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GeneLab Innovation Awards Promoted at the 2016 Experimental Biology Meeting

2016 April — 3-5
Place — San Diego Convention Center 111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
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NASA Space Biology and GeneLab representatives from Ames Research Center collaborated on a joint booth exhibit at the 2016 Experimental Biology meeting, April 3-5 in San Diego, California. The recently released GeneLab Innovation Awards funding opportunity was heavily promoted during the three days of the exhibit, with students and researchers expressing interest in exploring the GeneLab datasets and applying for the grant. Enthusiasm was high during live demonstrations of the GeneLab website and data system. Interactions with booth visitors raised a number of note-worthy questions about GeneLab:

• Will GeneLab federate the datasets?
• What is the difference between GeneLab and the other repositories?
• Will there be a GeneLab app for smartphones?
• Will GeneLab provide analytics capabilities?

Approximately 240 direct contacts were made at the booth. Of the attendees directly engaged at the booth, approximately 50% were post-doctoral candidates interested in learning about fellowship opportunities in life sciences at NASA. Another 25% of visitors were research scientists, many of whom were surprised to see NASA exhibiting at a life sciences meeting, and were pleased to learn that NASA has grant funding in Space Biology and the Human Research Program.

Roughly 20% of the attendees who stopped by the booth were graduate or undergraduate students seeking information about NASA internships. An estimated 13,000 visitors attended this year’s Experimental Biology meeting. Ames Research Center representatives who participated in supporting the booth were Kaushik Chakravarty, Gina Figliozzi, and Elizabeth Keller.

For more information, please visit: 2016 Experimental Biology Conference

Place — San Diego Convention Center 111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
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