iPlant Workshop @ Forestry Complex Building 1, Room 304
May 7 – May 8 all-day
May 7, 2015 9:00am – 5:00pm (Forestry Complex Building 1, Rm. 304)
May 8, 2015 9:30am – 3:30pm (Forestry Complex Building 1, Rm. 304)

Register Here

This 2-day workshop provides a comprehensive look at platforms, tools, and services for large-scale data analysis provided by the iPlant Collaborative, cyberinfrastructure project of the National Science Foundation. Workshop topics build progressively to cater to the needs of general and advanced audiences. Through several hands-on demos and guided exercises, workshop participants will get a comprehensive look at iPlant’s tools and services for large-scale data analysis. Use cases will draw on topics in GWAS and lectures on theory will help you to plan, build, and critique your own experiments.

Participants will get hands-on experience with the following iPlant cyberinfrastructure:

  • Discovery Environment: Simple web portal for managing data, analyses, and workflows. Complex bioinformatics applications can be run without knowing command line programming; users can also integrate their own tools.
  • Data Store: Scalable, secure, and reliable storage for terabyte-scale data.
  • Atmosphere: 1-click, on-demand cloud computing.

Who Should Attend?

Any investigator (PIs, post-docs, grad students, industry users) who is or will be working with large datasets and computation-intensive research questions in the life-sciences (plants and animals!).

What will we do at the workshop?

We will cover a variety of hands-on computer demos designed to familiarize you will the major tools and resources available to you. Day one starts with an introduction to iPlant’stools to manage, analyze, and share data – then apply these resources to structured use cases such as analyzing differential gene expression in an RNA-Seq dataset, association studies, image data, and more. Day two covers some more advanced research use-cases and can be customized according to participant interests. We will also help you get started using iPlantwith your own data. All tools are freely accessible with an iPlant account.

What Should I Bring?

This workshop is hands-on so please bring a Wi-Fi enabled laptop. Lunch and breaks will be provided.

All workshops are subject to enrollment – participants should not make travel plans untill they receive a confirmation notice. Participants are responsible for all travel costs.


Tentative Topics (subject to participant interest)

Day One

  • Introduction to iPlant Discovery Environment
  • Importing Data and Collaborating with the iPlant Data Store
  • Setting up an Analysis Pipeline in the DE
  • Examining Differential Expression in an RNA-Seq Dataset
  • Introduction to Atmosphere Cloud Computing

Day Two

  • Visualization of RNA-Seq Data with R in Atmosphere
  • Tools for Association Analysis –GWAS Pipeline
  • Tools and Tool integration –Advanced Phylogenetics
  • Genome Assembly with ALLPATHS
  • Genome Annotation – MAKER
  • Getting started with iPlant Foundation API
CROPS 2015 @ HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
May 18 – May 21 all-day
Plant Center Fall Retreat @ Unicoi Lodge
Oct 29 – Oct 30 all-day

Invited speakers
Kelly Craven, Noble Foundation (student-invited speaker)
Mary Lou Guerinot, Dartmouth University
Matias Kirst, University of Florida
John Willis, Duke University

UGA new faculty speakers
Jill Anderson, Department of Genetics and Odum School of Ecology
Jason Wallace, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Institute of Plant Genetics and Genomics

Professional workshops
Industry career: Hajime Sakai
Scientific writing: Michelle Ballif and Lindsey Harding (30-seat limit)

Graduate Student and Postdoc Poster Competition ($1000, $750 and $500 Awards toward travel!)
Submit your abstract here (due Oct 1st)
Best poster winners (one graduate student and one postdoc) get to present at the 30th Anniversary Joe L. Key Symposium! 

Undergraduate Research Awards
Submit your application here (due Sep 28th at 5pm)


Registration is now open (due Oct 1st)! register here 

27th E. S. Luttrell Lecture @ Georgia Center Room K/L
May 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Department of Plant Pathology

27th E. S. Luttrell Lecture

From the Coastal Plains to the Great Plains: A voyage towards understanding and control vector-borne viruses.

Dr. Anna Whitfield
Department of Plant Pathology
Kansas State University 

For More Information see Flyer.

