The Sisters Science Club

We are a community based organization that strives to enhance science, math, and health in the schools and community through seven main areas.

CLICK ON ONE OF THE STARS on the image to the right & explore the club's activities.

Founded January 2011, the club is comprised of approximately 350 members - but there is no clubhouse, administration, or required annual dues. Rather, the club works by the community bringing volunteers and financial support to enhance the good ideas of the school's science teachers.

The club enjoys close support from Kiwanis, Rotary, The Roundhouse Foundation, The Sisters Garden Club, Energyneering Solutions, Saint Charles Medical Center, Cascades East Area Health Education Center (CEAHEC) and has been awarded grant support from the Oregon Community Foundation and the Meyer Memorial Trust.

Most importantly, numerous individuals see value in these programs and provide financial support through the Sisters School Foundation, a 501c3 organization. If you would like to join this effort, click here to reach our president!

Our 2018 science fair was, again, simply terrific! Learn more about the fair by clicking on the star at the lower right of our logo! The fair featured everything from two first-rate planetariums to baloon car racing to horticultural experiments in the new greenhouse.

SciArt 2018 Winner below. Click the image to see the top 10 entries from this year's contest!

 

7. Flight Science
6. Hutchinson Cancer Research
5. Belfry Community Talks
4. The Science Fair
3. Seed to Table Program
2. Sisters School District and Health Education
1. Sisters Schools
The second presentation of the 2018-19 Frontiers in Science Monthly Symposium series in Sisters is titled "Human Molecular Genetics,"  and is presented by Barbara Hendelin, Ph.D.,OHSU, founder and CEO, NovoKen, Malvern, PA, on Tuesday, October 23.

In the video below, you can meet a person who suffers from one of the rare, or "orphan" diseases that Dr. Hendelin & her work is combating.

One out of two children in children's hospitals are there because of rare diseases, and of the 7000 identified diseases like this only 350 have cures. There are approximately 350 million people have one of these rare diseases ... and that's more than HIV and cancer combined. 

 

 

Dr. Hendelin is a veteran entrepreneur and molecular medical geneticist who has pioneered the responsible application of genetics to clinical medicine over a 25 year career. She is the founder of BioPontis Alliance Foundation and a Springboard Enterprises alumna.

There is considerable interest in "rare diseases," and you can find out more by visiting the National Institute of Health's Human Genome Research Institute. The exact cause for many rare diseases remains unknown. Still, for a significant portion, the problem can be traced to mutations (changes) in a single gene. Such diseases are referred to as rare, genetic diseases. Many of these genetic mutations can be passed on from one generation to the next, explaining why certain rare diseases run in families.

Some of these genetic diseases can go completely unnoticed, until they suddenly are. Here's an interesting story about one of these, and some new approaches to treatment from WIRED.

To understand the complexity of treating this kind of disease, here's a primer on the human chromosome.

The picture below shows the first patient who is being treated by infusing his blood with gene-editing tools designed to treat Hunters Syndrome. Click here to learn more.

Dr. Hendelin's presentation is bound to be fascinating, and I suspect we will all come away knowing a lot more than when we entered the Belfry. General Admission: $5.00. Teachers and Students are free.