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Return of the Garthim

Today was the kickoff meeting of our Arthropod Genomics Center. The introductions were made by Sue Brown, our lead PI, and some of the other principals:

  • Rollie Clem for the grants committee

  • Roman Ganta for the curriculum committee

  • Mike Smith for the seminar committee

  • Rob Denell for the symposium committee

Our venue was the Purple Pride Room of the K-State Alumni Center, one that evokes the (lower four) Tower Rooms of the Beckman Institute. Let me just say that the Alumni Center does seem an excellent investment, and will see useful life far beyond its pure fundraising purposes - especially when people start to realize what a nice resource we have for meetings.

This brings me to five Targeted Excellence projects on which I have varying degrees of involvement: Bioinformatics (2004), Global Research on Water-based Economies (2004), Ecological Genomics (2005), Sensor Networks (2005), and Arthropod Genomics (2006). It's a lot to have one one's plate, but of course the bioinformatics ones are intervoven.



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Sep. 3rd, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'll bite - ecological genomics? Can you elaborate on that a bit?
Sep. 17th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
Ecological Genomics
I'll post more about this later, but for now, here is a link to the Kansas Ecological Genomics page.

Genes in Ecology and Ecology in Genes

The study of ecological genomics addresses the following questions:

  • What is the genetic basis for ecological responses to the environment?

  • What are the genetic and regulatory mechanisms involved in organismal responses to environmental change?

  • What is the ecological context necessary to understand gene expression within organisms?

This research initiative aims to link responses of living systems to environmental change at the genetic level. Most environmental change studies span only one or two ecological levels, but organismal response to the environment depends on genetic makeup and the interaction of genes with environment. The question is, which genes are most important for how organisms respond to the environment.

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