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Ciliate Genomics Consortium: a professional learning community sharing modular curricula to support undergraduate research in the classroom

Author(s): Douglas L Chalker1, Emily Wiley2

1. Washington University in St. Louis 2. Claremont McKenna College

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The Ciliate Genomics Consortium (CGC) employs an integrative teaching and research model that combines both inquiry-driven class laboratory activities and collaborative consortium pedagogies to advance faculty research.

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Version 1.0 - published on 23 Jul 2020 doi:10.25334/CNPE-4M14 - cite this

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    Pat Marsteller @ on

    Very interesting work with this model system.  How do you all recruit students to it?  Can you think of ways to make this attractive to students who are often not part of basic research?  how do you include ethiics in the project?

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      Douglas L Chalker @ on

      Hi Pat,

      I teach a CURE mol. cell biology course using this curriculum. I don't specifically recruit students. All bio majors need to take an advanced lab. What is great is that I get students both who have independent research experience and those that this is their only research experience. I have had students who thought that they wanted to be pre-med, then choose to got to grad school after this course. I also get to have an immersive experience with the students, which can be formative for the students who never really get the professor-mentor experience during undergrad.

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    Gary Laverty @ on

    I would be interested in maybe joining you both in a working group? I have been working with Tetrahymena for ~ 5 years with my main interests in chemosensing and various kinds of stress. We only recently got into gene expression work (but unsuccessfully due to the Covid campus closure). Looking for ways to develop remote projects, both for my own lab and for an experimental cell biology lab course I teach. Unfortunately I have had a hard time with bioinformatics---seems like many of the genes I am interested in may have diverged so much that it has been hard to track down homologs.

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      Emily Wiley @ on

      Hi Gary,

      I'm going to add you to the mailing list for our consortium.  Although there is "Genomics" in the title, many of our members work in cell biology and biochemistry areas. We're a smallish but enthusiastic and highly collaborative group, also trying to solve the problem of how to transition to research that can be done online with students. Unfortunately we don't have anything that can be done immediately, but you'll find ciliate colleagues who want to think about it, in this group.

      I'm about to send an announcement to the group, and I'll make sure to add you. It's a follow up to a meeting that we just had.  

      Best,

      Emily

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