22 Oct UW-River Falls profs land $450K grant for education software
River Falls, Wis. – Two University of Wisconsin-River Falls professors have recently received a fourth grant from the National Science Foundation to continue to develop their case-based learning software, the university announced.
The software, called “Case-It!” is being developed for the biology department curriculum by professors Mark Bergland and Karen Klyczek.
The purpose of the latest grant, worth nearly $450,000, is to develop computer simulations integrating biomedical research techniques with bioinformatics tools. The Case-It! program simulates the procedures laboratories use to test DNA for the detection of genetic diseases, putting students in the role of scientific researchers.
The work of professors Bergland and Klyczek has been funded by the NSF for 19 years. Last year, the program was downloaded by high school, university, and technical college educators from 46 states and 47 foreign countries.
In addition to UW-River Falls, six other universities are involved in the current grant, including Winona State University, the Inter American University of Puerto Rico (Metropolitan and San German campuses), North Carolina A&T State University, Pima Community College in Arizona, and Michigan State University.
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