Daniel Lieberman opens lab to give teens hands-on opportunity

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 13:12 in Psychology & Sociology

For high school student Simão Silva, visiting a biology lab at Harvard was just part of his summer school curriculum. What the 17-year-old Cristo Rey High School student didn’t plan on this summer was receiving practical lessons about the human body and biochemistry. After his Harvard experience, the student athlete is now focusing on how to improve his running technique, and is even talking about how to become a biochemist. Silva credits Harvard Professor Daniel Lieberman, Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences, for teaching him about the mechanics of running. “I went running a few days later and what [Lieberman] had talked about really made me think and notice what I was doing,” said Silva, who is a wrestler, boxes, runs track, and plays soccer. Silva was among a group of local high school biology students visiting Harvard’s Department of Human and Evolutionary Biology to conduct a lab session with Lieberman...

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