This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled Bioinformatics in Biology Education: Working with Sequence, Structure and Function at Oklahoma City Community College in January 2005. The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium is committed to the reform of undergraduate biology instruction through an emphasis on engaging students in realistic scientific practices. This approach is sometimes characterized as an inquiry driven approach and is captured in BioQUEST's three P's (problem-posing, problem-solving, and peer-persuasion). As part of this workshop groups of faculty were encouraged to initiate innovative curricular projects. We are sharing these works in progress in the hope that they will stimulate further exploration, collaboration and development. Please see the following links for additional information:

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Adaptation of HIV Problem Space to High School Students
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Brad Williamson
University of Kansas

Randy Dix
Olathe North High School

Charlotte Mulvihill
Oklahoma City Community College

Diana Spencer
Tulsa Community College


Possible Audiences:

High School Students  


Brief Overview:

Guided inquiry of HIV transmission using bioinformatic tools at Biology Workbench. Early lessons will introduce phylogenetic tree building and interpretation. As students develop an understanding of the tools they will then enter the problem space to investigate their own questions.  


Project Materials:

Biology Workbench Biology Workbench Cheatsheet. Other appropriate software: Bioedit and Treeview Data files that have been simplified and organized to facillitate student application. Online poster space  


Resources and References:

Microbes Count  



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