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Genomics resource training scholarship, sponsored by Gramene and OpenHelix

Just thought our readers might like a heads up. I quote from a recent press release:

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Oregon State University and Cornell University, creators of the Gramene Resource for Comparative Plant Genomics, partner with OpenHelix to offer online training on genomic resources to encourage diversity in science.

The Resource for Comparative Grass Genomics, Gramene, sponsors a Gramene tutorial with us, which is thus free to users. Additionally, Gramene is also sponsoring a program, partially funded by NSF,  to open all OpenHelix tutorials to educational institutions serving underrepresented populations. This will give all students, faculty and staff at the institution unlimited access to a wealth of tutorials in our catalog including training on NCBI’s PubMed, Entrez, PlantGDB and over 90 other tutorials on genomic resources. This would be a great opportunity for students and researchers at the applying institution to train on genomics resources!

If you belong to a qualifying institution and would like to apply for this program, please find more information here and send us your application! The deadline for application is June 30th, 2010.

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Gramene Announces Scholarships for Groups Underrepresented in Science to Learn How to Use Bioinformatics and Genomics Resources

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Oregon State University and Cornell University, creators of the Gramene Resource for Comparative Plant Genomics, partner with OpenHelix to offer online training on genomic resources to encourage diversity in science.

Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) April 22, 2010 — The creators of the Gramene Resource for Comparative Grass Genomics and OpenHelixannounce the availability of scholarships to colleges and universities serving underrepresented minorities for full access to over 85 online tutorial suites on bioinformatics and genomics resources. The program is partially funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

“An ongoing goal for Gramene, our institutions, and the NSF, has been to provide opportunities for advancement and training to underrepresented groups in science,” said Dr. Doreen Ware, of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Principal Investigator of Gramene, “So we are excited to be able to offer individual and institution scholarships to an extensive and valuable catalog of online training on genomics resources.”

…we are excited to be able to offer individual and institution scholarships to an extensive and valuable catalog of online training on genomics resources.

Recipients will have access to the OpenHelix catalog of tutorial suites on a wide range of bioinformatics and genomics resources, including Gramene, PlantGDB, NCBI tools such as Entrez Gene, BLAST and PubMed and many more. A full catalog of tutorial suites is available at http://www.openhelix.com/cgi/tutorials.cgi.

Each tutorial suite includes a 45-60 minute, online, self-run, narrated introductory tutorial on how to use a specific resource. The tutorial suite also includes PowerPoint slides, slide handouts and exercises which can be used as reference material or to build classroom content.

“The study of genomics has affected just about every area of life sciences, so learning how to access and interpret genomic data is critical to research success,” said Scott Lathe, Chief Executive Officer of OpenHelix, “With the convenience and broad accessibility of online training, we hope these scholarships will help in leveling access to this important training and further the potential and ongoing careers of the recipients.”

Institutions can apply for a scholarship for access to the tutorials at http://www.openhelix.com/cgi/scholarships.cgi. The scholarships are available to to minority serving colleges and universities. Underrepresented in science means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in biology research relative to their numbers in the general population. Individual scholarships are available to U.S undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral students, faculty and staff. Application deadline is June 30, 2010 and a limited number of scholarships are available.

About Gramene
Extensive research over the past two decades has shown significant conservation of gene order within large segments of linkage groups in agriculturally important grasses such as rice, maize, sorghum, barley, oats, wheat, and rye. Grass genomes are substantially colinear at both large and short scales, opening the possibility of using syntenic relationships to rapidly isolate and characterize homologues in maize, wheat, barley and sorghum.

As an information resource, Gramene’s purpose is to provide added value to data sets available within the public sector to facilitate researchers’ ability to understand plant genomes and take advantage of genomic sequence known in one species for identifying and understanding corresponding genes, pathways and phenotypes in other plant species.

Current work is being supported by the NSF Plant Genome Research Resource grant award #0703908.

About OpenHelix
OpenHelix, LLC, (www.openhelix.com) provides the genomics knowledge you need when you need it. OpenHelix provides a bioinformatics and genomics search and training portal, giving researchers one place to find and learn how to use resources and databases on the web. More efficient use of the most relevant resources means quicker and more effective research.

Grant Opportunity in Interesting Subject Area

CB106189I was catching up on my e-alert reading & saw a GenomeWeb Daily News article about an interesting grant opportunity:

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development will fund research that may use the dog genome resource and may conduct other genetics research into genes that are relevant to humans, particularly in terms of social and emotional behaviors.

The grants don’t appear to be huge ($50,000/yr), but the title of the grant ‘The Role of Human-Animal Interaction in Child Health and Development‘ sounds intriguing to me. I have personally seen many examples of human-pet relationships contributing to the human’s well being. Some might not see the importance of funding such research – it is so intuitive – but anything that can be gleaned to improve child development deserves consideration, in my book. If this is in your area of expertise, you may want to check it out.

