Learn about science of DNA sequencing at cotton genomics lecture

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ST. GEORGE — Learn about the science of DNA sequencing at Dixie State University’s next “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” presentation Tuesday when Dr. Joshua Udall will offer a lecture on cotton genomics.

The lecture will take place from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the Dunford Auditorium in the Browning Resource Center on the DSU campus. Admission is free and all are invited.

Dixie Forum Josh Udall Josh Udall who will speak at the next Dixie Forum, St. George, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News
Dixie Forum Josh Udall
Josh Udall who will speak at the next Dixie Forum, St. George, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

An associate professor in the department of plant and wildlife science at Brigham Young University, Udall works on gene expression of cotton and cotton genomics.

Currently, Udall is creating optical maps of the diploid and polyploid cotton genomes. He began his work in cotton at Iowa State University as a postdoctoral student with Jonathan Wendel. Together, they created custom micorarrays to investigate gene expression bias of tetraploid cotton.

Udall grew up in Utah, earned a Bachelor’s degree from BYU, a Master’s in plant sciences from the University of Idaho, and a Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he created two DH haploid maps of Brassica napus using RFLP markers.

About “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series

Dixie Forum is a lecture series designed to introduce the St. George community and DSU students, faculty and staff to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews via a 50-minute presentation.

The remainder of the spring Dixie Forum schedule is below. All forums will be at noon on Tuesdays in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSU campus.

  • April 7 | Josh Udall, presenting on cotton genomics and DNA sequencing
  • April 14 | David Wolske, creative director of Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, presenting on typography and design
  • April 21 | Rico E. Del Sesto, Tracey O’Kelly, and the Sustainability Committee, presenting on Earth Day

Event details and resources

  • What: “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World”
  • When: Tuesday, April 7, at noon
  • Where: Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center, Dixie State University campus, 225 S. 700 East, St. George
  • Contact: DSU Forum coordinator John Burns | Telephone 435-879-4712 | Email burns@dixie.edu
  • Dixie forum website

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