Science program launched under new leadership at Bell-Jeff

Scientific inquiry will get a boost at Bellarmine-Jefferson High School in Burbank this winter when The Amgen Biotech Experience is integrated into the school’s science curriculum.

A result of a new partnership with the Amgen Foundation, the free program includes teacher professional development workshops, curriculum and supplies as well as a three-week loan of research-grade lab equipment.

The program offers a hands-on, inquiry-based molecular biology curriculum designed to introduce the excitement of scientific discovery to students, who will have the chance to explore the steps involved in creating biotechnology therapeutics. Bellarmine-Jefferson High School will be one of 80 California school participants.

“The Amgen project allows students to use extremely delicate and expensive tools that could only be used in college level or beyond,” noted Antonio Kim, who teaches biology and religion classes.

“Bell-Jeff students will be learning with cutting edge technology in our biology classes,” added new principal Michael Stumpf. “I am excited for what this program will mean for our students; this is a beginning of a new era for Bellarmine-Jefferson High School.”

Stumpf, 41, who previously spent eight years as assistant headmaster for student life at Villanova Preparatory School in Ojai, told The Tidings that the biotech experience program planned for all tenth grade biology students deals with contemporary issues that often have ethical ramifications.

“When they talk about working with DNA and some of the engineering that goes on in science today, it also gives us an opportunity for our religion teachers to talk about some of the ethical issues in these areas I would definitely want them to explore,” said Stumpf. “It would be an opportunity for students to have a conversation about very current events in science that have to do with our faith.”

A native of Erie, Pa., who got his secondary teaching credential in social studies at Indiana University on a football scholarship where he was an offensive lineman, Stumpf said that his Catholic faith has helped him survive life’s challenges, including the “physically and emotionally demanding” time during college freshman football camp.

“Any time in my life since then, when things are tough, I think back, ‘It’s not as tough as that,’” shared the principal, who is positive about boosting Bell-Jeff’s enrollment with initiatives that include updated infrastructure technology to handle anticipated future implementation of a one-to-one student/computer program.

“It’s all based on faith that grace will be there for us,” said Stumpf. “It’s very important to me when I went into Catholic education to really have a faith-centered community, and I felt that at the recent retreat with the teachers. I think the team aspect is very important. You can’t do it yourself.”


 


Voices

Seeking the face of God in the Scriptures

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Prayer is seeking the face of God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church recalls the story of how St. John Vianney once found a peasant praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The saint asked him what he was doing, and the man replied: “I look at him and he looks at me.”

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February 13, 2016

  • Saturday, February 13

    World Day of the Sick Mass, Mass and Anointing of the Sick, 12:30 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels,  555 W Temple St, Los Angeles. Archbishop Gomez presiding with other bishops and priests. Special section designated for those in wheelchairs with volunteers available to help. Limited parking available for $8. Carpooling is encouraged. For more info: Chuck Huebner at cjhuebner @gmail.com or Jim LoCoco at flavialococ0@msn.com.

     

     

    Bosco Tech’s Yurak Memorial Run & Kids’ Fun Run, Check in begins at 8 a.m., Memorial Run at 9 a.m., Fun Run at 10 a.m., Bosco Tech, 1151 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead. Race registration is $35 per person. For school groups of 10 or more, the cost is $30. To register online, go to www.boscotech.edu/events or www.yurak.eventbrite.com; same-day registration available at check-in table. Included: racing fees, finisher medal, goodie bag and BBQ lunch. Plaques will be awarded to the top five male and female runners and to the fastest runner under 18.All proceeds to benefit Bosco Tech’s Yurak Athletic Center (YAC). 

     

    Cabrini Literary Guild “Sweetheart Bingo” Meeting, Sat., Feb.13 at Oakmont Country Club, 3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale. Meeting starts at 11 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m. ($30/person), and bingo social at 1 p.m. Bingo cards are $5 each, or $20 for five cards. For reservations, call (818) 790-3485.

     

    Footprints: Making Tracks for Neighbors in Need, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Bishop Amat High School track, 14301 Fairgrove Ave., La Puente. Catholic Charities San Gabriel Region will present this annual walk/run fundraiser to increase awareness about poverty, hunger and homelessness in the San Gabriel Region. Proceeds benefit those lacking basic needs, such as food, clothing, transportation and shelter. This is a come anytime, leave anytime event, with the first lap around the track to be led by Bishop David O'Connell. For more information, visit lentenfootprints.yolasite.com or contact Mary Romero at (213) 251-3582 or mromero@ccharities.org.

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