Overview

The 2018 Biotechnology Educators Conference will be hosted at Virginia Tech on July 25-27th. Wednesday and Thursday afternoon (July 25th and 26th), we will offer a Biotechnology Boot Camp for educators NEW to the field; spots are first come first serve.

On Thursday the conference will host workshops and talks from scientific experts. Choose your preference of hands-on workshops hosted by scientific experts, first come first served. Thursday night we will have a social and vendor show. Friday, we kick the day off again with a workshop and talks.

The conference will be held on Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus between the buildings of Fralin Life Science Institute and the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech. Parking passes will be issued through the conference when you pick up your registration packet.

The fee for the conference is $75 for registrations postmarked/paid by May 1st and $100 for registrations postmarked after May 1st. Registration opens on March 5th at 9 am. Coffee/pastries, box lunches, and heavy hors d’oeuvres served during the social is included in the registration fee.

CEUs will be issued to all participants.

Schedule

**Workshops will be added as they are confirmed. On July 1 at noon, we will send an email to registered attendees to choose their workshops. Please make sure that you add Dr. Kristy Collins' email address to your address book to receive the email.**

Wednesday, July 25


1-5pm

Biotech Bootcamp

For educators who are new to teaching biotechnology. Are you intimidated by electrophoresis? Baffled by buffers? Here’s an opportunity to get started in biotech. You will also learn about the Biotech-in-a-Box program, now in its 21st year of lending biotech kits to Virginia educators. Instruction Leader, Kristi DeCourcy, Ph.D. Limited to 20 participants.

Thursday, July 26

7-8am

 

Registration at the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech
 

8-11:45am

Talks

#1 Biraj M. Patel, M.D. Neurointerventional Surgery, Section Chief, Department of Radiology, Division of Neurosurgery, Assistant Professor, Virgina Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Talk Title TBA

#2 Bin Xu, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech, Talk Title TBA

#3 Daniel Slade, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Tech, Talk Title TBA

11:45 am-1pm


Lunch 

1-3pm

Workshops  (choose one below, first come first served)

#1 Anne M. Brown, Ph.D., Research & Informatics, University Libraries, Virginia Tech 
Introducing 3-D Visualization Software in Science Classes:  Making Connections and Building Skills in Core Concepts 

The structure and dynamics of proteins are an essential part of understanding the molecular foundations of complex biological processes and serve an important role in the field of biology. Biomolecular visualization software can serve as an entryway to begin exploration of, and expose students to, many biological and biochemical relationships and aid in their development in basic science knowledge. In addition, technical skills and effective writing and presentation of scientific material are critical for students and can be embraced in a project-based learning style with biomolecular visualization software. Training and education utilizing biomolecular visualization software and honing writing and presentation skills are often reserved for special studies or higher-level coursework. Presenting more advanced concepts and skills that can connect ideas from introductory level classes in chemistry, biology, and physics earlier in the curriculum is imperative to success in advanced classes and application in research settings for students. This workshop will focus on introducing instructors to biomolecular visualization and present lesson plans and project ideas to implement in the course/curriculum. Instructors will walk away with materials to support students choosing a biomolecule of interest to them to study throughout the semester and use the visualization software, PyMOL (www.pymol.org) to creatively render images to describe protein structure and course topics. Students will be able to discuss the applicability of PyMOL software and the RCSB Protein Data Bank, and discussed how the utilization of these tools will aid them in future endeavors and coursework, given that they now can explore and visualize DNA, RNA, and proteins to understand core concepts    

#2 Rebecca Wattam, Ph.D., Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech
Workshop Title TBA  

#3 Hehuang (David) Xie, Ph.D., Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech
Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis 

Next generation sequencing technique has been widely applied in a variety of fields, in particular for biomedical research. This workshop will introduce several sequencing strategies, including RNAseq, ChIPseq and methyl-seq, to determine gene expression, transcription factor binding and epigenome profiles.  The unique features of sequencing data generated with distinct sequencing approaches will be discussed in the context of sequencing data analysis procedure.     

#4 Maury Wrightson, HHMI BioInteractive 
Using Nipah Virus to Teach the Many Facets of Epidemiology 

The HHMI BioInteractive resource Virus Hunter: Epidemiology of Nipah Virus includes a variety of methods to engage students in science as a process and the research conducted in the field of epidemiology.  Through videos, readings, data, and hands-on activities students explore the processes of analyzing data with mathematical calculations, making predictions, completing ecological surveys and immunological assays, and formulating solutions to problems.  Participants will engage in the hands-on learning portion of this activity, as well as receive information about how to implement this resource in their classroom.      

3:15-5:15pm

Workshops (choose one below, first come first served)

#5 Carla Finkielstein, Ph.D., Virginia Tech Department of Biological Sciences
How Do Cells Measure the Time of Day?  

