The 4th annual The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon award will be presented at the Massachusetts STEM Summit in Worcester November 1
Jul 12, 2016
David Mangus, a Brockton High School science teacher, is the 2016 The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year.
David Mangus brought his research experience to Brockton High School where he has worked to develop an innovative four year non-vocational biotechnology program. The vision of the program is to improve access for Brockton students to high quality, engaging, and relevant STEM curriculum which will prepare them for the demands of the 21st century. In just its fifth year, the program has grown dramatically and now serves more than 260 students.
Students in this program explore fundamental concepts in biology using an engineering perspective (genetic engineering, synthetic biology, and biomimicry). Each course includes laboratories activities that engage students with authentic research questions, thus allowing them to explore key concepts in ways that make those concepts transparent, quantifiable and understandable. To mediate their research, students use modern equipment including a UV/fluorescence spectrophotometer, luminometer, and a real-time qPCR machine. With generous funding from outside agencies like the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Brockton High School is among the first high schools in the nation to utilize these technologies in the classroom.
Mr. Mangus received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and his doctorate in molecular cellular and developmental biology from Indiana University. He spent 18 years, first as a postdoctoral fellow and then as a research assistant professor, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School researching post-transcriptional aspects of gene expression mediated by poly(A)-binding protein. This multifunctional protein regulates diverse aspects of gene expression, including mRNA processing, export, and turnover, as well as translational control.
Mr. Mangus will be honored at the 13th annual Massachusetts STEM Summt at Worcester's DCU Center on November 1.