Funded by NSF National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium

SCALE-IT Biology Curriculum Workshop June 22-26, 2009

2008 BioQUEST Workshop

Bioinformatics and visualization are rapidly developing research approaches throughout the biological, physical and mathematical sciences curriculum. This workshop will focus on strategies for including these approaches in the development of interdisciplinary modules for undergraduate teaching. Participants can explore the use of sequence data, investigate resources for molecular visualization, and protein structural analysis. The emphasis will be on creating teaching units that apply biological problem solving strategies to real problems in medicine, epidemiology, forensics, agriculture, and conservation.

This week long workshop will be divided into three phases.

Sunsphere, Knoxville TNPhase I: Participants will work with existing curricular units to engage in research like learning activities.

Phase II: Everyone will adapt and adopt existing resources to address their interests and teaching settings.

Phase III: Groups will initiate longer-term development efforts that will form the basis for ongoing collaborations and curricular innovation.

  • Learn how to engage students with realistic scientific problems using rich datasets.
  • Develop materials tailored for your classroom.
  • Discover classroom strategies for engaging students in cutting-edge science.
  • Explore online data, visualization and analysis tools, and other resources to support student investigations.
  • Learn and share strategies for supporting and assessing student investigations.
  • Develop a scholarly approach to teaching and learning in undergraduate biology courses. 

Workshop Suppport

This curriculum workshop is part of the Scalable Computing and Leading Edge Innovative Technologies (SCALE-IT) Project at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. As an NSF funded IGERT Program SCALE-IT focuses on training scientists to apply appropriate computing tools to solve quantitative problems at all scales of biology. For more information on SCALE-IT please visit [http://web.utk.edu/~scaleit/]. Additional support for this workshop is provided by the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). For more information on NIMBioS please see [http://www.nimbios.org/].