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Magnet teacher honored with journal prize

Pictured with Susan McClatchy, an educational outreach coordinator at the Jackson Laboratory in Maine, are students from the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, Gabe Vela and Jasmine Johnson, who graduated in 2013, and Chelse Steele, a senior. (Special Photo)

Pictured with Susan McClatchy, an educational outreach coordinator at the Jackson Laboratory in Maine, are students from the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, Gabe Vela and Jasmine Johnson, who graduated in 2013, and Chelse Steele, a senior. (Special Photo)

CONYERS — A research teacher at the Rockdale Magnet School recently received a national honor.

Amanda Baskett from the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology received the Inquiry Based Instruction prize from the national journal, “Science.” Baskett also was published in the world’s top scientific academic journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The article was published over the summer.

“Being published in ‘Science’ has been a dream of mine that I wasn’t sure would ever happen when I decided to teach,” Baskett said.

The prize recognizes the research instruction that happens at the Magnet School on a national level, she added.

The award is for the school’s collaboration with Jackson Laboratory in Maine.

“It speaks highly for the research program at RMSST in general,” Baskett said.

Over the summer, Magnet students Gabe Vela and Jasmine Johnson, who graduated in 2013, and Chelse Steele, a senior, conducted research at the lab in Maine.

“These students were selected to be paid to do summer research at this premier genetics research facility because of the work they did during the year as part of the Independent Studies in Computational Biology Prize,” Baskett said.

The “Science” contest recognized any inquiry-based or design-based module associated with an advanced high school level or introductory-level college course in science or engineering. Winners were selected by the editors of “Science” with the assistance of a judging panel composed of teachers and researchers in relevant fields.

Baskett collaborated on the article with Susan McClatchy, an educational outreach coordinator with the Jackson Lab; Deborah McGann, a chemistry and biology teacher at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics; Robert Gotwals, a chemistry and research instructor at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics; and Gary Churchill, a statistical geneticist at the Jackson Lab.

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