Harnessing Bioinformatics to Improve the Rice Root System

Posted by David Wagner on September 14, 2015
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Hanlon Poster 2015

Meredith Hanlon ’09 will be speaking on September 24 at 4:30 pm in Steffee B102. The presentation will be about rice genetics and the bioinformatic tools used for analysis. Students with an interest in bioinformatics are encouraged to attend.

Diversity to Feed the World: Harnessing Bioinformatics to Improve the Rice Root System

Meredith Hanlon ’09
PhD Candidate, Penn State University

September 24, 2015
4:30 pm
Steffee B102

Rice serves as a staple food for 3 billion people, the majority of
whom live in developing countries. To feed the rapidly growing
population, farmers must produce more while dealing with
unpredictable weather patterns, pests, and diseases. Roots obtain
nearly all of the nutrients and water that plants need to grow, and
root hairs in particular are highly beneficial for phosphorus
acquisition. This presentation will explore how new genomic tools
reveal genetic control of root traits across a population of rice that
encompasses the global diversity of the species. This knowledge
base will allow breeders to cross efficient root traits into highly-
productive rice lines and help basic scientists to understand how
natural variation impacts the regulation of a developmental
system. Please join us to learn about the amazing genetic and
phenotypic diversity of rice, the bioinformatic and statistical tools
of genomic analysis, and the molecular and genetic tools used to
unravel the genotype to phenotype puzzle in rice.

Looking for a Health Coach? Try a Robot

Posted by David Wagner on September 10, 2015
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The summer research work conducted by Assistant Professor Janyl Jumadinova, Almog Boanos ‘17, Michael Camara ‘17, and Victor Zheng ‘17 has been recently featured on the Allegheny College website. Their research involves using a system of robots and wearable sensors to monitor a health care patient in his or her own home.

Acutec Internship Information Session

Posted by admin on September 01, 2015
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Acutec, a machining company based in Meadville, will hold an internship information session on Thursday, September 3 at noon in Alden 101. Pizza will be provided. Please sign up in class this week or RSVP to

Departmental Coffee and Tea

Posted by admin on August 31, 2015
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The department of Computer Science will again host afternoon coffee and tea sessions this semester in Alden Hall.  The first session is this Tuesday, September 1 at 2:00 PM and will continue weekly. All are welcome to join for friendly conversation. Snacks and beverages are provided.

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Job Opportunities at iJet

Posted by admin on May 28, 2015
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There are job opportunities for Computer Science majors at iJet International in the areas of systems administration, software development, intelligence analysis, quality assurance, accounting, and more. See for more details and connect with Allegheny alumnus Corey Carlson on Facebook or Linkedin.