Talk for UC Davis Pre-Health Meeting (#UCDPHSA): Opening up to Diversity

Sunday I gave a talk at the “12th National UC Davis Pre-Health Student Alliance Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions Conference“.  I normally try to not give talks on weekends (to spend time with my family) but I made an exception here since this meeting has a strong commitment to issues relating to diversity in health and STEM fields.  This mission statement for the meeting reads:

The UC Davis Pre-Health Student Alliance’s objective is to introduce and support academic, admission, and preparatory opportunities for all students interested in health professions with a focus on those underrepresented in healthcare (with regard to gender, economic, social, educational, linguistic, cultural, racial, and ethnic background). We target universities, community colleges and high schools throughout the United States. The UC Davis Pre-Health Student Alliance aims to impact health education, increase diversity amongst the healthcare workforce, and inspire future leaders of healthcare through hosting the largest national pre-health professions conference.

It was that mission statement that got me to ditch my wife and kids Sunday AM (and also much of Saturday PM for a dinner and to work on my talk).  I went to a dinner Saturday for some of the speakers with the new Dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine Julie Freischlag.  The dinner had about 20 or so people and I met some quite interesting folks there working on various aspects of human and animal health.

And then Sunday AM I got up early, decided to use slides (was not sure) and finished off the slide set I had worked on the night before.  I decided that, in the spirit of the meeting, I would talk about two main things – diversity and access.  And I planned to tell three stories about my work in this area.  I wove in some personal stories since, at the dinner the night before Barbara Ross-Lee (who I sat next to) helped remind me of the importance of making talks personal.  So in the end I talked about myself, diabetes, diversity of microbes, antibiotics, diversity in STEM, and open science.  I came up with a title I was OK with: Opening up to Diversity.

My talk went well, I think.  I am pretty sure it was vbideotaped but not sure where that recording will end up. I did however post my slides to slideshare.  See below:

Opening up to Diversity talk by @phylogenomics at #UCDPHSA from Jonathan Eisen

And I also recorded the talk using Camtasia (basically, it allows recording of the screen, the video camera on my computer, and the audio).  I posted the recording (without the video feed which shows mostly my neck) to Youtube.  See below:

UPDATE 10/16 –

I have scanned in my notes that I made in planning this talk.  Figured, why not post them.

Update: 12/10/2014 – just discovered a video of the talk was posted to Youtube 

Everything You Wanted to Know about the Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomes meeting #LAMG14

The Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomes meeting, which happens every other year, is starting tonight.  I love this meeting.  No bias here since I am now a co-organizer.  But I really love this meeting.  I am posting here some background information about the meeting for those interested.  We will be live tweeting the meeting using the hashtag #LAMG14.  This years program is here.

Posts of mine about previous meetings

Blog posts by others

Programs and notes from past meetings

Meeting Web Sites

I have uploaded slides from my previous presentations at the meeting








    Save the dates / preliminary program for Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomes Meeting

    UPDATE 3/13/14 – Official Web Site now up

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    Preliminary information for the The Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomes – which is going to be great (note – I am on the planning committee) is below.  Registration information and Abstract Submission details will be coming soon.


    Preliminary Program of Confirmed Speakers
    Lake Arrowhead International Microbial Genomics Conference
    September 14-18, 2014
    Keynote Speaker: 
    • Julia A. Segre, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD (skin microbiome; tracking outbreaks through genomic sequencing)
    Mirobial Communities I: Microbiomes
    • Peter Turnbaugh, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (human microbiome)
    • Noah Fierer, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (human microbiome; soil microbial communities)
    • Sarkis K. Mazmanian, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (gastrointestinal microbiota)
    • Andrew Goodman, Microbial Diversity Institute, Yale University, West Haven, CT (human microbiome; pathogens)
    Microbial Communities II, Metagenomics, Biodiversity, Natural Products, Evolution
    • Nancy Moran, University of Texas, Austin Texas (Symbiosis between multicellular hosts and microbes)
    • Tanja Woyke, DOE Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, CA (metagenomics; single cell genomics)
    • Eric J. Alm, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (evolution of microorganisms)
    • Michael Fischbach, UCSF, San Francisco, CA (Insights from a global analysis of secondary metabolism: Small molecules from the human microbiota)
    • Jessica Green, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR (metagenomics; built environment)
    • Karyna Rosario Cora, University of South Florida, St. Peterburg, FL (Exploring the viral world through metagenomics)
    • Susannah Green Tringe, DOE Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, CA (Microbial communities and the carbon cycle)
    • Nicole Perna, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (Evolution of the response to oxygen availability in enterobacteria: a complex trait in a model family)
    • Katie Pollard, UCSF, San Francisco, CA (Metagenomics; evolutionary genomics)
    • Jenna Morgan Lang, University of California, Davis, CA (Citizen microbiology)
    Pathogens, Antibiotic Resistance
    • Julian Parkhill, Welcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK (genomics of pathogens; tracking outbreaks through genomic sequencing)
    • Lance B. Price, George Washington University, Washington, D. C. (foodborneurinary tract infection studies)
    • Gautam Dantas, Washington University, St. Louis, MO (reservoirs of antibiotic resistance)
    • Jeffrey T. Foster, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ (genomic epizootiology of white-nose syndrome in bats)
    • Timothy D. Read, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA (S. aureus antibiotic resistance genomics)
    • Evgeni Sokurenko, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (Pathoadaptive mutations in microbial genomes)
    • Jennifer Gardy, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada (Genomics and epidemiology)
    • Ashlee Earl, The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Cambridge, MA (Pathogen and Comparative Genomics)
    Systems Biology, Metabalomics, Synthetic Biology
    • Fiona Brinkman, Simon Fraser University, Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Using genomics and network analysis to characterize disease outbreaks)
    • Mallory Embree, University of California, San Diego, CA (Deciphering dynamic community interaction using systems biology)
    • Fuzhong Zhang, Washington University, St. Louis, MO (producing biofuels and pharmaceuticals with synthetic biology)
    • Sri Kosuri, University of California, Los Angeles, CA (synthetic biology, TBA)
    • Michele C. Chang, University of California, Berkeley, CA (expanding fluorine chemistry of living systems by genetic engineering)