Registration opens for Summer Short Course

The Summer Short Course, a new three-week course in July for high school students, will explore the science behind synthetic biology, one of the newest fields in the world of science.   

Best described as the intersection of engineering and biology, synthetic biology has a promising future focused on solving some of the world’s biggest challenges in health, energy and agriculture.
This intensive program will allow students learn techniques that support synthetic biology, including DNA extraction, restriction enzyme digest and analysis, bacterial transformation, PCR Amplification, and bioinformatics.
For more information, visit the Summer Short Course registration page.

HudsonAlpha’s Neil Lamb testifies before House Ways and Means Education Committee on reach of science training throughout state

Montgomery, Ala. — February 12, 2014 — HudsonAlpha Vice President for Educational Outreach Neil Lamb, Ph.D., testifies today before the Alabama House of Representatives Ways and Means Education Committee about the many ways HudsonAlpha is making a difference in Alabama education.

Lamb will highlight for lawmakers how the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is progressing in its goal to train every life science teacher across the state of Alabama on an ongoing basis.


Huntsville's high-tech HudsonAlpha teams with sock mill, biological supply house to teach kids science

News Outlet: 
The Huntsville Times/
Date published: 
November 13, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - A century-old North Carolina biological supply company, a northeast Alabama sock mill fighting to survive in a global market, and one of Huntsville's high-tech stars are teaming up to teach science to students around the world.

That's part of what Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology was created to do, and the institute takes the mission to a new level next week as Carolina Biological Supply Company starts selling HudsonAlpha's kits worldwide for teaching genetics.

HudsonAlpha guidebook featured in national education publication

“Too new for textbooks,” means timely and exciting content for life sciences classrooms

American Biology Teacher, a print and online journal for K-16 biology teachers, features HudsonAlpha’s Biotechnology Discoveries and Applications guidebook in the September issue.

Educators find favorable conditions to grow agriscience programs at HudsonAlpha

Biotech institute invites teachers from around the state to help shape future outreach
HUNTSVILLE, Ala -- Earlier this month, agriscience educators from nine Alabama counties met at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology to experience and critique exercises that may comprise the next phase of institute outreach efforts. The workshop and planning session focused on advances in genetics and biotechnology that impact plant and animal production.

Biotech 101 registration full, waiting list open

What is DNA? How can it be used to diagnose and treat human disease? These biotech basics and more will be shared during Biotech 101, a course offered by HudsonAlpha and sponsored by ServisFirst Bank. 
Presented on four consecutive Tuesdays, Biotech 101 begins Sept. 3 at the Jackson Center adjacent to HudsonAlpha. The 2013 Biotech 101 class is currently full, but you can be added to the waiting list here

The iCell app surpasses 250,000 iTunes downloads

News Outlet:
Date published: 
June 10, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- iCell, the interactive app created by the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology to help students visualize the inside of a typical cell, has just passed 250,000 downloads on iTunes. It's the latest accomplishment for a free app that's making news in the educational world. iCell is also available through the Android and Windows stores and can be viewed at HudsonAlpha's website.

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HudsonAlpha Institute and Carolina Biological partner to help students learn by doing

Carolina Biological to distribute institute-developed science activities

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. and BURLINGTON, N.C. -- “Educational outreach at HudsonAlpha aims to deliver creative, hands-on educational experiences that raise student comprehension and build teacher confidence,” said Neil Lamb, Ph.D., director of educational outreach at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. The value of educational kits designed by Lamb and his staff at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has been acknowledged by an executed agreement with Carolina Biological Supply Company.  According to Lamb, Carolina will promote and broadly distribute institute-branded, hands-on experiments and resources.

iCell now available on Windows 8 platform

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – HudsonAlpha’s iCell is now fully available on the Windows 8 platform, potentially reaching an audience of more than 4 million Windows 8 users worldwide. The new Microsoft system features easier-to-open apps for tablets and PCs, making iCell easier to access on Windows 8 devices.
“It simplifies the process of being able to use the iCell application,” said Adam Hott, Ed.D., coordinator of educational outreach. “This makes iCell more accessible and puts it in the hands of users more efficiently.”

GREAT workshop embraced by area educators

GREAT LogoNearly 130 educators from northern and central areas of Alabamaattended the February Genetic Resources Empowering Alabama Teachers workshop offered by HudsonAlpha. “Those who participated in the workshop received classroom kits with hands-on exercises in chromosomal arrangements, protein folding and the relationships between DNA, RNA and functional proteins,” said Madelene Loftin, HudsonAlpha biotechnology education specialist.

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