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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NIBLSE Undergraduate Bioinformatics Survey

Want to Improve Undergraduate Bioinformatics Education?

The Network for Integrating Bioinformatics into Life Sciences Education (NIBLSE) is an NSF Research Coordination Network for Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE) devoted to establishing bioinformatics as essential to the undergraduate life sciences curriculum. Please take (and share!) this brief survey we have developed (https://goo.gl/H2XkrU) about how bioinformatics should be included in the life sciences curriculum.

We invite you to read more about our activities and other ways to contribute and provide feedback at our project website (https://qubeshub.org/groups/niblse) or by contacting the PI at the address above.
URL: https://goo.gl/H2XkrU

Contact Person: Mark Pauley (mpauley@unomaha.edu)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Call for Submissions to Workshop on Computational Biology at ICML 2016

We invite submissions to the Workshop on Computational Biology to be held in conjunction with ICML 2016 conference in New York City, NY.

*Important Dates
Deadline for submissions : May 1, 2016
Notification of acceptance : May 10, 2016
Workshop date : June 24th 2016

*Submission
All novel Computational Biology approaches are of interest to the workshop. We welcome original extended abstracts that present recently published work as well as preliminary ideas. Extended abstracts should not exceed 4 pages in length (plus 1 optional page for references) and should be in pdf format (one column, font size 12). The submission need not be anonymized. If the abstract concerns previously published work, please cite the original paper in the workshop submission.

All accepted contributions shall be presented at the poster session. Awards for Best Poster Presentations will be sponsored by Google.
In addition, a set of best submissions will also have the opportunity to present their work as Contributed Talks, and will receive Travel Awards sponsored by IBM Research.

Accepted abstracts will have the option of being published on the workshop website. For authors who do not wish their abstracts to be posted online or become citable, please mention this in the workshop submission.
Submissions should be made through the EasyChair system.

*Invited Speakers
Barbara Engelhardt, Princeton University
Jennifer Listgarten, Microsoft Research
Christina Leslie, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

*Registration
All participants must register for Workshops at the ICML 2016 website .

*Contact
For workshop-related queries please contact:
icml2016compbio@gmail.com

We are looking forward to your submissions!

Organizing Committee:
Dana Pe'er
Elham Azizi
Sandhya Prabhakaran
Olga Troyanskaya
Edoardo Airoldi
Volker Roth
URL: https://sites.google.com/site/compbioworkshopicml2016

Contact Person: Elham Azizi (icml2016compbio@gmail.com)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

2016 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute: Career Transitions Advancing Biomedical Research Workforce Diversity

2016 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute: Career Transitions Advancing Biomedical

Research Workforce Diversity June 2-3, 2016 Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Bethesda, MD

Who Should Attend: The program is primarily intended for postdoctoral fellows who are near completion of their postdoctoral training appointments. Advanced graduate students may also apply to attend!

Hotel Reservation Deadline Date: May 11, 2016

Travel Awards are Available: The FASEB Office of Sponsored Programs, Diversity and Grants Administration is currently accepting travel award applications to help support participation in this two-day career development program. Applications are approved on a rolling basis.

2016 PPI Registration/Travel Award Application Deadline: Registration/Travel Award Application receipt deadline: Friday, May 6, 2016, at 5PM EDT

Travel awards will be provided for all eligible applicants (those not already receiving federally-funded travel support and who also meet other criteria e.g., citizenship/residency status) who are approved and selected to participate in the Institute. The maximum amount for the travel award is $1,500. (US Citizens/Legal Permanent Resident Aliens trainees on R01, T32 grants are eligible to apply and receive travel award support for the 2016 PPI.)

NOTE: We are not allowed to provide travel awards for selected participants who reside within a 50-mile radius of the meeting venue in Bethesda, MD.

The 2016 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (T36-GM008637-20); therefore, travel awards are restricted to USA citizens or legal permanent residents of the USA, who also reside within the USA or USA territories.

For more information and registration/travel award application forms: twdprograms.org. Questions? Email PostdocWorkshop@faseb.org for answers!

Download mobile app/guide at https://guidebook.com/g/2016PPI.

Featured Presentations:
SciPhD "Preparing for Professional Careers"
Being competitive and successful as a professional scientist, regardless of whether in an industry or academic setting requires mastery of scientific, business and social skills. Running an effective laboratory operation is like running a small business, and can benefit from applying best practices that have been developed by industry. In "Preparing for Professional Careers" we will look at how your scientific/technical skills combined with your business skills and social skills together make up the three identities that define your brand. The same competencies that industry requires in order to be successful are equally important in developing and co- existing in a high-performing team in academic settings.

In the first 1.5-hour session we will look at the 24 competencies that industry has identified as critical in being competitive and successful, and how they relate to scientists own past experiences during their graduate and post-graduate education. We will also look at different kinds of jobs that are available both in academia and industry.

In the second 2-hour session we will discuss how to identify business and social competencies in job ads, and how to use that information to develop targeted resumes that emphasize all three identities (scientific, business, social) in the context of what the hiring institution is seeking. We will also discuss how to build an effective network, and how to leverage that network to identify and research jobs, and get your resume on the hiring manager's desk. Finally we will discuss how to prepare for interviews and effectively apply the business and social skills discussed in the first session to demonstrate why you are a good fit for the position.
Dr. Randall Ribaudo; CEO Human Workflows, LLC, Co-founder SciPhD.com

SciPhD "Essential Communications for Scientists – Tools for Building and Leveraging Your Network"
Establishing and maintaining professional relationships is essential in developing a successful career whether in Academia or Industry. Scientists are perceived as "experts" in both their professional and social settings in almost everything they do. Developing the ability to shift from that "expert" mode to a "learner" mode is a very powerful technique in establishing and strengthening relationships. The ability to adapt your communications mode allows you to stand out and be valued with anyone you meet; whether they are peer scientists, senior executives, the lay public, investors, human resources professionals or any others. Learn to communicate in a way that adds value and is relevant to their organizational role. In this workshop we will explore three communications techniques that specifically focus on adjusting the technical level of your communications, the perceived social context with which you communicate and how to do so in a way that makes you a value d and trusted contact.
Dr. Randall Ribaudo; CEO Human Workflows, LLC, Co-founder SciPhD.com
Mr. Larry Petcovic, MS; Co-founder SciPhD.com, Vice President for Communications

Career Preparation and Skills Development
• Translating Your Credentials on Paper (CV=> Résumé) and in Person
• Nailing the Job Talk and Interview Prep
• Negotiating the Job Offer
• Leveraging PPI: How to Follow Up on an Interesting PPI Presentation and Initiate Informational Interviews
Dr. Andrew Green; Associate Director, Career Center, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Monte Willis; Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory
Medicine University of North at Carolina Chapel Hill

Preparing for Careers in Academia
• Applying for Positions in the Civil Service and in Academia: Academic Research/Higher Education Positions
• Who will do Tomorrow's Research?
• Reality Ph.D.: It's Not Just Academia*
Dr. Jabbar Bennett; Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion, Northwestern University
Dr. Hannah Valantine; Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, NIH

*Variety of Panelists representing recent PhD Postdocs employed in various sectors of the biomedical research workforce

Preparing for Careers in the Federal Government
• Applying for Positions in the Civil Service and in Academia: Civil Service (Federal Government) Positions
• "Uncle Sam" Wants You! What You Can Be With a Biomedical Ph.D. as a Civil Servant for the US Government

Mr. Brian Rabin; Chief, Corporate Recruitment and Internal Operations Unit at NIH
Dr. Alison Gammie; Director, Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, NIGMS/NIH
Dr. Linda Hyman; Division Director, Molecular and Cellular Bioscience, National Science Foundation

Reality Ph.D.: It's Not Just Academia: The series of panel discussions will highlight the diverse careers of postdoc peers/PhD scientists who have successfully transitioned out of their postdoctoral training appointments into independent careers in diverse areas of the biomedical research workforce.
*Science Policy/Science Writing/Communications * Industry *Nonprofit Organizations * Consulting and Entrepreneurship * Science Education/Teaching * Government Research * Government Administration * Academic Science/Research Track * Technology Transfer and Patent
URL: https://guidebook.com/g/2016PPI

Contact Person: info@faseb.org (info@faseb.org)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Lectureship available : Genome Medicine / Clinical Translation Bioinformatics Push in Sheffield

The UK 100 000 Genomes project is actually really making a difference to treatment and approaches to healthcare in UK. Genome Medicine is rapidly being recognised as a mainstream form of healthcare - but the NHS has a lot of catching up to do. Yorkshire is not what comes to mind when one thinks of cutting edge Genome Medicine and eHealth, but in fact, the UK Government has recently invested £20M into eHEalth in the region, and confirmed another £250M for genome medicine over the next 5 years.

