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Danika L. Bannasch Elected As AAAS Fellow

Danika L. Bannasch

On January 31, 2023, Danika L. Bannasch, Professor Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, and the Genome Center, was elected as one of the 506 new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Bannasch was elected "For contributions across the study of genetics and genomics for the benefit of animal and human health, and service to the profession." 

DEI Task Force Is Seeking New Committee Members

Mission Statement: The Genome Center’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force aims to monitor and improve the workplace climate at the Genome Center by diminishing the barriers to equity in the center.

The DEI Task Force is seeking new committee members! If you’d like to get involved in DEI-related activities at the Genome Center to make our workplace more accessible, equitable, and inclusive for all GC members, join us as either a quorum or volunteer member.

Recent Publication: Method for Discovery of Structural Variations in Hard-to-Call Genome Regions

Published in Nature Methods in December 2022, the paper titled “SVDSS: structural variation discovery in hard-to-call genomic regions using sample-specific strings from accurate long reads” by Denti, Khorsand, Bonizzoni, Hormozdiari, and Chikhi describes a newly developed method to discover structural variants. Structural variants are defined as medium to large size genetic variations and are shown to be important in human genomics, evolution, and diseases.

Biodiversity Genomics Europe Aims to Reverse Biodiversity Loss

UC Davis is a collaborating partner in a new European effort to use DNA data to characterize and conserve life on Earth. The Biodiversity Genomics Europe consortium, launched Sept. 26, is affiliated with the Earth BioGenome Project, which has its administrative headquarters at UC Davis. Harris Lewin, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology at UC Davis, chairs the EBP Working Group.

Dr. Jack Szostak Speaking at the 2022 Weaver Endowed Lecture

The David Weaver Endowed Lecture is a yearly event hosted by the Genome Center and supported by David Weaver's Family. The series honors the memory of David L. Weaver, a distinguished biophysicist and professor at Tufts University for whom the endowment was established in 2006. The 2022 speaker at the David Weaver Endowed Lecture was Dr.

Frightfully Fun 2022 Halloween Symposium

It was great to be back in person for the 2022 Halloween Symposium hosted by the DEI Task Force. The day kicked off with three selected speakers, followed by an excellent keynote from Luis Carvajal-Carmona, and ended with an in-depth discussion of the Genome Center's climate. The DEI Task Force will use the feedback from the discussion to host future events.

We thank the sponsors for supporting the Halloween Symposium and everyone for participating.