Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and BioBus today announce a partnership aimed at bringing new educational opportunities to schools and community centers across Upper Manhattan and the Bronx.
“The BioBus scientists create educational opportunities that are authentic, exciting and approachable for diverse audiences,” said Kelley Remole, PhD, director of governance, research support and outreach at the Zuckerman Institute. “Their expertise working with schools and providing after-school programming adds a new dimension to our existing public programs at the Zuckerman Institute.”
BioBus is the brainchild of former Columbia student Ben Dubin-Thaler (CC’00, GSAS’07). While finishing his degree in cell biology in 2007, he placed a Craigslist bid on a 1974 transit bus—and won. Turning down a research position in Singapore, Dubin-Thaler refurbished the bus instead, stuffing it with top-tier research-grade equipment to create a mobile lab-on-wheels.