about the Project
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is the Molecular ScienceStudent Workbench?
Molecular Science Student Workbench (this web site), known as Biology Student Workbench, consists of curricular
materials centered around molecular biological investigations, links
to educational, scientific, computational, and informational resources,
and communication tools to bind together a contributing community
of educators. It is designed to give a transparent introduction
to the use of the Biology Workbench for learning and teaching biology
at all levels.
is the Biology Workbench?
Biology Workbench is a web-based tool for biologists. It is an open
access computational interface and environment that permits anybody
with a web browser to readily perform bioinformatics investigations,
for research, teaching, or learning. The Workbench allows biologists
to search many popular protein and nucleic acid sequence databases.
Database searching is integrated with access to a wide variety of
analysis and modeling tools, all within a point and click interface
that eliminates file format compatibility problems.
diagram of the workflow architecture of the Biology Workbench may
help explain the functionalities of the BW.
is the student interface to the Biology Workbench?
Student Interface to the Biology Workbench (SIB) is an educational
orientated interface to the Biology Workbench interface developed
as part of the Molecular Science Student Workbench. We have developed SIB
for people who have little experience with bioinformatics and associated
tools. In particular, the development of SIB has been orientated
towards high school and undergraduate education. For more information,
see the home page for the SIB project.
can I participate in the MSSW?
you are a teacher or student at any educational level and are interested
in bioinformatics, we welcome your participation. If you have designed
or are interested in designing educational materials for investigating
bioinformatics topics, and would like to share these materials with
others, please contact Kevin Messner or Brent Palmer for suggestions
on how to post your materials.
MSSW project team also presents workshops to teachers and researchers
interested in bioinformatics education.
welcome your ideas, large and small! Please feel free to contact
us for more information on participating or if you have other ideas
for possible contributions and collaborations.
is the "Inquiry Page?" What does it have to do with biology?
Inquiry Page is a dynamic virtual community where inquiry-based
education can be discussed, resources and experiences shared, and
innovative approaches explored in a collaborative environment. At
its core, the Inquiry Page provides an easy way for users to generate
web pages with little to no experience in HTML, on any subject of
interest to them, which are viewable across the Internet.
of the Molecular Science Student Workbench resources are available on the
Inquiry Page. This arrangement allows open access and a wide audience
of educators for MSSW units. Biology teachers may also be interested
in other biology subject content on the Inquiry Page site. Additionally,
because users can easily comment on and "spin off" ideas
they see on the Inquiry Page to make their own units, the site is
becoming a forum for discussions, collaborations, and idea growing.
also see the Inquiry Page section of our Curricular Materials page
for more information on how the Inquiry Page can be used for posting
can I contact for more information on the MSSW project?
questions about the MSSW program and how you can get involved, contact
Umesh Thakkar. For questions about bioinformatics and its part in
biology curricula, contact Eric Jakobsson. For information on the
Inquiry Page and inquiry-based learning, contact Chip Bruce. For
technical questions about the student interface to the Biology Workbench,
contact Bruce Southey. For questions, problems, and suggestions
for this website, please contact Deanna Palmer.