[Arabidopsis] Pollen Methods Course: June 8-12, 2011 @ Brown University

Johnson, Mark via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by mark_johnson_1 from brown.edu)
Fri Nov 5 13:12:35 EST 2010

We announce a NSF Research Collaborative Network on Integrated Pollen
Biology-sponsored course: "Basic Methods in Pollen Research".

It will be held June 8 to June 12, 2011 at Brown University,
Providence, RI. Mark Johnson (Brown University) and Sheila McCormick
(PGEC and UC Berkeley) are the Organizers and Principal Instructors.
Students are expected to arrive on June 7, 2011 in time for dinner and
depart either late on June 12 or on June 13, 2011.

The purpose of the course is to introduce basic pollen research
methodology to investigators new to the field, in order to accelerate
their learning curve.

The course content will include at least ten essential skills for
pollen biologists (two will be performed by participants each day),
from the most fundamental such as in vitro pollen tube growth analysis
to live cell imaging, to analysis of pollen tube guidance in vivo and
in vitro. Genetic, biochemical (including pollen collection) and
bioinformatic methodologies will be covered. The lead instructors and
expert guest instructors will provide lectures covering various
aspects of pollen biology. We will also solicit suggestions for course
content from applicants.

The course will accept 16 students. Scientists and educators at all
stages of their career, including faculty members from 4 year colleges
and undergraduates, are encouraged to apply. Local room and board
expenses are provided by the RCN. A nominal registration fee of $100
per student is required to defray research-related and other on-site
expenses. Partial travel support of up to $300 per student is
available upon request and demonstration of need.

Applications will be accepted until March 1st 2010. Please e-mail your
application (see below) as one pdf to mark_johnson_1 from brown.edu. Please
use the subject: Pollen Methods Course Application.  The lead
instructors will review each application. Acceptance decisions will be
made by March 30th 2010.

Updates to the RCN course will be posted on the RCN website
(http://pollennetwork.org/), please check periodically.

E-mail your application as one pdf to mark_johnson_1 from brown.edu by
March 1st 2010. Please use the subject: Pollen Methods Course
1. Current CV/bio sketch including:  Name, home institution,
appointment/position, name of advisor/PI (if applicable), up to 5
recent/most relevant publications, up to 5 recent/most relevant
abstracts/talks (maximum of 2 pages).
2. One-paragraph essay on why you would like to participate in this
course. Please describe how the course will help you meet your
scientific/career/educational goals.
3. Write a one-paragraph essay on something you hope to learn at the
course. We will incorporate your ideas into the course as much as
4. Please indicate any special needs you may have: diet, housing,
other accommodations, and travel support. Please justify requests for
travel support.

Mark A. Johnson
MCB Department
Brown University
185 Meeting St.
Box G-L160
Providence, RI 02912

Sidney Frank Hall for Life Sciences
rm. 160

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