WANTED: Consulting Students and Instructors for Internet Biocomputing Course !!

Georg Fuellen fuellen at techfak.uni-bielefeld.de
Fri Jan 27 12:12:45 EST 1995


If you're interested in the Internet Biocomputing Course,
as a student or online instructor, please read on !!

A similar message has just been sent to all people who have 
already expressed an interest in attending the course in Summer 1995.
You are invited to join.

>>>>
Dear Prospective Student,
Dear Collaborator,

Our effort has made good progress, which you can examine by pointing
your hypertext browser to our homepage,
http://www.techfak.uni-bielefeld.de/techfak/persons/fuellen/BCChome.html
[[ Our US mirror is
http://www.mit.edu:8001/afs/athena/user/f/u/fuellen/News/Ga/REM/Gna/BCChome.html
Please visit our homepage before sending inquiries; we're currently busy with
writing the hypertext book, and a response may take some time. ]]
You may wish to subscribe yourself to our moderated (ca. 5 posts/YEAR)
"Biocomputing Course Updates" mailing list, by sending a message to 
majordomo at hrz.uni-bielefeld.de, with no subject line, and the following 
message body:
subscribe vsns-bcd-updates
You will be subscribed to a minimum traffic mailing list that keeps you 
informed about our progress, e.g. the availability of our hypertext book, 
and the beginning of student registration.

We are now looking for "Consulting Students", i.e. students who are
guaranteed admission in return for helping us in technical and administrative
matters. If you're seriously interested in any of these "jobs", please
contact the course coordinator, vsns-bcd-admcoord at techfak.uni-bielefeld.de
(Georg Fuellen) as soon as possible !

Enrollment into the course may be limited to ca. 30 students (depending
on the availability of instructors), so this is your excellent chance
for getting a free ticket to an exciting, cutting-edge learning 
experience in biocomputing ! If you'd like to attend, but you feel
that none of the following jobs suits you, pls keep watching our homepage,
and/or subscribe yourself to our moderated "Prospective Students" mailing list,
by sending a message to majordomo at hrz.uni-bielefeld.de,
with no subject line, and the following message body:
subscribe vsns-bcd-prospective 
You will be subscribed to a moderated mailing list that keeps you informed 
about new "job" opportunities, questionaires, and the beginning of registration.

See below for "Advanced Jobs" (e.g. Instructor), our DISCLAIMER, and our 
GNA Course Catalog entry.


"Consulting Student" Jobs
=========================
=========================

"Job" #BCD-95-04
"MOO programmer" (2-3 positions)
================================

You will modify and enhance the VSNS-PPS electronic classroom at BioMOO, 
developing a classroom suitable for our course. Note: MOO programming is 
nothing sophisticated ! Even High-School teens with some experience in Pascal
(or some other structured programming language) have learned it in a few 
weeks.

You need: MOO experience. You can attend a MOO programming course
for free, if you do not yet have MOO programming experience.

Your benefit: You are admitted to the course as a "Consulting
Student".  Large part of your work helps you directly in your
understanding of Biocomputing, and MOO coding.

"Job" #BCD-95-11
"Mirroring Coordinator"
=======================

You will take care of the proper mirroring of our course material (Hypertext
tree). You will work together with the system administrators of various
WWW-sites that have offered to mirror the course material.
See http://www.techfak.uni-bielefeld.de/techfak/persons/fuellen/Book/mirroring.html
for more details.

You need: HTML/http experience. Forms/CGI experience useful.

Your benefit: You are admitted to the course as a "Consulting
Student".  You will learn a lot about hypertext from the server side.

"Job" #BCD-95-12
"External Resource Manager"
===========================

You will take care that the external resources used by our course
are stable. To this end, a letter shall be sent to all people who offer 
resources that shall be used by our course. You will start with the resources 
mentioned in our Master Outline (see homepage). If authors add external 
resources, they will ask you to deal with these new resources in the same way. 
In a few cases, you may need to track down the maintainer of a page, in order
to email him/her.
You're encouraged to discover useful resources on your own !!
See http://www.techfak.uni-bielefeld.de/techfak/persons/fuellen/Book/externRes.html
for more details.

