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Global Genome Initiative Buck Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

Posted February 2, 2018 - 4:45pm

The Global Genome Initiative Buck Fellowships are two-year fellowships that contribute specifically to the goals of the Global Genome Initiative (GGI) at the National Museum of Natural History and include a 60% time commitment to biodiversity genomic research and 40% commitment to other GGI related activities.  The fellowships are aimed at increasing the capacity for biodiversity genomics at the National Museum of Natural History.

Expert Q&A: Smithsonian Scientists on Evaluating DNA Quality

Posted February 1, 2018 - 1:58pm

With the rapid adoption of long-read sequencing and other technologies that require high molecular weight DNA input, there is rising demand for high-quality samples from biorepositories around the world. To accommodate this, scientists at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, developed and published a rapid, inexpensive method for quantifying DNA quality.

2018 GGBN-GGI Awards Program

Posted February 1, 2018 - 1:17pm

The GGBN-GGI Awards Program sponsored by the Global Genome Initiative provides funding in support of projects that promote the discoverability of new genetic collections through the Global Genome Biodiversity Network’s Data Portal (http://www.ggbn.org/ ).

Open access genomic resources for terrestrial arthropods

Posted January 9, 2018 - 11:20am

Genome sequencing initiatives like the Arthropod i5k project and other biodiversity genomics research rely on access to high quality DNA and/or tissue. Global collection initiatives such as the Smithsonian Global Genome Initiative (GGI) and its partner network, the Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN) aim to provide access to these resources at high-quality standards. Here, we review progress toward providing genomic resources (tissues, DNA, genomes) for terrestrial arthropods, a megadiverse animal group, and compare progress in genome sequencing to all other animals....

2018 GGI Rolling Awards Program

Posted December 18, 2017 - 3:30pm

The Global Genome Initiative (GGI) Rolling Awards Program provides funding to Smithsonian-affiliated researchers for projects that support GGI goals of expeditionary research and development of genomic biodiversity science at the SI. Requests up to $30,000 with clear budget justifications will be considered. Smaller proposals to enhance field work and/or acquire genomic collections are especially encouraged. Proposals with a DNA barcoding component may be jointly considered and/or funded by the SI Barcode Network.

Announcing GGBN/Specify Integration

Posted November 15, 2017 - 3:16pm

The Specify Software Project (www.specifysoftware.org) is pleased to announce the fruition of a joint software effort with the Global Genome Biodiversity Network (www.ggbn.org) to facilitate the communication of genetic sample data to the GGBN Portal from biological museums around the world...

Read the full post here: http://www.sustain.specifysoftware.org/2017/11/15/1913/

2018 GGI Peer Awards Program

Posted November 8, 2017 - 4:50pm

The Peer-Review Awards Program sponsored by the Global Genome Initiative (GGI) provides funding to Smithsoninan and Affiliated Researchers for projects that support expeditionary research, the collection of genomic quality archival biological tissues, and the development of genomic biodiversity science.

Collecting salamandar DNA, intern gets 'crash course' in modern field biology

Posted August 23, 2017 - 2:20pm

Finding and catching salamanders might look like something Eastern Mennonite University senior Cerrie Mendoza would have done as a science-loving child, but in reality, amphibian hide-and-seek was just one aspect of her internship this summer. Mendoza, a biology major from El Paso, Texas, is taking part in a collaboration pilot project between the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), the U. S.

Garden Genomics Tissue Banking Workshop

Posted May 24, 2017 - 11:20am

The Global Genome Initiative for Gardens (GGI-Gardens) is organizing a satellite meeting during the XIX International Botanical Congress , entitled Garden Genomics Tissue Banking Workshop, hosted by the Global Genome Initiative for Gardens on Wednesday 26 July 2017 from 9:00–12:00 at Fairy Lake Botanical Garden in Shenzhen, China.

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