Summer Workshop 2010

The 2010 Teacher Workshop was two weeks long and was jointly funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Eye Institute, a division of NIH and hosted by the departments of Biology and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. 

To obtain more information on this year's workshop go to

  2010 Workshop Partcipants    


Vision and The Eye

2010 Wiki Page for Summer Workshop

Faculty Lectures

Monday, July 12
Dr. Allen Taylor, Tufts Medical School  — "Nutrition and Vision."

Tuesday, July 13
Dr. James Doyle, Advanced Family Eye  — "A Visit to the Optometrist."

Wednesday, July 14
Prof. Jonathan King, Dept. of Biology, MIT  — "Crystallin Eye Lens Proteins."

Thursday, July 15
Prof. Aude Oliva, Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT  — "The Magic of Vision."

Monday, July 19
Prof. Jonathan King, Dept. of Biology, MIT  — "The History of Science Education."

Tuesday, July 20
Prof. Pawan Sinha, Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT  — "Learning to See."

Wednesday, July 21
Dr. Ramesh Raskar, MIT Media Lab  — "Eye Exam on a Cellphone Using a New Optical Probe."

Thursday, July 22
Prof. Mriganka Sur, Chair, Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT  — "The Visual Cortex."

Laboratory Courses - Curriculum Development

  • Cow eye dissection
  • Creating an eye with common materials
  • Identifying eye mutants using PCR and Restriction Length Polymorphisms (RFLP)
  • Protein Chromatography of Gama crystallin
  • Bioinformatics tool to study evolution of the eye
  • STARGenetics
  • Visual Illusions
  • Color Vision and Color Blindness
  • Bionic eye
  • Model organisms for the study of vision and the eye (Dr. Ishara Mills- Henry, Program Director, Science of the Eye Initiative, Department of Biology, MIT)
  • Fluorescence and UV Spectroscopy of Gama Crystallin (Kate Drahos, Department of Biology, MIT)

Teacher curriculum materials inspired by this workshop are available for download as pdf files:

  • TBA

Other Resources

General Resources and Standards

Intel ISEF Rules and Guidelines

National Center for Biotechnology Information

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Howard Hughes Medical Institute "Cool Science"

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