2011 Summer Course

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2011 Summer Course Participants

 

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Rick Guidotti's Positive Exposure presentation

 

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Rick Guidotti with his friend, Tom.

 

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DNA isolation lab

 

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Taste-testing medical formula used by metabolic patients

 

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Field trip to the Burton Center for Disabilities and Special Needs

BIO 618 Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and Bioethics

June 23-27, 2014. Registration is now open. See course brochure for registration form.

Course Description

This course focuses on three key areas of 21st century science education: biotechnology, bioinformatics, and bioethics. The course is designed to introduce teachers to each of these areas through didactic instruction, the use of clinical case studies, laboratory, and computer activities.

  • Lab work includes techniques and analysis of results in cytogenetics, molecular genetics, and biochemical genetics.
  • Computer activities include the use of National Centers for Biotechnology Information databases, University of California at Santa Cruz Genome Browser, and the Protein Data Bank.
  • Ethical, legal, and social implications
  • In the bioethics portion of the course, attendees will be asked to identify the key questions in specific scenarios and to support their positions in the cases.

Credits

This graded course carries 3 graduate credit hours which may be applied to teacher re-certification or to a graduate program for South Carolina teachers. Out-of-state teachers must satisfy out-of-state fees to receive graduate hours.

Curriculum

The course is five days (approximately 40 hours) and includes didactic instruction, lab activities, and group discussions.

Course Objectives

  • To recognize the historical perspective of each instructional area
  • To demonstrate aptitude in laboratory skills, computer skills and test analyses
  • To integrate technology with human conditions and to assess bioethical concerns
  • To translate course experiences to the classroom in order to promote student literacy and interest in the life sciences

Topics/Activities

  • Laboratory safety
  • What is biotechnology? Why is it important and what is its association to healthcare?
  • Historical perspectives of bioinformatics
  • Copy number variants and human variation
  • Exploring bioethics

Activities

Major emphasis is on lab activities. Teachers attending this course will meet the requirement of having to complete a specific activity before scheduling that same activity for his/her students on a mobile lab visit during the school year. There are 12 lab modules developed for the Genetic Education Center and this course will use four of the 12.

Requirements

Assessments and evaluations will utilize post-activity questions, participant interviews, surveys, and observations of laboratory techniques. Teachers will complete daily and end-of-course evaluations. Evaluations will be used to make any needed course improvements. Each teacher will be required to use one course activity in the classroom during the school year, providing the GGC with their students' evaluations of the activity.

Registration

Registrations are invited from science faculty who instruct at the high school and undergraduate levels. The level of instruction assumes the applicants have some biology and genetics training. The graduate course credits will be given through Lander University, Department of Biological Sciences. Class size is limited to 25 participants.

BIO 612 Special Topics: A Survey Course in Human Genetics

BIO 612 is an online hybrid course available May 17-June 28, 2017

Download course brochure/registration form

Course Description

This course presents an overview of human genetics with emphasis on the latest understanding of the role of genetics in human disease and medical diagnoses, results and implications of the Human Genome Project, Mendelian and non-traditional inheritance and the impact of genetics in society and education. The course provides an introduction to cytogenetics, molecular genetics, and biochemical genetics.

Credits

This graded course carries 3 graduate credit hours which may be applied to teacher re-certification or to a graduate program for South Carolina teachers. Out-of-state teachers must satisfy out-of-state fees to receive graduate hours.

Curriculum

The course inlcudes online lectures through Lander University's Blackboard system as well as a workshop including lab activities.

Course Objectives

This course will:

  • Increase understanding of the role of genetics in society and health.
  • Emphasize the relevance and application of genetics and genetics activities in the classroom.
  • Provide instruction in genetics and molecular biology as stated in the South Carolina Science Standards.
  • Expose teachers to developing topics and technology in order to facilitate classroom learning and laboratory opportunities.

Lecture Topics

  • Basic Principles of Genetics
  • DNA, Genes, and other elements
  • Complex Inheritance
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Family History/ Genetic Counseling
  • Genetic Testing/Ethics
  • Careers in the Life Sciences

Workshop

To receive course credit, participants must complete a two day interactive workshop. Workshops will be held at the Greenwood Genetic Center's Education center and at alternate locations in SC on the Gene Machine Mobile Science Lab. Workshop dates are June 19-20, 21-22, 26-27, and 29-30. Offsite locations to be determined.

