Faculty Member Accepted to Attend BioQUEST Institute
Feb 15, 2008
A member of the faculty at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is one of only 24 applicants across the nation accepted to attend the 2008 ASM/BioQUEST Bioinformatics Institute in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Mary Ann Wagner, associate professor of biotechnology, will attend the Institute, which promotes integration of problem-based bioinformatics exercises throughout biology and biotechnology curricula.
“This is an amazing opportunity. The workshop will be facilitated by educators leading the way in bringing concepts from this fast-evolving field into the classroom, directly to the students,” says Wagner, who completed her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at MCP Hahnemann University.
She adds, “In our post-genomic age, the computer has become an indispensible tool for hypothesis development and data analysis of large biological data sets, everything from simple gene and proteins sequences, to complex integration of gene expression data and image analysis. Modern biology students need these skills, and the students will benefit from the teaching strategies presented at the workshop.”
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and BioQUEST are collaborating on the Institute. With more than 43,000 members, ASM is the oldest and largest single life science membership organization in the world and its members represent 26 disciplines of microbiological specialization.
BioQUEST promotes curriculum innovation by serving a national role as a networking resource for individuals to share, distribute, and enhance cooperation among on-going and future biology education development projects.
Harrisburg University provides an applied science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-focused education dedicated to careers at undergraduate and graduate levels. For more information on the University and its degree programs, call 717.901.5101 or email Connect@HarrisburgU.net