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2020
January, 2020

Wednesday, January 01, 2020
WINTER BREAK

Thursday, January 02, 2020 08:00am
WINTER BREAK

Friday, January 03, 2020 08:00am
WINTER BREAK

Monday, January 06, 2020 08:00am
WINTER BREAK

Tuesday, January 07, 2020 08:00am
WINTER BREAK

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 08:00am
WINTER BREAK

Thursday, January 09, 2020 08:00am
WINTER BREAK

Friday, January 10, 2020 08:00am
WINTER BREAK

Monday, January 13, 2020
WINTER BREAK

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
WINTER BREAK

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
WINTER BREAK

Thursday, January 16, 2020
WINTER BREAK

Friday, January 17, 2020
WINTER BREAK

Monday, January 20, 2020
MLK HOLIDAY

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
1ST DAY OF CLASSES SPRING 2020

Thursday, January 23, 2020 02:00pm - 03:00pm
POPBIO SEMINAR - Dr. Dae-Jin Yun

Location: NHB 1.720

Friday, January 24, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BB&E SEMINAR - Tracy Burkhard

Location: MBB 1.210

Monday, January 27, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
IB/PB Seminar- Rachael Bonoan - Tufts University

Location: MBB 1.210

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
EcoLunch

Location: PAT 142

Thursday, January 30, 2020 02:00pm - 03:00pm
POPBIO SEMINAR- Nancy Moran

Location: NHB 1.720

Friday, January 31, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BB&E SEMINAR - Gerard Wallace

Location: MBB 1.210

February, 2020

Monday, February 03, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
IB/PB Seminar - Joshua Gendron - Yale University

Location: MBB 1.210

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
IB Evolutionary Genomics Faculty Search Seminar: Dr. John McCutcheon, University of Montana

Location: MBB 1.210

Friday, February 07, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BB&E SEMINAR - David Buss

Location: MBB 1.210

Monday, February 10, 2020 12:00pm - 01:30pm
Management Training Workshop
To attend this event you must have registered in advance with Theresa Kelly.
Location: NHB 1.720

Monday, February 10, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
IB/PB Seminar- Molly Schumer - Stanford

Location: MBB 1.210

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
EcoLunch

Location: PAT 142

Thursday, February 13, 2020 02:00pm - 03:00pm
IB Evolutionary Genomics Faculty Search Seminar: Dr. Stephen Smith, University of Michigan

Location: NHB 1.720

Friday, February 14, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BB&E SEMINAR - Morgan Gustison

Location: MBB 1.210

Monday, February 17, 2020 12:00pm - 01:30pm
Management Training Workshop (Post-doc's and Graduate Students Only)
To attend this event you must have registered in advance with Theresa Kelly.
Location: NHB 1.720

Monday, February 17, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
IB/PB Seminar- Jenny Tung - Duke

Location: MBB 1.210

Friday, February 21, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BB&E SEMINAR - Kelly Wallace

Location: MBB 1.210

Monday, February 24, 2020 12:00pm - 01:30pm
Management Training Workshop (NTTT and TTT Faculty Only)
To attend this event you must have registered in advance with Theresa Kelly.
Location: NHB 1.720

Monday, February 24, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
IB/PB Seminar- Rachel Vannette - UC Davis

Location: MBB 1.210

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
IB Evolutionary Genomics Faculty Search Seminar: Dr. Rena Schweizer, University of Montana

Location: MBB 1.210

Thursday, February 27, 2020 02:00pm - 03:00pm
POPBIO SEMINAR- Lauren Meyers

Location: NHB 1.720

Friday, February 28, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BB&E SEMINAR - Larry Gilbert

Location: MBB 1.210

March, 2020

Monday, March 02, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
IB/PB Seminar- Kim Cooper - UC San Diego

Location: MBB 1.210

Tuesday, March 03, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
EcoLunch

Location: PAT 142

Thursday, March 05, 2020 02:00pm - 03:00pm
POPBIO SEMINAR- Alex Wild

Location: NHB 1.720

Thursday, March 05, 2020 03:00pm - 05:00pm
IB Faculty Meeting

Location: PAT 142

Friday, March 06, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BB&E SEMINAR - Robbe Goris

