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Medical society donates high-tech microscopes to middle school science classes

Staff reports

The Carson-Douglas Medical Society recently donated two multi-purpose microvideo cameras to the science departments at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School and Carson Valley Middle School.

These versatile cameras connect to existing microscopes, allowing teachers to easily display microscopic specimens, model laboratory techniques and record classroom lessons.

Teachers at Pau-Wa-Lu decided that the microvideo camera would be a powerful teaching tool across all grade levels. The camera has already been used extensively in the 9th grade biology and foundations of science classes, according to biology teacher Jeff Johnston.

“Sophisticated science equipment is beyond the budget of most middle schools,” Johnston said. “Because of the Carson-Douglas Medical Society’s generosity, middle school students will benefit from this equipment for years to come.”

The society is a coalition of area physicians organized for the promotion of the art and science of medicine and the improvement of public health. The group is also active in legislative issues to improve health care in Nevada. Additionally, these physicians are intent on promoting scientific thinking in Douglas County and Carson City, a group spokesperson said.

This year’s donation follows last year’s gift of a video microscope to Carson Middle School in Carson City.

Presenting this year’s donation to Douglas County is President Dr. Mark Brune of the Carson-Douglas Medical Society. Dr. Brune practices with the Sierra Nevada Medical Group in Minden.