News/2008 Summer School Report
Or, what 29 people did with their summer vacation.
The first annual GMOD Summer Schoolsummer was held July 11-13, 2008 at NESCent in Durham, NC. It was attended by 25 students and 4 instructors from 19 different states plus France and The Netherlands. Researchers came from the arthropod, vertebrate, prokaryote, plant, fungus, and virus communities. The questions and discussions were lively and participants were fully involved in the hands-on class. Students started the class with a minimal install of Linux and finished 2 1/2 (sometimes bumpy) days later with a system that was running Chado, GBrowse, Apollo, and CMap.
We will be having a Second Annual Summer School in 2009 at NESCent. We will use what we learned at this year's course to make next year's even better. Watch this space for information on that course as next summer gets closer.
There has also been some discussion of holding the course in Europe. If you would be interested in attending a several day course on GMOD in Europe please send me an e-mail. If we get enough interest, we might try and pull it off.