BLACKSBURG, Oct. 29, 2002 - Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech has been awarded a Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Media Fellowships Program. The fellowships sponsored by this national program bring journalists into contact with researchers to help create lasting professional relationships. VBI’s program entitled “The Future of Biotechnology through the Eyes of Bioinformatics” will be hosted on May 8-9 on Virginia Tech’s campus in Blacksburg.

VBI was one among nineteen academic institutions selected as hosts for the 2002-2003 CASE Media Fellowships Program. CASE fellows will spend two days at VBI learning about bioinformatics and its applications to research in the life sciences, as well as how supercomputers figure into the discipline.

Participants will participate in hands-on workshops to sequence genetic code, create a microarray—a functional genomics tool, and visualize an infectious disease agent. Journalists will also meet with an interdisciplinary faculty research team including computer scientists, software engineers, bioinformaticians, mathematicians, and pathologists conducting infectious disease research at VBI.

These conversations will explore the practical applications of bioinformatics research including immune system modeling, bioengineering plants for disease resistance, identifying proteins to understand the onset of disease, and others.

The Fellowship program will support from 6 to 8 journalists on the campus of Virginia Tech.

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Published by Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Receives Prestigious Media Fellowship, October 28, 2002