Halophiles 2013 Conference June 23-27 U Conn.

Just got this from Thane Papke

It is my pleasure to invite everyone to the tri-annual Halophiles conference on microorganisms. This year’s event will take place from June 23-27th on the Storrs Campus of the University of Connecticut.

The conference will highlight the diverse research of over 30 invited speakers on topics of biodiversity, evolution, proteins, biochemistry, physiology, genetics, applied biotechnology, astrobiology, ecology and biogeochemistry, and there will be a joint meeting of the ICSP-Subcommittees on the taxonomy of the Halobacteriaceae and Halomonadaceae.

If you are interested in participating, please go to the following website for registration, and more information. http://www.regonline.com/halophiles2013

This announcement was made from an incomplete email list and cannot reach everyone. If you are aware of any names who should receive this and future announcements, please forward this notice to them, and let me know their address and I will add them to the list. If you are on the list and wish to be removed, please let me know.




Genomics Standards Consortium meeting – GSC15, Bethesda, April 22-24, 2013

The 15th Workshop of the Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC15)

22-24, 2013, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Registration and EasyChair abstract submission website now open.

Theme: Standards-enabled Research in Genomics
URL: http://gensc.org/gc_wiki/index.php/GSC_15

The 15th Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC15) meeting will be held at
NIH (Bethesda, Maryland) from April 22-24th. This meeting will
highlight the utilization of genome metadata standards for the
enhancement of our biological understanding of microbes, the interaction
between microbial genomes, human health and disease. GSC15 will provide
a forum for standards developers, genome and metagenome researchers and
biological database developers to discuss their research, initiate
collaborations, join GSC working groups and engage in panel
discussions. The conference will include two days of plenary talks
featuring GSC projects and community standards efforts along with a
keynote speaker, discussion of standards among a government panel and
groups discussion panel. Day 3 of GSC15 will include concurrent GSC
working groups open to GSC15 participants.

Key Dates:
October 15, 2012: Registration opens, EasyChair abstract submission opens
December 20, 2012: Deadline for submission of abstracts
January 7, 2013: Decisions released on abstract
February 15, 2013: Registration closes

Abstract Submission:
Abstract for Outreach I and II session talks and GSC15 posters may be
submitted through EasyChair

Outreach I and II and poster topics: Standards in Genomic and
Metagenomic projects. Development, integration and research findings
related to human, model organism or environmental projects, resources,
tools or databases.

Location: Natcher Conference Center, Building 45, NIH Campus, Bethesda,
Maryland, USA

For more detailed information, please visit the GSC 15 website at

SMBE Satellite Meeting on Mechanisms of Protein Evolution II

This meeting might be of interest for people in the lab:

We are pleased to announce the SMBE Satellite Meeting on Mechanisms of
Protein Evolution II: Thermodynamics, Phylogenetics, and Structure
(MPEII 2013), to take place at the University of Colorado Denver’s
Anschutz Medical Campus, February 7-9, 2013.

The meeting aims to broadly cover the interface of protein evolutionary
mechanisms, models of amino acid substitution, genomics/systems biology
and phylogenetics. Topics also include adaptation, coevolution,
convergence, neutral processes including mutation, prediction of
folding, prediction of mutational effects, the influence of
protein-protein interactions on protein evolution, and the interaction
of next-gen sequencing and model development. This is a small meeting,
with plenty of opportunity for interaction. Talks by students as well as
more senior scientists are encouraged, and there will be a poster
session this year in addition to talks. This meeting is also partially
sponsored by BMC Evolutionary Biology and the UC Denver Department of
Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, Program in Computational Bioscience,
and Consortium for Comparative Genomics.

Confirmed invited speakers include:
Belinda Chang, University of Toronto
Andy Clark, Cornell University
Richard Goldstein, National Institute of Medical Research (UK)
Nicolas Lartillot, University of Montreal
David Liberles University of Wyoming
Michael Lynch, Indiana University
James McInerney, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Mary O’Connell, Dublin City University
David Pollock, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Jeff Thorne, North Carolina State University
Naomi Ward, University of Wyoming

More information and registration can be found at
http://www.proteinevolution.org. The early registration deadline is
December 15, 2012. A ski trip at Copper Mountain (CO) is being planned
for attendees in the day(s) that follow the meeting. We hope you can
join us in Denver for this event.

David Pollock, James McInerney, and David Liberles

David Liberles <liberles@uwyo.edu>

ASM Exchange Program for Early Career Scientists

Just got this e-mail – if anyone’s interested in an overseas jaunt!

Dear ASM Member,

Are you interested in traveling to the U.K. to expand your scientific network? Apply for ASM’s Heatley-Payne Exchange Program for Early Career Scientists before November 15, 2012!

This program, offered jointly with the Society for General Microbiology (SGM), provides up to $4,000 in funding for U.S. members, who have received their PhD within the past 5 years, to travel abroad to present their research at the SGM’s Annual Spring Meeting in Manchester, UK, March 25-28, 2013 and spend up to three weeks at a nearby research laboratory in the UK or Ireland.

The grant is designed to benefit young scientists by giving them the opportunity to present their work overseas and experience the best of microbiology in the partner countries.

