This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled Bioinformatics Education Dissemination: Reaching Out, Connecting, and Knitting-together at Grand Valley State University in July 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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SARS: A Multi-disciplinary Exploration
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Manish Chakrabarti
Grand Valley State University

Doug Graham
Grand Valley State University

Nitya Jacob
Emory University


Possible Audiences:

Undergraduates studying biology, mathematics, computational and health sciences.  


Brief Overview:

This project uses the SARS epidemic to engage students in the exploration of topics in biogeography, public health, genomics, bioinformatics, and epidemiology.  


Project Materials:

nucleotide sequences, clinical and geographical data  


Resources and References:

Epidemic! The Natural History of Disease at the San Diego Natural History Museum Useful site for additional web links and info CDC information Maps and photos  


Future Directions:

This approach could be used in other areas of study Epidemic diseases capture interest and integrate diverse skills and concepts Meaningful connection of bioinformatics to timely and engaging problems Find your favorite disease!  



- SARS1.ppt