Please continue reading for information on the following events and opportunities:

  • ASM/JGI Bioinformatics Institute: Incorporating Bioinformatics Research in Undergraduate Education
  • Science Faculty with Education Specialties Project
  • Workshops on Active Learning with Video Analysis
  • Live Webcast of “Evolution in Extreme Environments” Symposium

This information is being provided through the BioQUEST blog but you should contact the individual projects (see embedded links below) for additional information.


ASM/JGI Bioinformatics Institute: Incorporating Bioinformatics Research in Undergraduate Education

Washington, DC, March 10-13, 2010
Application Deadline: November 15, 2009

Are you thinking about introducing bioinformatics into your curriculum?

At the ASM/JGI Bioinformatics Institute you will:

  • LEARN to understand, interpret, and use molecular sequence information to solve problems and effectively teach it to your students.
  • START to understand the underpinnings of BLAST – how the program works, and how to incorporate it.
  • DISCOVER tools involved in weak-pattern searches and other protein analysis tools, comparative genomics, and evolutionary analysis.
  • CONNECT to other faculty who are using bioinformatics in their classrooms.

For more information visit


Science Faculty with Education Specialties Project

We are a group of Science Faculty with Education Specialties (SFES) interested in identifying other SFES across the nation.  While all college and university science faculty are education specialists in some regard, we define SFES here as individuals who either: 1) have been specifically hired in science departments to specialize in science education, OR 2) have transitioned to a role as a science faculty member focused on issues in science education after their initial hire.

If you are an SFES or think you might be an SFES, please complete our brief, 3-5 minute survey at the link below.

Beyond a national research study of SFES, our long-term goals are to foster a national SFES professional community and to promote cross-disciplinary SFES conversations.


Seth Bush, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Nancy Pelaez, Purdue University
James Rudd, California State University, Los Angeles
Michael Stevens, California State University, Stanislaus
Kimberly Tanner, San Francisco State University
Kathy Williams, San Diego State University


Workshops on Active Learning with Video Analysis

January 5-7, 2010 in Orlando, Florida
July 12-16, 2010  in Portland, Oregon
Summer, 2011 at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY

Video analysis is the use of video as a scientific measurement tool. Students find active learning with video capture and analysis both educational and compelling.

These NSF-funded workshops are for university and college faculty interested in using digital video analysis in student research, lectures, tutorials, homework assignments, and laboratories. They will cover techniques for making measurements in areas such as mechanics, thermodynamics, wave propagation, electricity, magnetism, and optics. Participants can apply these techniques in both chemistry and biology. Curricular materials and video clips will be provided to participants. Follow-up sessions and on-line communication will allow participants to share videos, activities and ideas for teaching.

There will be no tuition or fees for these workshops. Room and board for faculty and instructional staff from US institutions will be provided, and those with demonstrated need who teach under-represented students may apply for partial travel stipends.


Live Webcast of “Evolution in Extreme Environments” Symposium

Friday, November 13th, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, MST

Are you interested in evolution, but unable to attend this year’s National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) conference in Denver?  Would you and your students like to learn more about evolution in “extreme environments”, such as high altitude, in the deep-sea, or in caves?  If so, you will be excited to learn that for the first time, the annual NABT Evolution Symposium will be accessible via a free, live webcast on Friday, Nov. 13th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, MST.

For full program information, including speaker names, talk titles and times, and the link to view the live webcast, please visit

In addition, all of the talks will be recorded and placed on NESCent’s website for free access after the conference.

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