BREAD: rising money for science?

I keep an eye on a lot of mailing lists.  Usually they are the ones for database or software resources in our field.  But I also keep an eye on some funding ones.  We aren’t always eligible, but it also helps us to get a sense of the directions that projects are going.

Yesterday I saw one that surprised me on several levels.  It is called BREAD funding.  BREAD stands for Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development.  I found this one interesting because:

1. It is a joint project between NSF and The Gates Foundation.  Maybe there are other federal funding projects that involve private foundations like this.  But I haven’t seen them.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) are partnering to support a new research program to be administered by NSF. The objective of the BREAD Program is to support innovative scientific research designed to address key constraints to smallholder agriculture in the developing world

2. It is giving money for plant genomics in agriculture.  Cool! Among the possible directions for the research:

  • New strategies for creating resistance to major diseases and pests that affect plants, animals or insects of agricultural importance, and that have major impact in broad regions of the developing world.

3. It actually uses the phrase “climate change” and calls it a threat.  And acknowledges several thing that I don’t think the last administration was serious about at all:

  • Novel approaches to using the genetic diversity of plants, microbes, or animals to enhance the ability of small-scale farmers to adapt to emerging threats of global climate change, emerging diseases, and the rising costs of energy.

Anyway, I’m delighted to see basic research on plants in agriculture in Africa and Asia getting some attention.  I was pleased when I heard Hillary Clinton refer to this recently, but I was waiting for someone to show me the money. And what do you know–they did.

This specific grant: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09566/nsf09566.htm?govDel=USNSF_25

More on the BREAD program: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503285

Press release on the NSF + BMGF partnership:  http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-03/nsf-nsf033009.php

OpenHelix receives $1 million NIH grant for genomics training portal

January 21, 2008 (Seattle, WA) – Thanks to a $1 million grant, OpenHelix (www.openhelix.com) has been developing an innovative set of online tools for use by scientific researchers. The tools will greatly reduce the amount of time necessary to locate and use the vast genomics and bioinformatics resources available to scholars and scientists. Once relevant resources are located through an innovative search tool, researchers will learn how to use them with extensive tutorial suites. The SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant was awarded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (Grant number 9R44HG004531).

Freely accessible genomics and bioinformatics resources

With numerous online databases and other genomics and bioinformatics resources available to scientists, the time spent identifying thebest resources and using them in an efficient manner has been a challenge for even the most well-staffed organization.Much data is underutilized due to a lack of awareness of its existence. When scholars and scientists do happen to locate needed information in an online resource, they then must figure out each resource’s unique navigation methods and each documentation style. Introductory training on many resources is either nonexistent or not sufficient to effectively teach users how to best use the site.

“The need for such a resource is clear in the bioinformatics area,” says Joan E. Brooks Ph.D., co-founder of Garbrook Knowledge Resources and former co-founder of Proteome, an online genomics information database company. “The OpenHelix solution will be a promising leap forward to assure the public investment in these resources is fully realized.”

Improving efficiency and effectiveness of research

While genomics resources and data continue to grow rapidly, scientists are at a disadvantage when trying to decide the best resource for them. The search and tutorial portal will enable faster completion of research projects, leading to an accelerated increase in the use and dissemination of scientific knowledge.“We are now looking at some very innovative ways to search a large number of resources, including semantic search using widely used and accepted ontologies” Warren Lathe, co-founder, OpenHelix Chief Scientific Officer and Principal Investigator on the grant said, “The science community will be very excited about the tools we are going to offer this year.”

The groundbreaking search function will provide various methods for locating and ranking genomics resources. As they use the OpenHelix online search for their projects, scientists and other researchers will use a ranking system within the search results to filter the list that pertains to their particular needs, something not previously available.The tutorials also include training material for use in the classroom setting, giving faculty ready-made, updated material to train students.By matching researchers quickly and efficiently with the resources that are most relevant to their needs and providing training so the researcher can effectively use the resource, the grant from the NHGRI will help fulfill the promise of research breakthroughs provided by the post-genomic era.

About OpenHelix

OpenHelix, LLC, (www.openhelix.com) provides the genomics knowledge you need when you need it. OpenHelix currently provides online self-run tutorials and on-site training for institutions and companies on the most powerful and popular free, web based, publicly accessible bioinformatics resources. In addition, OpenHelix is contracted by resource providers to provide comprehensive, long-term training and outreach programs. Headquartered in Washington State, OpenHelix also has offices in San Francisco, Boston and North Carolina. Further information can be found on www.openhelix.com or by calling 1-888-861-5051.