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Genome Technology Conference and Events Calendar: Jan 17, 2005

Following is a list of conferences and other events scheduled to take place over the next two weeks. For a complete list of events, read Genome Technology, a GenomeWeb News sister publication.

Jan.18. DEADLINE. Through its Public Health Service branch, NIH has proposed best practices guidelines for the licensing of genomic inventions, and the public is invited to give feedback through today. The guidelines are recommendations to the NIH's internal tech transfer community as well as funding recipients, according to the call for comment. Contact Bonny Harbinger at +1.301.594.7700.

Jan.19. SYMPOSIUM. Thermo Electron hosts its traveling 2005 Research Symposia Series, consisting of one-day programs focused on new and advanced approaches to using vibrational spectroscopy. Today in Maryland, Nick Carpita of Purdue Universitywill give a presentation entitled "FT-IR and FT-NIR Spectroscopy in Plant Cell Wall Genomic Research." Carpita will also speak at the same symposium on January 25 in New Jersey.

Jan.25. SEMINAR. Agilent Technologies hosts a free one-day seminar on high-speed LC and GC techniques. Seminars are held daily beginning today in Del Mar, Calif., and moving to Garden Grove, Burlingame, and Walnut Creekon the following days. Topics include optimization of instruments and analysis times, among others. Lunch is included, and attendees may receive a coupon for future purchases of Agilent GC or LC columns.

Jan.27. SEMINAR. NHGRI's biweekly seminar series, sponsored by its intramural research division, is open to all NIH employees and to the public. Marco Marra of the Genome Sciences Centre at the BC CancerResearchCenterwill speak. Seminars are held at the main conference room of Building 50 from to .

Jan.28. INFORMATION SESSION. Sun Microsystems hosts "UC Berkeley SunDay," where anyone interested may familiarize himself with the company. Discussions will focus on Sun and AMD Opteron; managed services; Solaris 10; system security; and more. Breakfast and lunch will be served. UC Berkeley, 110 South Hall.

Jan.30.05. CONFERENCE. Trade show behemoth Lab Automation heads to San Jose, Calif., from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3.

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