Joe Key Symposium, Plant Center 30th Anniversary @ Georgia Museum of Art
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – May 12 @ 12:00 pm

Symposium program


May 11, 2016

12:30 – 1:00     Registration and Silent Auction

1:00 – 1:05       David Lee, Vice President for Research
1:05 – 1:10       C.J. Tsai, Plant Center Director
1:10 – 1:30       John IngleEverything you need to know about Joe L. Key (well, perhaps not everything!) 

Session 1 Moderator: William Gurley
1:30 – 1:55       Virginia WalbotThe Good Old Days:  The Key to Success
1:55 – 2:20       Thomas Guilfoyle and Gretchen HagenVentures to Cleves, Allens, and Harry’s Bar
2:20 – 2:45       Elizabeth VierlingThe Heat Shock Response: 30+ Years Later
2:45 – 3:10       Michael CleggTracing the Genomic Origins of Crop Plants
3:10 – 3:15       Silent Auction, Benjamin Steward-Brown

3:15 – 3:45       Break and Silent Auction

Session 2 Moderator: Eva Czarnecka-Verner
3:45 – 3:50       Suzanne Barbour, Dean of the Graduate School
3:50 – 4:10       Caitlin ConnEvolutionary and molecular mechanisms of host perception in parasitic plants of the Orobanchaceae
4:10 – 4:30       Alex HarkessThe evolution of a sex chromosome pair in Asparagus
4:30 – 4:55       Gloria CoruzziKey Visions: The birth of plant molecular biology and its community
4:55 – 5:20       Roger BoermaThe ‘Key’ Effect on Agricultural Research
5:20 – 5:30       Pamela Whitten, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

5:30 – 6:30       Social Hour and Silent Auction

6:30 – 9:00       Banquet and Silent Auction

Master of Ceremonies: Scott Jackson
7:00 – 7:30      Susan WesslerOur Top Dawg

7:30                     Other Remarks and Messages
                               Michael Cassidy, GRA
                               Alan Darvill, CCRC
                               Cleon Ross (read by Scott Jackson)
                               Robert Holm
                               Steven Spiker
                               Paul Horgen
(read by Scott Jackson) 
                               Ginger Goekjian
                               Gary Kochert
                               Ron Nagao

8:30                    Silent auction winners, Benjamin Steward-Brown

May 12, 2016

8:00 – 8:30       Breakfast

University Signature Lecture (Moderator: Jeffrey Bennetzen)
8:30 – 9:30       Sir David BaulcombeWhen genomes meet – RNA, epigenetics and phenotypes of hybrid plants

9:30 – 10:00     Break

Session 3 Moderator: Ronald Nagao
10:00 – 10:25  Natasha RaikhelPioneer and Promoter of Plant Molecular Biology
10:25 – 10:50  John WalkerKey Signals from Beans to Weeds
10:50 – 11:15   Stephen KresovichHow to Fill Noah’s Ark: The Quest to Understand and Conserve Crop Diversity in the 21st Century
11:15 – 11:40   Christopher Leaver50 Key Years: from Purdue via Georgia, to Africa
11:40 – 11:50   Adolph E. Gude Jr. Award Presentation, American Society of Plant Biologists
11:50 – 12:00  Joe Key, Closing Remarks

12:15 – 2:00     Lunch with speakers (by invitation)



Office of the Vice President for Research
Provost’s Office State-of-the-Art Conference Fund
Office of the Academic Programs
Georgia Research Alliance

Plant Center Fall Retreat @ Unicoi State Park
Oct 27 – Oct 28 all-day


Retreat Agenda

Poster Abstract Book

Professional Workshops

Workshop 1: ENGAGE training  (Center for Food Integrity)

Workshop 2: Career Panel (Grotewold, Holbrook, Kamoun, Kanizay, Schlueter)

Organizers: Chad Niederhuth, Matt Zuellig and Wayne Parrott

Workshop flyer

Confirmed Speakers

New Faculty Speakers

Plant Graduate Recruiting Weekend
Jan 27 – Jan 28 all-day
Plant Pathology Luttrell Lecture @ Paul D. Coverdell Center Rm 175
May 8 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Plant Center Spring Symposium @ Tate Center
May 9 all-day
Communication Workshop by Scott Hamilton Kennedy @ 2401 Miller Plant Sciences, UGA
May 10 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm