations. He will oversee facilities, maintenance/custodial, lunch, transportation, emergency preparedness and technology (IT) programs.
Student leaders: In Student Government elections, Adam Cosgrove was elected Middle School president. In the Upper School, Gabriel Mercer was elected Student Body president.
Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Earp will compete in The Cities of America National Pageant in Orlando, Fla. next year after placing in the Top 10 in her age group in the Miss Charlotte event.
Curriculum Night: 6-8 p.m. Sept.16. Meet teachers and learn more about the classroom procedures and expectations. You will also have the chance to join the PTSA and learn how you can be a part of events at Hopewell. 11530 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville.
Art exhibit: The work of two Lake Norman artists best known for their paintings and drawings of the human anatomy will be on display during "Go Figure," a celebration of the human form, through Sept. 24. Paintings and figure drawings by Adele Goodman of Mooresville and Roger Hicks of Cornelius, will be exhibited in the Grace and Cameron West Art Gallery at Pfeiffer University. An artist reception is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Sept. 16 in the gallery, which is located in Goode Hall on the Misenheimer campus. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except during special events.