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Portland Lutheran teacher awarded Murdock Trust science grant


Portland Lutheran School science instructor Kieffer Tarbell has been chosen to be a participant in the Partners in Science program of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

Tarbell, the only science teacher in East County to be chosen for the Partners in Science program, joins 15 other teachers from the Pacific Northwest in this year's program.

As part of the program, Tarbell will be conducting research over a period of two summers with Dr. Michiko Nakano of Oregon Health and Science University.

The research, 'Transcriptional regulation in bacillus subtilis,' is designed to provide Tarbell with the opportunity to work at the cutting edge of science and help develop new teaching strategies that encourage more students to pursue careers in science.

The Murdock Trust provides grants to organizations in the Pacific Northwest that seek to strengthen the region's educational and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. The Partners in Science program, started in 1990, is one of the trust's efforts to carry out this mission.

For more information on Portland Lutheran, visit portland-lutheran.org or facebook.com/portlandlutheranschool.