Explora Vision Project

The Tumor-nator, Mr. Paul Octavio Boubion. Mr. Paul Octavio Boubion is an eighth-grade physical science teacher at the Carl H. Lorbeer Middle School, in Diamond Bar, California. I asked Mr. Boubion to comment on his experiences in the nanotechnology field and the ExploraVision program. Here is what he had to say.

I got interested nanotechnology from my brother-in-law, Timothy Ryan, PhD. who is a research scientist at Cornell University. Dr. Ryan is a neurophysicist and has inspired me with his research and discoveries. He is a wealth of information about a wide variety of scientific topics and my "lifeline" when I have a question.

I have also been inspired by the creative topics my students have researched for Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision contest each year. The best entries my students have submitted in the past seem to be nanotech related.

The "Tumor-nator" was a Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision project and was one of the main inspirations as a teacher. The four 8th graders worked on this project for months and I provided as much help as I could. The students learned more about science through their research than all they learned in middle school.

The students project, Tumor-nator, received a Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Honorable Mention in 2005. The tumor-nator targets malignant tumors in the body and repairs the P53 gene in the DNA of cancer cells. The P53 gene triggers cell death in the life cycle of a healthy cell. Then, T-cells can work to remove the cells using the body's own natural processes. The Tumor-nator treatment also contains, interferon, which stimulates T-cell production in the body.

My advice for students who want to explore a career in nanotechnology is to take their laboratory training very seriously so they are prepared to do science, not merely earn a grade.

You can contact Mr. Boubion at this email: [email protected]

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