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November  5


Biochemistry Education Workshop: The Design and Validation of Assessments of Students’ Research Competence Developed in Undergraduate Biochemistry Labs

Program Outline:

Introduction: Claudio Aguilar, Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University

Talk: Paul Craig, RIT University, The BASIL CURE and its Implementation as a Biochemistry Lab

Talk: Trevor Anderson, A process for identifying ALOs for the BASIL Lab- Implications for your own biochemistry lab
Workshop Organizers: Nancy Pelaez and Trevor Anderson

There is a world-wide move in biochemistry departments towards providing undergraduate students with more authentic research experiences that give them greater insight into the studies behind factual knowledge in textbooks and lab manuals and better prepare them for postgraduate studies. Whether the biochemistry lab is a traditional experience, a so-called Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) or informal participation in a professor’s research laboratory, there has been a shift in focus from just typical procedural or technical knowledge, towards a greater emphasis on developing students’ discovery and problem-solving abilities as part of research competence. Whereas, technical and procedural-type abilities are more directly and easily assessable by simply observing students in the lab, or grading their lab notebooks to see if they have mastered such abilities, discovery-type abilities are far more complex and require specially designed assessment tasks to gauge whether students have developed the desired research competence. Assessment is central to theeducational process and, by virtue of itsrelationship to teaching, learning and course objectives (termed anticipated learning outcomes or ALOs), is an extremely powerful tool for informing and facilitating what and how students learn and what and how instructors teach. In order to design sound assessments for your biochemistry lab modules, it is important to understand: the various purposes of assessment; what knowledge and skills should be assessed; and, how such assessment should be designed, performed, and validly interpreted. This then enables you to establish to what extent students achieve the ALOs which can then be termed verified learning outcomes or VLOs. The aim of this workshop will be to address these issues through a mixture of theoretical presentations and workshop activities involving analysis of various assessments and examples of student answers. More specifically, the goals will be to:

•             Describe the implementation and assessment of the Biochemistry Authentic Scientific Inquiry Laboratory (BASIL) CURE as an example of a course where students use computational and biochemical techniques to conduct novel research to evaluate the function of proteins with known structure, but unknown function.

•             Jointly negotiate criteria that are key to the design of high quality assessments for the BASIL and other biochemistry labs;

•             Use the criteria to categorize examples of targeted assessments;

•             Develop assessments aligned with anticipated learning outcomes (ALOs), and decide which specific assessments or ALOs might need modifying;

•             Analyze/code examples of student answers to example assessments for sound reasoning and evidence of student difficulties;

•             Validate assessments by checking to what extent the students show in their answers that they are achieving the stated ALOs i.e. VLOs;

•             Plan the future development and piloting of assessments with volunteers at participant institutions




“How can Latin-American academic research laboratories participate in the discovery and development of next generation medicines?”


Organizers: Gaston Soria, Ricardo M. Biondi and Hugo Gramajo

We envisage the 1st Workshop in Drug Discovery to be remembered as the “kick-off” of a network that will help catalyze future Argentine and Latin American cooperative participation in different aspects on the discovery and development of new small molecule drugs



1-    Generate a Network of Argentine and Latin-American scientists with interests in different aspects of drug discovery: from target validation to small molecule drug discovery and development.

2-    Interact with international experts in validating targets (GD) and taking new discoveries from academia to outsourcing drug development projects (BK).


Confirmed International speakers:

1-      Gerard Drewes. Senior Director and Head of Chemical Genomics at Cellzome (Heidelberg, since 2000). Cellzome was acquired by GSK. Central theme: High quality validation of target.

2-       Bert Klebl. Director of Lead Discovery Center, an organization that has helped academic laboratories to take their discoveries into the next stage, to outsource projects to industry.

3-    Alex Dömling. Medicinal Chemist. Founder of companies. Most well known for his expertise in multiprotein reactions and its web resource “Anchor Query” that enables in silico screening of billions of compounds. Hit compounds can then be synthesized using multicomponent reaction systems.


There will also be Short talks selected from submitted Posters

Posters Abstracts can be submitted from 1 to 10 september 





Others, Click in the following link to registration:

Posters Abstracts can be submitted for Workshop on Drug Discovery. Instructions for Abstract submission will be received after payment