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Symposium 2011


5th Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium
Arthropod Genomics 2011:
Exploring Diversity, Relating Similarity

June 9 - 12, 2011
Marriott on the Country Club Plaza, Kansas City

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NEW!!! A tentative schedule is now available to download.

NEW!!! A list of the Poster Abstracts is now available to download.

NEW!!! See who is coming to the Symposium by reviewing the list of registrants!

If you would like to share a room at the Symposium, please follow the process on the "Reserve Hotel" link for Roommate Matching Assistance.

+++International Tribolium Meeting, 6/8 and 6/9 - SCHEDULE
+++7th Meeting of the International Aphid Genomics Consortium,
        Thursday, 6/9 - SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Early Registration Due
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Poster Abstracts Due
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Registration Deadline
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Hotel Room Block Deadline

The symposium will begin Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. with information about I5k, an opening keynote presentation and welcome reception. Friday and Saturday will feature talks by featured speakers, abstract presentations and two poster sessions. The talks will conclude Saturday at 5:00 pm.

An optional banquet at Lidia's - Kansas City's favorite Italian restaurant -
is planned for Saturday night. On Sunday morning, you are invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with the ArthropodBase Consortium regarding the generation of integrated arthropod genome databases, tools for genome analysis, and community curation. Discussion will focus on I5k, led by Kevin J. Hackett, USDA. The meeting will conclude Sunday at noon.

PRE-SYMPOSIUM WORKSHOP: Thur. afternoon, June 9, 4:00-6:00. Genome Project 101: We’ve got an assembly! Now What? Scott Cain, OICR, and Dave Clements, Emory University, will demonstrate open source bioinformatics tools from the GMOD project that transform unannotated genome assemblies into online resources that enable data analysis and integration. Generating annotations, visualizing the genome, saving into a web-accessible database, and analyzing, refining and integrating the data will be presented. The workshop is aimed at biologists and assumes no programming skills. There is no cost to attend this optional workshop, but registration is requested.

GBrowse_syn WORKSHOP/SEMINAR: Saturday morning, June 11, 10:00-11:30. Comparative genomics with the generic synteny browser (GBrowse_syn): Configuration and display of various co-linearity data types. Sheldon McKay, iPlant Collaborative, will demonstrate how to configure and use the example multiple sequence alignment data set installed with GBrowse-syn as well as other, more complex data sets from a MERCATOR alignment pipeline. Non-sequence alignment data derived from co-linear protein orthologs will also be presented. There is no cost to attend this optional workshop, but registration is requested.

ORGANISM MEETINGS - Friday, June 10, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Meet with scientists who are also working with your organism of interest during small group gatherings. Please notify if you are interested in coordinating topics and leading the discussions for your organism group. Additional information will be posted to the conference website as details are finalized.

POSTER SESSION - Friday evening, June 10, 8:00-11:00 p.m.

The deadline for submission of poster abstracts is Wednesday, May 18. 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 18.

The symposium sessions will be held in the Kansas City Marriott on the beautiful Country Club Plaza – a premier shopping and entertainment district. The Marriott has reserved a block of rooms for symposium participants at the low rate of $121 per night. The DEADLINE for reservations is Wednesday, May 18. 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 “Reserve Hotel” link above.
After Wednesday, 5/18/11, reservations will be accepted at the hotel’s prevailing rate, if space is available. The on-site self-parking fee is $14 on Thursday and $10 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 Wednesday, March 30: $295 ($150 for graduate and undergraduate students).
From Thursday, April 1 through Wednesday, May 18: Registration will be $395 ($225; for students).
After May 18, 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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Previous Symposia


Marc A.T. Muskavitch
Boston College
Advancing vector genetics through the power of vector genomics


Gregor Bucher
Georg-August University, Gottingen, Germany
iBeetle: Genome wide RNAi screen for embryonic and metamorphic development in Tribolium

Owain R. Edwards
CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Perth, Australia
DNA methylation and phenotypic plasticity in the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum

Cassandra Extavour
Harvard University
Overcoming the gene discovery bottleneck for arthropod evo-devo: Creating de novo developmental transcriptomes

Toni Gabaldón
Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain
Arthropod genomes as seen through the lens of evolution

Cheryl Y. Hayashi
University of California, Riverside
Spider silks: Functional and evolutionary insights into high-performance materials

Mary Ann McDowell
University of Notre Dame
A tale of two sand fly genomes: Phlebotomus papatasi and Lutzomyia longipalpis

Pedro L. Oliveira
Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia and Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
An insight into the transcriptome of the digestive tract of the blood sucking bug, Rhodnius prolixus

Michael E. Pfrender
University of Notre Dame
Genome structure, functional diversification, and Genome X environment interactions in Daphnia

Dorith Rotenberg
Kansas State University
A genomics-based approach to identify insect molecular components associated with vector competency in Frankliniella occidentalis, the primary thrips vector of Tomato spotted wilt virus

Hervé Seitz
LBME, CNRS and Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
Genomics of small RNAs in insects

Alex C. C. Wilson
University of Miami
Genomic insights into nitrogen upgrading and recycling in the aphid [Buchnera] symbiosis

Guojie Zhang
Beijing Genome Institute, China
BGI’s recent activity on insect genomic research


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 27, 2011.  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 conference or non-credit program participant who needs accommodations due to a disability 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 2011 Arthropod Genomics Symposium.


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