Current ideas / To-Do List:
1. Constitution and ASA Application
- Constitution In Progress
- ASA Application In Progress
- http://openwetware.org/wiki/MIT_DIYbio:Constitution_Ideas to see a few examples.
2. IAP Class MIT_Synbio:IAP
- General Structure
- Concepts vs. actual lab work?
- From Natalie's Email:
- The SynBERC student leadership council (Kevin Solomon in Kris Prather's lab is the point person, and Megan Palmer is the new Human Practices Assistant Director)
- The SBWG, who seem to have a similar mission but aimed at slightly more trained folks (Steve Goldfless in Jacquin Niles lab is the point person)
- The Registry/iGEM itself...I know they're looking for people to help with the competitions grand finale next year
- The roll out of BioBuilder.org, which has a lot of the content you might want for teaching newcomers, though it's lab driven so unless you have a bench somewhere, it's tricky to fully implement
- The SEED program, which runs a Saturday SynBio series in the spring. I'll bet they'd love to have some "special sessions" with you all
- The COPUS group that has a strong hub here in Boston and has a number of members outside the MIT community interested in synthetic biology and trying to engage in it in many ways.
- And finally there's OpenWetWare, which was initially launched as a place where the folks interested in this field could collaborate and share ideas. It's looking to be re-born into something useful to a new group of interested folks, so there's room there too.
- From Natalie's Email:
3. TWO (2) Public Website on OpenWetWare (With Links and Stuff)
- Club Website: links to resources, our events, opportunities (iGEM, IAP class), officers, contact info, dates, and so on.
- You are looking at version 0.01.
- General MIT iGEM website:
- [A little more general than iGEM] [Check, TU-Delft style]
4. MIT Undergrads For Synthetic Biology
- Working title for our group. Other options include "MIT Synthetic (and Systems?) Biology Organization," "The Coalition of the Willing," etc.
5. Synbio Group Must Have A Clear Interest- Mission Statement
- Promoting the rational/safe use of synthetic (and systems?) biology to solve both academic and industrial problems.
- Promoting the dissemination of information about synthetic biology to keep the public interested and informed.
- [Depending on how much of a DIYBio flavor we want, we could also talk about doing these things in an open source / cheap way.]