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From: "John Liu" []
To: "aquaculturegenomics" []
Cc: "Grant Burgess" []
Subject: [aquaculturegenomics] Aquaculture genomics Newsletter 32
Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2012 22:28:42 -0500

PAG XXI (Plant and Animal Genome Conference): The International Plant & Animal Genome XXI meeting is scheduled for January 12-16, 2013, in San Diego, CA, USA (see As usual, the aquaculture genomics community will gather for a 1.5 day workshop. The theme for this year's Aquaculture Workshop is: "Sowing the Storm: Reaping High Quality Genomic Data from the Next-Gen Whirlwind." With our plenary speakers this year, we hope to draw from the experience of other genomics research communities in techniques, analysis, and application of next-gen datasets to best harness the tremendous power of these evolving technologies to explain biological variations. Confirmed plenary speakers this year will be Lior Pachter of Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Curt Van Tassell of USDA ARS, Gary Rohrer of USDA ARS, and Pat Schnable of Iowa State University.

Aquaculture Genome workshop speakers to be determined, a message from the Chair (Dr. Eric Peatman): If you are interested in making an oral presentation, you must submit your abstract directly to the Aquaculture Workshop Chair, Dr. Eric Peatman ( via e-mail by October 24, 2012 internal deadline. Please note that all abstracts (for both oral and poster presentations) must ALSO be submitted directly to PAG using the PAG website (deadline: Nov 1). Abstracts being considered for an oral presentation will be reviewed by the committee, and those selected for oral presentations will be notified in mid-November. Abstracts will be judged on both the scientific quality of the abstract, and interest to USDA National Animal Genome Project (National Research Support Project NRSP-8) aquaculture species stakeholders.

PAG Aquaculture Travel Award Applications: The Aquaculture Genomics group of the NRSP-8 is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of travel awards, of up to $1000, to support the attendance of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at PAG XXI. All full-time graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who submit an abstract to the Aquaculture Workshop are eligible for consideration with the following restrictions: a) travel award recipients from 2012 are not eligible in 2013; b) a maximum of two travel awards will be granted to a single PI's group c) travel award recipients should be prepared to give an oral presentation. Applicants should submit all the required items as listed below by the internal deadline October 24, 2012, through e-mail to Eric Peatman ( 1) the abstract to be submitted to the PAG conference website, including the title and authors; 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; and 3) Travel award applicants MUST also arrange for their supervisor to send an e-mail to Eric Peatman confirming their status as a current graduate student or postdoctoral fellow. Note: Please use the official PAG travel award form provided at under the Travel menu. Award selections will be made and awardees will be notified soon after the deadline. Awards will be paid after the meeting as a travel stipend.

US-EU Animal Biotechnology Working Group conduct cyber infrastructure workshop: With the great leadership of Dr. Jeff Silverstein from USDA ARS and Dr. Lakshmi Matukumalli from USDA NIFA, and the EU counterparts, a workshop was conducted September 12-14 at Hinxton UK. During the workshop, iPlant cyber infrastructure training was provided by iPlant Initiative scientists. The attendees discussed the current challenges in bioinformatics and the possible solutions to meet such challenges facing the non-model animal genome researchers.

Oyster Genome paper published in Nature: Congratulations to Dr. Guofan Zhang and his colleagues and to the entire oyster research community for the decoding of the entire genome of the pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas. The paper was just published in Nature.

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