In 2003, the Department of Human Genetics revived a tradition: a beginning-of-the-year department retreat for faculty, staff, students, friends, and family at the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology on the shores of Pymatuning Reservoir. Last weekend’s 2017 gathering featured a poster session, invited speaker talks, student talks, and a panel and group discussion, as well as plenty of opportunities for bonding over meals, table tennis, billiards, board games, canoeing, hiking, ’smores-making, and campfire chats.
The event serves to introduce our new students to the department family, to highlight the studies that we are conducting, to expose them to leaders in cutting-edge research and clinical applications, and to begin the process of transforming them from students to peers and colleagues.
With Genome Regulation as a theme, four invited speakers brought their expertise: Takis Benos from Pittrsquo;s Department of Computational and Systems Biology, Brenda Diergaarde from Pitt Public Health’s Department of Human Genetics, Jacqueline Ho from Children’s Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Nephrology, and Stephen Montgomery from Stanford’s departments of pathology and genetics. Over ninety students, faculty, and staff attended, many with their partners, spouses, and children.