Location: MBB 1.210

Monday, March 09, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
IB/PB Seminar- Andy Alverson - University of Arkansas

Location: MBB 1.210

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
IB Seminar - Dr. Arbel Harpak, Columbia University
Interpreting and deconstructing polygenic scores
Dr. Arbel Harpak
Simons Society Fellow, Columbia University

A polygenic score is a predictor of a person’s trait value computed from his or her genotype. Polygenic scores sum over the genetic effects of the alleles carried by a person—as estimated in a genome-wide association study (GWAS) for the trait of interest. Fields as diverse as clinical risk classification, evolutionary genetics, social sciences and embryo selection are rapidly adopting polygenic scores.

I will show that the prediction accuracy of polygenic scores can be highly sensitive to tiny biases in GWAS effect estimates, and further that the prediction accuracy of polygenic scores depends on characteristics such as the socio-economic status, age or sex of the people in which the GWAS and the prediction are conducted. These dependencies highlight the complexities of interpreting polygenic scores and the potential for serious inequities in their application in the clinic and beyond.

A key reason for these dependencies is in the fact that GWAS estimates are also influenced by factors other than direct genetic effects—including population structure confounding, mating patterns, indirect genetic effects of relatives and other gene-by-environment interactions. I will discuss the development of tools to tease apart the different factors contributing to GWAS associations, and ultimately improve the prediction ability and our interpretation of polygenic scores.

Location: MBB 1.210

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 02:00pm - 03:00pm
IB Faculty Meeting

Location: PAT 142

Thursday, March 12, 2020 02:00pm - 03:00pm
POPBIO SEMINAR- Hans Hofmann

Location: NHB 1.720

Friday, March 13, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BB&E SEMINAR - Isaac Miller-Crews

Location: MBB 1.210

Monday, March 16, 2020
SPRING BREAK

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
SPRING BREAK

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
SPRING BREAK

Thursday, March 19, 2020
SPRING BREAK

Friday, March 20, 2020
SPRING BREAK

Monday, March 23, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
CANCELLED: IB/PB Seminar- Anurag Agrawal - Cornell University

Location: MBB 1.210

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
EcoLunch

Location: PAT 142

Thursday, March 26, 2020 02:00pm - 03:00pm
CANCELLED: POPBIO SEMINAR - Felicity Muth

Location: NHB 1.720

Friday, March 27, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
CANCELLED: BB&E SEMINAR - Beau Alward

Location: MBB 1.210

Monday, March 30, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
CANCELLED: PB Seminar- Dr. Larry York, Noble Foundation, Ardmore Oklahoma

Location: MBB 1.210

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
EcoLunch

Location: PAT 142

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 02:00pm
IB Faculty Meeting

April, 2020

Thursday, April 02, 2020 02:00pm - 03:00pm
POPBIO SEMINAR-Tim Keitt

Location: NHB 1.720

Friday, April 03, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BB&E SEMINAR - Kevin Moran

Location: MBB 1.210

Saturday, April 04, 2020 08:00am - 05:00pm
IBGRS (IB Graduate Research Symposium

Location: NHB 1.720

Monday, April 06, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
CANCELLED: IB/PB Seminar- Darcy Kelley - Columbia University

Location: MBB 1.210

Tuesday, April 07, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
EcoLunch

Location: PAT 142

Thursday, April 09, 2020 02:00pm - 03:00pm
POPBIO SEMINAR- Melissa Kemp

Location: NHB 1.720

Friday, April 10, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BB&E SEMINAR - Allison Davis

Location: MBB 1.210

Monday, April 13, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
CANCELLED: IB/PB Seminar- Diane Debinski - Montana State

Location: MBB 1.210

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
EcoLunch

Location: PAT 142

Thursday, April 16, 2020 02:00pm - 03:00pm
POPBIO SEMINAR - Amy Wolf

Location: NHB 1.720

Friday, April 17, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BB&E SEMINAR - Julia York

