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Educator Workshops

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.

For High School & College Educators RNA-Seq for the Next Generation 2016 Workshop
Genomics in Education Workshop
Barcode Long Island Educator Workshop

Check back frequently; additional workshops are listed as they are scheduled.

... for College Educators

RNA-Seq for the Next Generation

The goal of our National Science Foundation-funded project, Infrastructure and Training to Bring Next-Generation Sequence (NGS) Analysis Into Undergraduate Education is to prepare faculty to guide students as co-investigators in novel genome research, focusing on high-throughput RNA-Seq as a tractable entry to NGS. The Green Line of DNA Subway, an intuitive browser-based interface, supports RNA-Seq analysis and provides an easy biological "on ramp" to the national supercomputing highway. The NSF Proposal Summary and Narrative provides details about the project rationale and structure. Ten faculty members participated in a Working Group Retreat held at CSHL in June 2014 and helped refine the RNA-Seq workflow. In June 2015, 33 faculty participated in 2 workshops that were held at Bowie State University and at California State University at Long Beach and helped further refine our teaching materials and workflow. In June 2016, we are holding a free 2 week virtual workshop. Please visit this workshop page for application details.

... for College and High School Educators

Genomics in Education Workshop

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 and lunches, 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.

University of Delaware February 1-2, 2016, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM each day
Southern Illinois University March 29-30, 2016, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM each day

... for High School Teachers

Summer 2016 schedule TBD in the spring

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Barcode Long Island
Educator Workshop

In Barcode Long Island, student research teams use DNA barcoding to explore the unique biodiversity and ecology of Long Island.

First, science teachers attend summer training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Stony Brook University, or Brookhaven National Lab. Then, trained teachers assemble student research teams in grades 9 to 12 and submit an original research proposal using our proposal submission guideline. Teams with accepted proposals will receive supplies, equipment, and scientific support needed to conduct experiments. Program data will contribute to a distributed effort to generate a "big picture" of Long Island's many ecosystems and diverse living things. Results will be shared at an annual symposium.

Participants will be introduced to sample collection and DNA barcoding wet-lab and bioinformatics infrastructure. Each workshop is 9:30 am to 3:30 pm and lunch will be provided. Teachers who complete this workshop are invited to organize student teams and propose projects. Accepted projects will be presented at the 2016 spring symposium.

Learn more about DNA barcoding and how the DNALC has implemented student-centered research in New York City through the Urban Barcode Project and on Long Island through the Barcode Long Island project.

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