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

Appreciating the gift of memory

Anne Hansen

Why do we hold on to so many things in closets, garages and storage units? What is it about the birth announcement of an adult child or the high school diploma of an elderly grandparent that keeps these objects carefully saved rather than discarded? They are of no use to anyone and take up space. Yet they are precious and difficult to part with.

 

 

The Holy Father visits the Holy Land

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January 25, 2015

  • Saturday, January 24

    Building Bridges through Intercultural Competency: A Symposium on the Future of Education and Ministry in the Church, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. Archbishop José H. Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will deliver a keynote address, which will be followed by two panel discussions on issues of intercultural competency and diversity featuring experts and practitioners working in Catholic education and other ministries in Southern California and across the United States. For more information, please contact the LMU School of Education Office of the Dean at (310) 258-8768.

    Life in the Spirit Seminar, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Registration 8:30 a.m.), Incarnation School Auditorium, 1001, N Brand Blvd., Glendale. Led by Fr. Bill Adams C.S.s.R. (818) 421-1354.

    Journey Through Grief, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd, Rancho Palos Verdes. (310) 377-4867.

    “One Life, One Light” Requiem for the Unborn, 6 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles.

  • Sunday, January 25

    44th Annual Whale Fiesta, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. Free. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium celebrates marine mammals and the beginning of the migration of the Pacific gray whales along Southern California. Activities include building a life-sized whale out of sand, “Great Duct Tape Whale Contest” and “Whale Dynamics,” where participants will be transformed into a single “living whale.” (310) 548-7562.

    “Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change” with director Jayasri Majumdar Hart, 3-5 p.m., St. Bernadette Parish, 3825 Don Felipe Dr., Los Angeles. A discussion with Ms. Hart will follow the screening.  Free.

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