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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, April 23, 2010

20 furloughed Hawaii teachers spend day at UH medical school learning

Advertiser Staff

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Hawaii teachers, from left, Jami Muranaka of Kaimuki High, Nel Venzon of Mililani High, Susan Gonsalves of Aiea High and Cecelia Romero of Baldwin High got some lab training at the University of Hawaii medical school today as part of a "furlough Friday" program.

BRUCE ASATO | The Honolulu Advertiser

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Twenty public school teachers spent today's "furlough Friday" in a classroom of sorts.

They received training in the latest scientific techniques inside laboratories at the University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine.

The professional development program, made possible by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, is running on seven furloughed school days and began on Feb. 12. The program by the medical school's Center for Cardiovascular Research is aimed at building the skills of teachers and helping them interest their students in biomedical science careers.

Medical school dean Jerris Hedges said the teachers were selected from schools across the state.

Sessions are focused on pressing health concerns that disproportionately affect Hawaii's community.