For more information, please visit www.asm.org/international/heatley-payne.

ASM is pleased to offer these exciting opportunities; if you have any questions please contactinternational@asmusa.org. Good luck!

Best Regards,

May Chu
Chair, International Board (IB)

Infectious Disease Genomics and Global Health: Abstract Deadline Extended

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Infectious Disease Genomics and Global Health
1-3 October 2012

Abstract Deadline Extended: 18 August> Final abstracts and registrations are invited for the fifth Wellcome Trust/Cold Spring Harbor conference on Infectious Disease Genomics and Global Health.

The scientific organising committee encourage abstract submissions as the majority of the conference programme will be drawn from submitted abstracts. Genomic technologies promote cross-fertilisation amongst previously disparate fields, and we therefore welcome abstracts covering any area relevant to the genomics of infectious disease. Please note the abstract deadline has been extended until 18 August. For further details, abstract submission instructions and to register, please visit the conference website.

Scientific organisers
Matt Berriman (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK)
Jane Carlton (New York University, USA)
Julian Parkhill (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK)
George Weinstock (Washington University School of Medicine, USA)

Keynote speaker
Peter Hotez (Baylor College of Medicine, USA)
Scientia pro bono humani generis: OMICs in the pursuit of global health and poverty reduction

Epidemiology and public health
Janet Cox-Singh (University of St Andrews, UK)
Plasmodium knowlesi functional genomics – an opportunity to scrutinise malaria pathophysiology
Abdoulaye Djimde (University of Science, Techniques and Technology of Bamako, Mali)
Investigating a potential outbreak of cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Mali

Population genomics
Jonathan Juliano (University of North Carolina, USA)
Understanding within host diversity of Plasmodium falciparum using ultra deep sequencing
Christophe Fraser (Imperial College London, UK)
Predicting multi-drug resistance in the pneumococcus: a co-existential crisis

Parasites and vectors
Chris Plowe (University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA)
Genome-wide studies of clinical resistance of Plasmodium falciparum to artemisinins
Joanne Webster (Imperial College London, UK)
Schistosomiasis in a changing world

Sharon Peacock (University of Cambridge, UK)
Using bacterial genomics to improve global health: opportunities and obstacles
Sebastien Gagneux (Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Switzerland)
Evolutionary forces in Mycobacterium tuberculosis: impact on global control efforts

Neglected tropical diseases
Serap Aksoy (Yale School of Public Health, USA)
Host dependence on symbiome functions: tsetse flies and trypanosome transmission
Sam Kariuki (KEMRI, Kenya)
Endemic tropical disease outbreaks in Africa: application of genomics to our understanding epidemiology and options for targeted control

Ian Lipkin (Columbia University, USA)
Microbe hunting in the 21st century
Elodie Ghedin (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
Comparative genomics of virus emergence and transmission

For your diary
Registration deadline: 3 September

Please note: owing to building work at Hinxton, this year’s conference will take place at the Møller Centre, Churchill College – part of the historic University of Cambridge.

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Workshop: Tools & Workflows for RNA-Seq Analysis, Berkeley, June 30

Berkeley *Seq I: Tools and Workflows for RNA-Seq Analysis
Saturday, June 30, 2012
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
105 Stanley Hall
University of California, Berkeley



Berkeley *Seq I, the inaugural workshop on analysis of Next Generation sequencing data at UC Berkeley, will take place on June 30, 2012. This first year, the workshop is being organized by Lior Pachter and will focus on analytical tools and workflows for RNA-Seq experiments. The one-day meeting features a morning of talks, an on-site lunch, and afternoon live demonstrations of Cufflinks and eXpress software packages.

Sponsored by the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) and the Berkeley Center for Computational Biology (CCB). >

*Save the Date* — Forum Public Workshop on “The Science and Applications of Microbial Genomics”, June 12-13, 2012, Washington, DCw

I am passing along to you the announcement for our fast-approaching workshop on “the science and applications of microbial genomics.” Pamela Bertelson (pbertelson) will be following up shortly with a travel and logistics memo associated with your participation in this workshop.

I look forward to seeing you this coming June!





The Forum on Microbial Threats is pleased to announce a public workshop on:

The Science and Applications of Microbial Genomics

June 12-13, 2012

Keck Building, Room 100

500 Fifth St., NW

Washington, DC 20001

The first bacterial genome was sequenced in 1995 and took more than 13 months of work to complete. Today, a microorganism’s entire genome can be sequenced in a few days. These technological advancements and concurrent investments in the fields of microbial ecology, evolution, forensics, and epidemiology have transformed our ability to use genomic sequence information to explore the origins, evolution, and drivers associated with historical and contemporaneous disease outbreaks. Nucleic acid sequencing technologies now provide access to the previously ‘unculturable’ — and thus, undetected — microorganisms that comprise the majority of microbial life.

On June 12th and 13th 2012, the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Microbial Threats will host a public workshop to explore new scientific tools and methods for detecting and characterizing microbial species in order to better appreciate the microbial world around us.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required. A DRAFT Agenda for this meeting is attached for your information.

Click here to register.

Click here for the Meeting Website.

###DRAFT Agenda June 2012 Wrkshp 041312_public.pdf