Bioinformatics Education Dissemination: Reaching Out, Connecting, and Knitting-together
Grand Valley State University
NSF Chautauqua Short Course
July 6, 2005 - July 8, 2005
When applying, select the PITT field center and apply for course #56
Bioinformatics is viewed here as an interdisciplinary field that greatly benefits from collaborators coming from disparate backgrounds. This short course will use a problem-solving, collaborative approach to analyze molecular data in several different ways. Bioinformatics is being applied to solve current biological problems in areas such as medicine, agriculture, conservation, and evolution. The relationships between evolutionary theory and the analysis of molecular sequence and structure data will be emphasized.
The course's focus will be on learning about the causal bases for bioinformatics analyses along with a philosophy of education: problem posing, problem-solving, and peer review/publication (BioQUEST's 3 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 bioinformatics 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 to integrate mathematics into the undergraduate biology curriculum;
- As a chance to develop a better idea of what questions biologists have with respect to teaching and learning elements of bioinformatics; and
- 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 Profiling;
- BioQUEST's Curricular Philosophy
- The 3 P's;
- Theoretical, mathematical and computational aspects that underlie bioinformatics.
The discussions focus on how to analyze data, how to implement bioinformatics investigations across the curriculum, and how to develop sustained collaboration. Each full participant will receive a copy of our book Microbes count!: Problem Posing, Problem Solving, and Persuading Peers in Microbiology which has seven bioinformatics labs that we will use in the workshop.
When applying: select the PITT field center and apply for course #56
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