The Network for Integrating Bioinformatics into Life Sciences Education (NIBLSE; pronounced "nibbles") is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Coordination Network for Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE). NIBLSE was formed in 2014. The long-term goal of NIBLSE is to establish bioinformatics as an essential component of undergraduate life sciences education by creating a permanent network of investigators to articulate a shared vision of the extent to which, and how best to, integrate bioinformatics into life sciences curricula. Specific objectives of the Network include identification of best practices for (1) preparation of students for bioinformatics instruction; (2) integration of bioinformatics into life science curriculum at all levels; (3) assessment of outcomes; and (4) preparation of faculty trained in life sciences to deliver curriculum in bioinformatics.

NIBLSE Leadership Team

William Tapprich, (, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Mark Pauley (, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Adam Kleinschmit, University of Dubuque
William Morgan, College of Wooster
Anne Rosenwald, Georgetown University
Eric Triplett, University of Florida

Key objectives for NIBLSE during the current project period are to:

Establish a permanent network of investigators committed to accomplishing the long-term goal of establishing bioinformatics as essential to the undergraduate life sciences curriculum; Draw from the collective expertise of the leadership team and steering committee and work from the literature to collaboratively identify, vet, and refine a set of bioinformatics core competencies that are essential to undergraduate life sciences education; Identify and vet assessment tools that align with the core competencies and will facilitate educational research related to integrating bioinformatics into the life sciences; and Organize and simplify the dissemination of curricular materials, assessment tools, and professional development resources that align with the core competencies.

Lessons Learned from the 3rd NIBLSE Conference

The 3rd NIBLSE Conference: Integrating Bioinformatics into Life Science Education: Roadmap for the Future was held in the Hot Shops in Omaha Nebraska October 9-11, 2019.

Read the Meeting Summary and Overall Meeting Results

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NIBLSE Publications

2014 Conference Report

NIBLSE: A Network for Integrating Bioinformatics into Life Sciences Education
Elizabeth Dinsdale, Sarah C. R. Elgin, Neal Grandgenett, William Morgan, Anne Rosenwald, William Tapprich, Eric W. Triplett, and Mark A. Pauley (2015)
CBE—Life Sciences Education 14: 4.

Core Competencies

Bioinformatics core competencies for undergraduate life sciences education
Melissa A. Wilson Sayres, Charles Hauser, Michael Sierk, Srebrenka Robic, Anne G. Rosenwald, Todd M. Smith, Eric W. Triplett, Jason J. Williams, Elizabeth Dinsdale, William R. Morgan, James M. Burnette III, Samuel S. Donovan, Jennifer C. Drew, Sarah C. R. Elgin, Edison R. Fowlks, Sebastian Galindo-Gonzalez, Anya L. Goodman, Nealy F. Grandgenett, Carlos C. Goller, John R. Jungck, Jeffrey D. Newman, William Pearson, Elizabeth F. Ryder, Rafael Tosado-Acevedo, William Tapprich, Tammy C. Tobin, Arlín Toro-Martínez, Lonnie R. Welch, Robin Wright, Lindsay Barone, David Ebenbach, Mindy McWilliams, Kimberly C. Olney, Mark A. Pauley (2018)
PLOS ONE 13(6): e0196878.

Barriers to Integration

Barriers to integration of bioinformatics into undergraduate life sciences education: A national study of US life sciences faculty uncover significant barriers to integrating bioinformatics into undergraduate instruction
Jason J. Williams , Jennifer C. Drew , Sebastian Galindo-Gonzalez , Srebrenka Robic , Elizabeth Dinsdale , William R. Morgan , Eric W. Triplett , James M. Burnette III , Samuel S. Donovan , Edison R. Fowlks , Anya L. Goodman , Nealy F. Grandgenett , Carlos C. Goller , Charles Hauser , John R. Jungck , Jeffrey D. Newman , William R. Pearson , Elizabeth F. Ryder , Michael Sierk , Todd M. Smith , Rafael Tosado-Acevedo , William Tapprich , Tammy C. Tobin , Arlín Toro-Martínez , Lonnie R. Welch , Melissa A. Wilson , David Ebenbach , Mindy McWilliams , Anne G. Rosenwald , Mark A. Pauley (2019)
PLOS ONE 14(11): e0224288.


Incubators: Building community networks and developing open educational resources to integrate bioinformatics into life science education
Elizabeth F. Ryder William R. Morgan Michael Sierk Samuel S. Donovan Sabrina D. Robertson Hayley C. Orndorf Anne G. Rosenwald Eric W. Triplett Elizabeth Dinsdale Mark A. Pauley William E. Tapprich (2020)
Biochem Mol Biol Educ. 48: 381–390.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1539900, "RCN-UBE: Network for Integrating Bioinformatics into Life Sciences Education (NIBLSE)."

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.