CEE Hosted Webinar on Computational Biology

MCLEAN, Va. - Virginir -- The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) presented "Where the Living and the Artificial Meet," a free introduction to computational biology on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 6-7:00 p.m. ET via Zoom. Experts provided an overview of the tools and databases used by researchers around the world to evaluate genomes.

Distinguished speakers included:

Heidi Norton is Senior Software Product Manager at Illumina.  She works to build software solutions for accurate and efficient analysis of sequencing data. Previously, Ms. Norton was a software developer and R&D scientist at Biomeme, a company that makes portable molecular diagnostic solutions. Ms. Norton earned a BA in Materials Engineering at Stanford University and a master's degree in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied the 3D folding of the genome. She is passionate about applying scientific discoveries to build products that have an impact in human health.

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Scott Rifkin, Ph.D. is Associate Professor at the University of California, San Diego. His lab studies how stochastic, genetic, and environmental variation is filtered through development and physiology to produce phenotypic variation and how evolutionary forces shape that process. Dr. Rifkin earned a bachelor's degree in Biological Anthropology from Harvard and a PhD from Yale University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard and an NIH postdoctoral fellow at MIT. He attended CEE's Research Science Institute in 1992.

View the recording on YouTube. https://youtu.be/EuHouumTx-o

This exciting program is part of CEE's Square Root of STEM webinar series that explores STEM topics and skills that intersect with our daily lives. Topics include disease sniffing dogs, space engineering, and the science of sports, agriculture, technology, and more. A playlist of previous programs in the series is on YouTube: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA3C1UeaLY-mvfH82AZX_PbYAOQ0WXYDh

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This program is made possible by a generous grant from Illumina.


About Center for Excellence in Education

The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. The Center's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and to encourage collaboration between and among scientific and technological leaders in the global community. For more information, visit https://www.cee.org.

Tom Flavell

Source: Center for Excellence in Education

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