You need: WWW/Internet experience.

Your benefit: You are admitted to the course as a "Consulting
Student". You will learn a lot more about Internet/WWW.

"Job" #BCD-95-05
"Question Authority"
====================

More info: You will be the first person to talk to if students or
other people have questions of a technical or administrative matter. 
You will forward the more difficult questions to specialized mailing 
lists, or the course coordinator.

You need: Good communication skills, willingness to get a good overview 
about what's going on in the course, and to use the MOO.

Your benefit: You are admitted to the course as a "Consulting
Student".  Large part of your work helps you directly in your
understanding of Online Distance Education.

"Job" #BCD-95-01
"Assistance with HTML document preparation I"
=============================================

More info: You will assist one of our authors to translate 
documents perepared via PC based MS Word 6.2 to HTML. You may need
to find and install an automatic conversion program. 
Alternatively, if the author agrees, you will introduce him
to writing simple HTML, and take care of more complex features (equations, 
tables etc) yourself. 

You need: Knowledge of HTML, and (likely) MS Word 6.2.

Your benefit: You are admitted to the course as a "Consulting
Student". Your assistance will be acknowledged in the foreword
of the hypertext book, and possibly CD-ROM.

"Job" #BCD-95-02
"Assistance with HTML document preparation II"
==============================================

More info: Similar to "Assistance with HTML document preparation I",
but you need some experience w/ LaTex, instead of MS Word 6.2.

"Job" #BCD-95-06
"Glossary curator and administrator"
====================================

More info:  see Newsletter Vol.1 No.2, available via our homepage.
You will use technology prepared for Peter Murray-Rust's Protein Structure 
course, in order to generate and maintain a hypertext glossary of
Biocomputing terms. Most/All entries will be provided by the authors.

You need: Knowledge of HTML.

Your benefit: You are admitted to the course as a "Consulting
Student". Large part of your work helps you directly in your 
understanding of Biocomputing.

"Job" #BCD-95-07
"Development and Evaluation of questionaires sent to all students"
===================================================================

More info: In cooperation with the organizers, you will 
develop an email (or, possibly, HTML-Forms-based)
questionaire to be sent to all prospective students. It will aid
the registration process, and tell the authors/instructors more 
about the skills and needs of the students. You will report your findings 
to the Faculty. Possibly, you will also organize mid-term and final
questionaires.

You need: Knowledge of HTML helpful.

Your benefit: You are admitted to the course as a "Consulting
Student". Large part of your work helps you directly in your
understanding of Online Distance Education, and Biocomputing.

"Job" #BCD-95-08
"Development of Self-Assessment Forms" (2-3 positions)
======================================================

More info: You will use technology prepared for Peter Murray-Rust's
Protein Structure course, in order to generate and maintain Self-Assessment 
Forms for the other students.

You need: Knowledge of HTML.

Your benefit: You are admitted to the course as a "Consulting
Student". Large part of your work helps you directly in your 
understanding of Biocomputing.


Advanced Jobs
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=============

"Job" #BCD-95-09
"Instruction May-July 1995, ca. 11 weeks." (2-6 positions)
==========================================================

Instructors are still needed. See our homepage for details, and get in
contact with fuellen at dali.mathematik.uni-bielefeld.de (Georg Fuellen).
See our Mission Statement, paragraph "2.", for further details about the 
instructor's job. (The Mission Statement is available via our homepage.)

"Job" #BCD-95-10
"Organize On-line Plenary Discussions at BioMOO"
================================================

More info: Via usenet/bionet and BioMOO, you will solicit 
(self-)nominations of possible participants in the discussions
about Standards, Ethics, and the "Future of Biocomputing"
(for more details, see the end of the Unified Master Outline,
which is available via our homepage).
For the "Standards" and "Ethics" discussions,
you will look for author(s) of a rather short preperatory
document, which shall also be included into our hypertext book.
You will report to the faculty a list of suggestions for
possible attendies. You will not bear any responsibility for the
outcome of the discussions :-)
You will organize date & time of the plenary discussion.
You may need to train some attendies in using the MOO.

