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Marine Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

When the time came to find an internship, I didn’t have to look far.  Steve McGriff, SJSU Professor and Instructional Designer for the Marine Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (MBB) project was looking for a person to work on the MBB website.

MBB is a professional development program sponsored by CSU Monterey Bay, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, San Jose State University (SJSU), The National Science Foundation, and Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers.  Developed to educate middle school and high school science teachers how to use biotechnology and bioinformatics techniques, the program focuses on investigating a Monterey Bay phenomenon, the invasion of non-native mussels.  During a three week summer workshop, teachers study the mussels in their new habitat, generate novel DNA data, and then analyze the data with bioinformatics software. 

MBB was looking for more than just basic web skills, they were looking for an intern with Macromedia Dreamweaver templating skills.  My skill set met their requirements, and I felt this project worked well with my portfolio topic, Interactive Learing for Learning and Performance.  As the project progressed, the MBB website needed more than just basic updates.  It required:

  • A Macromedia Dreamweaver template
  • A Macromedia Fireworks design file, including complete layers
  • Placing student work into MBB student work template
  • Implementation of breadcrumbs throughout the site
  • Implementation of photo galleries of participants
  • Implementation of a blog in the website style

This project gave me the opportunity to implement two of the technologies that I believe are changing the educational landscape, blogging and CSS, and it was the right project to enhance my porfolio theme.

pdf version of the project | visit the MBB website


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