Studying Genomes: From the Lab to the Classroom
This Web Seminar, developed in collaboration with the National Science Digital Library
(NSDL) took place on Tuesday, November 13, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
time. In this program the presenter highlighted concepts related to current understanding
and emerging research related to genomics and evolution.
Guided by Dr. Rob DeSalle, author and curator in the Sackler Institute for Comparative
Genomics of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), web seminar participants
explored relationships among species and how these relationships are represented
in evolutionary trees. Comparative study of genomes allow scientists to explore
where to place species on an evolutionary tree, where they branch as well as the
roots from which species stem. Studying genomes is easier using online databases
and tools that allow access to protein and amino acid sequencing of species. In
addition, human evolution, a mere hairline length on the evolutionary timeline,
can be studied through genetic information that is passed (or not passed) from generation
to generation. More information can be found both online and in the Hall of Human
Origins at AMNH.
Fifty-six (56) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to
the presenter, the NSDL moderator, and the NSTA staff. Participating educators represented
the states of Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New York,
North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Participants received an NSTA SciGuide for attending and completing an evaluation
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- "It was a great overview of genomics and evolutionary biology. Having the
during the session, and the links and PowerPoint to 'take away' is
- “Having someone EXPLAIN evolutionary trees. It is hard to just see them in
text book. I loved the interaction, the quizzes...very cool!”
- “This is my 1st seminar so I had no idea what to expect. It was interesting
and informative! I'd do it again anytime and expect to in the near future!!
you for offering this!”
- “This is my first experience, so I don't have much to compare with...but
concept of this is awesome. I am at home and able to attend a seminar.
take all day, no substitute needed, no sub lesson plans...this is AMAZING. I can't
wait until the next opportunity.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!
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