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March 2019

Defense: New tools for localizing ancestry across genomes of hybrids provide insight into the genetics of speciation

March 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT

  Monday, March 18, 2019 | Biomedical Sciences, Room 300 | 3:00pm till 5:00pm    Abstract:  Understanding the processes by which new species arise has long been of interest to evolutionary geneticists. In some cases, abrupt changes in habitat or niche can spur on a suite of adaptive changes in one population that help lead to its genetic isolation from others. In cases where diverging species’ ranges overlap, speciation genes, or fast-evolving genes which can negatively affect an organism's fertility or…

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Hardware-enabled biology: From hardware-acceleration to novel biological discoveries

March 22 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm PDT
UC Santa Cruz, Engineering 2 Bldg., Room 599, 1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, 95064 United States
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FREE

Yatish Turakhia Stanford University PhD candidate,  Electrical Engineering Department Abstract Computer architecture and genomics offer starkly contrasting but synergistic trends. While genome sequencing data continues to rise exponentially (80%/year), transistor performance scaling has considerably slowed down (3%/year). Domain-specific acceleration (DSA), which uses specialized hardware for accelerating a narrow domain (like genomics or machine learning), is one of the few remaining approaches in computer architecture to continue to scale compute performance and efficiency to enable the vast potential of genomics data.…

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Human Pangenomics Hackathon

March 25 @ 12:00 am - March 27 @ 12:00 am PDT
Seymour Center, 100 McAllister Way
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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$150

This event is limited to 60 attendees. A fee of $150, payable via PayPal, covers breakfasts, lunches and one group dinner provided by the Genomics Institute. Accommodations, air travel and ground transportation not included. Hosted by the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute.Details and application HERE.Applications due Feb. 21.See Santa Cruz area lodging here. See airport transportation information here.Find more biological/biomedical data science hackathons at https://biohackathons.github.io

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April 2019

CONVOCATION 2019: HOW TO BE A KICKASS STEM LEARNER

April 10 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | Kresge Town Hall | 5:30pm till 8:00pm | RSVP Bryan Dewsbury will engage directly with students in how to be effective learners inSTEM courses, in order to support UC Santa Cruz students and faculty alike to addressequity and community-building in the curriculum. Dinner will be served. Please RSVP forthis event. About the speaker: Bryan Dewsbury is Assistant Professor ofMarine Biology at the University of Rhode Island and the PrincipalInvestigator of the Science Education and SocietyResearch…

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Nanopore Variant Calling Using Deep Neural Networks

April 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT
Engineering 2, Room 215 Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States + Google Map
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Speaker: Kishwar Shafin, Graduate Student in the Computational Genomics Lab, UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute Seminar (AAII formerly SCML): Genomic sequencing of an individual genome produces millions of sequence reads. Once aligned to a reference genome, the reads can be used to identify genetic variations. Variant calling is essential in clinical genomics because genetic variants can be associated with genetic diseases. Next-generation short read sequencing technology is widely used for variant calling, but the short-reads are…

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