Genetic Resources to Empower Alabama Teachers (GREAT)
The scientific discoveries related to genetics are constantly changing, so our knowledge of genetics must be continually updated. The GREAT (Genetic Resources to Empower Alabama Teachers) Workshop is a unique learning opportunity provided at no cost to Alabama accredited, public, high school life sciences teachers.
This event will update genetics knowledge by highlighting recent scientific findings. In two full days of small group concurrent sessions and talks by leading researchers, teachers will be introduced to applications based on these discoveries that relate to health, agriculture and the environment. We will cover topics such as:
- The impact of the Human Genome Project
- DNA, transcription and translation
- Advances in genetic testing
- Genetically modified organisms
- Cell cycle regulation and cancer
- Trisomy, monosomy and other chromosome alterations
Complex disorders with genetic and environmental risks
The GREAT Workshop will be held at the University of South Alabama Life Science Building, August 8-9, 2013 from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. each day.
Teachers who complete the two-day workshop will return to the classroom with lesson plans and hands-on materials that are student-tested, informative and that link to state course objectives.
Educators who attended the GREAT Workshops in Auburn, 2012 or Huntsville, 2013 are not eligible to attend.
Interested teachers may apply for pre-paid lodging for attending the GREAT workshop in Mobile. Teachers must live more than 75 miles from the University of South Alabama Campus, be registered for the GREAT workshop and complete an on-line application. Lodging will be offered for the nights of August 7th and/or August 8th. Please indicate if you need one or two nights’ lodging on your application. Single-occupancy lodging will be provided, unless otherwise requested.