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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 Barcode Long Island Educator Workshop
Genomics in Education Workshop
RNA-Seq for the Next Generation 2015 Workshop

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

... for High School Teachers

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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.

Register for a free, 1-day DNA barcoding educator workshop this fall. 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.

October 17, 2015
9:30am–3:30 pm
Dolan DNA Learning Center
334 Main Street
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
November 3, 2015
9:30am–3:30 pm
Dolan DNA Learning Center
334 Main Street
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

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.

... for College and High School Educators

Dates to be announced

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.

Additional workshop dates will be posted when available.

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 Educationis 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. Several faculty participated in a Working Group Retreat held at CSHL in June 2014 and helped refine the RNA-Seq workflow. 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.

Two workshops were held in June 2015. Participants were selected for each workshop on the basis of their proposals to use and teach RNA-Seq for transcriptome sequencing and genome annotation or differential gene expression. Workshop applications required a formatted RNA-Seq proposal (Project Proposal Guidelines), a description of course and/or research contexts in which students will be involved, and potential numbers of students involved and duration of exposures (Applicant Information Form [PDF or Word]). A support letter from the department head was required along with the application that demonstrated an institutional commitment to incorporate NGS analysis in appropriate courses and to analyze RNA-Seq datasets during the 2015-16 academic year.

An exciting aspect of this project is available funding to support some faculty at each workshop to develop new RNA-Seq datasets as part of their research. The proposed organism must be eukaryotic and have a fully sequenced and annotated genome. The other participants in each workshop joined a funded project or work with an existing dataset. Prior to the workshop, participants became familiar with the project by visiting the pages of our RNA-Seq for the Next Generation website and through participation in project videoconferences.

During each workshop, participants are guided through the bioinformatics workflow for analyzing RNA-Seq data using the Green Line of DNA Subway and iPlant Collaborative Data Store. Participants also learned details of RNA-Seq experimental design and technology and how to teach modern genomics from expert educators. Following the workshop, participants join in monthly videoconferences and assist with classroom evaluations to gauge the impact of student participation, and are expected to help develop curriculum and website support materials that will be used for broad educational dissemination of the project. Non-local participants will receive travel funds and room & board on or near the campus.

2016 virtual workshop dates will be posted when available.

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