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K-State Today

October 29, 2015

Ecological Genomics Institute hosts 13th annual International Symposium

By Jennifer Rhodes

The Kansas State University Ecological Genomics Institute will host its 13th annual symposium Nov. 6–8 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan. The symposium, organized by a committee and led by co-directors Loretta Johnson and Michael Herman, will highlight renowned speakers from around the U.S., three of which are National Academy of Sciences members.

Speakers at this year's symposium include:

• Scott V. Edwards, Harvard University
• Michael Lynch, Indiana University
• Melissa Pespeni, University of Vermont
• Stacey D. Smith, University of Colorado, Boulder
• Joan Strassmann, Washington University, St. Louis
• Michi Tobler, Kansas State University

This year, a larger number of poster abstract submissions were chosen for oral presentation. Sixty posters will be showcased at two poster sessions and on display through the symposium.

Based in Kansas State University's Division of Biology, the Ecological Genomics Institute was established in 2003 with funding from the National Science Foundation and the K-State provost's office Targeted Excellence program. Approximately 20 faculty from five distinct disciplines collaboratively research challenges in ecological genomics and work together to achieve the goals of the institute. Institute scientists use funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agencies in various research projects aimed at understanding the genomic basis of adaptive responses of organisms to their natural environment.

Read more about the Ecological Genomics Institute and this year's symposium or contact the program coordinator, Jennifer Rhodes, at jenniferrhodes@k-state.edu.