Biotechnology Workshops at JCCC


Johnson County Community College is offering teachers Introductory and Advanced biotechnology classes. There is no charge for the classes and a stipend is available for attendees. See attachment for details.  educator_information1

Teachers looking for paid summer internships should complete the attached application. biotech-summer-internship-application-2009 Placement can be arranged for 2-4 weeks at a biotechnology company.

Contact  Megan Gray for more details.

RNAi KATS Presentation

What is RNA interference. What is the mechanism for this cellular process and how can I use this as an instructional piece for an advance biology or a biotechnology class? If any of these questions are of interest to you, fear not, you are at a one-stop site for joining the movement started by Cold Spring Harbor to introduce high school students and under graduates to research centered around C. elegans (the nematode) and RNAi. I was fortunate to attend the Amgen Leadership Symposium in Human and Molecular Genetics and would like to share information from the symposium otherwise known as DNA Boot Camp. Here are some links that may be of interest to you.

Order Double Life of RNA from HHMI- It has the NOVA video and it is free. Click to order is on the left.

Or you can stream the video from

Now that you have a somewhat better idea of the RNAi mechanism go to the web site for Dolan DNA Learning center at Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
Dolan DNA Learning

From the main page locate the Silencing the Genome pages. This is the link from DNALC for C. elegans and RNAi . The live materials will be sent to you free. Just spend some time with the recipes before you order. Any questions be sure to contact me for help. Have fun and the students will have an opportunity to do real science.
Silencing the Genome


Fall Conference 2007 Update

To all Life Science teachers,Join Kansas biology teachers September 22, 2007 for the Annual KABT Fall Conference at the TimberRidge Adventure Park 12300 S. Homestead Ln. Olathe, KS. See map.

Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:00 a.m. and presentations begin at 8:45 a.m. Pre-register via email or RSVP (lunch count) to or register on site Saturday morning. Cost is $30.00 and includes a hot lunch by Greg Krenke BBQ and Olathe FFA.

For further information contact Randy Dix at or

Map Timberridge

Morning Presentations —- 30 or 60 minute presentations by outstanding biology teachers on the following topics:

Advance Placement topics on enzymes by Wendy Haas,

Using RNA interference in HS (info from Dolan DNA Learning Center) by Randy Dix

Kansas Natural history presentations by Scott and Kylee Sharp.

Enzyme Catalyst (BSCS style) by Bill Welch

Global Warming Data by Sandy Collins

Modeling and Case Studies: Activities that Engage Students in the Nature of Science by Todd Carter

Afternoon Activities

After lunch participants may attend a session in Bird watching, Fly fishing ,or a special event by George Pisani of the KS Biological Survey. George and Mindy Walker of Rockhurst University have been actively collecting Timber Rattlesnakes from a near by site, surgically implanting either PIT tags or radio transponders and relocating to a Top Secret Location.