Educator Training Opportunities
Genomic Approaches in BioSciences Workshop
Preparing students for rewarding careers
High school (HS) and college educators get experience with cutting-edge science – PCR, DNA sequencing, RNA interference, and bioinformatics – in hands-on laboratories and bioinformatics investigations, and deepen awareness of rewarding careers for students.
Genomics in Education Workshop
HS and college educators discover how to lead students through high-level genome analysis with approachable online tools to find, annotate, and compare genes, and explore gene families.
NYC Teacher Professional Development
HS teachers learn how to implement lab activities to complement the NYC Scope and Sequence, Life Science, Living Environment, and AP Biology curricula. Trainees get access to all the equipment and reagents to do these experiments for free! DNA barcoding training is also featured in select sessions.
New DNALC Resources!
Gene Screen App
The latest DNALC app has been downloaded in over 80 countries already! Gene Screen is a fun way to learn about Mendelian inheritance and how certain diseases are more prevalent in different populations.
- Animations introduce concepts of genetics and inheritance, population genetics, and screening.
- Punnett square inheritance calculators can be used to work out patterns of recessive inheritance.
- A prevalence calculator and interactive ancestry map highlight some genetic diseases more prevalent in certain communities and regions of the world.
iTunes reviews say...
"An absolute must for any student learning the basics of genetics. And it's free! Really well-made app!"
"I will be using this as part of my high school biology lesson plans."
Learn About SMA
We developed Learn About SMA with support from the Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Foundation to explain how RNA splicing underpins the disease and to show how emerging therapies exploit this mechanism.
The site features interviews with patients, families, clinicians, and researchers, including the two Nobel Laureates who discovered RNA splicing: Phil Sharp and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory alumnus Rich Roberts. RNA splicing is illustrated at the molecular level by a stunning 3-D animation contributed by Drew Berry, creator of our popular DNA Interactive animations.
DNA Barcoding 101
The new DNA Barcoding 101 website includes experiment protocols and supporting resources for using DNA barcoding to identify plants or animals – or products made from them.
Weed to Wonder
We have relaunched the Weed to Wonder
site as a flexible "e-book" that can be viewed as a website, an app for iPads and tablets, or a printable PDF. The interactive e-book uses over 150 animations, photographs, illustrations, interviews, and a time-lapse video to tell the story of the development of maize, from domestication, hybrid vigor, genome sequencing, and transposons, to genetic modification and biofortification of modern maize.
Find it at www.weedtowonder.org and coming soon to iTunes and Windows App stores.
Innovative Student Project Update
In 2011 we launched the UBP, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, where high school students use DNA barcoding to explore biodiversity in New York City. Progress to date includes:
- 102 teams competing from NYC's five boroughs.
- Students document plants, fungi, and animals; map biodiversity; uncover food fraud; and possibly identify new species!
- Teams post photos and updates online of field and lab work, and bioinformatics analyses.
- Results presented and judged at a June symposium at the American Museum of Natural History.
- Teams compete for a share of $20,000 in prizes to support educational efforts!