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BC grad researches biofuels at summer institute in Israel

Mayron spent about a week-and-a-half in the lab, and during the rest of his time at the institute, he had the opportunity to sit in on lectures with some of the world's top scientific minds, including a Nobel prize winner.

While the weekdays were for research and scientific pursuits, the weekends were left open for students to explore the rich history of the area. Mayron toured Jerusalem, including the city's religious landmarks like the Western Wall.

He also climbed up to the site of the Masada Fortress, which overlooks the Dead Sea, to see the sunrise.

For many Americans, the Middle East is a place that mostly enters our consciousness through incidents of conflict or disaster. Despite the political and military turmoil in the region, Mayron said, only native Israelis in his group really noticed the subtle signs of conflict.

"For them, it's kind of like a part of their daily lives," he said. "We knew it was there, but it wasn't a big part of our trip. We were too busy talking with each other and going to see the sights to really see the conflict."

Mayron will soon be leaving Bethlehem to attend Washington University in St. Louis, where he will major in biomedical engineering with hopes of exploring a career in the medical sciences.""

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