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Workshop Announcement


March 11 - 14, 2004


Thursday, March 11th

4:30 – 6:00 PM

Welcome Reception Dinner              

6:00 PM

Welcome from Tim Mulkey, Indiana State University

6:15 – 6:45 PM

Introduction to Workshop
Sam Donovan, Co-PI, BEDROCK

6:45 – 7:15 PM
Introduction to the West Nile Virus
Stacey Kiser

7:15 – 7:45 PM


7:45 – 8:00 PM
Introduction to Biology Workbench
Stacey Kiser and Sam Donovan
8:00 – 9:00 PM

West Nile Virus Lab Work

Friday, March 12th

Open @ 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast Room        

9:00 – 9:45 AM

Overview of BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium and BEDROCK
Sam Donovan, Co-PI, BEDROCK

9:45 – 10:15 AM

Introduction to Chimp Problem Space
John Greenler

Chimpanzees are an excellent species to study in order to understand the broader relationships and issues concerning species conservation. They are found across equatorial Africa in a variety of habitats (preferably dense tropical rainforest), and live in communities ranging from 25 to 90 individuals. Because of ever increasing rates of population decline, it has been estimated that chimpanzees may effectively be extinct in as little as ten years. This session will explore the analysis of chimpanzee diversity within the interdisciplinary framework of bioinformatics, geographic information systems (GIS), economic analyses, and chimpanzee sociological resources.

10:15 – 10:30 AM
10:30 – 11:30 AM

Chimp Problem Space Lab Work

11:30 – 1:15 PM

Lunch and Group Work

1:15 – 2:30 PM

Tree Building
Anton Weisstein

In most bioinformatics studies, individual data points are not statistically independent. Whether we look at sequence, functional, or structural data, those data reflect the pattern of relatedness (or phylogeny ) both within and across species.  Knowledge of a group's phylogeny is thus crucial both for inferring the biological processes underlying the data and for suggesting further avenues of research.  In this session, we will first explore the basics of building, interpreting, and analyzing phylogenetic trees, then apply this knowledge by examining two published studies of HIV evolution.

2:30 – 2:45 PM

2:45 – 3:15 PM

Introduction to Whippo and/or Finch Problem Space
Sam Donovan

3:15 – 4:15 PM
Whippo and/or Finch Lab Work

4:15 – 5:30 PM

Group Work and Poster Preparation

6:00 PM

All are invited to dinner as a group at a local restaurant. Each is responsible for his/her own tab.

Saturday, March 13th

Open at 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 AM


10:00 – 10:15 AM
10:15 – 10:45 AM

Introduction to Tamarix Problem Space
Anton Weisstein

The genus Tamarix (commonly known as tamarisk or salt cedar), a native of Eurasia, is considered the second worst plant invasion in the U.S.  Dense stands of Tamarix across the American West crowd out native plants, lower water tables, and salinize the soil, while providing few resources for indigenous animal communities.  In this session, we will explore a published study on the geographic distribution of Tamarix genetic diversity, both in the U.S. and in Eurasia, in the hopes of gaining a better understanding of the genus's population structure and dispersal pattern.

10:45 – 11:45 AM

Tamarix Lab Work

11:45 – 1:15 PM
Lunch and Group Work and Discussions
1:15 – 1:30 PM

Demonstration of BEDROCK Web Site Procedures
Sam Donovan

1:30– 4:00 PM
Group Work and Web Form/PowerPoint Preparation
4:00 – 5:00 PM

John R. Jungck

5:00 – 6:00 PM
Social Hour

Sunday, March 14th

Open @ 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast        
8:30 – 10:30 AM
Web Form/Power Point Presentations (sharing projects and courses)
10:30 – 10:45 AM
10:45– Noon
How to stay involved, feedback, sharing table (we will duplicate materials for participants), cut and distribute CDs, web sites & databases, collaboratories, other resources.


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

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