Tuesday, October 17, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: $20
Limit: 20

On Tuesday, October 17, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm there will be an opportunity to hike to Mount LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM) via the Alum Cave Trail. This is one of the most popular hikes in GRSM offering stunning panoramic views of the Park, as well as the opportunity to view interesting geologic features. To reach the summit of Mount LeConte, participants will climb 2763 feet and hike 5.5 miles (11-mile round trip) from the Alum Cave Trailhead (more information on the hike). Participants should bring appropriate hiking equipment. Participants will meet in the lobby at the Holiday Inn at 7:30 am and transportation to and from the trailhead will be provided. Lunch is included. Additional participants are welcome to join the hike if they bring their own lunch and have their own transportation to the Alum Cave Trailhead.


Wednesday, October 18, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: $100
Limit: 20

On Wednesday, October 18, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, The University of Tennessee Genomics Core will host a workshop on Next Generation DNA sequencing. This workshop will target researchers new to the field of genomics, focusing on molecular dietary studies with DNA metabarcoding, although researchers interested in other Next Gen topics could benefit as well. Participants will be guided through a typical amplicon workflow on an Illumina MiSeq platform via a combination of interactive lectures and hands-on experiences. If time allows, they will also be instructed on some basic bioinformatics analysis options. Participants will meet in the lobby of the Holiday Inn at 8:30 and transportation to the Genomics Core will be provided. Transportation back to the hotel may not be available, but the facility is an easy 15-minute walk from the hotel. Please let us know if you will require assistance getting back to the hotel. Lunch is included.


Wednesday, October 18, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $20
Limit: 20

On Wednesday, October 18, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Dr. Paul Moosman will lead a workshop on surveying for day-roosting eastern small-footed bats. Participants will visit either natural rock outcrops or rip-rap covered TVA dams near Knoxville to learn about survey techniques. They will be given a short on-site tutorial on how to spot suitable crevices and will then canvas the area to locate bats. If bats are present, Dr. Moosman will demonstrate techniques for extracting them from rock crevices. In addition, he will discuss non-traditional techniques for monitoring eastern small-footed bat populations, including how to mist-net on talus/rip-rap and how to measure population density using quantitative visual sampling. Participants should bring a bright handheld flashlight (note: a wrist lanyard is highly recommended) and wear sneakers or hiking boots. Participants will meet in the lobby of the Holiday Inn at 9:30 am and transportation to and from the survey location will be provided. Lunch is included.

Southern Curling - Spallanzani Fund Benefit Event

Wednesday, October 18, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $40
Limit: 50

Curling returns to NASBR!!! In collaboration with the Great Smoky Mountains Curling Club, Curling will return to NASBR as a fundraiser for NASBR’s annual Spallanzani Award. You will be introduced to “Southern Curling” at the Ice Chalet which is only a few miles from the Holiday Inn. Curlers should assemble in the lobby of the Holiday Inn at 11 AM for transport to the Ice Chalet. Following 2 hours of curling, curlers will recuperate at the Beer Market, a short hobble from the Ice Chalet. The Beer Market is a unique outdoor watering hole and sponsor of NASBR 2017. Curlers will be picked up at the Beer Market for delivery back to the Holiday Inn at 3 PM. 

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