The University of Sheffield Medical School is moving rapidly to embrace Genome Medicine. One of several posts it has created, is a lectureship in teaching and research into genome Medicine / Clinical Bioinformatics. Several posts are being developed and the University is actively looking for the next generation of leaders in this area that would like to become part of the transition to genome health care in UK.

Lectureship in Genome Medicine/Translational Bioinformatics
http://bit.ly/1QxRzpE


The UK is home to rapid development of the science of Genome Medicine, an emerging medical discipline that uses genomic information about an individual as part of clinical care, health outcomes and policy implications. The Genome England project is driving the sequencing of 100 000 samples, providing deep new insight into the genomes associated with disease.


The Genomic Medicine group within the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, invites applications for a position as a Lecturer in Bioinformatics/Genomic medicine.


The post builds on our rapidly growing strengths in biomedical genomic research. We work closely with Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Trust and The Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Trust. The University plays a key academic partner role in the Yorkshire and Humber Genome Medicine Centre that is recruiting NHS patients to the Genomics England initiative. We are preferred providers of the NHS England MSc in Genomic Medicine.


We seek a highly motivated lecturer who has the ability to perform research led teaching of Bioinformatics and Genomics relevant to Genome Medicine. The applicant will have broad experience in genetics and clinical bioinformatics and next generation sequencing analysis and will be familiar with the application of these technologies to selection and interpretation of clinically relevant variants. The lecturer will be Co-Director of our flagship MSc in Genome Medicine , and will benefit from a supportive community within the University and across the NHS Genome Medicine Centre for Yorkshire and the Humber. In addition there will be opportunities to develop and deliver curriculum in bioinformatics and genomics across the University, and together with the National Genome Medicine MSc programme   sponsored by HEE, NHS and Genome England, to develop online coursework with international visibility in Genome Medicine and Clinical Bioinformatics.
We are one of nine national centres providing co-ordinated training in Genome Medicine. The Master's in Genomic Medicine has been developed to provide a multi-disciplinary and multi-professional course in genomics that can be applied to clinical practice and medical research. Development of independently funded research is encouraged and there are also funded opportunities to oversee MSc students in association with the GeCIP s that drive post-sequencing analyses of the subjects in the UK 100 000 Genomes Project.


For informal enquiries regarding this job please contact Professor  Winston Hide (winhide @ sheffield.ac.uk  or Dr Janine Kirby at j.kirby @ sheffield.ac.uk

URL: http://bit.ly/1QxRzpE

Contact Person: Winston Hide (winhide@sheffield.ac.uk)

Friday, February 19, 2016

BioArt Winners on Display at NIH

The winning images of the 2015 BioArt contest are now on display at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Visitor's Center in the Hall of Nobel Laureates. The BioArt competition—sponsored by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)—features visually compelling research images and videos produced by members of FASEB constituent societies and other federally funded researchers. Through this annual contest, FASEB seeks to share the beauty and excitement of biological research with the public. The images highlight the diversity of bioscience research and demonstrate the importance of federal support.

This is the fourth year FASEB BioArt winning images have been displayed at NIH. More information about the NIH Visitor Center, including directions and hours of operation, can be found online.
URL: http://www.faseb.org/

Contact Person: Bethany Drehman (bdrehman@faseb.org)

House Passes Controversial NSF Grant Certification Bill

On February 10, the House of Representatives passed Scientific Research in the National Interest Act (H.R. 3293) by margin of 236-178 along a nearly party-line vote. The bill would place new, stricter requirements on the grant-making processes at the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Specifically, the legislation mandates that the Foundation certify each grant to be "worthy of Federal funding" and fulfill other specific criteria in order to be awarded. The House passed legislation with similar requirements for NSF in May in the American COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806)

In response to the bill's passage, the White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy indicating the President's intention to veto the bill should it be presented to him. John Holdren, PhD, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, also issued a comment strongly criticizing the legislation for the potential harm it could inflict on the nation's scientific enterprise. Holdren offered an eloquent defense of NSF's existing merit review processes and the fundamental importance of basic research funded by NSF.

The Senate has yet to take up a version of the COMPETES bill or any similar legislation.
URL: http://www.faseb.org/

Contact Person: Benjamin Krinsky (bkrinsky@faseb.org)

BioPolicy Summit Explores Solutions to Reproducibility Concerns

On February 9, the Global Biological Standards Institute (GBSI) hosted its second BioPolicy Summit, Research Reproducibility: Innovative Solutions to Drive Quality. The summit convened experts in the scientific community to explore ways to resolve ongoing concerns about the reproducibility of basic biomedical research.

Keynote speaker Judith Kimble, PhD, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, began the event by describing recent reports that raised concerns about the reproducibility and translatability of research. Noting that the inability to reproduce a research finding could result from several factors, including poor experimental design, mislabeled reagents, or insufficient reporting of methods, Dr. Kimble stated that problems with reproducibility bear hidden costs in terms of delayed or lost scientific opportunities and declining public confidence in the research enterprise. Therefore, Dr. Kimble noted it is critical that all stakeholders in the biomedical research enterprise work together to implement solutions to improve the reproducibility, transparency, and translatability of basic biological discoveries.

The keynote presentation was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Richard Harris, science correspondent for NPR news. Panelists included Arturo Casadevall, MD, PhD (Johns Hopkins University), Amy Herr, PhD (University of California-Berkeley), Josh LaBaer, MD, PhD (Arizona State University), Brian Nosek, PhD (University of Virginia), and Timothy Simcoe, PhD (Boston University and National Bureau of Economic Research). Much of the discussion focused on ways to alleviate the negative effects of the current hyper-competitive research environment, in which the pressures to procure federal funding and publish research findings in "high impact" journals may result in the premature sharing of research results. Panelists agreed that many of the common issues identified as reducing the reproducibility of research can easily be addressed through more stringent training of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in experimental design, analytical methods, and critical revi ew. Similarly, they said the research community needs to place value on efforts intended to enhance reproducibility and transparency.

To encourage this latter point, GBSI introduced Reproducibility2020, an action plan intended to improve awareness of reagent authentication, enhance protocol and data sharing, and enrich the training of scientists.
URL: http://www.faseb.org/

Contact Person: Yvette Seger (yseger@faseb.org)

ASBMR Capitol Hill Day Assisted by FASEB Office of Public Affairs

Not even "Snowzilla" could stop leaders from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) from advocating on Capitol Hill for sustained and predictable increases to NIH funding on Wednesday, January 27. ASBMR President Douglas P. Kiel, MD, MPH lauded the Hill Day experience, saying, "Today was further evidence that a personal commitment to advocacy is crucial to attach a face to the important, life-saving research we do, so that our policy makers and the general public remember the significance of supporting scientists."

The success of this Hill Day was made possible by a collaborative effort between ASBMR and the FASEB Public Affairs Department to plan the event. Jennifer Zeitzer, Director of Legislative Relations at FASEB, worked with ASBMR staff to identify and schedule meetings with key members of Congress and to develop messages and materials. On the morning of the event, Yvette Seger, PhD, Science Policy Director at FASEB, provided training for the ASBMR leaders.

ASBMR leaders held a total of 25 meetings with elected officials representing nine states and eight congressional districts. They communicated the need to solve the health problems facing the American public through research and for access to testing that will save the lives of people with osteoporosis, thanks to the training provided by Seger and a motivational presentation by Research!America President and CEO, Mary Woolley.

Their message was clear: Sustainable and predictable increases to NIH funding for FY2017 and beyond are needed to ensure its authority as the world's preeminent medical research institution, and for NIH to remain our best hope for finding cures, improving treatments, and gaining a better understanding of the complex causes of diseases that affect millions of Americans.

