Dr. LaJoyce Debro participated in the Genome Consortium for Active
Teaching (GCAT) which was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and held at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, on July 10-14,
2007. Forty faculty members in biology, chemistry, computer science, and mathematics gathered for the intensive interdisciplinary
training in microarray analysis.
The purpose of the workshop was to provide genomic training to faculty teaching in primarily undergraduate institutions. Workshop
participants are expected to integrate microarray technology into their courses and/or student-research. Participants are prepared
to provide opportunities for undergraduates to work with real DNA microarray data so they can discover firsthand how biology is an
informational science, and organisms are complex systems. Activities during the workshop included an introduction to microarrays;
software training; hands-on experience with data analysis; and wet-lab experiences with DNA microarray probe production and hybridization.
The workshop faculty assisting with mathematics
and software training were Laurie Heyer (Davidson College) and Dave Kushner (Dickinson College). Workshop faculty assisting in
the laboratory with probe production and hybridization were Consuelo Alvarez (Longwood University), Anne Rosenwald (Georgetown
University), and Todd Eckdahl (Missouri Western State University). Workshop facilitators were Malcolm Campbell (Davidson College)
and Edison Fowlks (Hampton University).
The next workshop will be held at California State University in Fullerton, Ca, on July 13-19, 2008. Teams from mathematics,
computer science, chemistry, and biology are welcome.
For additional information visit the GCAT website at GCAT -Sponsored