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POSTPONED: IMLS Museum Genomics Workshop 2020

Start Time: 
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 12:00pm
End Time: 
Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 5:30pm
55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118
California Academy of Sciences

*This event has been postponed.* Check back with the organizers to learn more.

This two-day workshop is designed to help natural history collections managers and curators understand how their collections can be used to conduct genomic research. Scientists at the forefront of cutting-edge genomics research will demonstrate the challenges and opportunities that both ancient and modern curated specimens present for gaining genetic knowledge across taxa. There will also be opportunities for discussion among curators to determine best practices for use of your collections in genetic projects.

Free admission to the California Academy of Sciences and the NightLife event on Thursday, March 12, are included. Workshop activities will begin on Friday, March 13, at 9 am. A reception and dinner will be provided on Friday evening, followed by a keynote presentation by genomicist Dr. Ed Green: "A career in genomics: From Neanderthals to the Chameleon Killer."

Workshop schedule

Thursday, March 12

Arrive anytime on Thursday, March 12; tickets to the museum and NightLife event (6–10 pm; 21+) are included in your registration. These are optional; main workshop activities will begin Friday.

Friday, March 13

Morning session:

  • 9 am: Overview and welcome
  • 9:30 am: Introduction and history of ancient DNA (Beth Shapiro, UCSC)
  • 10:10 am: DNA extraction techniques (Athena Lam, CAS)
  • 10:30 am: Break
  • 11 am: Lab demonstration: DNA extraction while avoiding contamination (TBD)
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch

Early afternoon session: Museum genomics across taxa:

  • 2 pm: Inhibition, contamination, and decay: Why ancient DNA is terrible (and why it doesn’t matter) (Josh Knapp, UCSC)
  • 2:15 pm: Case study: Genomics of ancient mammals (Alisa Vershinina, UCSC)
  • 2:30 pm: Case study: Genomics in herbaria (Rachel Meyer, UCSC)
  • 2:45 pm: Case study: Genomics of curated birds (Jack Dumbacher, CAS)
  • 3 pm: Case study: Genomics in insect collections (Kim Ballare, UCSC)
  • 3:15 pm: Q&A panel with last five speakers
  • 3:45 pm: Break

Late-afternoon session: Museum-specific challenges:

  • 4:15 pm: Methods of sample preservation and how they impact DNA decay (Alison Gould, CAS)
  • 4:35 pm: How many samples is enough? How much sample is enough? (Grant Zazula, YDTC; Ross MacPhee, AMNH)
  • 4:55 pm: What makes a ”good” ancient DNA lab? (Katie Moon, UCSC)
  • 5:15 pm: Panel with last three speakers
  • 6 pm: Ancient lab tour
  • 7 pm: Workshop dinner

Plenary talk: "A Career in Genomics: From Neandertals to the Chameleon Killer" (Ed Green, UCSC)

Saturday, March 14

Morning session: Evaluating study designs for destructive sampling requests:

  • 9:30 am: Study designs for population genetics, genomics, and metagenomics (Beth Shapiro, UCSC)
  • 9:50 am: All about the metadata: Chronology, taxonomy, and morphology (Grant Zazula, YDTC)
  • 10:10 am: What can other molecules tell you? From isotopes to proteins (Matthew Collins, NHMD)
  • 10:30 am: Should we charge for sampling requests? (Brian Simison, CAS)
  • 10:45 am: Break
  • 11:15 am: Should there be an industry standard for evaluating sampling requests? (Ross MacPhee, AMNH and/or Jack Dumbacher, Moe Flannery CAS)
  • 11:30 am: Panel (McPhee, Dumbacher, Flannery)
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch, Academy Café

Afternoon session: Discussing an industry standard for specimen requests:

  • 2:30 pm: Breakout session, small group discussions: What would an industry standard look like?
  • 4 pm: Group presentations and reports
  • 4:30 pm: Discussion panel: Zazula, MacPhee, group leaders: Proposal for moving forward
  • 5:30 pm: End
  • 6 pm: Optional group dinner

Please note: The current schedule is confirmed but is subject to minor changes.

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