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Engaging High School Students in Research on Smoking Behavior

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Science  26 Jul 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6144, pp. 360-361
DOI: 10.1126/science.1229999


Increasingly, scientists use information and communications technology to analyze large repositories of existing data. Engaging students in database investigations has great potential for providing authentic research experiences that are low cost and reflect contemporary science practice. Through a collaboration between Genome Sciences and the Institute for Science and Math Education at the University of Washington (UW), we developed Exploring Databases, a high school inquiry-based research project combining neurobiology, epidemiology, statistics, genetics, and database research to answer the question, “Why do some people smoke, and others don't?”