Course page at: http://ged.msu.edu/courses/2010-fall-cse-891/:
This course will introduce biologists to computational thinking, practical computational techniques, and research topics in computational evolution. The course will consist of three intensive hands-on 5-week modules: computational competence in UNIX; data mining and hypothesis generation using the Avida digital life platform and computational analysis of large-scale resequencing data from the Lenski Lab E. coli long-term evolution experiment.
This course is one of the two required entry courses for BEACON, an NSF-funded center for the study of Evolution in Action (see www.beacon.msu.edu).
The course will have 15-20 students from Michigan State (MSU), 2-3 from UW Seattle, 1-2 from U Idaho, and 2-3 from UT Austin (all partners in BEACON).
Briefly, we will be using EC2 and S3 to
- demonstrate remote computer use and remote data analysis
- compile, install, and run the Avida Digital Life system (see http://devolab.msu.edu and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avida)
- do resequencing analysis of the Lenski Lab's E. coli long-term evolution experiment (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._coli_long-term_evolution_experiment)
All of our materials will be made freely available under a Creative Commons license, as with my last EC2-using course (see: http://ivory.idyll.org/blog/jun-10/ngs-course-postmortem.html and http://ged.msu.edu/angus/).
We also hope to "export" this course outside of BEACON in the future.
I am open to a few people from outside the BEACON consortium attending the course via teleconf, although we may not grade your homework :). Let me know if this is of interest to you: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Sigh, of 6 total semesters in which I've taught at MSU, I've taught 4 new courses. What am I thinking??)
Posted by Grig Gheorghiu on 2010-08-24 at 13:22.
Awesome, Titus! Let me know if you need an expensive consultant who knows how to scale your systems in the cloud and how to keep them up and running 24x7 ;-)
Posted by Titus Brown on 2010-08-24 at 18:09.
Sorry, Grig, that appears to be ... me. Except for the 24x7. And "expensive". Alas.