LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pam Close contributes to Hickman High's programs

Sunday, September 29, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – I was delighted to read the story about Pam Close, a truly great educator. I refer to her as the “Director of Talent” for Hickman High.

For several years, Dr. Close has arranged for a few of her prize students to undertake research projects at the Cancer Research Center. Not only have each of these students grasped the most sophisticated scientific concepts but also performed experiments with professional skill.

While each of these students characteristically graduate to successful college experiences, I should like to cite a specific example.

One of these students, after working in our CRC laboratory after school, weekends, between semesters and during holidays, went on to MIT and graduated last June with a degree in bioengineering. While at MIT, during summers, she continued her CRC research projects in Columbia and has now prepared three manuscripts for publication. Needless to say, this success-prone student is destined to make important discoveries in biological sciences.

And I could give other examples of Dr. Close’s contribution to Hickman High’s education program. Thanks for the story about Dr. Close in the Missourian.

A. Eisenstark is associate director for research at the Cancer Research Center in Columbia.

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