UF CPET is delighted to announce a new professional learning opportunity for this summer. Thanks to some last minute grant funding, they are pleased to offer an additional 2018 Summer Science Institute -- The Tree of Life: Exploring Biodiversity Using Genomic and Computational Methods!
Sunday, July 15 – Thursday, July 18, 2018. The application is available here: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0fjaTjuW9pYx5nT The Tree of Life: Exploring Biodiversity Using Genomic and Computational Methods The Tree of Life is a family tree of all biodiversity and can serve as an organizing principle for exploring evolution, genomics, and ecology. Participants in this workshop will gain an introduction to the Tree of Life through lectures, discussions, and an animated movie (developed in part by the leaders of the workshop), TreeTender (available for viewing at www.treetender.org). Short segments of the movie have been packaged for conveying key concepts, and participants will develop teaching modules to accompany these movie segments. They will also identify other concepts and segments that would make strong additional segments for packaging and will share these ideas with both the science team and the animation team that developed the movie. Following this introduction to the Tree of Life, participants will learn more about how scientists reconstruct evolutionary history to reveal an estimate of the Tree of Life, with activities ranging from DNA extraction and PCR to accessing gene sequences from GenBank to using software to build the Tree of Life. Further exploration of the Tree of Life will focus on comparative genomics and how similar or different organisms are at their underlying genomic level. The penultimate module of the workshop will explore the geographic and ecological distributions of species in nature. Activities will include (i) learning how to generate models of the environmental space occupied by a species, (ii) projecting those models to learn where species are likely to be distributed in the future, (iii) linking spatial distributions with the Tree of Life to estimate patterns of phylogenetic diversity from local to continental scales, and (iv) considering the implications of these patterns for conservation efforts. Throughout the workshop, emphasis will be placed on translating the genetic, genomic, ecological, and evolutionary principles into effective teaching materials, and the workshop will conclude with presentations by participants on the teaching materials they have developed during the course of the week. The program will take place on the University of Florida campus, Gainesville from Sunday, July 15 - Thursday, July 18. Lead instructors: Distinguished Professors, Drs. Pam and Doug Soltis Double-occupancy on-campus housing, breakfast, and lunch are provided. There is no registration fee. Participants selected to attend are responsible for their own travel to and from Gainesville and meals other than those provided by the program. Applications will be reviewed and invitations extended on a rolling basis. Due to the late funding of the program, we are on a very tight timeline. Interested educators are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. The application is available here: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0fjaTjuW9pYx5nT For questions, please contact Dr. Julie Bokor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352.392.2310.