#6 Anne M. Brown, Ph.D., Research & Informatics, University Libraries, Virginia Tech 
Introducing 3-D Visualization Software in Science Classes:  Making Connections and Building Skills in Core Concepts

The structure and dynamics of proteins are an essential part of understanding the molecular foundations of complex biological processes and serve an important role in the field of biology. Biomolecular visualization software can serve as an entryway to begin exploration of, and expose students to, many biological and biochemical relationships and aid in their development in basic science knowledge. In addition, technical skills and effective writing and presentation of scientific material are critical for students and can be embraced in a project-based learning style with biomolecular visualization software. Training and education utilizing biomolecular visualization software and honing writing and presentation skills are often reserved for special studies or higher-level coursework. Presenting more advanced concepts and skills that can connect ideas from introductory level classes in chemistry, biology, and physics earlier in the curriculum is imperative to success in advanced classes and application in research settings for students. This workshop will focus on introducing instructors to biomolecular visualization and present lesson plans and project ideas to implement in the course/curriculum. Instructors will walk away with materials to support students choosing a biomolecule of interest to them to study throughout the semester and use the visualization software, PyMOL (www.pymol.org) to creatively render images to describe protein structure and course topics. Students will be able to discuss the applicability of PyMOL software and the RCSB Protein Data Bank, and discussed how the utilization of these tools will aid them in future endeavors and coursework, given that they now can explore and visualize DNA, RNA, and proteins to understand core concepts    

#7 Becky Wattam, Ph.D., Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech, 
Workshop Title TBA  

#8 Maury Wrightson, HHMI BioInteractive
Using Nipah Virus to Teach the Many Facets of Epidemiology 

The HHMI BioInteractive resource Virus Hunter: Epidemiology of Nipah Virus includes a variety of methods to engage students in science as a process and the research conducted in the field of epidemiology.  Through videos, readings, data, and hands-on activities students explore the processes of analyzing data with mathematical calculations, making predictions, completing ecological surveys and immunological assays, and formulating solutions to problems.  Participants will engage in the hands-on learning portion of this activity, as well as receive information about how to implement this resource in their classroom.

1-5:15pm


#9 Biotech Boot Camp. 
Led by Kristi DeCourcy, Ph.D. Limited to 20 participants.

6-9pm


Social and Vendor Show 
Dinner and 2 drink tickets included in registration

Friday,  July 27

7-8am


Registration at the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech

8-11:45am


Talks

#4 Jennifer Munson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineeringing & Sciences, Department of Biomedical Engineering & Mechanics, Virginia Tech, Talk Title TBA

#5 Elizabeth Wayne, Ph.D., Post-doctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Talk Title TBA

#6 Bryan Lewis, MPH, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech, Talk Title TBA 

11:45am-1:00pm


Lunch - Box lunches 

1-4pm

Workshops (choose one below, first come first served)

#10 Rebecca Wattam, Ph.D., Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech
Workshop Title TBA

#11 Sherri Andrews, Bio-Rad Laboratories
Citizen Science Using PCR-GMOs and Invasive Lionfish

Lionfish have greatly impacted biodiversity in coral ecosystems from North Carolina to the Caribbean and beyond.  In this workshop participants will dissect lionfish, extract DNA from fish bits, and will set up PCR reactions to be sent off for sequencing.  The data will be added to the iNaturalist  project database for further analysis.

#12 Shernita Lee, Ph.D., Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech
Workshop Title TBA

 

 

Housing

We recommend staying on-campus during the conference. To book your stay and take advantage of our special lodging package rates, click here.

Our lodging package includes a two night stay in a single-occupancy room in one of our traditional-style, non-air conditioned residence halls or a single-occupancy room in one of our suite-style, air-conditioned residence halls.

On-campus residency requires a dining plan.  This conference package requires the Wednesday night dinner meal be added to the package. Meals on Thursday and a breakfast/lunch on Friday will be provided by the conference.

2016 Lodging Rates (will be updated for 2018 soon):

  • $110 // Suite-Style Room, Air-Conditioned, Single Occupancy, 2 Nights + the required dinner $13.50 = $123.50
  • $66 // Traditional Room, Non-Air Conditioned, Single Occupancy, 2 Nights + the required dinner $13.50 = $79.50
  • Additional night, departing 30 July:  $55 suite/air + required dinner and breakfast $21 = $76
  • Additional night, departing 30 July $33 traditional/non-air + required dinner and breakfast $21 = $54

Note: All housing and dining charges are subject to the 5.3% Virginia Sales Tax. Participants wishing to arrange their own lodging at a local hotel are welcome to do so.

Sponsors

Fralin Life Science Institute

The Fralin Life Science Institute provides resources to Virginia Tech's life sciences community to support innovative research, education, and outreach.
 

Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech

The Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech addresses critical challenges related to the integrative life sciences, especially those posed to human health, habitat and wellbeing. Institutional research programs emphasize information biology, a unifying informatics-driven approach for studying biological systems from molecules and simple organisms to the microbiome and policy considerations in massive human-created networks.

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