During the Hill Day wrap-up, ASBMR leaders expressed their enthusiasm about the opportunity to advocate for biomedical research on Capitol Hill and their dedication to maintain communication with their representatives to follow up with additional information on current bone, mineral and musculoskeletal research. ASBMR's Executive Director, Ann L. Elderkin, PA, noted that "FASEB's assistance was invaluable to ASBMR to be able to carry a consistent message to Capitol Hill that FASEB and its member societies are also carrying, making the sum of these efforts to be far greater than what ASBMR could do on its own."

Lynn Mirigian, PhD, is the Clinical Practice and Science Policy Manager at ASBMR.

About ASBMR
The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) is the leading professional, scientific and medical society established to bring together clinical and experimental scientists involved in the study of bone and mineral metabolism. ASBMR encourages and promotes the study of this expanding field through annual scientific meetings, an official journal (Journal of Bone and Mineral Research®), the Primer on Metabolic Bone Diseases and Disorders of Mineral
URL: http://www.faseb.org/

Contact Person: Lynn Mirigian (asbmr@asbmr.org)

Senate Committee Approves Bill to Expand Opportunities for Young Researchers

Legislation to improve career opportunities for young researchers moved forward last week as the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously approved the Next Generation Researchers Act (S 2014) co-authored by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME).

The bill instructs the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a "Next Generation Research Initiative" to coordinate NIH policies and programs aimed at promoting and providing opportunities for new researchers. Under the Initiative, all existing efforts within NIH to help early-stage investigators secure grant funding—including the Pathway to Independence Awards and the NIH Director's New Innovator Awards—would continue, and new policies to improve mentorship and workforce data collection would be implemented.

In addition, NIH must consider recommendations from a forthcoming National Academy of Sciences report evaluating factors affecting early-stage/new investigators' ability to enter the biomedical research workforce. A provision to expand NIH's loan repayment programs was added to the bill as recommended by the Physician-Scientist Working Group and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) in its "Sustaining Discovery in Biological and Medical Sciences" report. FASEB endorsed the Next Generation Researchers Act and was mentioned by Senator Collins during the committee's consideration of the legislation and in a press release issued by Baldwin and Collins.

Senator Baldwin introduced the bill in 2013 after touring the NIH campus, meeting with NIH Director Francis Collins, and speaking with faculty and students at the Medical College of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research. "This bipartisan legislation demonstrates a commitment to our future scientists by improving their opportunities at NIH and builds off Wisconsin's proud tradition of being a leader in this field," she said following the HELP Committee's action.

The introduction of the Next Generation Research Act continues Senator Baldwin's long-standing efforts to strengthen the federal commitment to NIH. She also has a personal connection to research—her grandfather previously ran a lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her aunt is a researcher.
URL: http://www.faseb.org/

Contact Person: Jennifer Zeitzer (jzeitzer@faseb.org)

AmazonSmile Foundation supports ISCB

The International Society For Computational Biology recently received a small donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity during the last quarter of 2015.

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Thank you for your participation in the AmazonSmile program!
URL: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-2093854

Contact Person: Suzi Smith (admin@iscb.org)

Friday, February 5, 2016

NSF report shows growth in global R&D spending

On February 1, the National Science Board (NSB) announced the release of the 2016 Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) report at a briefing on Capitol Hill. The report, which is updated every two years, details the state of the nation's scientific enterprise, including research and development (R&D) spending; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; the scientific workforce; and public perceptions of science.

The data show R&D spending accelerated worldwide, particularly in Asia. Countries in South, Southeast, and East Asia accounted for approximately $680 billion or 40 percent of global R&D activity in 2013. The United States led global R&D investment in 2013. Private and public R&D spending in the United States totaled $456 billion dollars in 2013, accounting for 27 percent of global R&D expenditures.

Despite its lead role in the global market, the report also noted that the federal commitment to R&D has wavered in the United States over the last few years. Although federal R&D spending increased through the first decade of the 21st century, SEI data indicated that there was an 11 percent current-dollar decline from fiscal years 2010 to 2014.

This has particular relevance to academic researchers because the federal government is the largest supporter (encompassing 47 percent) of all US basic research. The causes of this recent funding decline are manifold and include the end of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , the implementation of the Budget Control Act , and other pressures on the federal discretionary budget.
URL: http://washingtonupdate.faseb.org/nsf-report-shows-growth-in-global-rd-spending/

Contact Person: Benjamin Krinsky (opa@faseb.org)

Updates on MIRA and reproducibility at NIGMS advisory council

During the public session of its January 29 meeting, the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council heard updates on several National Institutes of Health (NIH)-wide and National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)-specific initiatives. They also discussed the findings of several program assessments.

NIGMS Director, Jon Lorsch, PhD, began the meeting with an update on the first round of applications for the Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA), a pilot funding mechanism introduced last year that provides support for an investigator's overall research program rather than a specific project. For this pilot, applications were limited to established investigators with two or more R01 (or equivalent) grants from NIGMS and support due to expire in Fiscal Years 2016 or 2017. Institute leaders were pleased with the response to this funding opportunity, with 25 percent of the 710 eligible investigators submitting applications. Applications were reviewed by four review panels based on broad scientific area. Reviewers received extensive training on the purpose and goals of the MIRA program as well as implicit bias prior to reviewing proposals. A second MIRA pilot that focuses on early career investigators received 326 applications. NIGMS is working with the NIH Center for Scientific Review to conduct the review of those applications in March. Dr. Lorsch noted that NIGMS plans to reissue the funding opportunity this year and hopefully expand eligibility soon.

Council member Jean Schwarzbauer, PhD, provided a brief overview of the September 2015 Workshop on Reproducibility in Cell Culture Studies. The workshop focused on three key themes—reproducibility, replicability, and transparency—in research using cell cultures. Panelists identified five key areas to address: cell lines, cell culturing methods, materials and reagents, research records, and experimental design. Workshop and subsequent discussions are being used to develop a comprehensive report and recommendations that will review best practices for cell line authentication, training and education needs, and reporting expectations for publications and grant applications.

The meeting concluded with presentations of several program assessments for the Council's consideration. The first was an analysis of the National Centers for Systems Biology (NCSB) program, which was established in 2004 and funded through the P50 grant mechanism. Another presentation compared the outcomes of Program Project grants (P01s) to those of single-investigator and multi-investigator R01 grants using bibliometric and other measures. An additional analysis used Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) terms to examine the research outputs of investigators funded by the MERIT (R37) program. Dr. Lorsch stated that the findings from these evaluations would be used by NIGMS leadership to inform future planning of NIGMS's research portfolio.

The webcast of the public session can be viewed online.
URL: http://washingtonupdate.faseb.org/updates-on-mira-and-reproducibility-at-nigms-advisory-council/

Contact Person: Yvette Seger (opa@faseb.org)

Inside the Beltway Scoop

Members of Congress will turn their attention to fiscal year (FY) 2017 when President Barack Obama sends his proposed budget to Capitol Hill on February 9. The administration's request is expected to include more details about initiatives for federal agencies next year, including an effort to rapidly accelerate cancer research.

Following the submission of the Obama budget, lawmakers will begin working on their respective budget resolutions, which will outline overall spending priorities for FY 2017. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) confirmed the House will consider a budget resolution in early March that adheres to the $30 billion increase in discretionary spending Congress approved last October. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) announced that his panel will also produce a budget blueprint after previously saying he was not sure whether they would be able to do so.

Appropriators are also moving forward with plans to start consideration of the 12 individual spending bills in late March. Last week, the House Appropriations Committee announced the following deadlines for members of Congress to submit funding requests for specific agencies and programs:
Agency Deadline
National Institutes of Health

funded by Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill
March 24
National Science Foundation

funded by Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill
March 23
Department of Energy Office of Science

funded by Energy & Water Appropriations bill
March 15
Veterans Administration Medical Research Program

funded by Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill
March 1
Agriculture & Food Research Initiative and Agricultural Research Service

funded by Agriculture Appropriations bill
March 15

In other news, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced that rather than passing a single piece of legislation similar to the 21st Century Cures Act adopted by the House in 2015, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will consider several smaller health-related bills over the next few months. In February, the committee will vote on measures concerning electronic medical records, rare diseases, medical devices, neurological research, and a proposal from Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to improve career prospects for young researchers. On March 9, the panel is expected to debate a bill to "ensure that the NIH (National Institutes of Health) has the tools it needs to research treatments that are individualized for patients." This legislation has not been introduced yet. It is not clear what issues the HELP Committee will tackle at a meeting scheduled for April 6.
URL: http://washingtonupdate.faseb.org/inside-the-beltway-scoop-48/

Contact Person: Jennifer Zeitzer (opa@faseb.org)

FASEB raises concerns about purchase threshold

In a letter to White House Office Management and Budget (OMB) (http://washingtonupdate.faseb.org/faseb-raises-concerns-about-purchase-threshold/) Controller David Mader, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) expressed concerns regarding new purchase limitations.