Requirements

This is a graded, graduate level course requiring:

  • Viewing of all online lectures
  • Completion of all online quizzes and assessments
  • Completion of assigned readings
  • Participation in group discussions
  • Participation in one of the hands-on workshops

Registration

Registrations are welcomed from science faculty who instruct at the high school and undergraduate levels. The level of instruction assumes the applicants have some biology and genetics training. The graduate course credits will be given through Lander University's Department of Biological Sciences. The course fee of $200 is dues with the registration form. The deadline to enroll is April 26, 2017.

BIO 614 Contemporary Topics in Genetics: A Hands-On Approach

Course Description:

This course examines current topics in the field of human and medical genetics. Instruction by genetic professionals will provide accurate representation of these topics and serve to clarify much of the public media's information.

The course includes didactic instruction, but primary emphasis is on break-out sessions, allowing for small group interactions and hands-on activities appropriate for classroom use.

Credits

This graded course carries 3 graduate credit hours which may be applied to teacher re-certification or to a graduate program for South Carolina teachers. Out-of-state teachers must satisfy out-of-state fees to receive graduate hours.

Curriculum

The course is five days (approximately 40 hours) and includes didactic instruction, lab activities, and group discussions.

Course Objectives

The course will:

  • Provide accurate analyses of current and often controversial topics in genetics
  • Involve students in discovery and hands-on activities
  • Illustrate the role of genetics in human disease and disorders
  • Provide new activities for classroom incorporation including an innovative approach to introducing the scientific method
  • Offer opportunities to discuss the ethical and social implications of genetics on society

Topics/Activities

  • Stem cells: debate and promise
  • Proteomics
  • New therapies and the question of expense: medical ethics
  • Dog genetics: models for human disease
  • Beyond the medical condition
  • How do we find genes?
    Break-out sessions, allowing for small group interactions and hands-on activities for classroom use. Sessions will highlight:
    • Genetic counseling
    • Cytogenetics
    • Molecular genetics
    • Metabolic genetics
    • Genetic disease and the process of discovery

Special Topic Seminar and Dinner

Evening dinner with GGC faculty followed by special topic seminar.

Requirements

Contemporary Topics in Genetics is a graded, graduate level course requiring:

  • attendance for all 5 days of instruction, approximately 40 hours
  • participation in all break-out sessions and activities
  • completion of any assigned reading
  • selection of 1-2 course topics and a description of how these could be included in current curriculum, identifying South Carolina Science Standards in the content

Registration

Registrations are welcomed from science faculty who instruct at the high school and undergraduate levels. The level of instruction assumes the applicants have some biology and genetics training. The graduate course credits will be given through Lander University, Department of Biological Sciences. Class size is limited to 25 participants.

BIO 610 Developmental Genetics: A Journey from Conception through Adulthood

June 20-23, 2016

Course Description

This course examines developmental processes from the perspective of embryology, molecular biology and human genetics.

Emphasis will be placed on organ system development, related abnormalities and their interactions through different life stages: prenatal, infancy, childhood and adulthood. This course provides a defined focus on developmental processes.

Credits

This graded course carries 3 graduate credit hours which may be applied to teacher re-certification or to a graduate program for South Carolina teachers. Out-of-state teachers must satisfy out-of-state fees to receive graduate hours.

Curriculum

The course is four days and includes didactic instruction, lab activities, group discussions and small group assignments. 

Course Objectives

This course will:

  • Present the role of genetics throughout human development.
  • Present information regarding the interactions of embryology, molecular biology and human genetics at different life stages.
  • Emphasize the relevance and application of genetics in the classroom.
  • Emphasize the importance of these disciplines at both the professional and personal levels.

Topics/Activities

To highlight these developmental processes, activities will include:

  • An in-depth study of a genetic disorder: the PBL approach
  • Discussions of childhood developmental disabilities
  • Analysis of adult-onset diseases
  • Analysis of the aging process
  • Coordinated lab sessions or activities
  • Ethical and social implications of disease, genetic testing, and treatment

Requirements

Developmental Genetics is a graded, graduate level course requiring:

  • Attendance for all 5 days of instruction, approximately 40 hours
  • Participation in all activities
  • Completion of all assigned readings and questions
  • Submission of one inquiry based or problem based approach to teaching this topic

Registration

Registrations are welcomed from science faculty who instruct at the high school and undergraduate levels. The level of instruction assumes the applicants have some biology and genetics training. The graduate course credits will be given through Lander University’s Department of Biological Sciences. Class size is limited to 25 participants.

 

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Study Participation

Eligible participants include individuals from birth to 60 years who have had genetic testing and have a documented molecular diagnosis of Angelman syndrome OR patients with a clear clinical diagnosis of Angelman syndrome who do not have a known molecular defect.

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