UI’s Second Annual IBEST Research Expo Features Innovative Research

Monday, September 23 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – The Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) at the University of Idaho will host the second annual IBEST Science Exposition Oct. 18, 2013.

With research ranging from robotic behavior and antibiotic resistance to preventing the extinction of the Tasmanian devil and understanding the tree of life, the IBEST Research Exposition demonstrates the broad depth and breadth of research being done by faculty, staff and students at the University of Idaho.

The IBEST Science Expo is held as part of the two-day IBEST External Review, which brings world-renowned researchers to the University of Idaho campus to weigh in on the progress of the Institute.

The visiting reviewers are Michael Turelli, University of California-Davis, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor; John Roth, University of California-Davis, Distinguished Professor and National Academy of Science member; Warren Ewens, University of Pennsylvania, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Fellow of the Royal Society; and Bruce Levin, Emory University, Samuel C. Dobbs Professor of Biology and National Academy of Science member.

The Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies invites the community to attend the following events.

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013
IBEST Lunch
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Idaho Commons, Aurora-Horizon Rooms
Come mingle with the researchers of IBEST and the visiting scientists Turelli, Roth, Ewens and Levin. Lunch will be provided.

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013
IBEST Overview
9-10:20 a.m.
Idaho Commons, Aurora-Horizon Rooms
For over two decades, IBEST has been a 'grass roots' organization of faculty with research programs at the University of Idaho that share an interest in evolutionary biology and computational biology. Faculty members in IBEST include physicists, chemists, molecular biologists, organismal biologists, ecologists, behavioral biologists, mathematicians, statisticians and computer scientists. Learn more about IBEST and how to become involved.

IBEST Core Presentations
10:30 a.m. - noon
Idaho Commons, Aurora-Horizon Rooms
Many areas of current biological research rely on some form of high throughput genomic technologies, state of the art optical imaging, analysis, and bioinformatics. The IBEST Core Facilities are comprised of the Computational Resources Core, Genomics Resources Core, Optical Imaging Core and Mass Spectrometry Core. Learn about these cores and how they can benefit research.

Beacon Overview
1-1:30 p.m.
Idaho Commons, Aurora-Horizon Rooms
The BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action approaches evolution in an innovative way, bringing together biologists, computer scientists, and engineers to study evolution as it happens and apply this knowledge to solve real-world problems. BEACON is an NSF Science and Technology Center headquartered, in part, at the University of Idaho. Learn more about the collaborative research being done at the UI and how to become involved.

IBEST Research Presentations
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Idaho Commons, Aurora-Horizon Rooms
The impressive student researchers affiliated with IBEST will share their current research.

Second Annual IBEST Research Exposition
3-5 p.m.
Idaho Commons, Clearwater-Whitewater Rooms
Learn about the variety of prestigious research being done by faculty, staff and students at the University of Idaho.
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Media Contact: Whitney Schroeder, Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies, (208) 885-9076, ibest@uidaho.edu