The Role of Jmol/JSmol in Teaching about Proteins

The digital visualization of protein structures has been an active area of interest since the 1960s, and researchers have developed several molecular graphics tools that display models of protein structures and empower the user to manipulate those models to study protein structure.  One of these molecular graphics tools is JSmol.  JSmol is a free, open source, Javascript-based molecular viewer used to embed dynamic three-dimensional models of chemical structures and biomolecules in web pages.  My next step in the development of digital communication in my classes is to incorporate the use of JSmol in all aspects of my classes, including a series of lessons for students on how to use JSmol, enabling students to develop digital research reports that incorporate, among other things, dynamic protein models displayed through the use of JSmol.    Read more . . .