In December 2001, the NC State Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics
went south for the summerthe summer Down Under, that is. After
seven years of hosting over 1,000 participants from every continent
at its unique and intensive summer workshops in Raleigh, the Institute
was invited to Christchurch, New Zealand, to present a six-day curriculum
following a joint meeting of Australian and New Zealand Statistics
Societies. The course was sponsored by the New Zealand government
and SAS New Zealand.
Summer Institute offered a series of modules with topics ranging
from basic statistics or genetics to the more demanding quantitative
trait locus mapping (QTL) and bioinformatics. The course is designed
to fill the gaps between participants research and the latest
information in the field of statistical genetics.
and genetics faculty members led by Dr. Bruce Weir, Director of
the Bioinformatics Research Center, presented the curriculum to
100 participants from industry, government and academia. The
success of the Institute builds on the long-standing strengths at
the interface of statistics and genetics in the College of Physical
and Mathematical Sciences as well as the College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences, says Weir. It compliments our recent
move into bioinformatics. Other participating faculty members
included Drs. Chris Basten, Dahlia Nielsen, Greg Gibson, Sharon
Browning, Spencer Muse and Shaobang Zeng.
of mouth has become a very important component of our advertising,
says Weir. As a result of its success in Christchurch, the Institute
has been invited by the Haughton Institute at Trinity College in
Dublin, Ireland, to present the program for participants from across
Europe in December 2002. In addition, the Institute has been invited
to Australia in 2003 as part of the International Genetics Congress.
Here in Raleigh, the longer, three-week Institute course will continue
to be presented each summer by the Program in Statistical Genetics
with NIH and NSF sponsorship.
writer: Jeanne-Marie Morlier
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