The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR part 200) introduced a threshold of $3,000 for "micro-purchases," goods and services that can be purchased with minimal administrative burden. Purchases above this dollar value would require additional documentation of comparative rates from other vendors.

FASEB's letter builds upon concerns raised in a January 20, 2016 letter from the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) and other signatories suggesting the $3,000 threshold is too stringent. Many institutions and states already set micro-purchases at $5,000 or $10,000. Reducing the micro-purchase threshold will delay the acquisition of research materials and slow the progress of research while adding administrative burden and processing costs.

In addition to the core concerns regarding additional costs and pace of research, FASEB refers to analysis by the Federal Demonstration Project that indicates that the new threshold will not result in large savings. In a sample of 55 institutions, micro-purchase transactions accounted for only 26 percent of total procurements funds. The majority of these transactions were less than $10,000. Therefore, FASEB strongly recommended that OMB use existing institutional data to determine micro-purchase thresholds that would ensure appropriate oversight of federal funds while keeping administrative burdens to a minimum.
URL: http://washingtonupdate.faseb.org/faseb-raises-concerns-about-purchase-threshold/

Contact Person: Yvette Seger (opa@faseb.org)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

ISCB Responds to New England Journal of Medicine Article

The recent editorial by Drs. Longo and Drazen in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) [1] has stirred up quite a bit of controversy. As Executive Officers of the International Society of Computational Biology, Inc. (ISCB), we express our deep concern about the restrictive and potentially damaging opinions voiced in this editorial. While some of the concerns voiced by the authors of the editorial are worth considering, large parts of the statement purport an obsolete view of hegemony over data that is neither in line with today's spirit of open access nor furthering an atmosphere where the potential of data can be fully realized.

We acknowledge that the additional comment on the editorial [2] eases some of the polemics, unfortunately without addressing some of the core issues. We still feel, however, that we need to contrast the opinion voiced in the editorial with what we consider the axioms of our scientific society, statements that lead into a fruitful future of data-driven science:

• Data produced with public money should be public in benefit of the science and society
• Restrictions to the use of public data hamper science and slow progress
• Open data is the best way to combat fraud and misinterpretations

Current large data collections proceed from many sources are continually accumulated and require a variety of analytical approaches. Data generation and data analysis overlap in time and are continually updated with new data sets produced by new techniques and new analysis methodologies. Furthermore, in many cases current science functions in consortia in which scientists collaborate toward common goals while preserving their own scientific objectives. Dividing scientists into data providers and data analysts is simplistic and gives a misleading impression of the actual state of biological and biomedical science.

We very much support collaboration between disciplines, including experimental and clinical as well as bioinformatics, as the best way forward to address complex biological problems. But this collaboration cannot be based on imposed restrictions to data access and cannot be contained in professional silos. (The use of expressions such as "research parasites" clearly does not help.)

Many bio-communities have made significant progress by endorsing open data policies and, gratefully, public funding agencies have connected to the spirit that they are distributing taxpayers' money to science and that, therefore, the data that are generated in the course belong to the public. It is, perhaps, natural that some areas of biomedical research are slow in adopting these policies. History and the confidential nature of the relevant data are surely one of the reasons. However, in our opinion data hegemony is another, a reason that has to be overcome. The sooner these barriers to progress are removed the sooner the patients will benefit from the current flourishing of biomedical research.

1. Longo, D.L. and J.M. Drazen, Data Sharing. N Engl J Med, 2016. 374(3): p. 276-7.
2. Drazen, J.M., Data Sharing and the Journal. New Engl J Med.

Respectfully submitted by the International Society for Computational Biology's Executive Committee,

Alfonso Valencia, President
Bonnie Berger, Vice President
Terry Gaasterland, Vice President
Thomas Lengauer, Vice President
Christine Orengo, Vice President
Bruno Gaeta, Treasurer
Scott Markel, Secretary


Contact Person: Executive Office (executive.office@iscb.org)

Friday, January 22, 2016

Bonnie Berger to be Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the pending induction of Bonnie Berger, Ph.D., Professor of Applied Math and Computer Science at MIT, and head of the Computation and Biology group,, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Berger was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding research contributions to computational biology and mentoring of future bioinformatics leaders.

The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. The most accomplished and distinguished engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors, innovators, and successful entrepreneurs, comprise the College of Fellows.

AIMBE Fellows are regularly recognized for their contributions in teaching, research, and innovation. AIMBE Fellows have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Science and the Presidential Medal of Technology and Innovation and many also are members of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences.

A formal induction ceremony will be held during AIMBE's 25th Annual Meeting at the National Academy of Sciences Great Hall in Washington, DC on April 4, 2016. Dr. Berger will be inducted along with 160 colleagues who make up the AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2016. For more information about the AIMBE Annual Meet, please visit www.aimbe.org.

AIMBE's mission is to recognize excellence in, and advocate for, the fields of medical and biological engineering in order to advance society. Since 1991, AIMBE's College of Fellows has lead the way for technological growth and advancement in the fields of medical and biological engineering. Fellows have helped revolutionize medicine and related fields in order to enhance and extend the lives of people all over the world. They have also successfully advocated for public policies that have enabled researchers and business-makers to further the interests of engineers, teachers, scientists, clinical practitioners, and ultimately, patients.

For questions regarding the College of Fellows and AIMBE, please contact Jason R. Hibner, AIMBE Director of Member Services and Operations at jhibner@aimbe.org, or call the AIMBE office at 202-496-9660.

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering: www.aimbe.org
Providing Leadership & Advocacy for Medical and Biological Engineering for the Benefit of Society


http://www.aimbe.org/press/Berger-COF-1914.pdf


Jason Hibner
Director of Member Services & Operations

25th Annual Event | April 3-4, 2016 | Washington, DC
Come to Look Back on our History and Look Forward Towards Innovation

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
1701 K Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20006

(202) 496-9660 | Fax (202) 466-8489
www.aimbe.org

Providing Leadership & Advocacy for Medical and Biological Engineering for the Benefit of Society
URL: http://www.aimbe.org

Contact Person: Jason Hibner (jhibner@aimbe.org)

Registry of Standards - share your feedback, help us to help you

We would like to ask you 10 questions to assess your needs for a registry of standards in the life, environmental, and biomedical sciences.

If widely used, community-driven standards can help scientists to broadly represent, annotate and share digital information in ways that enable their re-use, reproducibility and further exploration. Did you know there are >600 standards in the life, environmental and biomedical sciences? We know that many researchers, developers, curators, funders, journal editors, and librarians lack the support and guidance on how to best select standards and understand their maturity, or to find tools and databases that implement them.

BioSharing is a curated, web-based, searchable portal of standards. Since 2011, Biosharing has ensured standards are registered and discoverable, and has monitored their maturity and evolution, and in doing so has helped provide enough information for our growing user base to make informed decisions. This is your time to drive enhancements to BioSharing, under several research and infrastructure programmes. Your feedback will:
Provide a review of BioSharing content and functionality as the ELIXIR Standards Registry, under the EuropeanELIXIR EXCELERATE project
Define BioSharing activities under the US NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K ) initiative, specifically to:
Work with the NIH Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS ) office to ensure BioSharing is formally embedded in the complementary activities of the BD2K Standards Coordinating Centre
Inform the contribution to the selection and usage of standards in the BD2K Data Discovery Index (bioCADDIE ) project, and the Centre for Expanded Data Annotation and Retrieval (CEDAR )
Contribute to the BioSharing Working Group, operating jointly under the Force 11/Research Data Alliance (RDA)working groups .

