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From: "John Liu" []
To: "aquaculturegenomics" []
Cc: "Grant Burgess" []
Subject: [aquaculturegenomics] Aquaculture genomics Newsletter 20
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2008 14:43:53 -0500

PAG Abstracts due October 1, 2008: Plant and Animal Genome XVII Conference will be held January 10-14, 2009 Town & Country Convention Center, San Diego, California. The abstracts are due October 1, 2008. Please submit your abstract using the Internet ( For Aquaculture abstracts, please submit as posters. Speakers for the Aquaculture workshop will be selected by the executive committee from the poster abstracts. Dr. Yniv Palti, the Organizer, will contact you if your paper is selected for oral presentation. Aquaculture Workshop will be held Saturday - Sunday (January 10-11, 2009). The Aquaculture social and posters reception will be held Saturday evening.

Joint NRSP-8 Animal Genome Plenary Session Planned this year: This year, a joint Animal NRSP-8 session is planned featuring distinguished plenary speakers between 1 pm and 5 pm on Sunday. Please make plans to attend (please note that this is a science session, not the NRSP-8 business meeting).

Aquaculture Genomics Travel Awards: The Aquaculture Species Group is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of Travel Bursaries, of up to $1,000, to support the attendance of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at PAG. Every graduate student and postdoctoral fellow who registers for the PAG meeting and submits an Abstract to the Aquaculture Workshop is eligible for consideration. Applications should be submitted by E-mail to Yniv Palti ( and include the following items. A) the Title and Authors of the submitted Abstract, B) a statement of the anticipated costs for the applicant to attend the PAG meeting, and a statement of additional resources (if any) that will be available to support their attendance. Applicants MUST also arrange for their supervisor to send an E-mail to Yniv Palti confirming their status as a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow. The travel awardees will be selected by the executive committee from the poster abstracts submitted as aquaculture posters.

Nominations of new USDA Genome Coordinators due: While scientists are waiting on approval for our NRSP8 project renewal for the next five years, nominations for the species coordinators for the next five years (2009 -2013) are needed. To nominate an individual for the Swine, Horse, Poultry, Cattle/Sheep, Aquaculture, and Bioinformatics Coordinators positions. Please make sure that your nominee has agreed to the nomination before you submit one. Please forward your nominee's name and complete contact information to Dr. Muquarrab Qureshi via email to by September 15, 2008. Feel free to contact Dr. Muquarrab Qureshi, if you have any questions.

New Resources for Shrimp Genome Researchers: Genetics maps have been developed and published for several species of shrimps including Staelens et al (2008: Genetics 179: 917-925) with a map for P. monodon, with markers for sex in that species; the latest map produced for L. vannamei by Zhang et al (2006: Genetica 131: 37-49); maps for P. chinensis (Li et al 2006 Aquaculture 261: 463-472) and M. japonicus (Li et al 2003 Aquaculture 219: 143-156). SNP maps are being developed at Iowa State University. Clemson University has produced a good quality fosmid library from a male Penaeus monodon. The library is of good quality, and comparable to the fosmid library Clemson produced for L. vannamei earlier this year in conjunction with Hollings Marine Laboratory. For more information, please contact Shrimp Genome Coordinator, Dr. John Benzie (

Endowed Chair in Marine Genomics Position Available in Charleston: Endowed Chair in Marine Genomics Position is available at Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences Center. Applications are invited for the Endowed Professorship in Marine Genomics at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) through its Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences Center ( This is one of two endowed appointments to be made within the South Carolina Center of Economic Excellence ( in the Marine Genomics program being developed in partnership between the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina. The appointment will be made at the level of Associate Professor or Professor. The Marine Genomics Program in Charleston is an integrated, highly collaborative effort that brings together over 40 faculty, students and staff from the College of Charleston, the Medical University of South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology on the Fort Johnson marine campus. The Marine Genomics program is focused on applying genomic tools to increase understanding of the interactions of marine organisms with their environment and the relationship between the oceans and human health. The successful applicant will have an earned doctorate (MD, DVM, or PhD in biology or chemistry), a demonstrated track record as a scholar in a collaborative and collegial setting, and programmatic support from competitive extramural funding sources. Extensive experience in the broad field of genomics including proteomics and bioinformatics is essential. Familiarity with the mechanisms for enhancing research value through economic development (e.g., intellectual property, interaction with relevant businesses, translational research activities, etc.) is an important attribute that will build on the South Carolina Centers of Economic Excellence Program. Experience as a research team leader/program director is highly desirable as well as a successful history in mentoring students and fellows. The appointee will be expected to: 1) develop a strong extramurally funded programmatic base for marine genomics 2) synergistically work with the companion Endowed Chair in Marine Bioinformatics at the College of Charleston ( and researchers from partner institutions within the Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML) 3) provide academic leadership to the Marine Genomics Program ( in Charleston 4) take a leadership role in development of the SC Marine Genomics Consortium ( 5) integrate marine genomic research activities with the NOAA Center of Excellence in Oceans and Human Health at HML ( and 6) integrate appropriate clinical and basic science research on the medical campus with that of marine genomics on the marine campus. Interested individuals may get further information from Dr. Eric R. Lacy (, Director of Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences Center and chair of the CoEE Marine Genomics Chair search committee, 221 Ft. Johnson Rd. Charleston, SC 29412. Applications must be submitted electronically to , Requisition number 045093. Completed applications will consist of the following: a) a curriculum vitae and b) a letter i) summarizing current research and how its foundation is based on marine genomics, ii) showing the potential or realized economic value of the genomic research, and iii) explaining the candidate's qualifications to take a leadership role in marine genomics. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2008 and end December 31, 2008.