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2019 Special Event Awards

2019 Special Event Awards

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. $15,000 to Maria Oliveira-Miranda, Maria Gabriela Montiel-Villalobos, and Sergio Maia Queiroz Lima (ReGeneC): ReGeneC XIV Workshop on Conservation Genetics: Genetics as a Management Tool
  2. $5,000 to Jill Pecon-Slattery and Sue VandeWoude (Colorado State University): Genomics of Disease in Wildlife: A workshop
  3. $15,000 to Gordon Luikart and Robin Waples (University of Montana):  ConGen 2019: Training Future Population and Conservation Genomicists: Applications of Next Gen Sequence Data
  4. $2,500 to Kristina Cammen and Morten Tange Olsen (University of Maine):  Marine Mammal eDNA
  5. $15,000 to Andrew Crawford, C Daniel Cadena and Federica Di Palma (Universidad de los Andes):  Evolutionary Genomics Training for the Neotropics (EGTN 2019)
  6. $5,000 to Jessica Goodheart and Dierdre Lyons (Scripps Institute of Oceanography):  Integrative Molluscan Genomics, Symposium at the World Congress of Malacology, 2019
  7. $15,000 to Stephen J O’Brien:  Recent Advances in Conservation Genetics, Singapore
  8. $1,000 to Erica Larson, Scott Taylor and Nolan Kane (University of Denver):  Visualizing Genomic Data Workshop

Special Event details:

  1. ReGeneC has reached 15 years of training professionals and building capacities in the field of conservation genetics in Latin America. Aware of the responsibility assumed, ReGeneC is organizing the XIV Genetic Conservation Workshop: Genetics as a management tool, this time with the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, in Brazil. The workshop will allow participants to acquire an integrative approach about the meaning of conservation genetics, its strengths and constraints to biodiversity management. AGA’s funds are the most important to support travel grants to student attendees, ensuring their participation, especially if they come from countries economically less privileged.
  2. Wildlife biodiversity can be drastically affected by the outbreak and transmission of disease pathogens in both natural habitats and managed populations, including vulnerability to anthropogenic interactions that lead to zoonotic emergence. The purpose of the 3rd Genomics of Disease in Wildlife workshop is to advance wildlife disease research through expert instruction on the application of powerful genomic tools in the study of wildlife diseases of vertebrate animals. The workshop will provide in-depth computer training using ‘real world’ next generation sequence data, and opportunities to network with colleagues and experts in wildlife biology, veterinary medicine, genomic biodiversity research and wildlife management.  The AGA contribution will be used to provide partial/full scholarships for attendees and offset costs of invited speakers and guest faculty.
  3. ConGen 2019 (short for Conservation Genetics) is a special course and workshop for Ph.D. students, post-docs, faculty, and agency biologists (e.g., USGS, USF&WS) to provide training in conceptual and practical aspects of population genomic data analysis. The course emphasizes research in conservation and evolutionary genomics of natural and managed populations. Emphasis is on next- generation sequence data analysis (RADs, exon capture, RNAseq, and whole genome sequencing) and especially on the interpretation of output from recent novel statistical approaches and software programs. The course allows daily discussions among young researchers (students/participants) and leaders in population genomics to help develop the “next generation” of conservation and evolutionary geneticists.
  4. The Marine Mammal eDNA workshop will bring together early-career and established researchers interested in applying emerging techniques in environmental DNA (eDNA) to marine mammal species. eDNA approaches to characterize organismal DNA from seawater hold promising potential for marine conservation. Researchers exploring these new approaches to surveying marine mammal distribution and diversity will be invited to share lessons learned from past successes and failures. Participants will discuss the challenges and opportunities that eDNA affords for marine mammal science. AGA funds will be used to support student, postdoc, and speaker travel and offset the cost of workshop registration to enable broad participation.
  5. We are honored to announce Evolutionary Genomics Training for the Neotropics (EGTN 2019). This intensive 9-day, bilingual English-Spanish workshop will help increase capacity in evolutionary genomics among graduate students and recent PhD’s based in Latin America. The course will provide bioinformatics skills in genome assembly and evolutionary analyses to young researchers studying Neotropical eukaryotes that lack well-developed genomic resources. SEA funds from the AGA will be 100% dedicated to supporting students, maximizing access and opportunities by keeping registration costs to a mere US$75.
  6. The overarching goal of the Integrative Molluscan Genomics symposium at the 2019 World Congress of Malacology is to bring together researchers addressing diverse biological questions in mollusks using genomics tools. While the conference as a whole attracts malacologists from around the globe, our symposium leverages this setting to specifically bring together experts in molluscan genomics research with new and established malacologists. This interaction will promote data sharing, form future collaborations, and provide critical bioinformatics support to the community. AGA funding will support travel and housing costs for ten student and postdoctoral speakers in our symposium, enabling them to share their research and expertise.
  7. ConGen-2019 - Recent Advances in Conservation Genetics will be offered at Yale University-NUS Singapore. The course will host international students dedicated to conservation and faculty from around the world. The course features the latest methods, computer laboratories, data interpretation and applications of genetic/genomic analyses for conservation of endangered species. World-renowned faculty share their expertise in technologies, research approaches and translation of genomic data into strategies for species conservation. AGA-ConGen celebrates our 23nd year of this very successful course, and we look forward to an exciting 2019 version with emphasis on biodiversity and conservation issues in Asia.
  8. Complex datasets are hard to visualize, yet effective communication of results to both the scientific community and to the public requires clear visualization. The Visualizing Genomic Data Workshop will provide participants with the necessary skills and background to produce clear, effective, and attractive figures from their genomic data. Further, the workshop will act as a catalyst to help graduate students and postdocs within the greater Rocky Mountain area develop broad professional networks. AGA funds will be used to provide transport, food, and lodging during the workshop.

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