[Drosophila] Early Reg. Deadline: Fri, 3/26, Arthropod Genomics Symposium, Kansas City, June 10-13, 2010

Doris Merrill via dros%40net.bio.net (by dmerrill from ksu.edu)
Thu Mar 11 15:29:05 EST 2010

Arthropod Genomics:  New Approaches and Outcomes


June 10 – 13, 2010, in Kansas City, USA



Deadline to Register at Early-Bird Rates:  Friday, March 26, 2010

Other important deadlines:

   *Poster Abstract Submissions:  Wednesday, May 19

   *Hotel Reservations:  Wednesday, May 19, or until room block is filled


Please share this announcement with colleagues and students!


REGISTRATION: The early registration fee is $295 ($150 for graduate and
undergraduate students) on or before Friday, March 26, and will include a
welcome reception Thursday evening, breakfast and lunch on Friday and
Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.  


VENUE:  The symposium will take place at the Kansas City Marriott on the
beautiful Country Club Plaza.  Participants are invited to dine Saturday
night at an optional banquet at the BRIO Tuscan Grille.



Thursday afternoon, June 10, 4:00-6:00 pm

Navigating NCBI’s resources for insect genomics.  Terence Murphy, NCBI/NIH,
will provide training on utilizing NCBI’s resources for insect genomics.
Topics will include accessing data in the RefSeq and Entrez Gene databases,
BLink, BLAST, NCBI’s Map Viewer, and other resources.  Issues regarding the
submission of data to NCBI and options for linking outside resources to
NCBI’s databases will also be discussed.  There is no cost to attend this
optional workshop, but registration is requested.



Saturday morning, June 12, 10:00-11:30 am

MAKER: Genome annotation made easy.  Carson Holt, University of Utah, will
provide a basic overview of MAKER and demonstrate both the command line
version and the new online MAKER Web Annotation Service (MWAS). MAKER is a
portable and easily configurable genome annotation pipeline.  Its purpose is
to allow smaller eukaryotic and prokaryotic genome projects to independently
annotate their genomes and create genome databases. MAKER identifies
repeats, aligns ESTs and proteins to a genome, produces ab initio gene
predictions and automatically synthesizes these data into gene annotations
having evidence-based quality values.  Several use-case scenarios with
example data and results will also be presented.



Representatives from national funding agencies will make short presentations
about funding philosophies and opportunities within their programs.
Following each presentation, the floor will be open for questions and
discussion. Speakers include:  

     Alan Christensen, NSF

     Adriana Costero, NIAID, NIH

     Mary F. Purcell-Miramontes, USDA, NIFA



Friday afternoon/evening, June 11, 5:15-? p.m.

Meet with scientists who are also working with your organism of interest
during small group gatherings.  Group leaders will be identified to
coordinate topics and lead discussions.  Additional information will be
posted to the conference website as details are finalized.


ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION:  Sunday morning will highlight a roundtable
discussion led by members of the ArthropodBase Consortium regarding the
generation of integrated arthropod genome databases and tools for genome
projects.  Symposium attendees are invited to join the fun as we share our
progress by providing feedback on these projects and proposing new


POSTER SESSIONS: There will be two poster sessions.  Six platform
presentations will be chosen from submitted poster abstracts.  

Abstract Submission Deadline:  Wednesday, May 19, 2010.


SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM: The symposium sessions will begin Thursday evening, June
10, and continue on Friday and Saturday, with additional events Saturday
evening and Sunday morning.  Speakers will present new insights from genomic
approaches in arthropods and describe the development of tools for genomic
analysis. Workshops will be held Thursday prior to the Symposium and
Saturday morning.  Activities will conclude by noon on Sunday, June 13.



Nora J. Besansky

University of Notre Dame

Population genomics of adaptation and speciation in malaria’s vector



Michael Akam

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

The genome of the Geophilomorph centipede, Strigamia maritima 


Scott J. Emrich

University of Notre Dame

Opportunities and challenges of non-model transcriptome sequencing: From
corn to wild butterflies and moths


Matthew Hudson

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Exploring the evolution of social behavior using genome sequencing and


Anthony A. James

University of California

Message in a battle, using whole genome expression analyses to fight
vector-borne diseases


Michael R. Kanost

Kansas State University

Functional genomics of cuticle sclerotization in Tribolium castaneum


Fabrice Legeai

INRA, Rennes, France

Prediction and analyses of non coding RNA sequences in the pea aphid genome 


Barry R. Pittendrigh

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Body Louse genome project


Patrick D. Schloss

University of Michigan

Bugs within bugs: Understanding the influence of the microbiome on arthropod


Christian Schlötterer

Vetmeduni Vienna, Austria

Next generation sequencing in population genetics:  From experimental
evolution to gene expression


Zhijian Jake Tu

Virginia Tech

Anopheles stephensi genome assembly and transcriptome analysis


John (Jack) H. Werren

University of Rochester

Functional and evolutionary insights from the genomes of three parasitoid
Nasonia species


Evgeny M. Zdobnov

University of Geneva, Switzerland

Genomics in the light of evolution


INFORMATION:  Visit our website, www.k-state.edu/agc/symp2010, for complete
details and brochure.   Add your name to the Symposium mailing list, by
sending your contact information to dmerrill from k-state.edu.  



Early Discount Registration:  Friday, March 26

Hotel Reservations:  Wednesday, May 19

Poster Abstracts:  Wednesday, May 19

Registration:  Wednesday, May 19



Contact us at (785) 532-3482 or dmerrill from ksu.edu.


NEW - - - -Arthropod Genome WIKI---

Join the Arthropod Genomics Consortium, formed to increase collaboration and
information exchange among the community of scientists performing genomic
studies on arthropods. 

Visit: http://arthropodgenomes.org <http://arthropodgenomes.org/> , to
register and learn more!


SPONSOR:  Center for Genomic Studies on Arthropods Affecting Human, Animal
and Plant Health, Kansas State University


Susan J. Brown, Professor

Director, Center for Genomic Studies on 

Arthropods Affecting Human, Animal and Plant Health


Robin E. Denell, Distinguished Professor

Chair, AGC Symposium Organizing Committee


Doris Merrill, Program Coordinator

K-State Arthropod Genomics Center

Division of Biology, Kansas State University

116 Ackert Hall, Manhattan, KS  66506-4901

(785) 532-3482, dmerrill from k-state.edu 


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