HudsonAlpha educators introduce Touching Triton to national audience

Huntsville, Ala. — Educators from the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Ala., are presenting this week at the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Conference in Denver, Colo. NABT brings together leaders in biology and life science education for four days of speakers, hands-on workshops, informative sessions and special events.

HudsonAlpha Educational Outreach team members Neil Lamb, PhD, Jennifer Carden, Kelly East, Adam Hott and Madelene Loftin will present and host a breakfast and training session tomorrow morning for the national launch of educational activity Touching Triton®. Thanks to a $20,000 contribution from Lockheed Martin, Touching Triton will now be available in classrooms across the country. The free activity provides an opportunity for teachers and students to have an engaging conversation about the complex nature of common disease in one class period.

“The HudsonAlpha team has put many hours and lots of heart and soul into creating Touching Triton,” said Adam Hott, who headed the creation of Touching Triton. “We have been so pleased to have Lockheed Martin with us on this four-year journey.”

This web-based activity builds understanding of common complex disease risk, influenced by factors from family history, environment and genomic data. Students synthesize data from these sources to inform lifestyle choices and medical intervention strategies in the setting of a long-duration space flight mission.

Attendees can also learn more about the game by stopping by booth 406.

To learn more about Touching Triton, visit

About HudsonAlpha: HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a nonprofit institute dedicated to innovating in the field of genomic technology and sciences across a spectrum of biological challenges. Opened in 2008, its mission is four-fold: sparking scientific discoveries that can impact human health and well-being; bringing genomic medicine into clinical care; fostering life sciences entrepreneurship and business growth; and encouraging the creation of a genomics-literate workforce and society. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. Designed to be a hothouse of biotech economic development, HudsonAlpha’s state-of-the-art facilities co-locate nonprofit scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. The relationships formed on the HudsonAlpha campus encourage collaborations that produce advances in medicine and agriculture. Under the leadership of Dr. Richard M. Myers, a key collaborator on the Human Genome Project, HudsonAlpha has become a national and international leader in genetics and genomics research and biotech education, and includes more than 30 diverse biotech companies on campus. To learn more about HudsonAlpha, visit:

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