Srebrenka Robic: Digital Learning in Bioinformatics

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Srebrenka Robic, Associate Professor of Biology and Chair
Mellon-Funded Digital Faculty Fellow 2015-16
Tutor: Micaela Lewinson

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary area of study linking computational tools and databases to biology. Topics such as DNA sequence analysis, genome sequencing, expression of genes, 3D-structures of proteins are all considered parts of bioinformatics. In my Bioinformatics course (BIO 260) students are introduced to this exciting new interdisciplinary area spanning computational science and biology. This is a non-traditional biology course – it does not have a “wet lab”, but students spend a significant time in the computer lab using various databases (such as DNA sequence databases, protein structure databases) and software packages to solve problems in biology.

John Pilger: Student Reflections/Imagery

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John Pilger, Professor of Biology, Co-director of Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Mellon-Funded Digital Faculty Fellow 2015-16
Tutor: Bryn Bassett

The Marine Biology course that I teach on alternate summers is loaded with wonderful student experiences and great visual imagery of land and under water. These are all opportunities for students to reflect on and share these experiences with various audiences as well as to document field observations for research projects.

Rafael Ocasio: Music by Dr. Franz Boas

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Rafael Ocasio, Professor of Spanish
Mellon-Funded Digital Faculty Fellow 2015-16
Tutor: Amy Patterson

I am hoping to edit musical clips that were recorded in 1914 by Dr. Franz Boas, an American anthropologist and folklorist performing field research in Puerto Rico. Using wax rolls to be played on a little Gem Edison phonograph, these recordings are today part of the largest oral folklore musical collection gathered in a Spanish-speaking country.

James Diedrick: eportfolio

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James Diedrick, Professor of English
Mellon-Funded Digital Faculty Fellow 2015-16
Tutor: Faridah Nalunkuuma

I would like to spend part of Spring Semester 2016 developing a more robust eportfolio component for my Fall 2016 LDR seminar. Last fall I had students post some of their assignments on our shared LDR WordPress site, and I gave extra credit for those students who posted their final projects on their own digital domains, but next fall I would like to assure that all students are using their digital domains throughout the semester, and posting work to their own WordPress sites so that a shared learning outcome for all students is digital domain confidence and fluency.