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Monday, June 23,1997

Local teachers attend workshop

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Four Pecos High School teachers joined other teachers from the Big Bend
area for a two-day Biotechnology Teacher Enhancement Project (BTEP)
workshop held at Sul Ross State University in Alpine.

Pecos teachers attending the workshop include Barbara Scown, Besty
Sikes, Victor Tarin and Cary D. Hannsz.

The workshop focused on the basics of recombinant DNA technology and
using low cost classroom activities when teaching about biotechnology
and genetics.

In the recombinant DNA technology training, the teachers were to remove
a small circle of DNA from a host bacteria, digest it with enzymes,
place the mixture in a gel and run an electric current through the gel
that separates the pieces of DNA by size. They then placed a portion of
the circular DNA back into the host bacteria, creating an antibiotic
resistance in the bacteria.

The workshop was conducted as part of the Texas Biotechnology Teacher
Enhancement Project a collaboration between the National Science
Foundation and Texas A&M University. The project is administered by the
Texas Alliance for Science, Technology and Mathematics Education in the
Texas A&M College of Education.

The Big Bend area high school biology teachers who attended the workshop
were Ginger Anderson, Valentine High School; Randy Ridgeway, Presidio
High School; Joe Valenzuela, Alpine High School; Wendy Flippo, Big Bend
High School and Kay Martin, Van Horn High School.

The Biotechnology Teacher Enhancement Project workshop was team taught
by Patt Sims, a BTEP resource agent and master teacher from Presidio, and Jeannine Kantz and Donna Balint, BTEP staff.

Massinessaniko ends deployment

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Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Renee Massinessaniko a 1983 graduate of
Pecos High School of Pecos, recently completed a six-month deployment to
the Mediterranean Sea with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 126,
embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.

As part of the USS Theodore Roosevelt's embarked air wing,
Massinessaniko's squadron was a major contributor to the success of the
deployment. Massinessaniko participated in various operations and
exercises, including Operation Deliberate Guard in the Adriatic Sea
where the ship's aircraft flew missions in support of the U.N. mandated
no-fly zone over Bosnia; Exercise Invitex 97-1, the largest exercise of
the deployment and they supported the United Nations Resolution 661
which calls for importing and exporting sanctions against Iraq.
Massinessaniko also participated in exercises involving British, French,
Israeli, Saudi Arabian and Tunisian military forces.

Massinessaniko's squadron flies the E-2C Hawkeye, a multi-engine
tubroprop aircraft capable of providing long-range airborne early
warning to ships and aircraft of a carrier battle group. The Hawkeye
also can provide additional air control and intercept information for
other aircraft.

During the deployment, Massinessaniko and ship mates conducted various
community relations projects during their port visits, ranging from yard
work to painting and carpentry. Massinessaniko visited France, Greece,
Israel, Italy, Spain, Turkey and United Arab Emirates as well as
traveling through the Suez Canal twice.

She joined the Navy in January 1994.

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