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Dr. John Archie Pollock is director of the Regenerative Medicine Partnership in Education. He is principal investigator of the Science Education Partnership Award from the National Center for Research Resources (NIH).  This award provides the primary financial support for this work. 

Before starting the Regenerative Medicine Partnership in Education, Dr. Pollock worked on three previous science education planetarium projects; Director/Principal Investigator for the five film series Tissue Engineering for Life 2000-2005 (www.ptei.org/teshow).  Other projects included participation as co-director and science advisor for Gray Matters: The Brain Movie 1997-2000 and science advisor for Journey into the Living Cell 1996.  Additionally, he has directed and animated six other films.

Currently an Associate Professor of biology at Duquesne University, Dr. Pollock holds appointments as Research Fellow with the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University and Adjunct Professor with the Entertainment Technology Center, jointly managed by Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts and School of Computer Science.  Dr. Pollock has also served as Principal Scientist for the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative, Inc. (www.ptei.org).

Dr. Pollock is an educator who teaches courses in his expertise including mathematics/calculus, physics, astronomy, ethics, philosophy, neuroscience, general biology, developmental, molecular and cellular biology.  His outreach teaching has included working with high school and middle school.  Currently, he participates in weekly activities with young learners (4 -7 year olds) and 5th - 7th grades.

As a scientist, Dr. Pollock has spent over 17 years as a principal investigator directing a continuously funded research program in basic science research investigating the development of the nervous system neural networks used for vision (http://www.science.duq.edu/faculty/pollock.html).  He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in physics, as well as his Doctor of Philosophy in biophysics, from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. He also received post-doctoral training at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.  Honors and awards include: Samuel and Emma Winters Foundation Research Award, James A. Shannon Director's Award from the National Institutes of Health, Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award from the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, Visiting Scholar Award from the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Australia (Awarded by Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs, C. B. Schedvin) and a Grass Foundation Traveling Lecturer for the Society for Neuroscience.




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This project is funded by Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) award from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health

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