I went to the PAG meeting in San Diego from the 13th- 17th. It was my first trip to this conference, and was pleasantly surprised at the diversity of topics and expertise there. I hung out with the chicken genomics community who are a very social and welcoming group, and its nice to put faces to names you see on papers. Met some people I know from way back and also a lot of new people. The plenary talks were outstanding, and I especially enjoyed the talk by Dr. Alan Cooper. Definitely planning to go back next year and take the flock with me.
I just returned from a weeklong workshop hosted at NIMBiOS (National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis) on methods in Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics. It was a really intense and busy week, covering a lot of topics in quantitative genetics, some of them new to me. Answered a whole lot of questions, and raised many more. Met a lot of great people from various backgrounds. The workshop was co-taught by Joe Felsenstein (U. Washington), Stevan Arnold (Oregon State U.), among others (including TAMU’s Adam Jones).