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The project outreach efforts include news articles, videos, papers, posters, and presentations, proposals and additional resources.

News articles:

  • Early this fall, biology teachers from across the U.S. met in Urbana, IL, and at the Alliance Center for Collaboration, Education, Science, and Software (ACCESS) in Arlington, VA, to explore and expand their knowledge of a new classroom technology—Biology Student Workbench. (http://access.ncsa.uiuc.edu/Stories/BroadBio/)



  • Bruce, B. C., Williamson, J. Jakobsson, E. G., Thakkar, U., & Lock, P. R. (2001).  Open-world Learning with Biology Workbench: A High School Biology Classroom Case Study. Paper presented at the Second International Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, October 10-14, Minneapolis, MN (http://www.aoir.org/2001/).


  • Jungck, J. R., J. Greenler, and S. Donovan (2000). Evolution as a basis for bioinformatics education. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 11:136, Suppl. S Dec. 2000.

New Paradigms in Teaching Introductory and Cell Biology, Continuing the Dialogue on Genomics: A Revolution in Progress

Symposium schedule

Online version of the poster

  • Bioinformatics In Your World - an introduction to some of the ways that sequence analysis can be used to address biological problems.

Online version of the poster

  • Bioinformatics Problem Solving: An Introduction to Bioinformatics Problem Solving - three short exercises using hemoglobin.

Online version of the poster

  • A High School Curriculum For Teaching About HIV and AIDS: Promoting Student Research on the Biology Workbench

Online version of the poster


  • EdGrid BSW Project Team. (2001, May 31).  Biology Student Workbench: An Inquiry-based learning environment for preservice teacher education.  Presentation at the Annual Meeting of Moving K-12 Teachers into 21st Century Science with 21st Century Technology: Building the Educational Grid for Preservice Training, Alliance Center for Collaboration, Education, Science, and Software, Arlington, VA.
  • Thakkar, U. (2001, August 5-10).  Using scientists' visualization tools in science education: Challenges and opportunities for technology-supported inquiry in classrooms.  Poster presentation at the Gordon Research Conference on Science Education and Visualization: International, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA.
  • Informing Biology Education By Examining The Nature Of Evolutionary Inquiry. Presented as part of the Department of Biology Seminar Series on Science Education, University of Delaware, April 6, 2001.
  • Computational Molecular Biology: The Transition From Sub-discipline to Biological Revolution. Presented at Computational Sciences Across the Curriculum a Project Kaleidoscope Summer Institute. Snowbird, Utah, July 15 - 28, 2001.

Presentation abstract (http://www.pkal.org/curricul/2001si/a2_donovan.html)

  • Bringing Bioinformatics to Biology Education: A Hands-on Workshop to Develop Labs for Introductory and Advanced Courses. A faculty development workshop co-sponsored by the Center for Science Education and Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at Emory University. Presented at Morehouse College, March 3 & 4, 2001.

Workshop pages

Upcoming presentations:

  • Donovan, S. (2001, October 12) Bioinformatics: The Analysis of Molecular Sequence Data Provides Rich Opportunities for Student Inquiry. North Central Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (NC-AETS) Annual Fall Meeting, Madison, WI. October 11-13, 2001

An introduction to the use of publicly available sequence data and analysis tools to create rich inquiry spaces for student investigations in to biological phenomena.

Full text of proposal (http://bioquest.org/bioinformatics/EdGrid/NCAETS.html)

Meeting schedule and information (http://www.uwm.edu/%7Ecaberg/ncaets/index.htm)

  • Evolutionary Bioinformatics Education: A BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium Approach, Chautauqua Short Course, Spring 2002, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta Georgia.

The short course will focus on several different ways that the analysis of molecular data is being applied to solve current biological problems in areas such as medicine, agriculture, conservation, and evolution. It will address the relationships between evolutionary theory and the analysis of molecular sequence and structure data. A wide range of sub-disciplines that use bioinformatic analyses will be drawn upon. The focus will be on learning about the causal bases for bioinformatic analyses along with a philosophy of education: problem-posing, problem-solving, and peer review/publication (BioQUEST's three P's).

New Proposals:

  • Brown, D. E., Bruce, C., Jakobsson, E., Braatz, R., & Thakkar, U. (2001). Learning High School Biology and Chemistry in Technology-Supported Inquiry Environments: Modeling and Visualization of Foundational Submicroscopic Processes and Structures. Proposal submitted to the National Science Foundation, Research on Learning and Education Program. (Not funded)
  • Fletcher, L., Jakobsson, E. & Thakkar, U (2001). Integrating Technology Through Application. Proposal submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. (Not funded)
  • Greene, K. and S. Donovan (proposed presentation) Encountering and exploring early entrenchment: pre-service teachers' response to a novel science teaching and learning space. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Meeting, March 2002. (In review)

Our purposes for this study were to examine a group of preservice science teachers' response to inquiry activities that use a suite of web-based bioinformatics tools, the Biology WorkBench. We were most interested in exploring their views of students' ability to engage in  theseinquiry activities, as well as in locating their attitudes toward teaching using this type of inquiry activity. We were interested, as well, inthe teachers' visions of technology use in their classrooms. We locate and organize their comments about the activities we designed and they executed, with respect to inquiry, to teaching inquiry, and to teaching teachers to teach inquiry. We embed in our discussion an exploration of the purposes of teaching inquiry and of teaching science, and, necessarily, to what is legitimate science teaching, learning, and knowledge.

Full text of proposal (http://bioquest.org/bioinformatics/EdGrid/final.html)

  • Submitted to DUE CCLI-ND June, 2001 Bioinformatics Education Dissemination: Reaching Out, Connecting, and Knitting Together (BEDROCK) (In review)
  • Jungck, J. R., and S. Donovan (book in development). Evolutionary Bioinformatics: Making Biological Meaning from Molecular Messages.

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