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From: "John Liu" []
To: "aquaculturegenomics" []
Cc: "Grant Burgess" []
Subject: [aquaculturegenomics] Aquaculture genomics Newsletter 23
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 10:21:20 -0500

The PAG Aquaculture Workshop will be held in San Diego 9-10 January 2010. The PAG Aquaculture Workshop will be held in San Diego 9-10 January 2010. Invited speakers will include Dr. Jerry Dodgson (Michigan State University), Dr. Scott LaPatra (Clear Springs Foods, Inc.), and Dr. Derek Stemple (The Sanger Institute). Additional speakers for the 1.5 day workshop will be chosen from abstracts submitted through the PAG abstract submission process. The abstract submission deadline is November 2, 2009. Student and post-doc travel applications will be reviewed prior to the abstract submission deadline; the deadline for travel grant applications is October 9, 2009.

Aquaculture Travel Award Applications: Students or post-doctoral fellows working in the area of aquaculture genomics who wish to apply for travel assistance to come to the PAG Aquaculture Workshop should submit the following to Dr. Krista Nichols ( by e-mail: 1) the abstract to be submitted, including title and authors, and 2) a statement of the anticipated costs for the applicant to attend the PAG meeting, including information on additional resources (if any) that will be available to support their attendance. Travel award applicants MUST also arrange for their supervisor to send an e-mail to Krista Nichols confirming their status as a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow. Travel award applications and emails from supervisors must be received by Krista Nichols by 9 October 2009. The Aquaculture Travel Award is up to $1,000 per awardee and it will be paid after the meeting as a travel stipend. Award selections will be made and awardees notified prior to the PAG abstract and registration deadline of November 9, 2009.

Abstract Submission and Review: Those who wish to be considered for an oral presentation in the Aquaculture workshop should select Aquaculture poster session in the PAG online abstract submission process. Abstracts will be reviewed immediately after the November 2 abstract deadline. Abstracts will be judged on both the scientific quality of the abstract, and interest to USDA National Animal Genome Project NRSP-8 Aquaculture species stakeholders. Please follow abstract submission guidelines and submit your abstract on the PAG website Decisions on abstracts chosen for oral presentations will be made by early December and will be announced by e-mail from Dr. Krista Nichols.

USDA to fund Catfish Genome Sequencing: The USDA AFRI competitive grant has recommended for funding under its Animal Genome, Genetics and Breeding Program for the catfish whole genome sequencing project. The project is led by John Liu and Geoff Waldbieser.

NIFA needs to highlight genome research accomplishments. In the process of transformation from CSREES to NIFA (The National Institute of Food and Agriculture), CSREES is in the process of editing and reformatting their web pages and need your help for updating the community's Animal Breeding, Genetics and Genomics page. Please send highlight of your achievements and impact to John Liu ( Consider this as an opportunity to showcase your group's achievements. For more details, contact Dr. Muquarrab A. Qureshi at MQureshi@CSREES.USDA.GOV.

Position available in molecular Biology: Southern Utah University - Cellular / Molecular Biology, Professor, rank open - Biology. Southern Utah University invites applications for a Cellular / Molecular Biologist in the Department of Biology, rank open. Earliest start date is January 2010 although August 2010 is acceptable. The successful candidate will teach courses in Cellular / Molecular biology, Biotechnology, and Introductory Biology. We seek an excellent teacher whose research focus is at the cellular or molecular level. Area of research is open. However, preference will be given to individuals with interests complimenting existing faculty. The successful candidate will help develop and maintain a new Cellular / Molecular Biology teaching and research laboratory in the new Gibson Science Center that is currently under construction. Minimum Requirements: Earned doctorate in biology or related field by time of appointment; demonstrated success in or strong potential for excellence in teaching and an active research program involving undergraduates. Applicants must be knowledgeable in the most recent advances and technologies in cellular and molecular biology and must be able to effectively present this knowledge to undergraduates in a classroom setting. The successful candidate will teach Cellular and Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Introductory Biology, and other courses as dictated by departmental needs. Applications accepted online only at Contact: or 435-586-7754. Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Salary commensurate with qualifications/experience; excellent benefits. We particularly encourage applicants at the Associate level to apply. Review of applicants will begin October 12, 2009. Positions will remain open until filled. Departmental Contact: Dr. Paul Pillitteri, (435) 586-1909.