An innovative plant genomics and gene annotation program for high school, community college, and university faculty

Hacisalihoglu, G., Hilgert, U., Nash, E. B., Micklos, D. A. (2008) An innovative plant genomics and gene annotation program for high school, community college, and university faculty. CBE Life Sci Educ, 7 (3). pp. 310-6.

URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18765753
DOI: 10.1187/cbe.07-08-0061

Abstract

Today's biology educators face the challenge of training their students in modern molecular biology techniques including genomics and bioinformatics. The Dolan DNA Learning Center (DNALC) of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has developed and disseminated a bench- and computer-based plant genomics curriculum for biology faculty. In 2007, a five-day "Plant Genomics and Gene Annotation" workshop was held at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL, to enhance participants' knowledge and understanding of plant molecular genetics and assist them in developing and honing their laboratory and computer skills. Florida A&M University is a historically black university with over 95% African-American student enrollment. Sixteen participants, including high school (56%) and community college faculty (25%), attended the workshop. Participants carried out in vitro and in silico experiments with maize, Arabidopsis, soybean, and food products to determine the genotype of the samples. Benefits of the workshop included increased awareness of plant biology research for high school and college level students. Participants completed pre- and postworkshop evaluations for the measurement of effectiveness. Participants demonstrated an overall improvement in their postworkshop evaluation scores. This article provides a detailed description of workshop activities, as well as assessment and long-term support for broad classroom implementation.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: bioinformatics
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing > DNA, RNA structure, function, modification
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics
educational material
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing > DNA, RNA structure, function, modification > genes, structure and function
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Communities: Dolan DNA Learning Center
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: 2008
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2013 17:37
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2013 17:37
PMCID: PMC2527984
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URI: http://repository.cshl.edu/id/eprint/27551

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