You need: Good communication skills, good overview about the
course, willingness to use the MOO. HTML helpful.

Your benefit: If you like, you are admitted to the course as a "Consulting
Student". This job is also a perfect way of getting into contact with
lots of interesting ppl.

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Our disclaimer:

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
 IN NO EVENT SHALL THE GLOBEWIDE NETWORK ACADEMY, THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL OF NATURAL
 SCIENCES, BIOMOO, OR ANY OTHER PARTICIPATING VOLUNTEER BE LIABLE TO ANY PARTY
 FOR DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING
 OUT OF THE PARTICIPATION IN THIS CLASS, AND/OR OUT OF THE USE OF THE
 INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS CLASS, EVEN IF THE GLOBEWIDE NETWORK ACADEMY,
 THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCES, BIOMOO, OR ANY OTHER
 PARTICIPATING VOLUNTEER HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

 THE GLOBEWIDE NETWORK ACADEMY, THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCES, BIOMOO,
 AND ANY OTHER PARTICIPATING VOLUNTEER SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES,
 INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY
 AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  THE CLASS PROVIDED HEREUNDER IS ON AN
 "AS IS" BASIS, AND THERE IS NO OBLIGATION WHATSOEVER TO PROVIDE MAINTENANCEE,
 SUPPORT, UPDATES, ENHANCEMENTS, OR MODIFICATIONS.
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GNA course catalog entry:

Biocomputing I: Sequence Analysis

Georg Fuellen (coordinator), M.Sc. (MIT, 1994),
Diplom-Informatiker (Saarbruecken, 1992).

For up-to-date information, and to obtain a list of
all collaborators, please use a www/hypertext browser
(e.g. Mosaic, Lynx) to visit
http://www.techfak.uni-bielefeld.de/techfak/persons/fuellen/BCChome.html
 or
http://www.mit.edu:8001/afs/athena/user/f/u/fuellen/News/Ga/REM/Gna/BCChome.html

Graduate students and students close to the completion of their
undergraduate studies shall be given a profound introduction into
biosequence analysis and comparison. Instructors shall guide them through
a peer-reviewed hypertext book, by means of weekly online discussion
sessions, supplemented by homework, personal advice, mailing list
discussions, and project work.

The core units shall cover Pairwise Alignment, Networking, Multiple 
Alignment, Mathematical Analysis of Sequence Data, Alignment and 
Phylogenetic Trees, and Pattern Matching on Biosequences. Units about Protein
Design, Ethics and Software Issues, shall provide basic introductions
into related areas.

Sponsors: VSNS, Research Center for Studies on Structure Formation
and Research Group Practical Informatics (University of Bielefeld)
Instructor's email address: (PLEASE VISIT OUR HOMEPAGE FIRST !)
vsns-bcd-admcoord at techfak.uni-bielefeld.de
Schedule:  Regular intervals throughout the week (to be announced)
~10 weeks, expected to start in May 1995.
Location: BioMOO (telnet bioinformatics.weizmann.ac.il 8888)
Level: late undergraduate (senior) or early graduate
Credits: None.
Language of Instruction: English
Status: teachers wanted, under construction (registration is scheduled
for early Spring 1995.)
Requirements: Technical: telnet, www/hypertext browser supporting
black&white graphics, and Forms. Academic: undergraduate level maths 
experience, computer science and/or molecular biology. More details will be
announced on our www/hypertext homepage. Some read-only tutorial
material (e.g. in chemistry, biochemistry) might be offered to
bring students to a common starting point.


--
kindest regards,
  georg
fuellen at dali.Mathematik.Uni-Bielefeld.DE
fuellen at MIT.EDU   fuellen at Techfak.Uni-Bielefeld.DE
   Dr Stephen R Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Habit #3:
   Put First Things First !




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