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CALENDAR ITEM: MU hosts 34th annual Missouri Life Sciences Week

April 14th, 2018

Story Contact: Jeff Sossamon, 573-882-3346, sossamonj@missouri.edu

WHAT: The 34th annual Missouri Life Sciences Week is a university-wide event that brings together research across scientific disciplines at Mizzou. Organizers see it as a forum for ideas that highlights life sciences research performed by undergraduate, graduate, professional students, faculty and staff to celebrate excellence in science and foster collaboration.

The annual science event attracts researchers, academicians, business leaders and policymakers. It includes a poster session that showcases undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral researchers and MU faculty members.

Presenters include:

  • Richard M. Caprioli, the Stanford Moore Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the Mass Spectrometry Research Center at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, will deliver the Charles W. Gehrke Distinguished Lecture, “Advances in Imaging Mass Spectrometry: Molecular Microscopy in the New Age of Discovery.” 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center
  • Robert Hall, professor emeritus of entomology in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, will speak about forensic entomology and how insects can help solve crimes during “Science Café Columbia.” Sponsored by the Bond Life Sciences Center, Science Café is a grassroots forum that takes place to include members of the community who may not normally get involved in the science conversation. 6 p.m. Monday, April 9, Broadway Brewery, 816 E. Broadway, Columbia
  • Joseph Ecker, professor of plant molecular and cellular biology and a chair in genetics at Salk International in La Jolla, California, will present “The Epigenetic Reference Maps: Practical uses in studies of plant and human development and disease.” 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center
  • Johnny Park, is founder and CEO of Spensa Technologies. Recently named by Forbes as one of The Top 25 Most Innovative Ag-Tech Startups, Spensa offers high-resolution data models to help growers better protect their crops from pests, weeds, insects and disease. Park will deliver a keynote address during the Third Annual Midwest Bioinformatics Conference, sponsored by the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center
  • Marylyn Ritchie, director of the Center for Translational Bioinformatics at the University of Pennsylvania, has extensive experience in all aspects of genetic epidemiology and translational bioinformatics as it relates to human genomics. She will deliver a keynote address during the Third Annual Midwest Bioinformatics Conference, sponsored by the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute. 8 – 9 a.m. Thursday, April 12, Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center
  • Ruthie Angelovici, is an assistant professor of biological sciences in the MU College of Arts and Science. Sponsored by the Bond Life Sciences Center, Angelovici’s “Saturday Morning Science” presentation will focus on plant research and how it can lead to better nutrition in crops. She also will explore the potential of new genetic approaches to create new super-seeds, food and feed. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, Monsanto Auditorium, Bond Life Sciences Center

WHERE: MU campus, and downtown Columbia. See conference website for details.

WHEN: Monday, April 9 – Saturday, April 14

NOTE: For more information and to download a detailed schedule and poster session information, please visit: https://bondlsc.missouri.edu/life-sciences-week/schedule/

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