HudsonAlpha video series explains large genomic research projects

A series of new videos created at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology provides additional resources for science educators who are presenting genetics concepts that are too new for textbooks in their classrooms.

The video series focuses on the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE), HapMap (a multi-country effort to identify and catalog genetic similarities and differences in human beings), the 1000 Genomes Project and The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). The videos provide a brief description of the projects and focus on how researchers use the data provided by these publicly funded endeavors. Each video also features HudsonAlpha researchers who have contributed to these projects, some of which are still in progress.

“We’re excited to be able to explain the research that is coming out of these large, publicly funded projects in a way that educators can use in their classroom,” said Jennifer Carden, a member of the HudsonAlpha Educational Outreach team.

With the videos freshly completed, Educational Outreach team members have already put them to use. In a presentation at the National Association of Biology Teachers conference in St. Louis, Carden demonstrated how to implement the videos to a room full of science educators from across the country.

Support from the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Tennessee Valley Chapter (TVC) funded the video project. The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America’s leading Defense Industry association promoting national security. NDIA-TVC is based in Huntsville and supports the national defense industry in north Alabama, south Tennessee, and north Mississippi.

“NDIA-TVC is focused on supporting a strong defense industrial base in the Tennessee Valley and we do that in several ways, one of which is supporting educational programs in our community,” said Patty Popour, president of NDIA-TVC. “This project fits perfectly with what we are trying to accomplish as an organization. We invest in science, technology, engineering, and math programs (STEM) with a broad impact and measurable results that will inspire our local students. We hope our students will choose to stay in this community and consider careers in STEM and other fields related to national defense.”