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NEON Workshop on the Ecology & Evolution of Infectious Diseases

August 31-September 2, 2004

Belmont Conference Center
6555 Belmont Woods Road
Elkridge, MD 21075
(410) 796-4300

Workshop participants

  1. Mark Boyce, University of Alberta
  2. James Childs, Yale University
  3. Barbara Ellis, Centers for Disease Control
  4. Karen Garrett, Kansas State University
  5. Greg Glass, Johns Hopkins University
  6. Tom Hobbs, Colorado State
  7. Robert Holt, University of Florida
  8. Tim Keitt, University of Texas-Austin
  9. Uriel Kitron, University of Illinois
  10. Sabra Klein, Johns Hopkins University
  11. James Mills, Centers for Disease Control
  12. Rick Ostfeld, Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  13. Robert Parmenter, Valles Caldera Nat'l Trust
  14. Fenando Pineda, Applied Physics Laboratory
  15. Allison Sunny Power, Cornell University
  16. Jason Rasgon, North Carolina State
  17. Marilyn Roossinck, Noble Foundation
  18. Kellogg Schwab, Johns Hopkins University
  19. Gary Smith, University of Pennsylvania
  20. Jill Stewart, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  21. Chuck Taylor, UC-Los Angeles
  22. Terry Yates, University of New Mexico


  • Liz Blood, NSF
  • Jim MacMahon, Utah State University
  • Mike Willig, NSF


Convened by:
Convened by Greg Glass of Johns Hopkins University
In Conjunction with The American Institute of Biological Sciences
With Support from The National Science Foundation


Preliminary Agenda

Meeting Objectives

  • Identify the key scientific questions, hypotheses, or issues around which NEON should be organized in order to support research in the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases arena
  • Suggest infrastructure design needs associated with these questions

Tuesday, August 31

5:00 pm Opening Remarks/Setting the Stage
  • Welcome (Greg Glass)
  • Brief group introductions
  • Context for meeting; desired outcomes (Greg Glass)
5:15 NEON Overview
  • History of NEON — Ground covered to date; kind of input needed now; questions and answers (Jeff Goldman)
  • Overview of NEON Infectious Diseases grand challenge (Greg Glass)
6:00 Closing Comments/Adjourn to Dinner


Wednesday, September 1

8:30 am

Light Breakfast Available
Served Continental style; optional attendance

9:00 Opening Remarks/Setting the Stage
  • Welcome (Abby Dilley)
  • Group introductions
  • Review of meeting purpose and goals (Abby Dilley)
  • How we are going to get at those issues; review of agenda and ground rules (Facilitator)
9:20 Criteria That Will Be Used to Prioritize Among Suggested Questions, Hypotheses, and Issues — To be determined by participants (Facilitated)
10:20 Break
10:30 Small Group Work to Generate Candidate Questions, Hypotheses, and Issues — Discussion starter sheets distributed to groups. (Facilitated — facilitators rove between the small groups)
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 Small Group Reports to Plenary; Suggested Questions, Hypotheses, and/or Issues10-minute report out from each small group, followed by reflective plenary discussion of themes that emerged. (Facilitated)
2:30 Break
2:45 Selecting Key Questions, Hypotheses, and/or IssuesUsing "n/3" technique, apply previously agreed-upon selection criteria to brainstormed list of possible questions, hypotheses, and/or issues to select items to be recommended as focal points. (Facilitated)
4:30 Group Photo (Amateur)
4:40 Dinner
6:30 Small Group Work to Generate Suggestions Re: Infrastructure Associated with Suggested Questions, Hypotheses, and Issues — Each group focuses on infrastructure needs associated with just one of the priority questions / hypotheses / issues identified earlier. (Facilitated — facilitators rove between the small groups)
8:00 pm Closing Comments/Adjourn (Greg Glass)


Thursday, September 2

8:30 am

Light Breakfast Available
Served Continental style; optional attendance.

9:00 Opening Remarks
  • Review Agenda for the Day (Abby Dilley)
  • Reflections from Day 1 (Abby Dilley/Greg Glass)
9:15 Small Group Reports to Plenary — 15-minute report out from 1st two small groups, followed by questions and answers. (Facilitated)
10:30 Break
10:45 Small Group Reports to Plenary (cont'd) — 15-minute report out from remaining small groups, followed by questions and answers. (Facilitated)
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Plenary Discussion: Infrastructure Needs — Reflective discussion of themes and insights that emerged from small group presentations on infrastructure needs. (Facilitated)
2:00 Plenary Advice to Report-Writers — Full group will have an opportunity to offer suggestions to the subgroup that will produce the workshop report. Focus will be on identifying key points and themes to highlight in the report. (Facilitated)
2:45 Closing Comments (Greg Glass/Jeff Goldman)
3:00 pm Adjourn
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