HudsonAlpha realizes that COVID-19 has shifted the landscape and changed the way teachers interact with their students. HudsonAlpha Beacon is a tool to help educators find life science content from a distance. These virtual opportunities provide teachers with a variety of genetics and biotechnology content, along with technology integration and best practices for virtual delivery. Experiences include unique webinars along with multi-day online sessions that combine synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Virtual Programs

Viral Sequence Analysis Self-Paced Training

Description: The analysis of COVID-19 sequence data is critical to learning about the virus and developing effective treatments and vaccines. Researchers worldwide are conducting this analysis using online bioinformatics tools. Bioinformatics lessons can be incredibly challenging for the introductory-level student due to the “unseen” processes when utilizing computational tools online. This series of lessons walks the student through a manual approach to each bioinformatic concept before introducing them to the computational tools that can quickly generate the same results on a much larger and faster scale. The student’s goal is to use these applications to analyze a group of COVID-19 sequences to estimate its relatedness to other deadly viruses. This course enables you to learn at your own pace. Experience with Google Classroom is highly recommended. Once registered, you will receive the Google Class Code via email.

Aluminum Tolerant Corn Self-Paced Training

Description: Aluminum present in soils is an abiotic stress factor that can negatively impact crop yields. When aluminum is absorbed by plant roots, it is toxic to the dividing cells present in the roots. The growth of roots is stunted and this reduces the capacity for nutrient absorption. Some strains of corn cultivars are naturally tolerant of higher Aluminum levels in soil. In this activity, participants will analyze genomic sequence data and annotate the sequence before using NCBI to BLAST additional information about genes involved in this phenomenon.