BISC209/S12: Lab10

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Wellesley College-BISC 209 Microbiology -Spring 2012


LAB 10: Data Analysis & Science Writing Workshop

We will learn how to use the RDB (ribosomal data base, a public data base provided by Michigan State University) to analyze your sequencing results. Lab to be held in a computer classroom (TBA). Make sure you have signed up for an account on the RDB and received a username and password before you come to lab. Link to the RDB:

Click on myRDP (orange sidebar on the left of the screen).

Click on "Not a user? Sign up!" and this will take you to a registration screen. Fill out the information required and then check your email. You will be sent a password. Go back to the myRDP site and login with your email and this password. It will then prompt you to change that password to something you can remember.

WRITE THIS DOWN! Don't lose your password!

In Lab 10 you will have a lab practical exam. See the Assignment section below for tips for how to prepare for this assessment.

In LAB 11 we will not have a formal lab. Instead, We will have another Science Writing & Presentation Workshop to prepare you for writing up your semester long investigation as an original research report (NOT AS A TRADITIONAL LAB REPORT!!) and to help you and your teammates (soil sampling groups) prepare to present a "virtual poster" in Lab 12. At the end of the Data Analysis lab today, we will brainstorm some potential topics for you to choose for this oral presentation. Some suggestions and things to think about in choosing your topic are found in Lab12


Your research report on your semester project is due in your lab instructor's office by 4pm on your lab day April 24 or April 25. Please make sure there is an electronic copy of your paper uploaded to your folder in your Lab's Drop Box in Sakai by that time. The electronic copy is required in addition to a required hard copy that must be submitted to your instructor per her instructions.

More information about the final paper can be found at: Assignment: Assignment: Final Paper. A grading rubric is posted to the Rubrics folder in the Resources section of your lab Sakai site.

Discard and clean up any remaining tests and cultures on your isolates. Note that there are 5 bonus points awarded for perfect clean-up. Your instructor will explain the "rules" for obtaining these bonus points.

Links to Labs

Lab 1
Lab 2
Lab 3
Lab 4
Lab 5
Lab 6
Lab 7
Lab 8
Lab 9
Lab 10
Lab 12