5th Annual Meeting of Arkansas Bioinformatics Consortium (AR-BIC 2019)

5th Annual Meeting
of the
Arkansas Bioinformatics Consortium (AR-BIC 2019)

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)
Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute
Fred Smith Conference Center – 12th Floor

Theme: Bioinformatics in Food and Agriculture

AR-BIC is an Arkansas-centric bioinformatics community aimed at developing, leveraging, and enhancing state-wide scientific collaboration, thus forming a stable environment available to support the Arkansas-wide research, education, training, and entrepreneurial/industrial activities in life sciences-related computing.

Agenda

Day 1: Monday, February 25th, 2019

Morning Session

8:00 am–5:00 pm

Registration and Poster Set Up

 

9:00 am–12:00 pm

Concurrent, Pre-Conference Data Analytics Workshops

(hands on and bring your laptop, wifi-ready computer)

Session Chair: Douglas Rhoads, Ph.D., Director of Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

 

Concurrent Session A: Beginning Hands-on Workshop for R: Getting Started and Basic Analyses

Samantha Robinson, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Location: Cancer Institute – Betsy Blass Conference Room 1013

 

Concurrent Session B: Advanced Hands-on Workshop for R: Practical Hierarchical Bayesian Modeling

Giovanni Petris, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Statistics, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Location: Cancer Institute – Directors Room 1011

 

Concurrent Session C: CyVerse Cyberinfrastructure for Research and Education in Genomics and Metagenomics

Jason Williams, Education, Outreach, and Training Lead, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Location: Institute on Aging – Room 1011

Afternoon Session

Governor Hutchinson’s Welcome Video

Opening Remarks from Jerry Adams, President & CEO, Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA)

1:00 pm–5:00 pm

Session 1: Microbiology in the Land of Data

Session Co-Chairs:

Steven Foley, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Division of Microbiology, National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), U.S. FDA, Jefferson, AR

and

Ohgew Kweon, Ph.D., Staff Fellow, Division of Microbiology, National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), U.S. FDA, Jefferson, AR

1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Keynote 1: GenomeTrakr and GalaxyTrakr – Distributed Sequencing and Bioinformatics for Food Safety

Errol Strain, Ph.D., Supervisory Mathematical Statistician, Division of Microbiology, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), U.S. FDA, White Oak, MD

2:00 pm–2:30 pm

Antimicrobial Resistance Dissemination Among Enteric Bacteria

Stephen Foley, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Division of Microbiology, National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), U.S. FDA, Jefferson, AR

2:30 pm–3:00 pm

Food Production and Microbiome Applications

Steven C. Ricke, Ph.D., Professor, Donald ”Buddy“ Wray Chair in Food Safety, Department of Food Science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

3:00 pm–3:30 pm

Break

3:30 pm–4:00 pm

How Bioinformatics Impact Plant Movement Across Border Lines

Ioannis Tzanetakis, Ph.D., Faculty Director, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

4:00 pm–4:30 pm

Recent Data on the Impact of Veterinary Drug Residues in Food Animal Derived Products on the Human Intestinal Microbiome

Ahn Young-Beom, Ph.D., Staff Fellow, Division of Microbiology, National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), U.S. FDA, Jefferson, AR

4:30 pm–5:00 pm

Keeping Track of It All: Making Microbiome Data Science Scalable, Extensible, and Reproducible

Michael S. Robeson II, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR

Evening Session

5:00 pm–7:00 pm

RECEPTION

Poster Session: Bioinformatics Activities in Arkansas

Day 2: Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Morning Session

8:00 am–12:00 pm

Session 2: Data Analytics and Machine Learning

Session Co-Chairs: Shraddha Thakkar, Ph.D., Division of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, National Center for Toxicological Research, U.S. FDA, Jefferson, AR

and

Bryan Barnhouse, Chief Operating Officer, Arkansas Research Alliance, Conway, AR

8:00 am–9:00 am

Keynote 2: Big Data and Machine Learning to Predict Chemical Toxicity

Thomas Hartung, Ph.D., Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

9:00 am–9:30 am

Text and Gene – Analysis of Big Genomics Data with Text Mining Methods

Weida Tong, Ph.D., Director, Division of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), U.S. FDA, Jefferson, AR

9:30 am–10:00 am

Machine Learning Methods in PlantCV for Leaf Tracking and More

Noah Fahlgren, Ph.D., Director, Bioinformatics Core, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO

10:00 am–10:30 am

Break

10:30 am–11:00 am

From Better Corn to New Plant Paradigms

Dan Berleant, Ph.D., Professor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR

11:00 am–11:30 am

Developing an Intelligent System for Species Identification of Food-Contaminating Beetles

Joshua Xu, Ph.D., Division of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), U.S. FDA, Jefferson, AR

11:30 am–12:00 pm

For the Blockchain/Internet of Things

Chase Rainwater, Ph.D., College of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Lunch

 

Afternoon Session

 

1:00 pm–5:30 pm

Session 3: Bioinformatics Resources

Session Co-Chairs: Weida Tong, Ph.D., Director, Division of Bioinformatics, National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), U.S. FDA, Jefferson, AR

and

Argelia Lorence, Ph.D., Professor, of Metabolic Engineering, Arkansas State University (A-State), Jonesboro, AR

1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Keynote 3: Real World Evidence Drives Innovation in Healthcare

Lawrence Lesko, Ph.D., University of Florida, Orlando, FL

2:00 pm–2:30 pm

Database to Store High-Throughput Phenotyping Data

Jack Cothren, Ph.D., Professor of Geography, Director of the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

2:30 pm–3:00 pm

Agricultural Data–Supplying Information and Data Needs

Eugene Young, Regional Director, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Delta Regional Office, USDA, Little Rock, AR

3:00 pm–3:30 pm

Break

3:30 pm–4:00 pm

AgBase

James M. Reecy, Ph.D., Professor, Director of the Office of Biotechnology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

4:00 pm–4:30 pm

Computer Cyber Security Training and Food Science

Dale R. Thompson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Programs, university of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

4:30 pm–5:00 pm

Plant Imaging Consortium in Arkansas

Fiona Goggin, Ph.D., Professor, Director Experiment Station, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

5:00 pm–5:30 pm

Ricebase: A Web Resource for Rice Breeding and Genetic Discovery

Jeremy Edwards, Ph.D., ARS Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center, USDA, Stuttgart, AR

5:30 pm

Closing Remarks by Weida Tong (NCTR)

AR-BIC 2019 REGISTRATION

Registration Closing February 15


Registrant Information

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Posters

AR-BIC 2019 will feature poster competition. Prizes will be awarded $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place in undergraduate and graduate categories. Students may present a poster without participating in the competition.


Click the button below to submit an abstract. English language and in Word format only. Full submission guidelines can be downloaded here.

Do you wish to participate in the competition?

If yes, which category?

Pre-conference Workshops

New to AR-BIC 2019 is a series of concurrent, hands-on, pre-conference workshops focusing on data analytics. Registration is required and space is limited. Please see the agenda for more details and select your pre-conference workshop below.

Lunch on Monday will be provided ONLY for pre-conference workshop participants. Students who do not show up, be advised that your faculty mentor or advisor may be billed.

Lodging

The number of limited complimentary hotel rooms has been filled. If you would like to stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Little Rock Midtown, you will be responsible for your own reservations and expense.*

The following is the requirement of the AR-BIC grant and will not be released for commercial purposes.