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Free Workshops on Molecular Visualization

Brian Scott bscott at biochem.umass.edu
Fri May 2 13:47:29 EST 1997

NOTE 1: These workshops will be attended primarily by faculty from

the NORTHEASTERN USA because of the requirement to travel to Amherst MA

on three (3) separate occasions at your own expense.

NOTE 2: These workshops are for faculty teaching biological or

subjects involving MACROmolecules, where visualization without modeling

is appropriate.  Chemistry faculty interested in modeling software for

small molecules should consider a separate workshop,


Free Workshops on Molecular Visualization

for Undergraduate Bioscience Teaching

Amherst MA -- Summer, 1997-8

Free, hands-on workshops will be held this summer at the University

of Massachusetts in Amherst to prepare college faculty with no prior

experience to use molecular visualization in their classes.

Understanding the three-dimensional structures of proteins, DNA,

RNA, and their interactions is difficult from flat pictures, yet

grasping structure is important to understanding function.  Free

software is now available which displays attention-grabbing 3D

animated images of biological molecules in depth-cued spacefilling

color. RasMol (http://www.umass.edu/microbio/rasmol), which

works on Windows or Macs, encourages self-directed exploration.

Chime (http://www.umass.edu/microbio/chime) allows annotated

preset views of molecules to be delivered as web tutorials.

Workshop participants will travel to the Amherst campus on three

separate days (two this summer, one the following summer), and are

responsible for their own travel expenses (and therefore are expected

primarily from the Northeastern USA). Overnight accomodations will be

provided free to those needing them (based on distance traveled).

Participants will be expected to incorporate molecular visualization

into their teaching, and to mentor two faculty colleagues at their

home institution.

The workshops will be led by Eric Martz, a Professor in the

Department of Microbiology.  Martz has innovated molecular structure

tutorials which are in use throughout the USA and in dozens of other

countries.  The web site he created (see above) was visited by

40,000 people in 1996.

1997 dates are June 17 and 30 (workshop A), or June 19 and July 2

(workshop B).  Workshops A and B also meet for one day in late June

1998.  To obtain more detailed information and a REGISTRATION

FORM, visit


or FAX a request to 413-545-1578,

or email a request to emartz at microbio.umass.edu.

Supported by the National Science Foundation (Undergraduate Faculty

Enhancement, Division of Undergraduate Education) and the University

of Massachusetts.

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