Friday, April 13, 2012, marked participation by the 100th teacher and the 25th teacher training session of the Biotechnology Center of Excellence (BCoE) at Lindblom Math and Science Academy in Chicago. The occasion was celebrated at an event sponsored by Baxter International Inc. that recognized Hortense Brice, a 40-year Chicago Public Schools’ retired science teacher and BCoE Director. U.S. Congressman Bobby L. Rush, iBIO Institute President and CEO David Miller, Lindblom Principal Alan Mather and fifty friends, colleagues and relatives also attended to officially thank Brice for her role in providing biotechnology education to thousands of students throughout Chicago.
"Ms. Brice has inspired teachers and students alike with her curiosity, creativity and innovative thinking," said Baxter Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. "Illinois plays a key role in generating talent in the biosciences, and Hortense's dedication to bringing biotechnology to the classroom is just one of many ways we can ensure our state's long history of scientific innovation continues to grow."
Brice was presented with a U.S. Congressional Statement as well as Illinois House Resolution 851, both of which acknowledged her vast career in teaching and her contributions to education in Illinois.
Baxter helped establish the Biotechnology Center of Excellence, which has provided in-depth biotechnology teacher training and lesson plan assistance to 100 CPS high school teachers across Chicago since 2008. The Center is the cornerstone of Baxter's Science@Work program, which has reached more than 45,000 students and 530 teachers in 167 schools over the last four years. Baxter also supports multiple events for teachers and students, including opportunities for students to experience science first-hand through interactions with Baxter professionals. Experts across the company - including Baxter's Finance, Marketing, Engineering, Product Management, Human Resources, Communications, Research & Development, Engineering and Manufacturing teams - share knowledge, advice and interactive workshops to inspire both students and teachers about science and healthcare careers.