Idaho Showcases its Best Research through IBEST Institute

Tuesday, October 16 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – Some of the University of Idaho’s best researchers will showcase their research at a free, day-long information session on Thursday, Oct. 18. This event is open to the public.

All work is linked to the Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies – or IBEST – which was formed as a grassroots group over 10 years ago and was formalized as an institute in 2011. Researchers across campus combine their expertise, resources and tools to better understand and predict a variety of complex data and research.  

Events begin at 8 a.m. with an IBEST overview and core presentations in the Teaching and Learning Center, or TLC, room 032. The core presentations will provide information about the computational resources, genomic resources core and the optical imaging core. At 9:30 a.m., Luke Harmon, Maia Benner, Hannah Marx and Katie Slavens will present Science Updates in the TLC, room 146.

The event is designed to show the variety of connections between those involved with IBEST.

“When you bring together people from different perspectives and backgrounds, provide a way for them to find common ground, then explore and nurture the ideas that emerge, then you can expect some pretty amazing things,” said Larry Forney, director of IBEST and professor of biological sciences. “Science is a social activity. Researchers from different fields need a forum where they can come together to explore new approaches to solve complex problems in ways that could never happen if they worked in isolation.”

In the afternoon, keynote speaker Michael Turelli will deliver an address titled, “Theoretical Population and Quantitative Genetics, Speciation, and Population Biology of Drosophila” at the IBEST Seminar in McClure Hall, room 209. Wrapping up the event, faculty and students will present posters of their research at the IBEST Research EXPO from 2-6 p.m. in the Idaho Commons, Aurora and Horizon rooms.

IBEST aims to facilitate interdisciplinary research, establish and nurture strategic collaborations or partnerships with research groups across the United States and abroad, maintain and enhance the capabilities of core facilities for DNA sequencing, and promote graduate and undergraduate education in bioinformatics and computational biology at the University of Idaho. 

Participants in IBEST are nested within a vibrant community of scientists in which intellectual interactions and collaborations are many and varied. It encourages and fosters interdisciplinary collaborations that blend the expertise of evolutionary biologists, ecologists, molecular biologists, biochemists, biophysicists, mathematicians, statisticians and computer scientists to examine the underpinnings of evolutionary biology. This constitutes an important competitive edge to investigators because IBEST can address research questions that are intractable to scientists from a single discipline.

The interdisciplinary collaborations of IBEST attract national and international research collaborations, while providing an important element in the recruitment and retention of faculty, postdoctoral scientists and graduate students.

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