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6th Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium:
Arthropod Genomics 2012: Taking Center Stage
and i5k Community Workshop
May 30 - June 2, 2012
Marriott on the Country Club Plaza, Kansas City

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{Download SCHEDULE for Arthropod Genomics Symposium}

{Download SCHEDULE for i5k Community Workshop}


Wed., February 29, 2012 Poster Abstracts Due if you DO wish to be
               considered for a General Session Platform presentation
Friday, March 30, 2012 Poster Abstracts Due if you do NOT wish to be
               considered for a General Session Platform presentation

Friday, March 30, 2012 Early Registration Deadline (for reduced rates)
Friday, March 30, 2012 Hotel Room Block Deadline
Friday, May 18, 2012 Registration Deadline

The symposium will begin Thursday evening, May 31, at 7:30 p.m. with 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 5:30 pm.

An optional banquet at Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue - Kansas City's favorite BBQ restaurant - is planned for Saturday night.

Wednesday morning, May 30 through Thursday afternoon, May 31

There is an additional registration fee to attend this workshop.
<Download Flyer>

Friday, June 1, 5:30-7:30 pm.
(There is no cost to attend this workshop.)
Terence Murphy, NCBI/NIH,
How to submit your sequencing project to NCBI.
Dan Lawson, EMBL-EBI,
Making your genome useful to a wider audience.

POSTER SESSIONS - Friday, June 1, 1:20-3:00 pm and Saturday, June 2, 1:20-3:00 pm

+ + + The deadline for submission of abstracts if you wish to be considered for a General Session Platform talk is Wednesday, February 29. Twelve 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 Wednesday, February 29.
+ + + The deadline for submission of poster abstracts if you do NOT wish to be considered for a General Session platform presentation is Friday, March 30.

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 Friday, March 30. 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 3/30/12, reservations will continue to be accepted if space is available through Tuesday, May 8. 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, ~ $19 one-way or ~$33/person round trip with discount code X Z S 5 3. Taxi service is ~$60 one-way.

The early registration deadline is Friday, March 30. Registration follows:
    Combined Symposium & i5k Workshop - $425. After 3/30 - $575.
    Symposium ONLY - $375. After 3/30 - $475.
    i5k Workshop ONLY - $100. After 3/30 - $150.
Students (undergraduate and graduate):
    Combined Symposium & i5k Workshop - $200. After 3/30 - $300.
    Symposium ONLY - $175. After 3/30 - $250.
    i5k Workshop ONLY - $50. After 3/30 - $100.
Meals included in the Symposium fee include welcome reception,
    breakfast, breaks, and lunch on Friday and Saturday.
No meals are included in fee for the i5k Workshop.
The Saturday evening optional KC BBQ dinner is not included in the fee.

After March 30, 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


Gene E. Robinson
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Understanding the relationship between genes and social behavior: Lessons from the Honey Bee


Volker Brendel
Indiana University
Vertical integration of genomic information

Angela E. Douglas
Cornell University
From metagenomes to function in animal-microbial symbioses

Giles E. Duffield
University of Notre Dame
Circadian and light regulation of the mosquito transcriptome

Miodrag Grbic
The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada and
Research Center of Vine- and Wine-related Science (ICVV), Logroño, Spain
The genome of the two spotted spider mite Tatranychusurticae: New model for plant-pest interactions

Marc S. Halfon
University at Buffalo-State University of New York and
NY State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences
Regulatory element discovery in sequenced insect species

Michael R. Kanost
Kansas State University
Initial insights from the Manduca sexta genome

Karl Kjer, Rutgers University;
Bernhard Misof, Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany
Xin Zhou, Beijing Genomics Institute, Shenzhen, China
The 1KITE insect transcriptomics initiative

S. R. Palli
University of Kentucky
Functional genomics of juvenile hormone action

Alexander S. Raikhel
University of California, Riverside
Transcriptomic and bioinformatics analysis of genes controlled by juvenile hormone receptor, Methoprene Tolerant (MET), in the female mosquito Aedes aegypti

Jason L. Rasgon
The Pennsylvania State University
Functional metagenomics of Anopheles-microbe interactions

David W. Severson
University of Notre Dame
Dengue virus vector competence and functional genomics in Aedes aegypti

Matthew G. Slattery
University of Chicago
Specificity revealed: Protein-protein interactions mediate emergent DNA recognition properties of Drosophila transcription factors


Refund Policy
If you must cancel your registration, do so as soon as possible.  Substitutions are encouraged.  A full refund, minus a $15 administrative fee, will be made if cancellation is received by the Division of Continuing Education by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2012.  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

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 2012 Arthropod Genomics Symposium.


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