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2016 Special Event Awards

2016 Special Event Awards

2016 Special Event Award Winners

The AGA grants awards each year to members to support special events that further the purposes of the Association, particularly to encourage student participation.  Eligible events include specialized workshops, short courses in some aspect of organismal genetics, and meetings in areas of great current interest, but any event that would advance the purpose of the Association is eligible for support.

The AGA Council is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Special Events Awards:

1.  $19,000 to Maria Oliveira-Miranda, Carina Arguelles, and Elie Poulin (ReGeneC): ReGeneC XI Workshop on Conservation Genetics: Genes, ecology, and society

Jan 29 - Feb 12, 2017:

2.  $18,500 to Stephen O’Brien, Taras Oleksyk, and others (Nova Southeastern University): The AGA sponsored: Short Course in Recent Advances in Conservation Genetics (ConGen-2016)

May 30 - Jun 10, 2016

3.  $14,800 to Kelly Zamudio, Brian Lazzaro, and others (Cornell University): Genomics of Emergent Infectious Diseases

Jun 3-5, 2016

4.  $4,000 to Andrew Crawford, Guo-Jie Zhang, and others (Universidad de los Andes): Amphibian genomics: recent success, current progress, and future challenges

Aug 20, 2016 at the World Herpetology Congress

5.  $4,000 to Jose Lopez, Keith Crandall, and Heather Bracken-Grissom (Nova Southeastern University): Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance (GIGA)” summit workshop III Feb 21-23 at Biogenomics2017

6.  $4,000 to Kathryn Turner (Colorado State University): Genomics of Adaptation to Human Contexts Symposium and Workshop Jul 28-30, 2016

Watch for a special Journal of Heredity issue from this symposium in summer 2017!


2016 Special Event details:

1. Oliveira – ReGeneC Argentina

The Red de la Genética para la Conservación (the Conservation Genetics Network, or ReGeneC) is looking forward to running its 11th workshop. The XI Workshop on Conservation Genetics: Genes, ecology and society will allow the network to continue training young scientists and strengthening relationships among network members, as well as providing support to relevant conservation genetics work in Latin America. As in six of ten past workshops, support from the AGA will allow us to offer grants to 22 students attendees, encouraging the participation of individuals from a broader array of socio-economic backgrounds, from across Latin America.


2. O’Brien – ConGen 2016

ConGen 2016 -Recent Advances in Conservation Genetics Short Course (10 days) will be held at Balaton Limnological Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
near Budapest, Hungary, over May 30-June 10, 2016. The course will host 25-30 students dedicated to conservation and 20-25 faculty from around the world. Due in no small way to the scientific efforts of the Balaton Institute researchers, Lake Balaton is today one of the most intensively studied lakes of the world. The course will feature methods, interpretation, and applications of molecular genetic analyses for conservation of endangered species. World-renowned faculty share their conservation stories and strategies featuring ecological and biogeography-based studies, and emphasize the endangered fauna and flora. AGA-ConGen will celebrate our 20th year of this very successful course, and we look forward to an exciting 2016 version.


3. Zamudio – Emergent Disease

This award will fund a symposium, poster session, and round table discussion on "Genomic Applications in Disease Ecology and Evolution", to be held in conjunction with the 2016 Conference on the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID). The EEID meeting covers diverse and important topics in disease ecology, however, presentations on genomic approaches in the field have been poorly represented at previous meetings. The proposed activities will be open to all meeting attendees, and integrated in to the main meeting to highlight the important contributions of genomics to wildlife diseases. Funds will be used to defray costs of four keynote speakers for the dedicated session, and fund travel awards for 15 student participants that will present their work at a poster session, and participate in a round table discussion.


4. Crawford – Amphibian genomics

The symposium ‘Amphibian genomics: recent success, current progress, and future challenges’, taking place at the 8th World Congress of Herpetology in Hangzhou, China. While amphibian whole genome sequencing (WGS) has lagged behind, last year saw the second published amphibian genome, and several labs are now advancing with additional WGS projects. This symposium will bring together active researchers to exchange experiences, promote collaborations, and define priorities for subsequent amphibian WGS. AGA funds will be used for travel awards to students, postdocs and principal investigators with experience in amphibian WGS for travel from non-Australasian countries to China.


5. Lopez – GIGA

Genomics is a nascent science that has accelerated due to increased DNA sequencing technologies and biocomputing. The creation of GIGA (Global Invertebrate Genomics Alliance; http://GIGA- stemmed from this realization and the multiple needs and deficiencies in the invertebrate genome community (GIGA COS, 2014). Similar to the Genome 10K project (Koepli et al, 2015), GIGA has a “bottom up” philosophy that aims to advance goals through the voluntary input of scientific community members, consensus building and a vigorous discussion of the cutting edge research. Due to the large breadth of organismal diversity within the “invertebrates”, and concomitant diversity of scientists working on this diversity and the constant flux and rapid pace of the field, a regular meeting of GIGA scientists will be necessary to maintain cohesion and coordination of efforts. The AGA supported GIGA’s inaugural meeting in 2013, and is now supporting a third “mini”–GIGA workshop which will immediately precede or follow the large international Earth BioGenomics conference planned for November 9-11, 2016 in Washington DC. The 2016 GIGA “mini-coworkshop” will allow GIGA members to review current progress, and plan and coordinate strategies for future funding opportunities. The AGA special event award funds will support upper level students/postdocs to attend both the Earth BioGenomics conference, and GIGA III mini-workshop. There will be close coordination with the Smithsonian’s Earth BioGenomics organizational group, and outcomes will be targeted for publication in the Journal of Heredity.


6. Turner – Anthropocene

The pervasive and multifaceted effects of humans on other species is the prevalent story of biology in the 21st century. Whether the system of interest is domesticated, invasive, or adapting to habitat alterations, genomic datasets hold the key for understanding rapid evolutionary shifts. Colorado State University will host “Genomics of Adaptation to Human Contexts” Symposium and Workshop, supported by the American Genetic Association, to highlight exemplar research that uses large genomic datasets to investigate ecology and evolution in the Anthropocene. The symposium will be paired with a Software Carpentry workshop to train graduate student and postdoctoral geneticists in the essential programmatic tools needed to analyze such datasets. AGA funds will be used to support graduate and postdoc workshop participants.


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