Shortly following the end of the spring term and commencement, Dr. McClellan loaded up her Subaru and hit the road. Destination: The J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, MD. On June 10th and 11th, Amie participated in a Genome Solver Workshop (funded by the National Science Foundation and supported by the J. Craig Venter Institute, Georgetown University, and Simmons College; more information at http://genomesolver.org/); the goal of these workshops is to help build a community of faculty (and ultimately their students) interested in incorporating the Human Microbiome Project (http://www.hmpdacc.org/; funded by the National Institutes of Health), into their teaching and/or research. Among the highlights were getting hands-on training with bioinformatic applications for genome annotation and a guided tour of JCVI, including a visit with the original “TIGR” that stood in the lobby of The Institute for Genome Research (now a part of JCVI). Dr. McClellan hopes to incorporate what she learned at this workshop into a future bionformatics-themed course at Bennington – keep an eye out for it!
The Science, Math, and Computing faculty congratulate all of our 2013 graduates – we wish you all the best in everything you set out to do. You’ve been a great group to work with and we’re looking forward to hearing about your future achievements, personal and professional – so keep in touch!