HyLa (pronounced /ˈhiːlɑː/ [hee luh]) is our second community outreach initiative. On the 30th of March 2016, The Y Podcast was awarded with the MACSS scholarship. With the funds gained from this scholarship, a new project was born. Aiming to increase scientific literacy in high school classes, the project intends to discuss the controversial story of HeLa cells.
In April 2016, l'école internatioale Lucille-Teasdale was selected to be the first high school to benefit from HyLa. Starting June 2016, the HyLa team will work with the International Baccalaureate (IB) English teachers from Lucille-Teasdale to create a new curriculum. The program will revolve around The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a novel by Rebecca Skloot. Additionally, undergraduates, graduates, and faculty members from McGill University will hold talks with the high school's students to explore multiple grey zones in the fields of ethics, research, and human health.
To further its efforts, HyLa has teamed up with another McGill-born initiative: McGill's chapter of She's the First. Starting Winter 2017, undergraduates from both initiatives will discuss HeLa cells and the important role of women in science.