October 16-17, 2018 | Lincoln, Nebraska
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Day 1 - Tuesday, October 16
7:30 am Conference materials pick up and continental breakfast

8:30 am Welcome
- Fred Choobineh, Nebraska EPSCoR Director
- Daniel Schachtman, Conference Organization Chair / University of Nebraska-Lincoln

8:50 am Ed Yong - The Atlantic
I contain multitudes: Telling stories about microbes and the people who study them

9:40 am Noah Fierer - University of Colorado at Boulder
Searching for simplicity amidst the complexity of the soil microbiome

10:30 am Break

10:50 am Mary Firestone - University of California, Berkeley
A web of interactions shapes the soil microbiome

11:40 am Eoin Brodie - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Microbial life in soil and deciphering the signatures of niche adaptation

12:30 pm Lunch

Afternoon Session

1:30 pm Kirsten K├╝sel - University of Jena
Forming a groundwater microbiome: Go with the flow and find a niche

2:20 pm Break

2:45 pm Julie Huber - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute / NSF Science and Technology Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations | Microbes, fluids and rocks: Life beneath the seafloor

3:35 pm Kelly Wrighton - Colorado State University
Methanogenesis in soils: It may not be as deep as we all thought

4:25-6:30 pmPoster session and reception

Day 2 - Wednesday, October 17

7:30 am Conference materials pick up and continental breakfast

8:40 am Opening Remarks | Michael Boehm, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

8:50 am Martin Blaser - NYU School of Medicine
Perturbing the microbiota of early life and its consequences

9:40 am Emma Allen-Vercoe - University of Guelph / NuBiyota | Can we use bugs as drugs? Restoring the gut microbiota with 'Microbial Ecosystem Therapeutics'

10:30 am Break
10:50 am Kasie Raymann - University of North Carolina at Greensboro | The effects of antibiotics and pesticides on the gut microbiome and health of honeybees

11:40 am Christine Hawkes - North Carolina State University
Can the plant mycobiome serve as a tool for improving grass stress resistance?

12:30 pm Lunch

Afternoon Session

Sandra Blakeslee & Mary-Charlotte Domandi | Critical skills for talking to the media: How to prepare for an interview and win public trust

4:00 pm End of conference