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Sandra Porter

of Digital World Biology

The C.R.E.A.T.E. strategy is an approach to making biology teaching a better model of biology, the science. From the C.R.E.A.T.E website, …C.R.E.A.T.E. teaching focuses on on authentic published work–peer reviewed journal articles–with students reading either series of papers produced sequentially from individual labs or series of papers from different labs focused on a single line…

This morning, I learned that congress wants to reverse the advances made by NIH and go back to restricting access to scientific publications. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (New York) and Congressman Darrell Issa (California) are co-sponsoring a bill to restore the limits on public access to NIH-funded research. I’ve written many times before (here, here, here,…

In simple Mendelian genetics, a single change in one gene can produce a large change in mortality. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will be funding genomics studies on Mendelian traits using a similar strategy. NHGRI will fund a small number of centers, dominant centers you might say, and look for large changes. The…

Like everything else, if we want to know what’s going on, we have to ask. So, it’s time once again for the 2011-2012 National Biotechnology/Life Sciences Program Survey. Yes, indeed. Federal and state agencies will use the results to determine how best to support programs like yours. This study will also help prospective students and…

What roles should community colleges play in training the bioeconomy workforce of the future? Send your answers to bioeconomy@ostp.gov by Dec. 6th. One night towards the end of October, we happened to meet with someone who could tell us more. We asked him about a request for information (RFI) soliciting input on the bioeconomy, that…

For the past few days I’ve been avidly following Daniel MacArthur’s tweets from the Personal Genome Conference at Cold Spring Harbor(@dgmacarthur #cshlpg). The Personal Genomics tweets aren’t just interesting because of the science, they’re interesting because MacArthur and others have started to take on the conventional dogma in genetic ethics. For years, there has been…

“It’s all about saving Aunt Millie” Bob Swanson Co-Founder of Genentech I just learned today that Jim DeKloe, who wrote this post as a guest author a few years ago is giving a webinar on May 11th on protein purification from industrial enzymes to cancer therapy. Jim’s webinar, offered through Bio-Rad, has two sessions at…

The National Science Foundation recently announced an ambitious plan to transform biology education across the United States called “Vision and Change.” Funding for this mission is being provided by a new NSF grant program called “TUES” for Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science. This finding may have been a surprise to some, but two year colleges…

It only takes a quick trip to the grocery store to see that familiar jobs are vanishing. Unless you’re in Oregon, grocery store checkers are going the way of gas station attendants, travel agents, and secretaries. Jobs are changing, new jobs require different skills, and even those jobs will be obsolete within a short time.…

Last night we went to see “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” by Mike Daisey. Two hours vanished as we sat riveted and listened to interspersed stories of Apple and Shenzhen. Mike spoke of Apple and computers as a lover, familiar with the details, and knowledgeable in the special language of geeks and…