Off to ESA in Minneapolis!

Several of us are off to MN Sunday for the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.  Unfortunately all three presentations by Myself, Meg and Tarah are scheduled for Thursday and Friday (2 posters and 1 talk).  Please stick around and prove Alan Townsend wrong by filling up those late meeting sessions!

Then Friday after the meeting I’m off to do some fieldwork on the SPRUCE project.  

Fair the well and see you in MN!

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Off to Asilomar Fungal Genetics Conference on Tuesday…

Just finished up my poster for the Fungal Genetics Meeting at Asilomar coming up on Tuesday and dropped the file off at the printer.  Very excited to attend for the first time.  I’ve been hearing great things about this conference for years and it certainly looks to be a great location.  Finally got the excuse I needed to add yet another meeting to my schedule when I was asked to help organize a session on metagenomics.  Looking forward to the session, conference and the chance for a stroll or two on the beach!

Announcement for Stable Isotope Short Courses

2013 Stable Isotope Short Courses at the University of Utah
Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry and Ecology, June 3-14, 2013
Isotopes in Spatial Ecology and Biogeochemistry, June 17-28, 2013

https://itce.utah.edu/courses.html

Applications will be accepted until February 8, 2013. Application forms for both courses can be reached through the webpage https://itce.utah.edu/apply.html.  We will notify applicants about February 28, 2013 regarding acceptance into the course and how to begin planning for lodging arrangements, tuition payments, reading materials, etc.

We will be offering a limited number of scholarships to support course fees and lodging expenses for participants in each course. If you are interested in being considered for one of the scholarships, additional information beyond the initial application is required. Details are posted on the application website. We will announce scholarship recipients on or about February 28, 2013 as well.

NIMBioS Graduate Summer Workshop

The 2013 Summer Graduate Workshop on Connecting Biological Data with Mathematical Models will be held June 17-28, 2013, at NIMBioS on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The workshop is co-sponsored by NIMBioS, MBI and the Centre for Applied Mathematics in Bioscience and Medicine (CAMBAM). The workshop features instructors from across North America whose research expertise is mathematical modeling in biological systems using real data. Some of the techniques to be covered include Maximum likelihood and Bayesian approaches to inference, parameter estimation, model identifiability, uncertainty and sensitivity analysis, and data assimilation. Applications of connecting data to models will come from epidemiology, ecology (including global change biology), evolution, microbiology, physiology, pharmacokinetics, and systems biology.

Graduate students from the mathematical, physical and life sciences are encouraged to apply. There are no fees associated with this workshop and most meals are included. If needed, the math institutes can provide some support (transportation, lodging) for Workshop attendees.

Dates: June 17-28, 2013
Location: NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Co-sponsors: NIMBioS, MBI, and Centre for Applied Mathematics in Bioscience and Medicine (CAMBAM).
Application Deadline: January 15, 2013

For more information about the workshop and a link to the online application, go to http://www.nimbios.org/education/WS_grad2013

The 4rd Annual Summer Soil Institute at Colorado State

The 4rd Annual Summer Soil Institute at Colorado State

Fort Collins, CO
July 7-20, 2013

Gain an integrated perspective with world-renowned faculty to address critical questions using current analytical techniques, experimental approaches, and instructional models.

What are the physical, chemical and biological components of soil? What do molecular techniques tell us about soil biodiversity? How does soil chemistry affect carbon and nutrient cycling? How are soil processes affected by global change?

The Summer Soil Institute is designed for graduate students, post-docs, professionals, faculty, and K-12 teachers. Located at the confluence of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains.

The course is limited to a maximum of 24 students. Tuition is $2000 for current graduate students and $2500 for others. A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to support tuition costs. Applications are now being reviewed.

Apply now!
Sign up for Updates on the Summer Soil Institute.

New content posted

Links to upcoming meetings featuring Schadt Lab researchers are now posted to the ‘Meetings Calander’ page. I am particularly looking forward to attending the Fungal Genetics Meeting in Asilomar this year for the first time, where I am lucky enough to be organizing a session on Ecological Metagenomics with Betsy Arnold of the University of Arizona. I’ve heard from many people I respect greatly that this is a fabulous meeting, and it is surely in a fabulous location!

Also I have included a page titled ‘Projects, Sponsors and Links’. This includes links to some of the major projects we are involved in daily in the Schadt Lab, as well as links to the always important agency sponsors and collaborators. I have only done the easy ones so far (those that large projects that have their own web pages), but hopefully I can add some of the smaller (but no less important!) ones soon.

The ‘Job Postings’ page includes postings for various positions received from collaborators and others I have run across via mailing lists and other sources.

The ‘about’ page also has a new name and a small amount of new content.  It is now the ‘People’ page and I anticipate adding more information about current and past lab members as I gain permission, ambition and time to do so.

Branch Meeting of the Tennessee/Kentucky chapter of American Society for Microbiology this weekend

Branch Meeting of the Tennessee/Kentucky chapter of the American Society for Microbiology

The schedule of events for the meeting of the local branch of ASM is posted!  Schadt Lab researcher Migun Shakya (Ph.D. Student) will be giving a presentation on his work on the Poplar root microbiome project and Meg Steinweg (Postdoc) will be giving a presentation on her work on the microbial communities of peatland systems at our SPRUCE experiment.