Theresa (Tia) Johnson
BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium
700 College Street
Beloit, WI 53511
phone: (608) 363-2480
fax: (608) 363-2052
the rapidly growing science of analyzing electronically stored and distributed
biological data using computer-based tools. The accumulation of vast,
complex genomic data sets enables us to formulate and test hypotheses
in a variety of fields such as conservation, medicine, agriculture, and
forensics. BEDROCK (Bioinformatics Education
Dissemination: Reaching Out,
Connecting, and Knitting Together) is an
NSF-funded project aimed at integrating bioinformatics throughout the
undergraduate biology curriculum, using an inquiry-based approach in which
students explore and analyze actual data in a way that recreates the experience
of conducting research.
The BEDROCK grant is an NSF-funded project to enhance, expand, and empower
a national community of bioinformatics educators. The project goals include
highlighting and distributing innovative approaches to incorporating bioinformatics
data and techniques throughout undergraduate biology education; and establishing
mechanisms for the broad dissemination of bioinformatics resource materials
and innovative teaching models.
One of the focuses of my work with BEDROCK is to develop curricular materials
and organize resources for bioinformatics educators. Presently I am compiling
space of the protein RuBisCo. The problem space combines background
information, sequences, links to online software tools, and other materials.
Students are encouraged to explore this data, design their own research
questions, conduct analyses, interpret the results, and present their
findings for peer discussion. Educators are encourage to use the problem
space to suit their course needs, to restyle the problem space as best
suits the level of the class, and to contribute back to the problem space;
thereby enhancing it through the incorporation of their own suggestions,
revisions, observations, and curricular materials.
A large component of a national dissemination project like BEDROCK involves
presenting at workshops and conferences around
the country. BEDROCK itself holds six such workshops a year to support
faculty interested in exploring new ways of teaching bioinformatics and
in developing curricular materials, in addition to speaking at similar
conferences sponsored by other organizations. (See the BioQUEST
calendar for a list of past and future workshops). If you or someone
at your institution would be interested in hosting or co-sponsoring a
BEDROCK workshop, please contact Sue
Risseeuw at 608-363-2012.
The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium actively supports educators interested
in the reform of undergraduate biology and engages in the collaborative
development of curricula. We offer the following resources: the BioQUEST
Library, BQ Notes, the BioQUEST Website, publications by project staff
and participants, workshops and presentations for institutions and organizations,
and support of an extended BioQUEST community. We encourage the use of
simulations, databases, and tools to construct learning environments where
students are able to engage in activities like those of practicing scientists.
Microbes Count! is a collection of course activities based on these
principles. Microbes Count! is a set of multimedia resources, simulations,
and tools that offer an interactive, open-ended environment for learning
about microbiology. These resources are research-related, contemporary,
and lend themselves to collaborative learning in classroom, laboratory,
field, or computer workspaces. Microbes
Count! can be purchased from ASM
Press. A number of the activities were developed in collaboration
with undergraduate faculty at the 2001
BioQUEST Summer Workshop.
and involvement at Workshops and Conferences
July 2003. Summer Modeling Institute. MSOE Center for BioMolecular
Modeling, Milwaukee, WI.
June 2003. Fractal Dimension and Image Analysis. Bridges
to the Future Annual Program Meeting (American Society for Biochemistry
and Molecular Biology), Tahoe, CA.
May 2003. Enabling Exploration for Everyone, Everytime, Everywhere:
Collaboratories, Digital Libraries and Computational Biology Education.
BioQUEST Curriculum at Beloit College, Beloit, WI.
May 2003. Evolutionary Bioinformatics Education: A BioQUEST Curriculum
Consortium Approach; an NSF Chautauqua short course at Clark Atlanta University,
April 2003. Bioinformatics in Biology Education: Working with Sequence,
Structure, and Function; a BEDROCK Workshop at University of Vermont College
of Medicine, Burlington, VT.
March 2003. Bioinformatics in the Undergraduate Curriculum; hosted
by Center for Educational Technology, Dickinson College, and the Central
Pennsylvania Consortium; at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.
February 2003. Instructional Technologists at Liberal Arts Colleges:
Exploring Our Dynamic Roles; an MITC workshop at University of Michigan
Media Union, Ann Arbor, MI.
January 2003. Innovative Science Teaching: Enhancing Learning with
Technology; an MITC workshop at DePauw University, Greencastle, IN.
October 2002. Bioinformatics in Biology Education: Working with
Sequence, Structure, and Function; a BEDROCK Workshop at CloudShield Technologies,
Jungck, J. R., T. Johnson, A. E. Weisstein, and J. Tusin. "Modeling
More Mold." Pages 33-39 in Microbes Count!, ed. Jungck, J.
R., M. F. Fass, and E. D. Stanley.
Douthwright, J., F. Percival, J. A. Benbasat, T. Johnson, and J. R. Jungck. "Population Explosion: Modeling Phage Growth." Pages 41-49 in Microbes Count!, ed. Jungck, J. R., M. F. Fass, and E. D. Stanley.
Jungck, J. R., T. Johnson, and J. Tusin. "Shaped to Survive." Pages 73-81 in Microbes Count!, ed. Jungck, J. R., M. F. Fass,
and E. D. Stanley.
Jungck, J. R., B. Halgren, J. Tusin, and T. Johnson. "Valuing Variable
Variegation." Pages 229-233 in Microbes Count!, ed. Jungck,
J. R., M. F. Fass, and E. D. Stanley.
Molecular Modelling and
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