This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled ASM/BioQUEST Bioinformatics Institute at American Society for Microbiology in March 2008. 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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Demonstrating Biodiverstiy through Bioinformatics
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Michael Shiaris
University of Massachusetts

Michael Leonardo
Coe College

Michelle Lum
Loyola Marymount University


Possible Audiences:

All levels of science undergraduates are possible.  


Brief Overview:

A three module set to use Metagenomics and bioinformatics as a source of teaching biodiversity.  


Future Directions:

In the conceptual stage at this point, it needs to be tested in class.