We offer up-to-date teacher training through biology workshops and development for teachers in genetics and biotechnology. With funding from the National Science Foundation we offer these free workshops to high school and college educators, especially those in the areas of genetics, biology, genomics, and bioinformatics.
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Bringing Next-generation Sequence (NGS) Analysis Into Undergraduate Education
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Genomic Approaches in BioSciences Workshop
Genomics in Education Workshop
Check back frequently; additional workshops are listed as they are scheduled.
Announcing a new project funded by the National Science Foundation: Infrastructure and Training to Bring Next-generation Sequence (NGS) Analysis Into Undergraduate Education. Our goal is to prepare faculty to guide students as co-investigators in novel genome research. The project focuses on RNA-Seq as the most tractable analysis for faculty who are new to NGS and provides the first easy biological "on ramp" to the national supercomputing highway.
College faculty are invited to apply to be one of ten Working Group members to participate in a project retreat from June 9-20, 2014 at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The Working Group will test the biochemical and bioinformatics workflows for RNA-Seq analysis, and help develop curriculum support materials that will be used for broad dissemination to 80 faculty in Years 2 and 3 of the project. Additionally, we will fund up to 6 RNA-Seq experiments in differential expression proposed in the selected applications.
Working Group members will be selected on the basis of proposals to use RNA-Seq to study differential gene expression and plans to use the resulting datasets in class-based or independent student projects during the 2014-15 school year.
Please review the documents linked below for details on the project and the application process:
Preparing students for rewarding careers
Collaborating with 12 community colleges and Bio-Link, the DNALC is offering the week-long Genomic Approaches in BioSciences Workshop. Participants will utilize cutting-edge science tools in hands-on laboratories and bioinformatics investigations, and deepen awareness of rewarding careers for their students. Participants will update their pedagogy while networking with biotech leaders and colleagues. A continuum of faculty from secondary education, 2-year colleges, and universities are invited to apply. The National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education’s Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) program is funding all instruction, workshop materials, meals/refreshments, and a stipend of $200. Further support for travel or other related expenses is not available.
The Genomic Approaches in BioSciences Workshops will focus on four key technologies - PCR, DNA sequencing, RNA interference, and bioinformatics – that will prepare students for specialized life science elective courses, independent research projects, and biotechnology careers.
Genomic Approaches in BioSciences integrates theoretical, laboratory, and computer technology with practical advice on classroom management and career exploration. Time will be included for independent work, lesson planning, and preparation for classroom projects. These workshops will be taught by host faculty who collaborated in the development of the course modules then advised and co-taught a Genomic Approaches in BioSciences Workshop in 2011.
|June 2-6, 2014||Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Lexington, KY|
|June 9-13, 2014||Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Lexington, KY
Note: This workshop will be taught in English and Spanish by faculty from Bluegrass Community and Technical College and Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico.
|July 7-11, 2014||Madison College, Madison, WI|
|July 14-18, 2014||Kennedy-King College, Chicago, IL
Note: This workshop will be taught by Madison College and Bluegrass Community and Technical College faculty.
Genomic Approaches in BioSciences Follow-up Workshops – for participants of the five-day Genomic Approaches in BioSciences Workshops – provide an opportunity to reinforce learning, allow trouble-shooting, and encourage discussion.
|March 14, 2014||Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis, MN|
|March 29, 2014||Seminole State College, Sanford, FL|
|April 12, 2014||Tulsa Community College, Tulsa, OK|
Dates to be announced
The iPlant Collaborative (iPlant) develops computational (cyber) infrastructure to provide researchers and educators access to the large datasets and informatics tools that drive modern biology. The free, 2-day Genomics in Education workshop introduces educational adaptations of iPlant discovery environments developed to support innovative curricula and exciting student research projects to prepare the scientists of the future. In addition, workshop participants will conduct a novel DNA barcoding lab, in which students identify plants by amplifying, sequencing and analyzing their DNA. Instruction and workshop materials, lunches and a stipend of $100, are funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Further support for travel or other related expenses cannot be provided.
Genomics in Education focuses on DNA Subway, iPlant’s first educational discovery environment. DNA Subway was developed to make high-level genome analysis broadly available to students and educators. Annotating and comparing genome sequences can bring to life elements of gene structure, function, and evolution that previously could only be taught as abstractions. By assembling gene models, comparing genomes, constructing phylogenetic trees and analyzing DNA barcodes, DNA Subway users engage in their own learning as they acquire a range of conceptual and process knowledge and begin to grasp the challenges and promises of a data-driven, modern biology.
2014 dates to be announced