Implementing Computer Simulations, Tools, and Resources for Problem Solving in the
St. John's University
May 20, 2003
Morning Session: 9 AM – 12 PM
Modeling and Simulation
The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium – bioquest.org - encourages the use of simulations, databases,
and tools to construct learning environments where students are able to engage in activities like those of practicing
scientists. We will use modeling and simulation software from The BioQUEST Library VI CD that enables instructors to: actively
involve students in their own learning through collaborative problem posing, problem solving and peer persuasion; open up
avenues for exploration to supplement traditional laboratory activities; and,create virtual laboratories to involve learners
in the excitement of scientific research.
Participants will work collaboratively to
investigate patterns of
inheritance with GCK: Genetics Construction Kit
assess fishing limits in a pond model with EDM: Environmental Decision
attempt to control late blight in an upstate potato farm with LateBlight
Afternoon Session: 1 PM
– 3 PM
Integrating Bioinformatics into the Curriculum
Bioinformatics is central to biology in the 21st century.
The use of computer based analytical tools on electronically stored and distributed data is fundamentally changing life
science research and its application to problems in medicine, agriculture, conservation, and forensics. In light of this
"information revolution" undergraduate biology curricula must be redesigned to prepare the next generation of informed
citizens and prepare those who will pursue careers in the life sciences.
BEDROCK Initiative -
Introductory Problem Spaces:
Forensics: Identify sources of whale meat with sequence data
Biotechnology: Visualize microbial proteins for the starch processing industry
Epidemiology: Track the source of the
West Nile virus outbreak in 1999
Biology WorkBench - workbench.sdsc.edu - is a web-based resource for
analyzing and visualizing molecular data. Database searching and access to a wide variety of analysis and modeling tools are
integrated within one interface.
Protein Data Bank - rcsb.org/pdb – is the worldwide repository of 3-D biological
macromolecular structure data. Visualization tools and resources are available.
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