The survey closes on 31 Jan, 2016.

Thank-you for participating - your feedback is really important to us.
URL: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BioSharingStandardsRegistry

Contact Person: Peter McQuilton (BD2KUPDATES@LIST.NIH.GOV)

Seeking nominations for annual review of translational bioinformatics 2016

Once again, I am preparing an annual review of progress in translational bioinformatics, and am seeking nominations for exciting papers published between January 2015 and the present. The talk will be on March 21 in San Francisco as part of https://www.amia.org/jointsummits2016

This talk is now in its 9th year and I hope is a useful way to highlight great work in our field.

To remind you, I am looking for papers that relate clinical entities (patients, diseases, drugs, symptoms, signs, populations) to molecular entities (genes, molecules, RNA, proteins) using informatics technologies. Self-nominations are welcome, and nominations of the papers of others are even better.

You can send me the paper, the citation, PMID, or whatever. If you want to tell me why you nominate a paper, great, but you don\\\'t have to--I will read the papers and try to form an opinion. The previous talks are available at: https://rbaltman.wordpress.com

Thanks so much for your help. I try to acknowledge all contributors in the the talk (let me know if you prefer to be anonymous). Please forward this message to colleagues who may have thoughts.

Nominate great papers by junior scientists who may not get the recognition they deserve!
URL: https://www.amia.org/jointsummits2016

Contact Person: Russ B Altman (rbaltman@stanford.edu)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE AWARD - 2017 Season ~ CALL FOR NOMINATIONS ~

FASEB is seeking nominations for its 2017 Excellence in Science Award that recognizes the significant accomplishments of women scientists. We look forward to another list of nominees that reads like a Who's Who of international science, containing the names of outstanding women in science who have accomplished scientific work of lasting impact and have contributed substantially to training the next generation of scientists.
 
The Excellence in Science Award recognizes outstanding achievement by women in biological science.  All women who are members of one or more of FASEB Member Societies will be eligible for nomination. Nominations recognize a woman whose career achievements have contributed significantly to further our understanding of a particular discipline by excellence in research.
 
Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Scientific achievements including landmark discoveries, high impact publications, and scientific leadership
Training of students and postdoctoral fellows including impact on careers and teaching efforts
Contributions to the broader scientific community, such as leadership in professional organizations, university service and leadership, and public outreach
NOMINATION PACKAGES SHOULD ADDRESS THESE CRITERIA.
 
Nomination Procedures:
Nominators and their candidates must be members of at least one FASEB Member Society but do not have to be members of the same society. Self-nominations will not be accepted.  All nominations must be submitted on the FASEB nomination form (available on the FASEB website).  Access to the site will be available as of January 1, 2016.
 
Submissions must include all of the following documents that are to be uploaded individually in PDF format.
Nomination letter, setting forth in detail:
-  Contributions to the field that represent the nominee's outstanding achievement in science
-  Evidence of leadership
-  Evidence of mentorship
-  Evidence of national recognition
-  Honors and awards
-  Synopsis of selected bibliography
-  Complete curriculum vitae documenting:
-  All publications
-  Leadership roles
-  Mentorship
-  Teaching
-  Honors and recognition
-  Grant awards
Five nominee reprints demonstrating most significant contributions
Three letters of support from the nominee's peers illustrating impact on the field
Three letters of recommendation from trainees illustrating mentorship and impact on careers
 
These nomination instructions also appear on the FASEB website.  Follow this link:
FASEB Excellence in Science Award
 
Nominations must be submitted on the FASEB nomination form (available on the FASEB website) by Midnight (EST) on March 1, 2016.
 
PAPER SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

URL: http://www.faseb.org/About-FASEB/Awards/Excellence-in-Science-Award.aspx
Contact Person: Linda Stricker  (lstricker@faseb.org)

Monday, November 16, 2015

NC3Rs £20k Prize for Best Paper with 3Rs Impact

The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) is seeking nominations for its 2015 competition of the 3Rs Prize.

The deadline for applications is this week at 4 pm (GMT), Thursday 19 November 2015.

The prize of up to £20k is awarded to the author(s) of a paper which has made an exceptional contribution towards scientific and technological advances in the 3Rs, in medical, biological or veterinary sciences.

The prize is open to researchers from academia and industry internationally. Further details of the prize and the nomination process can be found at www.nc3rs.org.uk/3rsprize, or by emailing 3rsprize@nc3rs.org.uk

URL: http://www.nc3rs.org.uk/3rsprize

Contact Person: Kasia Makowska (katarzyna.makowska@nc3rs.org.uk)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Participation Requested: FASEB Survey to Collect Perspectives on Data Access Issues

Federal agencies will be issuing new and modifying existing data access policies over the next few years; an overview of these changes was presented on recent Board and Science Policy Committee conference calls. At the request of the FASEB Board, we have developed a survey to gather the many different perspectives of FASEB societies on data maintenance and sharing. This will enable us to promptly and thoughtfully respond to agency actions. Please complete the 15 minute survey linked to below by November 24th.

FASEB Survey on Data Access Issues: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DataAccessPolicies (a pdf copy of the survey question is attached for your reference)

Survey Period: October 13th though November 24th, 2015

Background information: The 2013 Office of Science and Technology memorandum on public access to research results requires federal agencies to create and expand requirements for sharing digital data produced as part of federally funded research. At a minimum, agencies will require that a data management plan (DMP) be included in all research grant applications. Additional information about the memorandum and select agency plans can be found in the attached document.

Survey results will be compiled by FASEB staff and presented to the FASEB Data Science and Informatics Subcommittee. They will inform FASEB comments on issued or proposed agency policies and may also be used for the development of a broad position statement.

If you have any questions or comments about the survey, please contact Bethany Drehman at bdrehman@faseb.org.

Best Regards,
Parker Antin, PhD
FASEB President
URL: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DataAccessPolicies

Contact Person: Bethany Drehman (bdrehman@faseb.org)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Funding Opportunities now available for the NIH Common Fund Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans Program

The new Common Fund Program Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans has two overarching goals: 1) to assemble a comprehensive map of the molecular changes that occur in response to physical activity and 2) to develop a user-friendly database that any researcher can access to develop hypotheses regarding the mechanisms whereby physical activity improves or preserves health.

The program will be funded via a series of cooperative agreements as a consortium.  The NIH is now inviting applications for the following components.

For more information, please see the funding opportunity announcements in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. NIH also will be hosting a webinar to answer questions from prospective applicants on October 22, 2015, beginning at 2 PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time. For additional information, please visit http://commonfund.nih.gov/MolecularTransducers.  

The NIH Common Fund supports goal-driven, research networks in which investigators generate data, solve technological problems, and/or otherwise pilot resources and tools that will be stimulatory to the broader research community. Common Fund programs are designed to achieve their goals within a maximum of 10 years. More information about the programs currently supported by the Common Fund can be found at www.commonfund.nih.gov.


Contact Person: Aron  Marquitz (aron.marquitz@nih.gov)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Call for ISCB FASEB Editorial Board Representative – FASEB Journal

ISCB is seeking scholars interested in serving as the ISCB representative to the FASEB Editorial Board for the FASEB Journal (FJ). If you are interested, please submit the following information using our online system. If you have a colleague who may enjoy serving in this position for ISCB, please feel free to forward this information.

FASEB counts on these Society representatives to provide opinions to the Editors, review papers, suggest other reviewers as appropriate, and invite them to submit content to the Journal. The level of activity varies depending on the scientific area of submissions, but FJ has over 50 Editorial Board members (including the Society representatives) that collectively handle about 680 submissions per year after an initial query stage.

Editorial Board members are also invited to an annual FASEB Journal face-to-face meeting to discuss content, submissions, the peer-review process, misconduct, etc. The 2016 meeting will be March 22 in Crystal City, USA.

Applicants must be a member of ISCB and have a doctorate (or an equivalent degree), and significant publishing and reviewing experience. Due to the high volume of applications, only accepted applicants will be contacted via email.

