The goal of this project is to promote the use of molecular data in the identification and exploration of biological problems with an evolutionary perspective throughout undergraduate biology curricula. This will be accomplished by providing undergraduate faculty and students access to the powerful state-of-the-art bioinformatics tools currently in use by the research community transformed to afford a cognitively supportive environment. These products will enable undergraduate students to investigate current problems in biology using molecular biology tools and skills. The objectives of the project are:
- Create the Moleculr Science Student Workbench, an educational front-end to the powerful suite of tools comprising the Biology Workbench for use by undergraduate students and instructors
- Develop, test, evaluate and disseminate supportive inquiry-based curricular materials for diverse areas of biology nationwide, and
- Establish a community of inquiry, with scientists, educators and biology students using advanced science concepts and Workbench tools which will sustain, support and further disseminate the use of research tools within education.
The Biology Workbench is widely recognized as a significant bioinformatics resource because it provides a suite of interactive tools which draw on a host of biology databases and allows users to compare molecular sequences using high performance computing facilities, visualize and manipulate molecular structures, and generate phylogenetic hypotheses. The Moleculr Science Student Workbench will bring the advanced computational infrastructure used by today's scientists to any student desktop machine with a web browser. This access to a multiplicity of research analysis tools and data sources will provide a rich environment for promoting student inquiry.
Molecular Science Student Workbench
Molecular Science Student Workbench Team
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1205 W. Clark St.
Urbana, IL 61801
National Center for Supercomputer Applications
San Diego Supercomputer Center