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February 27, 2015

DNA scientist is honored by President for mentoring science students

DNA scientist Bruce Jackson Bruce Jackson heads the Biotechnology Programs at Massachusetts Bay Community College. His work focuses on how DNA--in conjunction with other tools--can help solve mysteries of ancestry, forensics and evolution. Through his African-American Roots Project, he helps reunite African-Americans with their ancestral roots in Africa. His biotechnology students at Mass Bay do much of the DNA detective work, and he estimates that he has mentored close to 1,000 students over the years. Among them were many at-risk students who did not see a future for themselves before getting excited about science in his lab. Jackson was recognized for his outstanding mentoring in 2011, when he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

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