UK Center for Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Spring Symposium

The Center for Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, the Department of Entomology and the Department of Biology at the University of Kentucky are proud to announce our 9th annual Spring Symposium in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior on May 13-14, 2010 (Thursday-Friday), at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. See also information on previous years. The objectives of the symposium are to:

  1. Increase interaction among departments on campus and between local colleges/universities,
  2. Educate the UK community about the research programs that surround them, and
  3. provide a forum at which graduate students can practice their presentations for upcoming summer meetings.

Each day we have slots for about twenty 15 minute seminars plus two key-note seminars by visiting scientists. Keynote speakers this year include Greg Grether (UCLA), Dan Heath (University of Windsor), e John Jaenike (University of Rochester), and e Heather Reynolds (Indiana University). Links to the keynote speakers’ web pages are included at the bottom of this email.

The entire event is free and lunch will be provided free of charge to all participants, thanks to the support of our UK sponsors, including the Department of Entomology, the Department of Biology, the College of Agriculture, and the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment.

The symposium is open to anyone who wishes to attend. Slots for presentations are available to all students, post-docs or faculty from UK or the surrounding community. We especially encourage students from neighboring colleges and universities to attend and/or present at this symposium. Faculty are also welcome to present seminars (and we have always had time for some faculty talks), but priority will be given to students and post-docs.

This event has been well attended the past eight years, including numerous attendees from the University of Louisville, University of Cincinnati, Kentucky State University, Berea College, Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University and Transylvania University. Please encourage your colleagues at other local colleges to also attend and present talks on their research.

Visiting students, post-docs or faculty that require housing for Thursday night can stay with UK graduate students or faculty (as space permits; please contact me if you need such arrangements).

For further information, or to reserve a slot for a presentation, please contact Jen White at, 859-257-6693. If you can only attend on one of the two days you should indicate this in your e-mail so that you can reserve a presentation slot on that specific day.

As in previous years we have enough financial support to bring in multiple outside speakers (keynote speakers). Our keynote speakers in all previous years gave outstanding talks and generated enthusiastic discussion. I expect this year's speakers to be equally exciting!

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