Location: MBB 1.210

Monday, April 20, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
CANCELLED: IB/PB Seminar- Ximena Bernal - Purdue

Location: MBB 1.210

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
EcoLunch

Location: PAT 142

Thursday, April 23, 2020 02:00pm - 03:00pm
POPBIO SEMINAR - Felicity Muth

Location: NHB 1.720

Friday, April 24, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BB&E SEMINAR - Isaac Miller-Crews

Location: MBB 1.210

Monday, April 27, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
CANCELLED: IB/PB/Jean Andrews Seminar- Dr. Susanne Renner

Location: MBB 1.210

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
EcoLunch

Location: PAT 142

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 02:00pm
IB Faculty Meeting

Thursday, April 30, 2020 02:00pm - 03:00pm
POPBIO SEMINAR- Brian Sedio

Location: NHB 1.720

May, 2020

Friday, May 01, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BB&E SEMINAR - Jason Ikpatt

Location: MBB 1.210

Monday, May 04, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
CANCELLED: IB/PB Seminar- Jessica Blois - UC Merced

Location: MBB 1.210

Tuesday, May 05, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
EcoLunch

Location: PAT 142

Thursday, May 07, 2020 02:00pm - 03:00pm
POPBIO SEMINAR- Harold Zakon

Location: NHB 1.720

Friday, May 08, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BB&E SEMINAR - David Zheng

Location: MBB 1.210

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 02:30pm
IB Faculty Meeting

August, 2020

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
First Day of Classes - Fall 2020

September, 2020

Wednesday, September 02, 2020 01:00pm - 02:00pm
Ecolunch

Friday, September 04, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BBE Seminar - Arakup Banerjee

Location: Online (Zoom)

Monday, September 07, 2020
LABOR DAY (Staff Holiday)

Tuesday, September 08, 2020 02:00pm - 03:30pm
IB Faculty Meeting

Location: PAT 142

Wednesday, September 09, 2020 01:00pm - 02:00pm
Ecolunch

Friday, September 11, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BBE Seminar - Harold Zakon

Location: Online (Zoom)

Monday, September 14, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
IB/PB Seminar - Larry York - Noble Institute

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 01:00pm - 02:00pm
Ecolunch

Friday, September 18, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BBE Seminar - Marie Monfils

Location: Online (Zoom)

Monday, September 21, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
IB/PB Seminar - OPEN

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 01:00pm - 02:00pm
Ecolunch

Friday, September 25, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BBE Seminar - Marlies Oostland

Location: Online (Zoom)

Monday, September 28, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
IB/PB Seminar - Thiago Rangel - Universidade Federal de Goiás

Location: Zoom (Online)

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 01:00pm - 02:00pm
Ecolunch

October, 2020

Friday, October 02, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BBE Seminar - Sam Smith

Location: Online (Zoom)

Monday, October 05, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
IB/PB Seminar - Carrie Branch - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Wednesday, October 07, 2020 01:00pm - 02:00pm
Ecolunch

Friday, October 09, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BBE Seminar - Jason Ikpatt

Location: Online (Zoom)

Monday, October 12, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
IB/PB Seminar - Shana Caro - UT Austin, SW Scholar

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 02:00pm - 03:30pm
IB Faculty Meeting

Location: PAT 142

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 01:00pm - 02:00pm
Ecolunch

Friday, October 16, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BBE Seminar - Hans Bilger

Location: Online (Zoom)

Monday, October 19, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
IB Seminar - Dr. Annette Ostling, University of Michigan

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 01:00pm - 02:00pm
Ecolunch

Friday, October 23, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BBE Seminar - Kelly Wallace

Location: Online (Zoom)

Monday, October 26, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
IB/PB Seminar - Jessica Blois - UC Merced

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 01:00pm - 02:00pm
Ecolunch

Friday, October 30, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BBE Seminar - Paige Harden

