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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
Genomic Approaches in BioSciences 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 DNA barcoding educator workshop this summer. Participants will be introduced to sample collection and DNA barcoding wet-lab and bioinformatics infrastructure. Each workshop is Monday-Friday, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm each day.

July 20-24 Dolan DNA Learning Center
334 Main Street
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
August 3-7 Stony Brook University
Center for Science and Mathematics Education
092 Life Sciences Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5233
August 10-14 Brookhaven National Laboratory*
Office of Educational Programs
Science Education Center (Bldg. 438)
Upton, NY 11973-5000

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.

*Photo ID required at this location

... for College and High School Educators

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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 are scheduled for June 2015. Participants have been 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. These participants ensured they would submit high-quality RNA for sequencing by March 3, 2015. The other participants in each workshop will join a funded project or work with an existing dataset. Prior to the workshop, participants will become 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 will be guided through the bioinformatics workflow for analyzing RNA-Seq data using the Green Line of DNA Subway and iPlant Collaborative Data Store. Participants will also learn details of RNA-Seq experimental design and technology and how to teach modern genomics from expert educators. Following the workshop, participants will 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.

June 8-12, 2015 Bowie State University, Bowie, MD
June 22-26, 2015 California State University, Long Beach, CA


STEM Faculty Workshop!
Genomic Approaches in BioSciences

Preparing students for rewarding careers

Collaborating with 12 community colleges and Bio-Link, the DNALC is offering a five-day 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, and meals/refreshments. Further support for travel or other related expenses may be available based on specific needs. Please include support inquiries in the additional comments section of your application.

The Genomic Approaches in BioSciences Workshop 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.

Additional workshop dates will be posted when available.

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