(Sorry for the late post.) Well, in session 1 we got our computers and our editors squared away, and Patrick navigated us through the Rosalind site, took us through some introductory problems, together with some introductory demonstrations of Python, the shell commands, etc. There was a discussion of future projects. Nothing critical has happened that should keep you away from Session 2. Some attempt was made at filming Session 1, but it was glitchy, but we (I) will try to post what happened (somehow) soon.
This week we will likely go through some more difficult Rosalind problems, and perhaps start work on a project. There have been a few suggestions and inspirations over the last week (Howard Young's talk got some people thinking) If you want to participate in the contact sport of Bioinformatics with a really terrific guide please stop by. Anyone who wants to participate in problem solving is welcome. Click here to find out about:
1. Prerequisites (there really aren't too many except you need to set up your computer, and have a strong interest in problem-solving)
2. Why the silly Kirk photo is the logo for these sessions.
Please contact email Patrick if you have any questions, at email@example.com
Come capture new ideas, share your successes, and increase your colleague network at a lively forum for biology educators. Meetings will structure discussion of book chapters that inspire engagement, and the generation of an annotated resource list of freely available internet teaching aids.
The first session topic will revolve around evolutionary conservation of biological sensation, and will draw on ideas from the book What A Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses by Daniel Chamovitz. Participants will review a chapter from the book, and be invited to evaluate educational internet sites relevant to plant behavior and animal neurobiology. Bring your ideas! Open to BUGSS members and non-members. Donations welcome.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information prior to the session.
First meeting: Wed June 26, 2013 @ 7PM
Subsequent meetings: July 17, July 31, August 14
Forrest Spencer, PhD
Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Maryland Director, Molecular Biology and Genomics Research for High School Classrooms
I was very sorry to see our buddy Koen De Lambaert, a very recent grad of the Carey School at JHU, leave the area for the Silicon Valley to pursue his business interests in the burgeoning field of personalized medicine, lamenting that the culture in this region, in spite of all kinds of valuable research everywhere, was just so closed and geared to supporting lots of silos and broker-ships. He thought his career pursuits might be much easier out West, where he perceived that people were a lot more open and less guarded about biotech. Lots of investment over there, in fact, is going into personalized medicine, in anticipation of a breakdown of some of these silos.
Here at BUGSS, we're hoping to get more bio-technologists involved, in order to get more people that know what they're doing, and reducing the training burden of the few that we have. One way of attracting them (hopefully) is to get some good discussions going, in a very relaxed, intimate setting, with some of the finest biology resources around, while supporting an effort to open things up, away from the ivory towers, and in the case of government sponsored research, let you know how well your tax dollars are being spent.
Well, in this spirit, we're very honored to have, Dr. Howard Young, Head of the Cellular and Molecular Immunology Section of the NIH National Cancer Institute in Frederick. (Thank you Robin) Dr Young has a reputation for lots of outreach in his field of study, but it is a rare treat to get this up close to such a leader in his field.
And what is his field? His long time research interest is on how the immune system functions and his work has largely focused on one specific gene, called interferon-gamma. This gene is critical for protecting the host (you) against bacterial and viral infections. In his talk Dr. Young will describe his current work on why a part of the interferon-gene has been strongly conserved throughout evolution, and using mouse models, he will discuss how altering the gene has led to new insight into lupus and aplastic anemia.
Please don't be scared of the medical jargon. This is very important work, and Dr. Young has a knack for engaging his audience, and helping others understand.
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