Event Details

Implementing Computer Simulations, Tools, and Resources for Problem Solving in the Classroom
Host:
St. John's University
Location:
Jamaica, NY
Date(s):
May 20, 2003
Abstract/Description:
Morning Session: 9 AM – 12 PM Exploring 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 Making attempt to control late blight in an upstate potato farm with LateBlight and more! 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 - bioquest.org/bedrock 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 Online Tools: 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.
Our Event Web Site:
http://www.bioquest.org/stjohns/index.html
BioQUEST Staff Attending:
Ethel Stanley    Virginia Vaughan

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