We offer up-to-date teacher training through plant biology workshops and professional development for NYC teachers in genetics and biotechnology. With funding from the National Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute 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||Genomic Approaches in BioSciences Workshop
Genomics in Education Workshop
Check back frequently; additional workshops are listed as they are scheduled. (Brochures are PDF format and require Adobe Reader.)
Preparing students for rewarding careers
Collaborating with 12 community colleges and Bio-Link, the DNALC is offering week-long Genomic Approaches in BioSciences workshops. 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 $300. 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 will integrate 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. Each workshop is led by DNALC staff members and college faculty who collaborated in the development of the course modules.
Workshops for Summer 2013:
|May 13-17||Tulsa Community College, Tulsa, OK|
|July 8-12||City College San Francisco, San Francisco, CA|
|August 5-9||Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis, MN|
|August 12-16||Seminole State College, Sanford, FL|
|August 19-23||Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY|
Supplementing workshops taught by DNALC staff, Madison College is hosting an additional workshop. This workshop will be taught by Madison College faculty who advised and co-taught a Genomic Approaches in BioSciences Workshop in 2011.
|June 17-21||Madison College, Madison, WI|
There are no workshops currently scheduled.
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.
|For College Educators:|
There are no workshops scheduled at this time. New workshop dates will be added as they become available. Visit the iPlant Collaborative website for additional training opportunities.