This summer, from July 31 to August 3, two NOVA biology faculty participated in a symposium on human genetics sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and their genetics branch, the National Human Genome Institute (NHGRI) in Bethesda, Md., on NIH’s campus.
Assistant Professor Shabana Meyering (WO) and Adjunct Professor Andrew Lee (AL and LO) were among a dozen professors chosen through a competitive application process open to science teachers all over the United States. While at NIH, they attended lectures, participated in teaching workshops and learned first-hand about the NIH’s work translating genomics discoveries into patient treatments. Both faculty members learned a great deal about new research at NIH and also worked with other leading educators to develop techniques to bring these new discoveries to students in lecture and laboratory environments. The four-day session featured leading genetics researchers at NIH lecturing about their work and leading discussions focused on bringing new discoveries to college curricula.
Additional components of the workshop included computer simulations, bioinformatics tutorials using NIH gene and protein databases, discussion with patients undergoing medical treatment at NIH and a tour of the NIH’s gene sequencing facility.