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Saturday, July 15, 2017

ASHG 2017 crowdfunding drive

The annual American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) meeting is being held in Orlando, FL, on October 17-21 (see here). The talk abstracts aren't online yet, but it's likely to be a big event for those of us interested in ancient DNA, so we'd like to get Chad Rohlfsen down there to run live reports from some of the talks.

But we'll need about $2000 to make it happen. Donations can be sent via PayPal to c_rohlfsen [at] hotmail [dot] com.

We'll try to organize the press pass for Chad next week. If, for whatever reason, Chad doesn't make it to the meeting, he'll promptly refund the donations. It's the same deal as back in 2015 when Chad went to St. Louis to cover the AAPA 2015 conference (see here). But I have a strong feeling that this is going to be much bigger. Let's make it happen.


Samuel Andrews said...

Chad I just gave you $5, you're welcome.

The age of ULTIMATEness!

Karl_K said...

Fantastic idea. I don't want to just hear some lame Ann Gibbons summary in 3 months.

bellbeakerblogger said...

Ann Gibbons' summary of Olalde and the virtual annhilation of British Neolithic by Bell Beakers was that we should accelerate immigration from the Middle East and Africa, because after all, our ancestors were also migrants. Koo-koo! The word 'dynamic' was used more than twice.

Davidski said...

Yeah, I saw that. Really strange angle for a science feature. I was going to write something up about it, but decided not to, because I don't want to focus on politics here.

Karl_K said...

I am all in favor of the free movement of people, and think immigration is great.

However, I don't like my ancient sciences to be taken over by current events and political issues. It just seems forced and strange.

Davidski said...

I'm guessing Ann Gibbons didn't really think too carefully about what it would be like to be a Neolithic farmer at the wrong end of a Yamnaya cudgel.

Dynamic is not what comes to mind.

andrew said...

Cue the "If you wish upon a star . . ." music.