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Workshop Announcement

May 20 - 23, 2004

San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD

This workshop has been postponed until May 2005. Please explore our calendar to learn about other upcoming workshops.

This four-day workshop will introduce and explore bioinformatics—the use of molecular sequence and structure data to address biological questions. During the course of the workshop, presenters will introduce specific biological problems from areas that can be addressed with bioinformatics, such as epidemiology, drug design, and systematics. Participants will then learn to use standard bioinformatic tools such as database searches, alignment algorithms, and phylogenetics software, and apply this knowledge to analyze actual data sets and interpret the results in an evolutionary context. The workshop emphasis will be on group work and collaborative learning. Through inviting participants with diverse backgrounds and interests, we hope to encourage interdisciplinary communication and lay a foundation for future collaboration.

The workshop's pedagogy will reflect BioQUEST's "3 P's" educational philosophy: problem posing, problem solving, and peer persuasion. For the first two days, participants will take on the role of learners, exploring bioinformatics concepts and methods from a research perspective. For the second half of the workshop, we encourage participants to approach the subject from a teaching perspective and explore ways that they might use concepts, data, and/or methods from the workshop in their own courses. Each portion of the workshop will culminate in group projects that will be shared with the other participants. We will also post these projects online, where they can benefit the broader bioinformatics and educational communities.

Systems we will explore through hands-on computer lab sessions include:

  • within-patient evolution of HIV
  • prions
  • Trp Cage
  • BIRDD – this collection of molecular, morphological and geographical data on the Galapagos Finches provides you with a chance study this canonical example of evolutionary radiation.

The workshop is designed for:

biologists and chemists interested in incorporating bioinformatics into their curricula, and who enjoy collaborative learning such as has been developed and diffused by the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium.

mathematicians and computer scientists curious about how their fields impact bioinformatics or computational molecular biology. We encourage you to come and interact with biologists to develop a better idea of the various questions that arise with respect to teaching and learning elements of bioinformatics.

No prior background in bioinformatics is necessary. There is no charge for registration.

    Workshop Leaders

    John R. Jungck
    Tia Johnson
    Tony Weisstein

Beloit College, Wisconsin
Department of Biology

     Sam Donovan
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Instruction and Learning
    Rama Viswanathan Beloit College, Wisconsin
Chemistry and Math & Computer Science Departments
    Stacey Kiser Lane Community College, Oregon
Biology Department
For more information please
Sue Risseeuw (608/363-2012).

Sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE/CCLI-ND)