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Annual Biotechnology Conference To Be Held At Collin College

May 1, 2008 - Dr. Harold "Skip" Garner, professor of Biochemistry and Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern, will be the keynote speaker of the Eighth-Annual Biotechnology Educators Conference that will be held from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 12 at Collin College's Spring Creek Campus, 2800 East Spring Creek Parkway, in Plano.

This year's theme is "Biotechnology: The Crossroads of Controversy and Solutions" and Garner's keynote address will address translating genomic research into medical applications.

Cost to attend the conference is $20. Space is limited and pre-registration is encouraged. The registration fee will include concurrent workshops from 10:45-11:45 a.m., 1-2 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m., conference materials and lunch.

Registration for Region 10 educators is available online at while registration packets for non-Region 10 educators can be downloaded at

Topics covered at the conference, which is open to the public and targets primarily teachers, educators, county extension agents and outreach professionals, include:

  • Organic versus conventional food crops
  • Agents of bioterrorism
  • Electronic resources in biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Hands-on labs

Additionally, the conference will feature a competitive poster session for undergraduate and graduate students that will have cash awards.

The conference is a joint effort between Collin College, Region 10, Southern Methodist University, The University of Texas at Dallas, the Nanotech Institute, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Texas A&M Extension Service.

Teachers attending the conference also will get Continuing Education credits.

For more information about the conference or to register, contact:

  • Bridgette Kirkpatrick at or 972.881.5853
  • Bobette Mauck at or 972.348.1524
  • Deborah Brendal at or 972.348.1513
  • Alana Williams at or 972.231.5362
  • David Grelle at or 972.348.1474

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.