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University of Buffalo

Department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences Research Study

High School Science Teachers Wanted!

“Western New York Genetics in Research Partnership”

 Students Usually Learn Genes Like This Your Students will Learn to See Genes Like This! 
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Purpose:  The purpose of this research is to develop better ways to teach bioinformatics through use of hands-on, state-of-the-art bioinformatics tools and create awareness of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This project will train teachers Genomics Education National Initiative Annotation Collaboration Toolkit (GENI-ACT), an innovative technology experience for students and teachers which includes a “hands-on” cyber-learning approach, to increase knowledge of bioinformatics and allow them to gain experience with bioinformatics software for classroom use. The project will expand student understanding of basic bioinformatics and the scientific process through the use of GENI-ACT, and provide ongoing support to students as they pursue STEM career plans.

Criteria for participation: High school (grades 9-12) teachers from Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties/schools categorized as disadvantaged based on the percentage of free/reduced lunch and the percent of students entering college.

Benefits to Teachers: Through the activities of this project, you will participate in an intensive Summer Teacher Workshop led by University at Buffalo faculty who are part of the Education Program of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute.  This workshop will increase your knowledge of bioinformatics and allow you to gain experience with bioinformatics software for classroom use.

Time commitment: With support from project researchers, participating teachers will participate in:

  • 5 days of training July/August 2016 on the GENI-ACT
  • Semester I, coordinate/co-present 3 In Class/After School sessions related to gene basics and science careers
  • Semester I, recruit 14 students – 7 will be randomly selected for Semester II GENI-ACT project
  • Semester II, lead group of 7 students in 5-month GENI-ACT project
Compensation: Teachers will be paid for training, teaching and preparation, up to $2,137.50 per year, for an expected 85.5 hours of work annually ($25/hr).

Who to contact if you have questions about the research: Stephen T. Koury, PhD, Principal Investigator, University at Buffalo, Department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 26 Cary Hall, Buffalo, NY 14214, 716-829-5188 [stvkoury@buffalo.edu].

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