Pre-Conference Workshops

Monday October 7, 2019

Bioinformatics Workshop: Adopting Reproducible Methods for Improving Productivity in Research and Teaching $50.00

8:30 AM- 12:30 PM

*Registration for this Workshop Closes September 16th*

Presented by: Vikram E. Chhatre & Nicolas A. Blouin, Wyoming INBRE Bioinformatics Core 

Intended audience: Students, postdocs, research professionals and faculty. 

Prerequisites: This workshop assumes some working knowledge of the R programming language and the commandline interface. You will need to bring a computer on which you have administrative privileges. We welcome all operating systems (Windows, MacOS, Linux).

Description: What is reproducible research and why should I care? How will this help with my teaching or learning? Whether you are a teacher, researcher or a student, our workshop will help you address these questions in a practical manner. In this fully hands-on workshop, we will begin by introducing some example R packages and functions that will streamline your data analysis and help you produce publication quality graphics. During the second half, we will learn and practice tools for fully documenting your work by maintaining a complete history of your edits and changes. This could be a data analysis pipeline, code for making a figure, draft of a manuscript, a term paper or a project report which you could produce in any downstream format you want. Finally you will learn how to easily and quickly publish your work online, either privately or for sharing with your collaborators. Pre-preparation: We will notify all registered attendees about steps they should take to prepare for this workshop. All workshop content and instructions will be posted to the following GitHub website but we will send email notifications well in advance of the workshop. Getting your computer setup beforehand will ensure that you will have the most productive experience. This will not be possible on the day of the workshop due to time constraints.  Additional Pre-Preparation Information is available at GitHub**This workshop is limited to the first 25 to register!**

Proteomics Workshop: Designing and Troubleshooting Proteomics Experiments $0.00

1:30-3:30 PM 

*Registration for this Workshop Closes September 16th*

Presented by: IDeA National Resource for Proteomics

Session format/audience:  We will use the first 1 hour to have 3 lectures on designing and troubleshooting experiments involving proteomics. Then, we will use the remaining 1 hour to break into focus groups and have attendees tell us about proteomics experiments they are setting-up and/or having issues with. We will provide them with feedback and suggestions. The primary target with be faculty and PI's, but students could benefit if they have proteomics in their studies. This will be applicable to all funding mechanisms of the IDeA program.

Description:  The focus of this proteomics workshop will be on proper experimental design for and troubleshooting of proteomics studies. This workshop will be given by members of the IDeA National Resource for Proteomics ( The workshop will be divided into a series of short lectures followed by breakout sessions. Lectures will cover experimental design for both discovery phase and targeted proteomic workflows. Breakout sessions will provide the opportunity for attendees to discuss and troubleshoot their on-going or planned proteomics studies with members of the IDeA National Resource for Proteomics. The IDeA National Resource for Proteomics is supported by the Arkansas INBRE (P20GM103429) and Oklahoma INBRE (P20GM103447).

Grant Writing Workshop $125.00

8:00 AM-4:00 PM 

*Registration for this Workshop Closes September 16th*

Description:  This widely acclaimed seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to NIH proposal-writing success. It is designed for faculty members and administrative staff who have had some exposure to writing grant applications.  Principles and fundamentals of good proposal writing are em-phasized, along with "how-to" practical tips and strategies.  Topics covered include idea development, maximizing programmatic relevance to the targeted agency, selecting the correct grant mechanism in which to package and present the idea, use of the review process to inform writing of the application, and how to write for reviewers. In addition, strategies for writing each part of the application are presented, along with examples that illustrate how each section should be crafted. Attendees are taught to write with a linear progression of logic that leads reviewers through their applications - i.e., that makes them want to read the proposal.  Lunch and a copy of The Grant Application Writer's Workbook, which has been written to complement and extend the seminar, will be provided to each attendee.

PEARL (Program Evaluation and Administration of Research Leaders) Meeting $0.00

8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Description:  This will be a meeting of the growing national network of IDeA-funded Program Evaluation and Administration of Research Leaders (PEARL) committed to continued effort to develop and provide resources for IDeA evaluation and program implementation. The principal mission of the PEARL organization is to enable our IDeA programs to access the collective knowledge and experience of the group and offer the benefit of alternative perspectives in helping accomplish our respective programmatic aims. PEARL has become a touchstone for sharing ideas that enable better practice in evaluation and program implementation and for discussing the challenges in documenting the relationship between program activities and outcomes.  This meeting is only open to grant staff.  No meals provided.

Indigenous Health Working Group Meeting $0.00

8:30 AM-2:30 PM

Session Co-Chairs: Alika Maunakea, University of Hawaii and Tarissa Spoonhunter, Central Wyoming College

Description: Within the US, Indigenous communities suffer among the worst health outcomes of American racial groups. In addition, overall US public health is quite poor, including having the highest infant and maternal mortality rates among rich nations and high chronic disease rates. The US needs new strategies-new paradigms even-to improve our nation's health and, especially, Indigenous health. Indigenous standpoints on health may offer promising ways forward for this, in particular due to an understanding of health from a holistic perspective. Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) approaches offer not only specific local expertise but also a general systems-oriented perspective that is quickly emerging as a more effective framework within public health than conventional, often reductionistic paradigms (per the socio-ecological model) and tend to center on individuals rather than (for example) relationships and true ecology. For example, a mni wičoni (water is life) frame of thinking embodies such a TEK health paradigm; if public health and other government officials in Flint and the Central Valley made decisions informed by this framework, drinking water crises in both places would have been averted. This workshop will build on conversations started at the 2017 regional IDeA meeting to begin planning a collaborative research agenda that is founded on an indigenous public health paradigm and model development (including potentially seeking NIH R13 or R21 funding). The planning committee will open with a short presentation of the review of relevant literature. This will be followed by a circa 5-minute presentations from each attending team who has registered for this workshop by September 10th and would like to share; these presentations will share specific lessons and ideas gleaned from your work that is relevant to this workshop focus. The rest of the day will be collaborative planning. A light lunch will be provided, courtesy of the Wyoming INBRE program. We will accept registrations until October 3, but please be aware that in order to guarantee a lunch, you must register by September 10.

NV INBRE Annual Statewide Meeting $100.00

8:30 AM-3:30 PM

This is the annual Statewide Meeting for all NV INBRE researchers, cores, outreach site coordinators and students.  Attendance is mandatory for all NV INBRE Deveopmental Research Project Researchers, Pilot Grant Researchers, NV INBRE-supported research cores and outreach site coordinators.  There will be a keynote speaker and presentations from all researchers, cores and outreach site coordinators.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.