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 2015 Workshop
Genomic Approaches in BioSciences Workshop
Genomics in Education Workshop
Check back frequently; additional workshops are listed as they are scheduled.
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. Eleven 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.
We are now accepting applications to participate in one of two workshops to be held in 2015. Twenty participants will be selected for each workshop on the basis of their proposal to use and teach RNA-Seq to study differential gene expression. Workshop applications require 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 must be submitted along with the application that demonstrates 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 three faculty at each workshop to develop new RNA-Seq datasets as part of their research. These participants must be able to submit high-quality RNA for sequencing by March 3, 2015. The other 17 participants in each workshop will join a funded project or work with an existing dataset. Prior to the workshop, participants can 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.
|June 8-12, 2015||Bowie State University, Bowie, MD|
|June 22-26, 2015||California State University, Long Beach, CA|
Non-local participants will receive travel funds and room & board on or near the campus.
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, meals/refreshments, and a stipend of $300. 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.
|January 5-9, 2015||Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA|
|March 23-27, 2015||Center for Systems & Synthetic Biology, University of California, San Francisco, CA|
Additional workshop dates will be posted when available.
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.
Additional workshop dates will be posted when available.