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To register for the 2018 Arthropod Genomics Symposium please fill out the form here.

Details of the Workshop, Tours, and Friday dinner are below

Thursday, June 7th
10:00am - 12:00pm

HymenopteraMine, the data mining warehouse for the Hymenoptera Genome Database, was developed to enable researchers to create annotation data sets for use in down stream analyses. This workshop will include an one-hour demonstration by Dr. Chris Elsik followed by an hour of hands-on activities working with the database. The goal of the workshop is to show researchers how to use HymenopteraMine to create custom annotation datasets associated with their own data (e.g. their lists of identifiers or genome coordinates) and to perform meta-analyses with published data. There is no need for previous genome sequencing, computer command-line or scripting experience. Participants will need to bring a laptop to participate in the hands-on part of the workshop, but there is no laptop requirement for the demonstration. Example data sets will be provided for the hands-on activities, but participants may contact Dr. Elsik ahead of time if they would like to work with their own data.

Thursday, June 7th
1:00pm - 5:00pm

(Optional, registration required)

We will have a Bioinformatics Workshop with hands-on exercises before the meeting starts on Thursday afternoon from 1-5 PM, with three consecutive parts.

First, an introduction to the i5k Workspace@NAL as an example of a genome depository and a workspace for orphaned arthropod genomes (Monica Poelchau and Chris Childers, NAL/USDA).

Second, an introduction to the Apollo tool for manual gene modeling and annotation at the i5k Workspace@NAL and elsewhere, e.g. VectorBase (Hugh Robertson, University of Illinois).

Third, an introduction to the OrthoDB orthology database followed by the use of BUSCO to assess completeness of gene content of a genome assembly or protein content of a genome-wide annotation (Rob Waterhouse, University of Lausanne and Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics).

Friday, June 8th
5:00pm - 6:30pm

Tours (Optional, registration required)

We will offer walking tours of the UIUC campus during the 5:00pm - 6:30pm time slot on Friday, June 8. These are guided tours of the main campus and the adjacent agriculture or engineering campuses, each with a theme depending on the faculty leading the tour.

Each tour is limited to 20 participants. If the tours are filled, there will also be self-guided tours available with more regular campus themes through phone apps. Tours will go ahead in all weather, except an official severe weather warning, so bring an umbrella if rain is forecast. Register for these tours using the registration link above.

Tour 1: Genomics
Led by Gene Robinson, Director of the Institute for Genomic Biology, and leader of the honey bee genome project.

Tour 2: Entomology
Led by May Berenbaum, Head of the Department of Entomology at UIUC, past-president of the Entomological Society of America, 2014 National Medal of Science awardee, and author of Buzzwords in American Entomologist.

Tour 3: Art
Led by Hugh Robertson, insect genomics enthusiast, and Christina Nordholm, Hugh’s artist wife.

Friday, June 8th

Dinner (Optional, registration required)

Our dinner speaker for the optional Friday evening dinner, which will have an entomological and Illinois theme, is May Berenbaum, head of the Department of Entomology at UIUC, winner of the National Medal of Science in 2014, and author of Buzzwords in American Entomologist. Her topic will be "What an ecologist has learned from arthropod genomes".