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Seeing a student’s enthusiasm when they have a learning breakthrough is what University of San Diego chemistry professor Tammy Dwyer calls a “light bulb moment.”

The light bulbs were flashing at an April 15 workshop. “The students were manipulating DNA. They had to find out what drug was bound to DNA and what sequence the DNA was bound to,” Dwyer said of the computer-based exercise. “When the students got it right, they were giving each other high-fives. It was really inspiring.”

Part of that inspiration came from the fact that each of the 18 workshop students were from the Science Academy at Mater Dei Catholic High School in Chula Vista (Full Story Inside USD).

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