Be prepared to submit the following information:
  • Your name
  • Email address
  • Telephone
  • City, State, Country
  • Name of your Institution
  • Department or Division
  • Website of Institution
  • Your title or position
  • Your highest degree (must have a doctorate degree)
  • Years of editing or peer review experience (for English-language journals)
  • Which journals do you currently serve (List of Journals)?
  • Statement of interest that further support your nomination (cannot exceed 50 words)
  • Up to one page CV
URL: https://www.iscb.org/cms_addon/journal_editor/addEditor.php

Contact Person: Diane Kovats (executive.office@iscb.org)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Bioinformatics Specialization on Coursera

The University of California, San Diego has released the Bioinformatics Specialization on Coursera (https://www.coursera.org/specialization/bioinformatics/34), a series of six courses aimed at teaching bioinformatics to a wide audience.

The six courses will culminate in a Capstone project featuring a series of challenges in biological big data that have been sponsored and partly developed by Illumina.

The Bioinformatics Specialization features two learner tracks: a "biologist track" aimed at students who have not yet learned how to program but who want to gain experience with using existing bioinformatics applications; and a "hacker track" aimed at experienced programmers who want to see how sophisticated algorithms can be applied to modern biological problems.

The print companion of the Bioinformatics Specialization is Bioinformatics Algorithms: An Active Learning Approach (http://bioinformaticsalgorithms.com), whose second edition is being released.
URL: https://www.coursera.org/specialization/bioinformatics/34

Contact Person: Phillip Compeau (pcompeau@eng.ucsd.edu)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

bioCADDIE--Pilot Project Harvester

Request for Application -- bioCADDIE Pilot Project on Harvester for DDI Schema

The biomedical and healthCAre Data Discovery Index Ecosystem (bioCADDIE) consortium solicits Pilot Project proposals for developing a metadata harvester for the data discovery index (DDI). bioCADDIE is part of the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program, and is committed to building a prototype DDI to facilitate dataset search and provide location, association, and access condition information.

The proposals are expected to demonstrate the feasibility of using embedded metadata (e.g., using microdata on html pages that follows schema.org specifications) to describe datasets residing in data repositories and data bases or described in data papers. Projects may:

* evaluate structured data schemas for embedding metadata on websites (e.g., schema.org, DCAT, etc.),
* partner with existing repositories to expose their metadata utilizing an appropriate data schema via Microdata, RDFa, JSON-LD, or other suitable micro-formats,
* explore mechanisms for extracting metadata,
* provide mechanisms for validation of dataset metadata exposed in microformats.

Applications are welcome from any organization where a subcontract to the University of California can be executed and are due by August 31, 2015 at midnight (PDT). The anticipated start date is October 1, 2015.

Go to https://biocaddie.org/participate/request-application-pilot-project-harvester?utm_source=Announcement+List&utm_campaign=b6cea3b3f4-bioCADDIE_Harvester_RFA_Aug_4_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9246735df8-b6cea3b3f4-228238241 for more information on project guidelines and the application process.
URL: https://biocaddie.org/participate/request-application-pilot-project-harvester?utm_source=Announcement+List&utm_campaign=b6cea3b3f4-bioCADDIE_Harvester_RFA_Aug_4_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9246735df8-b6cea3b3f4-228238241

Contact Person: Dr. Cleo Maehara, bioCADDIE Project Manager (ckmaehara@ucsd.edu)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

ISMB/ECCB Social Event--Guiness Storehouse!

Don't miss the ISMB/ECCB 2015 Social Event on Monday, 13 July, at the famous Guinness Storehouse!

Come network, learn about the brewing of Ireland's most famous beer, and enjoy a pint of Guinness.

Tickets are still available online and onsite.
URL: https://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2015-program/ismbeccb2015-social-events#storehouse

Contact Person: Steven Leard (steven@iscb.org)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Announcing the Opening of the DREAM ALS Stratification Prize4Life Challenge

We are pleased to announce that the DREAM ALS Stratification Prize4Life Challenge, the first of the DREAM10 Challenges is now open for participation.

This Challenge focuses on predicting the progression and survival of ALS patients. The Challenge will leverage the PRO-ACT database of more than 8,000 cases as the Challenge training set, and feature several unpublished datasets that will be used for model validation. To learn more and join this Challenge, go to: https://www.synapse.org/#!Synapse:syn2873386/wiki/

Besides joining the ALS Stratification Challenge, we hope you will also pre-register for one or both of the two other DREAM10 Challenges that are currently under preparation. In this way, we can keep you informed about the readiness of these two additional DREAM10 Challenges for participation. Also below, we've also included a current snapshot of the DREAM9.5 Challenges that opened this past winter.

To learn more about DREAM Challenges and Sage Bionetworks please go to: http://dreamchallenges.org/ and http://sagebase.org
URL: http://sagebase.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b146de537186191a9d2110f3a&id=a9f2d91f3f&e=d446602705

Contact Person: Gustavo Stolovitzky (gustavo@us.ibm.com)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

ISCB mourns the loss John Wooley

Dr. John Wooley shaped policy at the U.S. National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy to pave the way for massive growth and transformation in the field of computational biology. He passed away in April after prolonged cancer. After decades spent launching new initiatives in computational biology that pushed forward discoveries, innovation, and national programs in genomics, protein structure, crystallography, and systems biology, Dr. Wooley served as Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego.

"John Wooley was an inspiration to me and to our community. His vision saw the potential impact of integrating computer science and biology as we entered the 21st Century. Both fields were transforming as new technologies made possible new types of observations at massive scales. Not only did he shape the direction of the field, but he shaped individuals through his mentorship and unflagging optimism. I had great luck to benefit directly from his guidance and leadership during my early years as a post-doctoral Fellow at the Department of Energy and on through my time as a professor in the Bioinformatics & Systems Biology program at UC San Diego. John will be missed by many," said Terry Gaasterland, Director of the Scripps Genome Center at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Professor in the Bioinformatics & Systems Biology program at UC San Diego.

"John gave me my first grant while he was at the NSF. It was the early 90's and the first grant between a biomedical researcher and a computer scientist at Columbia University. What was remarkable was that John gave us more money than we asked for. Many grants later, that has never happened to me again. That was the kind of person John was; breaking rules and tradition to do what he believed in. In that case it was to explore the use of object-oreinted database technologies for answering new types of questions of the rapidly growing corpus of macromolecular structure data. What we learnt from that grant ultimately fed into our work on the RCSB Protein Data Bank (PDB) from which many others were to make landmark discoveries in structural biology and bioinformatics. John saw that coming – that was his strength – seeing the future as if it were today. I was thrilled when John joined us at UCSD and he was instrumental, along with Palmer Taylor, in my securing a tenured professorship in the new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences even before one brick was laid for the building to house the School. I would periodically visit John in his office and be amazed at his command of what was hot (and what was not) in the ever growing field of computational biology. He kept up this encyclopedic knowledge even as his health fluctuated. Frail on the outside there was enormous strength within; a strength which I and many others gained from. Our young field has lost a pioneer to whom we all owe a great debt," said Philip Bourne, Ph.D., FACMI, Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) & Founding Editor in Chief of PLOS Computational Biology.
URL: http://www.iscb.org

Contact Person: Nadine Kampman Costello (ncostello@iscb.org)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

ISCB Seeks Applicatoins for Editors for ISCB Community Journal

ISCB is seeking scholars interested in serving as volunteer editors for the ISCB Community Journal. If you are interested, please submit your nomination using our online system. If you have a colleague who may enjoy serving as a volunteer editor for ISCB, please feel free to forward this information.

The primary responsibility of an editor will be to oversee the content on the ISCB Community Journal homepage. Editors will work with the conferences and have the final decision on the selection of conference editors and editorial board proposed by the conferences. Editors will supervise the conference referee process and ensure the quality standards of referee reports, editorial decision and published papers. Editors will help to promote the journal and to increase the number of conferences publishing in the journal. The ISCB Community Journal editors will work closely with F1000Research to keep improving the journal and make sure it is meeting the aims and objectives of the ISCB. Editors are appointed by the ISCB Board of Directors and will serve a three-year term* with the option to be renewed for one additional term.

Applicants must be a member of ISCB and have significant publishing and reviewing experience, and experience reviewing and working with conference paper and abstract submissions. Due to the high volume of applications, only accepted applicants will be contacted via email.
URL: http://www.iscb.org/call-for-editors

Contact Person: Diane Kovats (dkovats@iscb.org)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Let your voice be heard in PLOS user studies

Influence the direction of Open Access science tools by participating in PLOS user studies.