Location: Online (Zoom)

November, 2020

Monday, November 02, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
IB/PB Seminar - Chase Smith - UT Austin, SW Scholar

Wednesday, November 04, 2020 01:00pm - 02:00pm
Ecolunch

Friday, November 06, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BBE Seminar - Phil Queller

Location: Online (Zoom)

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 02:00pm - 03:30pm
IB Faculty Meeting
https://utexas.zoom.us/j/91440354614
Location: PAT 142

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 01:00pm - 02:00pm
Ecolunch
https://utexas.zoom.us/j/97079950970

Friday, November 13, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BBE Seminar - Sarah Price

Location: Online (Zoom)

Monday, November 16, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
IB/PB Seminar - Tom Bytnerowicz - UT Austin, SW Scholar
Monday, November 16th, at 3 p.m. at Zoom link below:

https://utexas.zoom.us/j/93821510569

Host: Dr. Amelia Wolf

Talk blurb: The land carbon sink currently absorbs over one quarter of anthropogenic CO2 emissions. The strength of the land carbon sink through the 21st century depends on the availability of nutrients, particularly nitrogen (N). N-fixing trees, which are symbioses between certain tree species and bacteria that convert atmospheric N2 gas to plant-available N, are by far the largest source of new N to many ecosystems. In this talk I will discuss work that examines the drivers of symbiotic N-fixation rates and the abundance of N-fixing trees as they pertain to latitude, climate, and N-fixation strategies. The goals of this work are to uncover the mechanisms that determine global patterns of N-fixing trees and fixation rates and to use that understanding to predict N-fixation across spatial and temporal scales. Of particular interest is predicting how climate change will alter global N-fixation and what effect that will have on land carbon storage.

If you would like to meet with Dr. Bytnerowicz individually for 30 minutes via Zoom, please sign up at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_lVFLKi2aBHXBu8YDToEbqA_YDt6kd0iqNnSlNtycvI/edit?usp=sharing

He will also be hosting a post-talk virtual “happy hour” with five graduate students starting at 4:30 p.m. Sign up at the bottom of this page:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_lVFLKi2aBHXBu8YDToEbqA_YDt6kd0iqNnSlNtycvI/edit?usp=sharing

About Dr. Bytnerowicz: Dr. Bytnerowicz’s research addresses the role that nitrogen-fixing trees play in feedbacks between nitrogen limitation, forest growth, and climate. He comes to UT from Columbia University, where he completed his PhD as an EPA STAR graduate fellow under the supervision of Dr. Duncan Menge. His work as a Stengl-Wyer scholar includes improving the depiction of nitrogen fixation in terrestrial biosphere models and uncovering the mechanisms that determine nitrogen fixation across tropical and subtropical biomes.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 02:00pm - 04:00pm
FIELD CLASS COMMITTEE MEETING
https://utexas.zoom.us/j/98215083720
Location: PAT 142

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 01:00pm - 02:00pm
Ecolunch

Friday, November 20, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm
BBE Seminar - Maddie Dwortz

Location: Online (Zoom)

Monday, November 23, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm
IB/PB Seminar - Jessica Metcalf - Princeton

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Thursday, November 26, 2020
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Friday, November 27, 2020
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

December, 2020

Tuesday, December 01, 2020 02:00pm - 03:00pm
Field Station Users Meeting

Wednesday, December 02, 2020 01:00pm - 02:00pm
Ecolunch

Monday, December 07, 2020
LAST DAY OF CLASSES Fall 2020

Tuesday, December 08, 2020 02:00pm - 03:30pm
IB Faculty Meeting

Location: PAT 142

Monday, December 21, 2020
WINTER BREAK

Tuesday, December 22, 2020
WINTER BREAK

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
WINTER BREAK

Thursday, December 24, 2020
WINTER BREAK

Friday, December 25, 2020
WINTER BREAK

Monday, December 28, 2020
WINTER BREAK

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
WINTER BREAK

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
WINTER BREAK

Thursday, December 31, 2020
WINTER BREAK

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