Misha Angrist Seminars Speaker-March 7,8

From Angus Chandler:

Next week’s Evolution and Ecology seminar speaker is Dr. Misha Angrist from Duke University. Misha is invited as part of the "Big Read: Open Access Science" partnership. In addition to his academic talk during the usual EVE seminar spot (Thursday, March 8th at 4:10 in 2 Wellman), he will also be speaking at the Davis public library on Wednesday March 7th at 7:30 pm. More information can be found here: http://sciencenovels.wordpress.com/

Misha’s EVE talk is entitled:

"To Put Away Childish Things: The Burgeoning Rebellion of Human Research Participants”

We continue to argue about who should have access to our biological samples and data and the degree to which openness with them will lead to all sorts of bad things. I would like to re-frame the discussion and ask a different set of questions: What are the opportunity costs to research participants, the research enterprise, and society of an insistence upon biological anonymity and business as usual? What do we lose by holding fast to genomic exceptionalism in an age of cheap sequencing and social media? What can we learn from the experiences of those who have opted to eat from the tree of knowledge?

Seminar, Thursday March 1: Bruce Rannala – Species Delimination

You are invited to:

Department of Statistics

Graduate Group in Biostatistics

University of California, Davis


Thursday, March 1st, 2012 at 4.10pm, MSB 1147 (Colloquium Room)

Refreshments: 3.30pm, MSB 1147 (Colloquium Room)

Speaker: Bruce Rannala (Genome Center, UC Davis)

Title: A Bayesian Approach to Species Delimitation

Abstract: Taxonomy is an ancient subject aimed at classifying organisms according to species or higher level groupings. Morphological (physical) features have been used to identify species for centuries. However, some taxonomic groups show great morphological similarities despite their ancient relatedness. This has led to the notion of a "cryptic" species. Recently, there has been much interest in the identification of cryptic species using only genomic sequences. I will provide an overview of a recently developed method that uses a combination of population genetic modeling, phylogenetic inference theory and Bayesian reversible jump Markov chain Monte Carlo to assign posterior probabilities to particular species delimitations. Examples will be presented analyzing sequence data for primates and lizards.


Bay Area Microbiology themed events

Posting this email I received from Chuck Bevins:

Hi everyone. There are two special events coming up that may be of interest. They are both outstanding opportunities, and they are FREE! Don’t miss out.

BAMPS (Bay Area Microbial Pathogenesis Symposium)
The 15th annual Bay Area Microbial Pathogenesis Symposium (BAMPS XV) will take place on Saturday March 24, 2014 at Genentech Hall on the Mission Bay Campus of UCSF from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The keynote speaker this year will be Scott Hultgren, PhD. from Washington University (St Louis). As always, the conference is FREE. Breakfast, lunch, and a wine and hors d’ oeuvres reception will be provided free of charge. This symposium will feature a series of 15 to 30-minute talks by students, postdocs, and PI’s and a poster session at lunchtime by Bay Area researchers in microbial pathogenesis. The conference is FREE, but you "must" register. http://bamps.ucsf.edu<http://bamps.ucsf.edu/> Registration closes March 1, 2012.

If you wish to be considered for a short talk, please upload a one-paragraph abstract and provide a tentative title. The deadline for submitting an abstract is February 24, 2011 (TOMORROW!). If your abstract is not selected for an oral presentation, we will automatically schedule you for a poster presentation. If you wish to present a poster only, please enter the tentative title. The deadline for submission of a poster title is March 1, 2012. If necessary, the title of your poster can be changed.

The Annual Microbiology Student Symposium at UC Berkeley
Please mark your calendars. The 13th annual MSG symposium is scheduled for Saturday April 14th, 2011 from 9am to 4pm (http://pmb.berkeley.edu/news/microbiology-student-symposium). The program will include talks by students, poster presentations, and two keynote addresses: Dr. Eduardo Groisman and Dr. Diane Newfield. Registration will be FREE and location has not been finalized. The symposium registration includes a catered lunch and coffee breaks.

The XIII MSG symposium is an excellent opportunity to interact with microbiology researchers from the entire region. Last year, attendees included 150 students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty from UC Davis, UC Merced, UC San Francisco, Stanford, twelve departments at UC Berkeley, The Joint Genome Institute, the US Department of Agriculture, and the Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs.

Again, you won’t want to miss these great opportunities!


Symposium of possible interest: UC Davis Law School on Scientific Evidence

The UC Davis Law School is having a symposium on scientific evidence. Information can be found here: UC Davis School of Law – News & Events – Events.

I have copied text from the announcement below:

Law Review Symposium “The Daubert Hearing – From All the Critical Perspectives”

Friday, March 2

Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

March 2, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Free – MCLE CREDIT provided (approx. 6 hours)

Come and learn from the experts about the tactical use of scientific evidence in litigation. On March 2, 2012, the UC Davis Law Review will host a symposium in two parts. In the first half, a federal judge and two experienced attorneys will conduct a Daubert hearing on a controversial type of expert testimony. During the second segment, our expert academic panel will comment on scientific evidence and discuss the law and tactics of Daubert hearings.

This symposium is designed to help scientists and litigators better produce and evaluate scientific evidence.

The Supreme Court’s celebrated 1993 decision in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. adopted a new empirical validation test for the admissibility of scientific evidence.

In criminal cases, defense counsel started challenging the prosecution’s forensic evidence identifying the accused as the perpetrator. In civil tort cases, defense counsel filed motions attacking the plaintiff’s evidence on general causation. When counsel won these motions, the opposition lacked sufficient evidence to go to trial. The hearing on the pretrial Daubert motion became the centerpiece of the litigation.

The participants are:

Hon. James Rosenbaum, a distinguished former federal District Court judge in Minnesota who has lectured widely on the subject of expert testimony;

Mr. Bert Black from Minnesota, a leading plaintiff’s attorney who coauthored one of the leading articles on Daubert in Texas Law Review;

Mr. Robert Smith, a veteran defense attorney from Maryland who specializes in major cases involving expert testimony;

Dr. William Toscano, Professor and Division Head of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota;

Dr. Sander Greenland, Professor of Epidemiology and Professor of Statistics at UCLA.

After the demonstration, all of the participants will deliver remarks, giving their perspective on the law, strategy, and tactics of Daubert hearings. In addition, there will be expert academic commentary by Professor David Faigman of U.C. Hastings School of Law, the lead author of the popular treatise, Modern Scientific Evidence. The moderator will be Professor Edward Imwinkelried of U.C. Davis, the coauthor of Scientific Evidence (with Giannelli).

There will be a complimentary breakfast spread, lunch, and post-event hors d’oeuvres and wine/coffee.

EVENT: The Daubert Hearing Symposium – UC Davis Law Review

TIME: March 2, 2012. 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION: UC DAVIS School of Law, 400 Mrak Circle Drive, Davis, CA. King Hall Room 1001 (Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom)

COST: FREE MCLE CREDIT (approx. 6 hours)

RSVP: lawreview@law.ucdavis.edu