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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
CyVerse Workshops
Professional Development Workshops in Genetics & Biotechnology

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, funded by the National Institutes of Health, student research teams use DNA barcoding to explore the unique biodiversity and ecology of Long Island.

First, science teachers attend 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. Teachers who complete this workshop are invited to organize student teams and propose projects. Accepted projects will be presented at a spring symposium.

June 26–30, 2017
9:30 am–3:30 pm
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Office of Educational Programs, Building 438
Upton, NY 11973-5000
July 10–14, 2017
9:30 am–3:30 pm
Dolan DNA Learning Center
334 Main Street
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
August 7–11, 2017
9:30 am–3:30 pm
Stony Brook University
Institute for STEM Education, Life Sciences Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5233

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.

Professional Development Workshops in Genetics & Biotechnology

Join us at the Harlem DNA Lab this summer for a professional development program to enable teachers to deliver hands-on, inquiry-based experiments in genetics and biotechnology. The program will train 8th through 12th grade teachers to implement lab activities to complement the NYC Life Science, Living Environment, and AP Biology curricula.

Training will provide in-depth experience with labs that target key topics in genetics and biotechnology, connections to New York-based science research, instruction on lab planning and preparation, and classroom implementation. An online Lab Center accompanies each lab with pre- and post-lab activities, video interviews and animations. Upon completion of each session, participants will be eligible to rent accompanying Footlocker Kits for each lab containing equipment and consumables.

Teachers may register for individual sessions or a series of sessions at www.dnalc.org/harlemdnalab. A certificate of completion will be provided for each session. Suggested lab sequences, which provide differentiated instruction for middle school, high school, and AP biology teachers are:

8th Grade Science/Living Environment
• DNA Structure & Isolation (July 24)
• Bacterial Transformation and Protein Isolation (July 25)
• Restriction Analysis and Gel Electrophoresis (July 26)
Living Environment/AP Biology
• Bacterial Transformation and Protein Isolation (July 25)
• Restriction Analysis and Gel Electrophoresis (July 26)
• Human DNA Fingerprint (July 27)
• Human Mitochondrial Sequencing (July 28)

Location: Harlem DNA Lab, 2351 1st Avenue at 120th Street
Cost: $40.00 per session
Time: 9:00-3:00 pm each day
Registration: on Eventbrite
(Submit a separate registration for each session you would like to attend. If you are attending more than one session, you must register for each individually.)

... for College and High School Educators

CyVerse Workshops

CyVerse (http://www.cyverse.org, formerly the iPlant Collaborative) develops computational infrastructure to provide researchers and educators access to the large datasets and informatics tools that drive modern biology.

Genomics in Education

The two-day Genomics in Education workshop introduces educational adaptations of CyVerse 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.

Genomics in Education focuses on DNA Subway, CyVerse’s first educational discovery environment. DNA Subwaywas 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. RNA-Seq bring next generation sequencing and high-performance computing into the classroom. DNA Subway makes course-based research experiences (CUREs) possible by engaging students 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.

Tools and Services

Tools and Servicesworkshops cover the major platforms of the CyVerse cyberinfrastructure including the Data Store, Discovery Environment (web-based bioinformatics workbench), Atmosphere (cloud computing), and BisQue (image analysis).  Workshop topics build progressively along a "path" most researchers will need to take from data upload, through to analysis and publication. These workshops get researchers started in analyzing a variety of big-data analyses in genomics (e.g. genome assembly, RNA-Seq, annotation), phenotyping, and beyond.

Data Carpentry

Genomics Data Carpentry (http://www.datacarpentry.org/ ) is a complete introduction to the tools and practices a biologist needs to work effectively with data. Along the way, learners will be introduced how to analyze and visualize data in R and work with bioinformatics tools at the command line. While the focus of these lessons is genomics, biologists working with any tabular data (i.e. spreadsheets) will benefit. No prior knowledge of computing at the command line is required, making this a friendly introduction for scientists who want to grow their computational abilities.

James Madison University CyVerse Workshops at CGEMS Summer Training Workshop REGISTER on CyVerse.org
Genomics in Education July 10, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm and July 11, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Tools and Services July 12: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm


University of Arkansas CyVerse Tools and Services and Data Carpentry Workshop REGISTER on CyVerse.org
Tools and Services July 6, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Data Carpentry July 7-8, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm each day
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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