Event Details

Evolutionary Bioinformatics Education: A BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium Approach
Host:
Clark Atlanta University
Location:
Atlanta, GA
Date(s):
May 14, 2003 - May 16, 2003
Abstract/Description:
This course will be offered at the Chautauqua Satellite at Clark Atlanta University in the Science Center. Applications are sent to CBU and reduced hotel rates may be arranged through CBU before a designated cut-off date. Audience: Biologists who are interested in implementing bioinformatics across their biology curriculum by incorporating bioinformatics into a variety of courses, using a problem-solving approach, and who enjoy collaborative learning such as has been developed and diffused by the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium. Mathematicians and computer scientists who are already involved in teaching bioinformatics or computational molecular biology are welcome to come and interact with biologists so that they can develop a better idea of what questions biologists outside of genomics have with respect to teaching and learning elements of bioinformatics appropriate to their sub-discipline of biology. Bioinformatics is viewed here as an interdisciplinary field that greatly benefits from collaborators coming from disparate backgrounds. Overview: 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 analysis 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). The short course serves several purposes: * As a learning resource for faculty across the biological sciences who are interested in developing their understanding of the biological (as compared to the computational or mathematical) aspects of bioinformatic analyses. * As a forum for undergraduate teachers of bioinformatics to collaborate in the development of biology or bioinformatics courses and/or curricula. * As an opportunity for developing undergraduate research programs in bioinformatics. The laboratory sessions deal with medical, cell biology, and conservation examples. The lectures relate to: Evolutionary Bioinformatics: Orthology, Paralogy, Xenology, Phylogenetic Probes and Phylogenetic rofiling; BioQUEST‚s Curricular Philosophy: Problem Posing, Problem Solving and Peer Review /Publication: and, Theoretical, mathematical and computational aspects that complicate bioinformatics: homoplasies, computational complexity, numerous tree topologies, scoring multiple sequence alignments, long branch attraction problems, rate variations. The discussions focus on how to analyze data, how to implement bioinformatics investigations across the curriculum, and how to develop sustained collaboration. For College teachers of: biology, health science, agriculture, and bioinformatics. Prerequisites: an interest in teaching biology using bioinformatics. Dr. Jungck and Dr. Donovan have offered numerous workshops in bioinformatics for faculty across the U.S. and abroad and provide a website wherein they share a variety of curricular materials developed in collaboration with professors across the nation. They are Editor and Co-Editor of The BioQUEST Library. Professor Jungck has worked in mathematical-molecular evolution for thirty-five years and is the Mead Chair of the Sciences at Beloit College, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Chair of the Education Section of the Society for Mathematical Biology Professor. Donovan is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Beloit College, Director of BioQUEST's education dissemination initiative, and Chair of the Education Section of the Society for the Study of Evolution. Additional presenters: Theresa Johnson and Tony Weisstein, also both part of the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium. Theresa Johnson coordinates the collaboratory tools for the BEDROCK bioinformatics education project. Tony Weisstein's research focuses on evolutionary genetics models and mathematical biology.
Host Organization's Web Site:
http://www.engr.pitt.edu/chautauqua/bioinformatics.html
Our Event Web Site:
http://bioquest.org/bedrock/atlanta_05_03/
BioQUEST Staff Attending:
Sam Donovan    Tia Johnson    John Jungck    Tony Weisstein

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