NIBLSE: A Network for Integrating Bioinformatics into Life Science Education

CBE Life Sciences Education

This article provides information on the Network for Integrating Bioinformatics into Life Sciences Education (NIBLSE; pronounced “nibbles”) and their efforts to establish bioinformatics as an essential component of undergraduate life sciences education by creating a network of investigators to articulate a shared vision about how best to integrate bioinformatics into life sciences curricula. The initial networking effort in April 2014 convened 26 biology and computer science faculty from diverse institutions and professionals from the private sector to explore core issues related to the long-term. In particular, the conference focused on how best to facilitate effective communication and enhance opportunities for collaboration by discussing current challenges and potential next steps for the 1) integration of bioinformatics into life sciences curricula; 2) assessment of bioinformatics educational resources; and 3) professional development of life sciences educators.