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SC09 Education Workshop @ UC Merced

Computational Biology for Biology Educators

June 7 to June 13, 2009

This workshop will introduce college faculty to various resources that can be used to prepare students to acquire computational thinking, modeling and quantitative analysis skills that have become essential to the practice of modern biology. Hands-on sessions with software for building and running dynamic models, finding sequence motifs, inferring phylogeny and predicting structure will be coupled with pedagogy and examples of integration into the biology classroom.


The Official program will begin at 7 pm on Sunday, June 7, and conclude by noon on Saturday, June 13.

(See more detailed schedule for this workshop.)


Hands-on tutorials during the first two days of the workshop will focus on the following tools:

The focus will then shift to working in teams to develop materials to bring back to the classroom, however additional sessions may be requested on particular tools or approaches including: agent-based, system dynamics, ODE or molecular dynamics modeling, as well as bioinformatics tools, Python and BioPython, R and Bioconductor.

Most sessions will take place in the Classroom Building at UC Merced. (See UC Merced Campus Map.)


This workshop is one of a sequence of SC 09 Education Workshops. Workshop participants must apply to participate, but most expenses associated with the workshop are covered for all participants. Registration is done online via the SC09 Education webpage.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation and must pay a $150 deposit toward lodging and registration (which includes most meals). This deposit is refunded for participants who complete the workshop and fill out the workshop evaluation forms.


Workshop participants will be staying at UC Merced's on-campus housing facility. This beautiful facility opened opened in the fall of 2005.

Room (double occupancy), board, most meals, and other costs associated with the workshop are covered by the SC Education Program and iPlant™ Collaborative.

All workshop participants enjoy their meals at the Yablokoff-Wallace Dining Center, which is also frequented by commuter students, faculty and staff. The dining commons offers quality selections to satisfy any pallet.

Getting Here

UC Merced opened September 5, 2005, as the 10th campus in the University of California system and the first American research university of the 21st century. UC Merced is located in the San Joaquin Valley - the heart of California, just a short drive from the Sierra Nevada, Sacramento, the Bay Area or the central coast.

Local Attractions

Merced is a unique city, filled with warm, friendly people that will instantly make visitors feel welcome.  Our city offers a wide variety of attractions and historical sites, including Hilmar Cheese Company and Castle Air Museum.

And who can for forget, Merced is the Gateway to Yosemite.  Whether summer, fall, winter or spring…Yosemite is is picture perfect anytime you visit Merced.


The UC Merced Center for Computational Biology (CCB) provides a unique training experience to students wishing to explore the field of computational biology by providing an opportunity for students to learn quantitative computational and mathematical modeling in the Life Sciences.

If you have any question regarding this program, please contact:

Masa Watanabe, Ph.D.
Center for Computational Biology
University of California, Merced
P.O. Box 2039
Merced, CA 95344
Tel. (209) 209-228-3037


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