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Symposium 2010

download4th Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium
Arthropod Genomics: New Approaches and Outcomes
June 10 - 13, 2010
Marriott on the Country Club Plaza, Kansas City

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Friday, March 26, 2010 Early Registration Deadline
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Poster Abstract Deadline
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Registration Deadline
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Hotel Reservation Deadline

New! Download 2010 Poster Abstracts

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The symposium will begin Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. with an opening keynote presentation and welcome reception. Friday and Saturday will feature a keynote presentation, talks by featured speakers, abstract presentations and two poster sessions. The talks will conclude Saturday at 5:00 pm. An optional banquet at the BRIO Tuscan Grille on the Plaza is planned for Saturday night. On Sunday morning, you are invited to participate in a roundtable discussion led by members of the ArthropodBase Consortium regarding the generation of integrated arthropod genome databases, tools for genome analysis, and community annotation. The meeting will conclude Sunday at noon.

PRE-SYMPOSIUM WORKSHOP: Thur. afternoon, June 10, 4:00-6:00. Navigating NCBIís resources for insect genomics. Terence Murphy, NCBI/ NIH, will provide training on utilizing NCBIís resources for insect genomics. Topics will include accessing data in the RefSeq and Entrez Gene databases, BLink, BLAST, NCBIís Map Viewer, and other resources. Issues regarding the submission of data to NCBI and options for linking outside resources to NCBIís databases will also be discussed. There is no cost to attend this optional workshop, but registration is requested.

ORGANISM MEETINGS - Friday afternoon/evening, June 11, 5:15- ?
Meet with scientists who are also working with your organism of interest during small group gatherings. Group leaders will be identified to coordinate topics and lead discussions. Additional information will be posted to the conference website as details are finalized.

MAKER WORKSHOP/SEMINAR: Saturday morning, June 12, 10:00-11:30. MAKER: Genome annotation made easy. Carson Holt, Eccles Institute of Human Genetics at the University of Utah, will provide a basic overview of MAKER and show how to use the program. MAKER is a portable and easily configurable genome annotation pipeline. It's purpose is to allow smaller eukaryotic and prokaryotic genome projects to independently annotate their genomes and create genome databases. MAKER identifies repeats, aligns ESTs and proteins to a genome, produces ab initio gene predictions and automatically synthesizes these data into gene annotations having evidence-based quality values. For this workshop, Holt will demonstrate both the command line version of MAKER as well as the new online MAKER Web Annotation Service (MWAS). Several use-case scenarios with example data and results will be presented.

The deadline for submission of poster abstracts is Wednesday, May 19. Six platform presentations will be chosen from submitted poster abstracts. Please follow the abstract submission guidelines at the link above and submit by e-mail to on or before May 19.

The symposium sessions will be held in the Kansas City Marriott on the beautiful Country Club Plaza Ė a premier shopping and entertainment district. Marriott has reserved a block of rooms for symposium participants at the low rate of $119 per night. The DEADLINE for reservations is Wednesday, May 19. To reserve your room, call 1-800-810-3708 and ask for the KS State University Arthropod group rate or book online by accessing the ďReserve HotelĒ link above.
After Wednesday, 5/19/10, reservations will be accepted at the hotelís prevailing rate, if space is available. The on-site self-parking fee is $12 on Thursday and $7 per day for Friday and Saturday. The Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza is located at 4445 Main St, Kansas City MO 64111.

Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is approximately 30 minutes from the conference site.
KC Transportation Group,, offers options such as Super Shuttle Shared-Ride Service, 1-800-258-3826, ~ $18 one-way or ~$31/person round trip. Taxi service is ~$55 one-way.

The registration fee includes a welcome reception Thursday evening, breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. The Saturday evening dinner is not included in the fee.
Early Registration Deadline is Friday, March 26: $295 ($150 for graduate and undergraduate students).
Between Friday, March 26 and Wednesday, May 19: Registration will be $395 ($225; for students).
After May 19, registration will continue to be accepted if space is available.

REGISTER ONLINE (See QuickLink above.)

Call 1-800-432-8222 or 785-532-5569 and ask for Non- Credit Programs Registration. Office hours are Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., CST

or MAIL to:
Arthropod Genomics Symposium
141 College Court Building
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-6015

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Nora J. Besansky
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Michael Akam
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
The genome of the Geophilomorph centipede, Strigamia maritima

Scott J. Emrich
University of Notre Dame
Opportunities and challenges of
non-model transcriptome sequencing: From corn to wild butterflies and moths

Matthew Hudson
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Exploring the evolution of social behavior using genome sequencing and analysis

Anthony A. James
University of California
Message in a battle, using whole genome expression analyses to fight vector-borne diseases

Michael R. Kanost
Kansas State University
Functional genomics of cuticle sclerotization in Tribolium castaneum

Fabrice Legeai
INRA, Rennes, France
Prediction and analyses of non coding RNA sequences in the pea aphid genome

Barry R. Pittendrigh
University of Illinois at Urbana-
The Body Louse genome project

Patrick D. Schloss
University of Michigan
Bugs within bugs: Understanding the influence of the microbiome on arthropod health

Christian Schlötterer
Vetmeduni Vienna, Austria
Next generation sequencing in population genetics: From experimental evolution to gene expression

Zhijian Jake Tu
Virginia Tech
Anopheles stephensi genome assembly and transcriptome analysis

John (Jack) H. Werren
University of Rochester
Functional and evolutionary insights from the genomes of three parasitoid Nasonia species

Evgeny M. Zdobnov
University of Geneva,
Genomics in the light of evolution


Refund Policy

If you must cancel your registration, do so as soon as possible.  Substitutions are encouraged.  A full refund, minus a $10 administrative fee, will be made if cancellation is received by the Division of Continuing Education by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 28, 2010.  After that date, due to guarantees we must give, refunds are not available.  Refunds cannot be given in amounts less than $5.00.  Registrants who do not cancel their registration through Conference Registration are responsible for the total conference registration fee even if they do not attend the conference and have not paid the registration fee.

Cancellation Policy
The Division of Continuing Education may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.  If a program is canceled or postponed, the Division of Continuing Education will refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Call the Non-Credit Programs Registration Office at 785-532-5569 or 1-800-432-8222 or email for registration information.  Please include the name of the event in the subject line.  For information about the symposium content, contact Doris Merrill at 785-532-3482 or

Special Assistance
A participant in a conference or non-credit program with a disability who needs accommodations or has special dietary requirements should indicate services needed at the time of registration.  If you have further questions please contact Heide Burke at (785) 532-2549 or Early notification is requested to ensure that accommodations can be provided in a timely manner. 

Notice of Nondiscrimination
Kansas State University is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, military status, veteran status, or other nonmerit reasons, in admissions, educational programs, or activities and employment, including employment of disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam Era, as required by applicable laws and regulations. Responsibility for coordination of compliance efforts and receipt of inquiries concerning Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 has been delegated to the director of Affirmative Action, Kansas State University, 214 Anderson Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506-0124, 785-532-6220 or TTY: 785-532-4807.

The Arthropod Genomics Symposium planning committee and Kansas State University accept no responsibility for accidents, losses, thefts, damages, delays, or any changes in the sympoisum program resulting from unforeseen events. All (tour/transportation etc) services offered have been arranged with contracted agencies.  The Arthropod Genomics Symposium planning committee and Kansas State University assume no responsibility for any actions taken by these agencies or any accidents, losses, thefts, damages, cancellations or changes which may occur before, during or after the 2010 Arthropod Genomics Symposium.