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The 2013 Genetics Retreat!

ImageThis year the Genetics Retreat will be held at Hotel Vetro, which is located on the ped mall in downtown Iowa City. The retreat will begin at 11:00 am on Friday October 11, 2013 and will conclude with a Public Presentation by our keynote speaker, Dr. Scott Keeney. Dr. Keeney is an HHMI Investigator in the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Molecular Biology Program who studies the mechanisms and initiation of meiotic recombination. For more on Dr. Keeney and his work follow this link: We will also have talk from a Genetics Program Graduate, Dr. Kaan Certel, who is now a group leader at X-Chem Industries.

Tentative Retreat Schedule:

11:00 AM             Pre-Retreat Set Up

                              Students must arrive early to set up posters or upload their talks

11:30 AM             Lunch with Industry Speaker: Kaan Certel, PhD

12:30 PM             Opening Remarks

                               Daniel Eberl, PhD, Genetics Program Director

12:45 PM              “Science in the Biotech World: The Start-up Experience”

                               Kaan Certel, PhD, Group Leader at X-Chem Inc.

1:15 PM                Poster Session

3:00 PM                Keynote Presentation

Image“ZwiMMing in circles: Feedback control of meiotic recombination initiation”

Welcome: Sarit Smolikove, PhD, Retreat Committee

Keynote Speaker: Scott Keeney, PhD, HHMI Investigator and Professor at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

4:00 PM                Break

4:15 PM                Student Presentations (15 min each)

5:45 PM                Student Dinner with Dr. Scott Keeney

6:50 PM                Announcement of Oral Presentation and Poster Awards

7:00 PM                A Dangerous Game: DNA Breaks and Chromosome Dynamics”

                              Scott Keeney, PhD, HHMI Investigator at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Art in Science Competition

We will celebrate the artistic side of science at this year’s Genetics Retreat. Students are encouraged to submit artistic representations of their research for display at the retreat. Art in science can include anything from artistically manipulated microscopy images to paintings and anything in between. Feel free to be creative! Submissions will be voted on by the genetics student body at the Genetics Retreat, and the scientific art with the most votes will receive a prize.

Important Dates for Genetics Students:

September 20, 2013: Retreat Abstract Submission Deadline

September 23, 2013: Announcement of Abstracts Selected for Oral Presentations

September 30, 2013: ‘Art in Science’ Titles Due

October 4, 2013: Poster Printing Begins

October 10, 2013: Final Day of Poster Printing

October 11, 2013: Genetics Retreat!

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