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K-State Today

October 27, 2016

Ecological Genomics Institute hosts 14th annual symposium

By Jennifer Rhodes

The K-State Ecological Genomics Institute will host its 14th annual symposium Oct. 28-30 at the Marriott Country Club Plaza in Kansas City.

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., Canada and Switzerland.

Speakers at this year's symposium include:

• Nadia Aubin-Horth, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada
• Hans Hofmann, University of Texas, Austin
• Robin Hopkins, Harvard University
• Christian Landry, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada
• Blake Matthews, Eawag, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
• Suzanne McGaugh, University of Minnesota
• Geoffrey P. Morris, Kansas State University
• Kenneth M. Olsen, Washington University, St. Louis
• Amy Toth, Iowa State University
• James R. Walters, University of Kansas

This year, four poster abstract submissions were chosen for oral presentation. Thirty posters will be showcased at two poster sessions and on display through the symposium.

Based in K-State's Division of Biology, the Ecological Genomics Institute was established in 2003 with funding from the National Science Foundation and the Targeted Excellence Program of the K-State provost's office. Approximately 25 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, the 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.

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