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Wakonse

Wakonse

I participated in the Wakonse South Teaching conference held in Burnet, Texas over the weekend of March 31st. Other than being in a gorgeous location and the perfect time to be there, I had my mind blown repeatedly during some of the teaching workshops I attended there. I came back with some ideas to overhaul my own teaching, especially my undergrad genetics course. During the downtime in the conference, I made full use of the opportunity to be out and about in the hill country – I wandered the trails and birded and even went on a moonlit walk to the observatory, racking up a total of 23 miles walked in two days. Here is my bird list, available on eBird. And some pics…

Plant and Animal Genomes conference

Plant and Animal Genomes conference

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.

Sunny SoCal, location of the PAG conference
NIMBiOS workshop on Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics

NIMBiOS workshop on Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics

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).

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