Workshop Agenda for Saturday, January 31, 2015

09:00-09:30 AM Registration in the JEMEZ ROOM:
(Light breakfast, coffee and tea will be served)
09:30-09:45 AM Welcome

09:45-10:15 AM Plenary Scientific Session 1

"Iron, Genes, and Beans... Oh My!"
Dr. Jamie O'Rourke, Research Geneticist, United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, Iowa State University: Legume Genomics and Abiotic Stress Tolerance

10:15-12:30 PM Technical Hands-On Workshops (2hours 15 minutes)
(Workshops will be run concurrently)

  • Workshop #1:
    "A Hands on Approach to Exploring the Who, What, How and Where of Summer Internships in Plant Genomics Research"
    Students and mentors will learn about research programs and summer internships by participating in hands on examples and experiments such as isolating DNA, PCR, and Electrophoresis.
    Scott Jackson Ph.D, Professor, Graduate Coordinator, University of Georgia, Center for Applied Genetic Technologies: Plant Breeding, Genomics and Cytogenetics
    Jamie O'Rourke,Ph.D, Research Geneticist, United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, Iowa State University: Legume Genomics and Abiotic Stress Tolerance
    Michelle Graham, Ph.D, Research Geneticist, United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, Iowa State University: Legume Genomics and Abiotic Stress Tolerance
    Robert Schmitz Ph.D, Assistant Professor, University of Georgia, Department of Genetics: Population Epigenomics and Mechanisms of Epigenetic Inheritance

  • Workshop #2: Bioinformatics Hands-On Workshops (45 minutes each)

    Group 1: "iPlant Collaborative: Bioinformatics and Cyberinfrastructure for Research and Education using DNA Subway." http://www.iplantcollaborative.org/ci/dna-subway
    Uwe Hilgert, Ph.D, Director of Education, Outreach and Training of the BIO5 Institute, University of Arizona and iPlant Collaborative

    Group 2: "Structural, Functional, and Population Genomics of the Medicago symbiont Sinorhizobium meliloti."
    Dr. Mike Sadowski, Director of the BioTechnology Institute at The University of Minnesota: Department of Soil, Water, and Climate
    and Dr. Joann Mudge, Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Genome Resources

    Group 3: "Genome Archaeology and Evolutionary Sleuthing"
    Steve Cannon, Ph.D, Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS, Iowa State University
    Jacqueline Campbell, Ph.D, Post-Doc, at Iowa State University
    and Andrew Farmer, Bioinformatics Fellow at the National Center for Genome Resources

12:30-01:30 PM Networking Lunch

01:30-02:00 PM Plenary Scientific Session 2

"The iPlant Collaborative: Bioinformatics and Cyberinfrastructure for Research and Education"
Dr. Uwe Hilgert, Director of Education, Outreach and Training of the BIO5 Institute, University of Arizona and iPlant Collaborative

02:00-02:30 PM Plenary Scientific Session 3

"Structural, Functional, and Population Genomics of the Medicago symbiont Sinorhizobium meliloti"
Dr. Mike Sadowski, Director, BioTechnology Institute at The University of Minnesota: Department of Soil, Water and Climate

02:30-03:10 PM Concurrent Professional Development Workshops for Students and Mentors

          
  • Summer Programs and Graduate School: Best Practices for Finding, Applying and Getting Accepted
  • Graduate School: Best Option for a Creative Future? (To PhD or Not to PhD? That is the question!)
  • Developing Effective Communication and Networking Skills
  • Incorporating Plant Biology/Bioinformatics into the Classroom
  • Career Options in Plant Biology, Genomics and Bioinformatics

03:10-03:40 PM Coffee/Water Break

03:40-04:10 PM Plenary Scientific Session 4

"It is Easy To Say ‘NO’ to GM Food If Your Stomach is Full."
Dr. Stephen M. Gómez, Assistant Professor of Biology and Chair of the Department of Trades, Technology and Sustainable Studies, Santa Fe Community College

4:10-04:40 PM Plenary Scientific Session 5

"The Biofuels Center of Excellence: Engaging Students for Success"
Luke Spangenburg, Assistant Director, Center of Excellence, Biofuels Program, Santa Fe Community College

04:40-05:20 PM Concurrent Professional Development Workshops for Students and Mentors

          
  • Summer Programs and Graduate School: Best Practices for Finding, Applying and Getting Accepted
  • Graduate School: Best Option for a Creative Future? (To PhD or Not to PhD? That is the question!)
  • Developing Effective Communication and Networking Skills
  • Incorporating Plant Biology/Bioinformatics into the Classroom
  • Career Options in Plant Biology, Genomics and Bioinformatics

05:20-07:30 PM Poster Session/Networking Reception/Biofuels Lab Tour

Students and Mentors are encouraged to bring and present their research posters, whether or not it involves plant biology.

        

University of Georgia USDA Agricultural Research Service Iowa State University National Science Foundation