Free Bioinformatics Web Lectures
prakash at tusk.edu
Tue Jul 31 07:33:42 EST 2001
<x-flowed>Free Bioinformatics Web Lectures
A new free online bioinformatics education now available at
http://s-star.org is intended to help the drastically increasing
number of researchers who need some bioinformatics training, as well
as computer programmers and business people who lack basic science
knowledge, says S-Star Alliance coordinator Phyllis Gardner of
Stanford: "Now more than ever there is a tremendous need for
researchers to obtain some working knowledge of bioinformatics, but
there is a dearth of faculty to train them, and that's being seen all
over the world." The site's 15 lectures do not currently include
computer programming, but Gardner says that S-Star will tailor the
courses according to feedback. AB (Nature Biotechnology August 2001)
What is S-Star?
S-Star is a collaboration between the following universities and institutions:
Karolinska Institutet, Sweden,
National University of Singapore,
Stanford University, USA,
University of Sydney, Australia,
University of Uppsala, Sweden, and
University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
The S-Star group of teaching institutions have formed a global
alliance to provide a global, unified bioinformatics learning
environment (GLOBULE) made up of modular courses in the disciplines
of genomics, bioinformatics, and medical informatics.
The initial aims of GLOBULE are to:
* Make a jointly provided globally accessible online course for
training in bioinformatics and genomics.
* Provide accessibility to the highest possible quality of online
courseware available in the world today
* Provide high quality assessment, grading and courseware that has
been approved by the educators from the host institutions.
* Develop an integrated modular learning environment that allows a
student to select from both pre-requisite modules and advanced
modules in order to build a comprehensive program in genomics and
Our primary objective is to provide anyone with an introductory
course in bioinformatics. We hope this collection of s-star
bioinformatics lectures will be available to students anywhere
through the internet , regardless of whether our classes are attended
by individuals or in groups.
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