Let your voice be heard

Test drive new concepts and help us refine our designs to make them more accessible for everyone.


Get sneak peeks of our latest tools

We\\\'re constantly building new tools for science publishing, and want to make sure that they are useful and intuitive.


It's easy and fun to participate

We can conduct our short studies in-person at your office or at PLOS headquarters, or remotely using simple user study applications.


Simply take our short survey — we'll keep you in the loop about user study opportunities.

To participate in the survey go to http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=69b1f7f753d370193336032d6&id=a1c361032c&e=07d2cafaa8

URL: http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=69b1f7f753d370193336032d6&id=a1c361032c&e=07d2cafaa8

Contact Person: info@iscb.org (info@iscb.org)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

BioJS CONFERENCE 3-4 JULY, NORWICH, UK

BioJS CONFERENCE 3-4 JULY, NORWICH, UK
http://conf.biojs.net/

Are you
- a researcher interested in interactive visualization of massive biological datasets on the web?
- a developer interested in data visualization?
- interested to understand current industry-based end user needs?

Would you like to meet recognized leaders in the field of visualization in bioinformatics, including representatives from a variety of SMEs, big pharma and for profit organizations?

It is our pleasure to invite you to join us for the 1st Annual BioJS Conference (BioJS.conf) and hackathon on 3-4 July 2015, hosted at The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), Norwich, UK. As part of the conference we will have an industry-led session organized by the Repositive.io SME. The aim of this session is to understand the needs, wants, and limitations of front-end interfaces applied to industry-based end users.

Current confirmed speakers include:

Suzi Lewis (Berkeley)
Benno Schwikowski (Pasteur Institute, Paris)
Henning Hermjakob (EBI)
Ian Mulvany (eLife)
Michiel Helvensteijn (Leiden)
Jessie Kennedy (Napier University, Edinburgh)


Registration open NOW!

Please help us spread the word!

The BioJS.conf Organising Committee

URL: http://conf.biojs.net/

Contact Person: Manuel Corpas (mc@manuelcorpas.com)

Friday, May 22, 2015

CFP: APBC2016 – The Fourteenth Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference

*Please distribute it to interested colleagues and students *
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Full paper submission deadline is due on 30 July, 2015.

APBC2016 - The Fourteenth Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference
The Fourteenth Asia Pacific Bioinformatics Conference
San Francisco, United States
11-13 January 2016

http://www.sfasa.org/apbc2016/apbc2016.html

Organization

General Co-Chairs
Jing Huang, Ph.D. (Veracyte, USA)
Ying Lu, Ph.D. (Stanford University, USA)
Philip Bourne, Ph.D. (NIH/OD, USA)

Local Organization Chairs
Jing Huang, Ph.D. (Veracyte, USA)
Hua Tang, Ph.D. (Stanford University)
Haiyan Huang, Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

PC Co-Chairs
Lu Tian, Ph.D. (Stanford University, USA)
Jijun Tang, Ph.D. (University of South Carolina, USA)
Phoebe Chen, Ph.D. (La Trobe University, Australia)
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Important Dates
Full Paper submission: July 30 ,2015
Author notification: August 30 , 2015
Final version due on: October 1 , 2015
Full paper author registration deadline: October 20 ,2015
Conference start and end dates: January 11 - 13 , 2016

The Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Conference series is an annual forum for exploring research, development and novel applications of Bioinformatics. The past APBC conferences were held in:
· APBC2003 4-7 Feb 2003: Adelaide Australia
· APBC2004 18-22 Jan 2004: Dunedin, New Zealand
· APBC2005 17-21 Jan 2005: Singapore
· APBC2006 13-16 Feb, 2006: Taipei Taiwan
· APBC2007 15-17 Jan, 2007: Hong Kong
· APBC2008 14-17 Jan, 2008: Kyoto Japan
· APBC2009 13-16 Jan, 2009: Beijing China
· APBC2010 18-21 Jan, 2010: Bangalore, India
· APBC2011 11-14 Jan, 2011: Inchon, Korea
· APBC2012 17-19 Jan, 2012: Melbourne, Australia
· APBC2013 21-23 Jan 2013: Vancouver, BC, Canada
· APBC2014 17-19 Jan 2014: Shanghai, China
· APBC2015 21-23 Jan 2015: HsinChu, Taiwan
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Call for Papers

APBC2016 invites high-quality original full papers on any topic related to Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.

The submitted papers must have not been published or under consideration for publication in any other journal or conference with formal proceedings.
All accepted papers will have to be presented by one of the authors at the conference.

Accepted papers will be invited to be published in the journals BMC Genomics, BMC Bioinformatics, BMC Systems Biology following the journals' publication policy.

Use the following linked site to make your submission
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=apbc2016

URL: http://www.sfasa.org/apbc2016/apbc2016.html
Contact Person: Jijun Tang  (jtang@cse.sc.edu)


Friday, May 1, 2015

Call for Editors - ISCB Community Journal

ISCB is seeking scholars interested in serving as volunteer editors for the ISCB Community Journal. If you are interested, please submit your nomination using our online system. If you have a colleague who may enjoy serving as a volunteer editor for ISCB, please feel free to forward this information.

The primary responsibility of an editor will be to oversee the content on the ISCB Community Journal homepage. Editors will work with the conferences and have the final decision on the selection of conference editors and editorial board proposed by the conferences. Editors will supervise the conference referee process and ensure the quality standards of referee reports, editorial decision and published papers. Editors will help to promote the journal and to increase the number of conferences publishing in the journal. The ISCB Community Journal editors will work closely with F1000Research to keep improving the journal and make sure it is meeting the aims and objectives of the ISCB.

Editors are appointed by the ISCB Board of Directors and will serve a three-year term* with the option to be renewed for one additional term.

URL: http://www.iscb.org/call-for-editors

Contact Person: Diane Kovats (dkovats@iscb.org)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

FASEB PRESIDENT TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS

Bethesda, MD – The President of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), Joseph R. Haywood, PhD, testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services on April 29. Dr. Haywood advocated for sustained, predictable increases in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. Haywood asked the subcommittee to appropriate $32 billion for NIH in fiscal year 2016. He explained that a five year commitment to five percent annual increases would help restore the buying power of the NIH budget, which has declined by more than 22 percent since 2003.

"Every one of us is the spouse, parent, child, dear friend, or acquaintance of someone who is relying on our nation's scientists and physicians to develop tomorrow's treatments," Dr. Haywood told the subcommittee. "[NIH] investment is critical to expedite progress toward the cures that are so desperately needed for all of our loved ones, and for developing innovative technologies and new global industries to sustain the nation's continued economic recovery," he said.

FASEB is composed of 27 societies with more than 120,000 members, making it the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States. Our mission is to advance health and welfare by promoting progress and education in biological and biomedical sciences through service to our member societies and collaborative advocacy.
URL: http://www.faseb.org

Contact Person: Debra Speert (dspeert@faseb.org)

Call for Papers: CIBB 2015 special session on 'New knowledge from old data: power of data analysis and integration methods'

September 10-12, 2015
Naples, Italy
http://bioinfo.na.iac.cnr.it/cibb2015/

AIMS AND SCOPE:
Mammalian systems constitute over 200 cell types, each specialized to perform a distinct function, and yet all cell types share the same DNA sequence. Epigenetic marks on DNA and histone tails together with transcription factors are responsible for the interpretation of the DNA sequence in each cellular context to produce a cell type specific transcription signature, and disruptions to these processes lead to disease. Advances in sequencing techniques have accelerated the characterization of epigenetic and transcriptional landscapes across many normal and malignant cell types. The challenge now is to integrate these data to understand transcriptional control at a systems level.

This session will focus on data analysis and data integration methods developed using data from, but not limited to, large consortia projects such as ENCODE, Roadmap Epigenomics or FANTOM to get new biological insights.

