Goals and objectives

The Network for Integrating Bioinformatics into Life Sciences Education (NIBLSE; pronounced "nibbles") is a National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network for Undergraduate Biology Education 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.

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NIBLSE Leadership Team

Jennifer Drew, University of Florida
Adam Kleinschmit, University of Dubuque
William Morgan, College of Wooster
Barbara Murdoch, Eastern Connecticut State University
Mark Pauley, SRI International
Anne Rosenwald, Georgetown University
Jessica Liberles, Florida International University
Eric Triplett, University of Florida
Jason Williams, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

NIBLSE Publications

Revisiting barriers to implementation of bioinformatics into life sciences education.
Drew J, Morgan W, Galindo S, Kleinschmit AJ, McWilliams M, Pauley M, Triplett EW, Williams J, Murdoch B, Rosenwald A (2023)
Front Educ 8 - 2023. https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2023.1317191

Accelerating STEM Education Reform: Linked Communities of Practice Promote Creation of Open Educational Resources and Sustainable Professional Development.
Kleinschmit AJ, Rosenwald A, Ryder EF, Donovan S, Murdoch B, Grandgenett NF, Pauley M, Triplett E, Tapprich W, Morgan W (2023)
IJ STEM Ed 10:16. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40594-023-00405-y

Making change sustainable: Network for Integrating Bioinformatics into Life Sciences Education (NIBLSE) Meeting review.
Toby I, Williams J, Lu G, Cai C, Crandall KA, Dinsdale EA, Drew J, Edgington NP, Goller CC, Grandgenett NF, Grant BJ, Hauser C, Johnson KA, Jones CJ, Jue NK, Jungck FR, Kerby J, Kleinschmit AJ, Miller KG, Morgan WR, Murdoch B, Noutsios G, Nunez-Castilla J, Pauley M, Pearson WR, Robertson SD, Robic S, Rosenwald A, Seah YM, Shofner M, Sierk M, Siltberg-Liberles J, Smith T, Stover NA, Tapprich W, Triplett EW, Ryder EF (2022)
CourseSource. 9:e12576. https://doi.org/10.24918/cs.2022.10

There is more than multiple choice: crowd-sourced assessment tips for online, hybrid, and face-to-face environments
Drew JC, Grandgenett N, Dinsdale EA, Vázquez Quiñones LE, Galindo S, Morgan WR, Pauley M, Rosenwald A, Triplett EW, TapprichW, Kleinschmit AJ (2021)
J Microbiol Biol Educ 22: e00205-21. https://doi.org/10.1128/jmbe.00205-21

Community development, implementation, and assessment of a NIBLSE bioinformatics sequence similarity learning resource
Adam J. Kleinschmit, Elizabeth F. Ryder, Jacob L. Kerby, Barbara Murdoch, Sam Donovan, Nealy F. Grandgenett, Rachel E. Cook, Chamindika Siriwardana, William Morgan, Mark Pauley, Anne Rosenwald, Eric Triplett, William Tapprich (2021)
PLoS ONE 16(9): e0257404. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0257404

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. https://doi.org/10.1002/bmb.21387

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. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0224288

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. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0196878

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. https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.15-06-0123

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.