[Microbiology] Call for Applications: The Search for Selection, a NIMBioS Tutorial

Catherine Crawley via microbio%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Thu Nov 16 15:21:07 EST 2017

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Tutorial, "The Search 
for Selection," to be held June 18-22, 2018, at NIMBioS.

*Objectives:* Biologists are obsessed (indeed, seduced) by the search 
for signatures of selection in organismal features of interest, ranging 
from specific traits to genome-wide signatures. A vast number of 
approaches have been suggested in this search for selection, including 
genomic-based signatures of recent or ongoing selection, tests based on 
either excessive amounts or nonrandom patterns of divergence (in both 
fossil sequences and functional genomics data) and the more classical 
Lande-Arnold fitness estimates (direct association of phenotypic values 
with fitness estimates) and their modern extensions (such as aster 
models). Given the breadth of such searches, a large amount of machinery 
has been developed, but is rarely presented in a unified fashion. This 
tutorial presents an integrated overview of all these approaches, 
highlighting common themes and divergent assumptions.

The goal of this tutorial is to expose investigators from all branches 
of biology to this rich menagerie of tests. It is applicable for 
population geneticists, genome biologists, evolutionary ecologists, 
paleontologists, functional morphologists, and just about any biologist 
who ponders on how to formally demonstrate that a feature (or features) 
of interest might have been shaped by selection.

The intended audience is advanced graduate students, postdocs, and 
faculty with an interest in searching for targets of selection, be they 
particular genomic sequences or particular traits. Given the breadth of 
this topic, we expect students from functional genomics, population and 
evolutionary genetics, ecology, paleobiology, functional morphology, and 
statistics (as well as other fields). The background required is some 
basic introduction to population and/or quantitative genetics.

*Location:* NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

*Co-Organizers:* J. Bruce Walsh, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Univ. 
of Arizona

For more information about the tutorial and a link to the online 
application form, go to http://www.nimbios.org/tutorials/selection

Participation in NIMBioS tutorials is by application only. Individuals 
with a strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and 
successful applicants will be notified within several weeks after the 
application deadline. NIMBioS will cover lodging (5 nights) and provide 
breakfast and lunch each day at NIMBioS. If needed, limited financial 
support for travel expenses is available.
**Application deadline: February 1, 2018*

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from 
around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to 
investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life 
sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, with 
additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


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