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for Microarray Requests:
2011 - 2012 Academic Year and Summer 2012
Deadline was June 3, 2011
|How GCAT Works||Lab Workshops||Presentations on GCAT||Protocols|
|List of Members
(listed by year)
plus practice tiff files
|Assessment Tools||Miscellaneous Links||FAQs||Grant Support|
|Awards and Recognitions||Yearly Milestones||Highlights||Publications|
Simulations for wet labs
|Comparative Genome Hybridization (CGH)|
|Synthetic Biology||Curriculum Conferences||Spot Synthesizer|
1) Bring Functional Genomic Methods into Undergraduate Curriculum Primarily Through Student Research
2) Use Centralized Chip Reader to Make Microarray Experiments Affordable
3) Create a Clearing House of Information for Teachers to Use when Teaching Genomics
4) Create Large Database of Raw Data and Analyzed Results for Pedagogical Use
5) Develop a Global Network of Teachers Using Functional Genomics in the Undergraduate Curriculum
Everyone using GCAT chips is a faculty member working with undergraduates and trying to bring genomics into the curriculum to help students. We often have to figure out things as we go along. GCAT helps coordinate stuff, but you and your students do all the work. You design the experiments, produce the probes, hybe/wash, process and analyze the data. All GCAT does is scan the chips.
Now GCAT is branching out to other areas of genomics education. We are partnering with Dr. Sarah Elgin at Washington University in St. Louis to sequence genomes as part of real research projects. Working with Dr. Drew Endy at MIT, GCAT members are conducting synthetic biology research and participating in the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition. Furthermore, GCAT is helping high school faculty bring genomics into their curricula at an appropriate level. You can learn more about GCAT activites using the links above.
1) Malcolm Campbell collects requests for DNA chips; currently several species are available.
2) GCAT obtains microarrays from academic and commercial suppliers with HHMI funds.
3) Campbell distributes chips to faculty teaching undergraduates.
4) Undergraduates conduct experiments.
5) Chips are sent to GCAT to scan.
To become a "GCAT member", you have to agree to these terms:
1) All work must be performed by you and your UNDERGRADUATE students. Sorry, but graduate students are not allowed under any circumstances. The chips we use have been given to us for use by undergraduates only. Graduate students can use real-time PCR or other methods to validate undergraduate results.
2) All data will be public domain.
3) You have to pay for the chips and are responsible for any additional costs associated with making probes, growing cells, and sending me the chips for scanning, etc. The pricing of the chips is modest (no more than $60 for the first of each species per semester to pay for all shipping costs and $20 for each additional chip to pay for scanning and the scanner's service contract). This cost includes ever increasing FedEx delivery of the chips to you and scanning of the chips by GCAT. Neither Malcolm Campbell nor Davidson College keep any of the money for local use.
5) You are willing to take a risk and try something very new, knowing that it may not work out the first time.
6) You are willing to participate in the assessment component of GCAT which we are initiating to help improve our use of genomic resources for teaching and to establish data for a future grant proposal to the NSF. This assessment will be coordinated by:
Synthetic Biology Workshop #2
(June 15 - 18, 2011)
June 16, 17, 18, 2011
Missouri Western State University, MO
Synthetic Biology Workshop #1
(July 8 - 10, 2010)
July 8, 9, 10, 2010
Davidson College, NC
(July 5 - 11, 2009)
Week of July 5 - 11 (Last microarray workhops)
Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
(July 13-19, 2008)
Week of July 13 - 19
California State University, Fullerton
Workshops #5 and #6
Best Practices Workshop, 2003
Options for GCAT Participation without isolating RNA
Links to non-GCAT Data Sets (partial listing)
Links to Educational Sites (genomics, bioinformatics, journals, companies)
Waksman Foundation for Microbiology to Launch GCAT
Duke Endowment Microarray Printer for Undergraduate Research
Three NSF-Funded Workhosps:
Thermo Scientific Promotes GCAT
HHMI 2007 Annual Report cites GCAT as
a Community Builder
Nature Medicine Report on GCAT
NSF Currents Congressional Newsletter
HTML link to text summary JPEG Version of GCAT citation 13 August, 2004 Science, Vol. 305: 925.
(full NetWatch page in PDF)
Page 86 of the Report
If you have any questions or would like to participate, contact Dr. A. Malcolm CampbellDr. A. Malcolm Campbell, Director of GCAT
P. O. Box 7118 (US Mail)
209 Ridge Road (Ground Delivery)
Davidson, NC 28035-7118
phone: (704) 894-2692
fax: (704) 894-2512
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