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LINCOLN, Neb. — A University of Nebraska-Lincoln Agricultural Research Division’s “Big Idea Seminars” event will be offered April 14 as the sixth annual Nebraska Gateway to Nutrigenomics Spring Retreat from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Nebraska East Union on UNL’s East Campus.
“Computational Science Meets Nutrigenomics,” co-organized by Janos Zempleni, nutrition and health sciences, and Stephen Scott, computer science and engineering, is a day-long retreat for faculty, postdocs, students, staff, industry partners and other interested parties to provide an opportunity to explore relevant topics and to network with fellow researchers in academia and industry.
The NGN spring retreat registration and continental breakfast will start at 8 a.m. followed by a welcome at 9 a.m. and followed by an overview by Scott and Zempleni, director of the Nebraska Gateway to Nutrigenomics.
The first speaker, Eric Alm, associate professor, biological engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present “Modeling Microbial Ecosystems” at 9:30 a.m.
After a short break, Vasant Honavar, professor and Edward Frymoyer chair, Pennsylvania State University, will present “Computational Prediction of Protein Interfaces and Interactions” at 11 a.m.
After lunch, Melvin Reichman, president and CSO of LIMR Chemical Genomics Center Inc. from the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, will present “How Open Are We to Open-Innovation in Pharmaceutical R$D?” at 1:30 p.m.
There is no fee to attend this event, but preregistration is required as seating is limited. To register, visit http://nutrigenomics.unl.edu/.  Registration includes continental breakfast, breaks and lunch, along with closing reception and poster session.
For more information about the ARD’s Big Idea Seminars, visit the website at bigideaseminars.unl.edu.