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Training the Next Generation of San Diego Biologists

More than 40 students studying biotechnology at Castle Park High School’s Science Innovation Academy in Chula Vista came to campus to experience how biologists do research—as well as to learn what it takes to actually become a scientist.

Their recent visit, arranged by emeritus professor of biology Maarten Chrispeels and Castle Park biology and biotechnology teachers Megan Grupe and Darci Kimball, was sponsored by Biological Sciences Dean Bill McGinnis and filmed by a television crew for CBS Channel 8, which will soon broadcast the segment as part of its Innovate 8 series on local STEM education programs.