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Workshop Announcement

Mathematics and Biology Education:
Linking Undergraduate Disciplines

April 7, 2006
Suffolk County Community College, Ammerman Campus

9:00 - 9:15 AM

Welcome from hosts: Linda Sabatino, Suffolk County Community College; Sheldon Gordon, Farmingdale State University; James Fulton, Suffolk County Community College; Jack Winn, Farmingdale State University.

9:15 -10:15 AM

Mac Lab: Mendelian transmission genetics and Chi-squared goodness of fit (with Genetics Construction Kit) - Mac Classic (to start out with  a familiar area but a more open-ended, research-like simulation to engage participants in experimental design, problem solving, and analysis

10:15 - 10:30 AM            


10:30 – 11:00 AM            

Lecture Room: mini-talk & INTERACTIVE demo on “3Rs of DNA: Replication, Recombination, and Repair” (a very brief intro to topology vs geometry and little bit of knot theory)

11:00 - Noon

PC Lab: Bioinformatics: BLAST, multiple sequence alignment, and phylogenetic tree building

Noon - 12:30 PM            

Lecture Room: Mathematics of Tree Building: Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Counting; Distance vs Character based tree building

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Lecture Room: Working lunch - discuss curriculum and longer intros of each participant and their interests

1:30 - 2:30 PM

PC Lab: The Biological ESTEEM Project – engage each group in one of seven different Excel-based labs focusing on a different are of biology and math - and then mini-reporting out from each group to inform all other groups

2:30 - 3:15 PM

Lecture Room: Space, Time, and Phylogeny: Criteria for mathematics across the biology curriculum

3:15 - 3:30 PM


3:30 – 4:15 PM              

Two simultaneous sessions:

1) Mac Lab: Sequence It! and Mastermind - using a game, combinatorics, and an open-ended research-like simulation to learn protein biochemistry


2) PC Lab: Dr. Seuss and Community Ecology: javaFoodWeb: using interval graphs to understand predator-predator interactions, niche space, and trophic levels

4:15 - 5:00 PM

Lecture Room: closing discussion of mathematics and biology curriculum

For more information please contact Sue Risseeuw (608/363-2012).

Sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE/CCLI-ND),
the American Society for Microbiology

and the

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