Biology Faculty Learn Latest Genomic, Bioinformatics Technologies
On Aug. 13-14, 2014, Drs. John Niedzwiecki, Roger Jackson and Chris Barton, of the Biology Department, attended the iPlant Bio Genomics in Education Workshop hosted at Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Ala. At the workshop the doctors learned strategies for incorporating the latest genomic and bioinformatics technologies and methods for the undergraduate classroom. Genomics in Education focuses on DNA Subway, a website that introduces students to sophisticated bioinformatics though an easy-to-use interface. This free workshop empowers college faculty to integrate modern methods for genome analysis into courses and student research projects. All the resources presented in the workshop are produced by the iPlant Collaborative, a National Science Foundation-funded project to develop a computer infrastructure for plant research. Instruction, workshop materials and lunches are provided by NSF grant funding.