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Department of Computer Science

Department of Biology

University of Akron


Workshop for Teaching Undergraduate Bioinformatics through Collaboration and Inquiry

June 5 - 8, 2006


OVERVIEW: The University of Akron will host a 4-day workshop focusing on teaching undergraduate bioinformatics. The workshop is supported by an NSF grant for development of a stand-alone introductory bioinformatics course suitable for individuals or pairs of faculty at small to mid-size institutions.

The workshop will provide an overview of an existing course and cover key topics in bioinformatics. The workshop participants will have hands-on experience with the software used in the course. Classroom tested teaching materials will be provided and participants will be exposed to inquiry-based active teaching practices. Participants will experience several classroom-tested collaborative teaching modules.

The workshop topics will include a discussion of how to foster collaborative inquiry between biology and computer science students entering the class with very different academic backgrounds. We welcome faculty from multiple disciplines, especially teams of faculty members interested in collaborative teaching of introductory bioinformatics. Graduating PhD students who are interested in developing a course in bioinformatics are also encouraged to apply.


COST: This workshop is supported by the National Science Foundation. Room, board and workshop costs are free for all participants. Travel expenses are not covered.

APPLY: Interested faculty members should complete a one-page application form available here
- APPLICATION and attach a recent curriculum vitae.


DEADLINE: Send application form and c.v. by MARCH 1, 2006. Selections will be made and participants will be informed after March 1, 2006 and will continue until all positions are filled.


Send questions and/or applications to:


Dr. Zhong-Hui Duan
Department of Computer Science

The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325



Dr. Francisco Moore
Department of Biology

The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325


For further information about the workshop, see:


The University of Akron is an Equal Education and Employment Institution.