ERIC Number: EJ854160
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Meeting Report: Genomics in the Undergraduate Curriculum--Rocket Science or Basic Science?
Campbell, A. Malcolm
Cell Biology Education, v1 n3 p70-72 Fall 2002
At the 102nd annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) in Salt Lake City, Utah, members of the Genome Consortium for Active Teaching and faculty from around the world gathered to discuss educational genomics. The focus of the gathering was a series of presentations by faculty who have successfully incorporated genomics and bioinformatics into their teaching of undergraduates. The presentations described genomics in both laboratory courses and student independent research projects. The session began with an overview of GCAT and DNA microarray methodology. The first speaker was Myra Derbyshire from Mount Saint Mary's College, Emmitsburg, Maryland. Her presentation described 2 yr of student-based research using "Escherichia coli" and "Saccharomyces cerevisiae". Like Derbyshire, the second speaker, Todd Eckdahl from Missouri Western State College, Saint Joseph, Missouri, summarized his work in two undergraduate laboratory courses in which both yeast and "E. coli" DNA microarrays were used. The third speaker offered a different view of educational genomics. Jeff Newman from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, explained his multi-year efforts to bring molecular, genomic, proteomic, and bioinformatic methods to all levels of the biology curriculum. Laura Hoopes of Pomona College, Claremont, California, gave a fourth perspective on undergraduate genomics. She highlighted student projects in two upper-division courses, with a research project as part of each course, and a senior thesis submitted by Jessica C. Brown, a 2002 graduate. Focusing only on yeast, Hoopes and her students combined genetic and molecular methods with yeast two-hybrid and DNA microarrays. The fifth and final talk was summary of GCAT's current status and its future prospects. A. Malcolm Campbell of Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, explained the status of DNA microarray requests for the 2002-2003 academic year. Escherichia coli, yeast, partial mouse, and partial human chips were confirmed. Further discussions centered on a range of topics such as DNA microarrays with 16S ribosomal DNA spotted for researchers to identify the range of species present in environmental samples. And by the end of the day, the answer to the question posed at the ASM education session was clear: GCAT members are not rocket scientists, genomics is becoming a critical component of biology, and it "should" be incorporated in the undergraduate curriculum.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Student Projects, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Science Laboratories, Student Research, Computer Software, Conferences (Gatherings), College Faculty
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