SUBMISSIONS:
Conference papers must be prepared following the guidelines illustrated on the CIBB website, which include the requirement of being between 4 and 6 pages in length and having five sections:
1. Scientific background
2. Material and methods
3. Results
4. Conclusion
5. References (no more than 10)

These papers should be submitted in PDF format on the Easy Chair conference system (it is necessary to select this special session in the submission system).
A second submission after the conference, in an extended version, is required to be considered for publication in the Springer\\\'s Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics (LNBI) series ([link]). Moreover, as it has been the case in previous CIBB conferences, we are planning to publish the best papers of CIBB 2015 in an extended form in a special issue of an international scientific journal, including special session papers.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Paper submission deadline: May 30, 2015
Abstract submission deadline: May 30, 2015
Notification of Acceptance: June 19, 2014 Final papers due: July 20, 2015 (*)
Conference: September 10-12, 2015
(*) for the inclusion in the CIBB15 conference proceeding

URL: http://bioinfo.na.iac.cnr.it/cibb2015/

Contact Person: Anagha Joshi (anagha.joshi@roslin.ed.ac.uk)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Master in Bioinformatics at Ghent University

Recent technological advances allow for the generation of huge amounts of molecular data at an ever increasing pace and have dramatically changed our view on life science research. It goes without saying that this data avalanche, together with the need for multi-angle approaches to analyze these data, has created an urgent need for highly trained scientists with an interdisciplinary mindset. The new interfaculty Master of Science in Bioinformatics at Ghent University will start in the academic year 2015-2016 and aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to work in such interdisciplinary context.

This Master of Science in Bioinformatics provides a curriculum of 120 ECTS, taught in English. Bioinformatics is inherently multidisciplinary, and requires not only learning skills and knowledge from domains different than those of the bachelor\\\'s degree, but also acquiring a more in-depth knowledge and training in the domain that corresponds to the students' specific background and primary interest. The master is structured to provide both this broadening and deepening.

In a common track (33 ECTS) the master offers courses covering the different application domains of bioinformatics. This track, followed by all students irrespective of their background, primarily aims at educating the interdisciplinary competences that are of key importance to bioinformatics.

Depending on the specific background of the student, this common track is complemented with one of the following specialization tracks (each of which is 87 ECTS):

- Bioscience Engineering (title of 'Bioscience engineer')
- Systems Biology
- Engineering (title of 'Engineer')
URL: http://www.nucleotides2networks.be/master

Contact Person: Dr. Katrijn Vannerum (Katrijn.Vannerum@UGent.be)

Registration Open - Functional Genomics and Systems Biology: From Model Organisms

This long-running Wellcome Trust conference will bring together leading scientists from the fields of genomics, bioinformatics, proteomics and cellular networks to discuss the latest developments and challenges in systems biology.

Advances in DNA sequencing and other high throughput technologies over the past decade have resulted in a wealth of data describing the functions and interactions of various components within the cell. High-resolution maps of genome-wide transcription factors are shedding light on the mechanisms that regulate gene expression. Large-scale interaction networks are improving our understanding of biological systems. To improve our understanding of complex biological systems relevant to health and disease, these data, generated from disparate sources, need to be integrated in a biologically meaningful way.

This conference is an ideal forum to discuss the integration, interpretation and analysis of complex biological data from experimental and computational sources. We welcome the submission of abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.


Topics will include
High throughput technologies: applications and analysis
Functional genomics of disease
Model organisms
Single cell analysis
Genome and epigenome regulation
Human genetic variation
Complex networks
Modelling biological networks and pathways


Scientific programme committee
Alvis Brazma EMBL-EBI, UK
Tom Freeman University of Edinburgh, UK
Anne-Claude Gavin EMBL, Germany
Tuuli Lappalainen New York Genome Center, USA
Nicholas Luscombe University College London, UK

Confirmed speakers
Ruedi Aebersold ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Emmanuelle Charpentier Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany
Peter Fraser Babraham Institute, UK
Marc Friedlander SciLifeLab/Stockholm University, Sweden
Eileen Furlong EMBL, Germany
Roderic Guigo Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
Tim Hughes University of Toronto, Canada
Jan Korbel EMBL, Germany
Laura Landweber Princeton University, USA
Ben Lehner Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
Leopold Parts Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
James Sharpe Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
Sarah Teichmann EMBL-EBI, UK
Marian Walhout University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
Michael Yaffe Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Judith Zaugg EMBL, Germany

Dates for your diary:
Abstract & Bursary deadline: 16 September

Registration deadline: 30 September


URL: https://registration.hinxton.wellcome.ac.uk/display_info.asp?id=517

Contact Person: Treasa Creavin (treasa.creavin@hinxton.wellcome.ac.uk)

FASEB Releases New Interactive Map of Federal Science Funding By District

FASEB Releases New Interactive Map of Federal Science Funding By District
Online resource is freely available to the public

Bethesda, MD – The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has released new interactive factsheets summarizing federal science funding in states and U.S. congressional districts. This is the only resource to feature up-to-date information about federal science funding at the district level and make it accessible to the general public.

"This innovative resource illustrates how federal investment in scientific research affects communities in every state," stated Joseph R. Haywood, PhD, FASEB President. "This is an easy way to help our representatives appreciate the impact of federal agency funding on science back home. More importantly, we urge scientists and the public to use this resource to discuss the importance of science funding with their elected officials."

After selecting a state from an online interactive U.S. map, users can drill down to access federal science funding in a single congressional district. Factsheets for each district detail local federal investment by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation, United States Department of Agriculture, and Department of Energy. In addition to district funding data, users can also access factsheets detailing the impact of NIH investment in each state from the same map.

The district funding information is being shared with more than 100 congressional offices during FASEB's annual Capitol Hill Day today. Fifty representatives of FASEB member societies from 27 states are meeting with House and Senate offices to share FASEB's fiscal year 2016 funding recommendations as well as personal stories of how stable, sustained federal funding for research is essential to improve health and generate new knowledge.

FASEB is composed of 27 societies with more than 120,000 members, making it the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States. Our mission is to advance health and welfare by promoting progress and education in biological and biomedical sciences through service to our member societies and collaborative advocacy.
URL: http://www.faseb.org

Contact Person: Lawrence Green (lgreen@faseb.org)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Opportunity for early- career bioscientists: Clarkson Early Career Colloquium in Bioscience Crossing Disciplines

Dear Fellow Chairs & Program Heads of Bioscience Departments,

As Chair of Biology at Clarkson University, I am writing to ask for your help at getting out the word and encouraging appropriate applicants for the inaugural Clarkson Early Career Colloquium in Bioscience Crossing Disciplines. This mini-conference is intended for early- career bioscientists, with particular outreach to women and underrepresented minorities seeking academic appointments at small research universities that also have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education. Participants will have an opportunity to network and receive mentoring on how to land a job and what it is like to have a position at an academic institution with high research and teaching expectations such as Clarkson, or at a small research institute such as the Trudeau Institute. It provides an opportunity for Clarkson University and the Trudeau Institute, which intend to be hiring for more positions in the coming years, to meet and make contacts with promising scientists who could enhance and diversify our bioscience faculty. For this first colloquium, we are interested in broad areas of biosciences, including but not limited to bioengineering (including immunoengineering), ecological/evolutionary epidemiology, bioinformatics; behavioral endocrinology, biotechnology, cell biology, and synthetic biology.

I have attached a flyer and detailed announcement of the program. An advertisement will also soon appear in the Chronical of Higher Education.

Please feel free to forward this message to colleagues at your institution or elsewhere who mentor or may know appropriate candidates for this colloquium.


Tom Langen

Chair, Dept. of Biology
Professor, Depts. of Biology, Psychology
Clarkson University
Editorial Board, Environmental Management
mail: (office) Box 5805, Clarkson University, Potsdam NY 13699-5805
mail: (home) 7 Pleasant St., Canton NY 13617
phone:315 268 7933 (office), 315 261 0182 (cell)
URL: http://clarkson.edu/colloquium/

Contact Person: Dr. Tom Langen (tlangen@clarkson.edu)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Quantitative Biology: From Molecules to Man

Quantitative Biology: From Molecules to Man will bring together professionals in science, medicine, and engineering to articulate a vision for the future of improving patient health outcomes. Convergence science provides for a data-driven understanding of intricate biological processes across spatial and temporal scales. Achieving breakthroughs in healthcare requires a specific progression of steps from molecular-level experiments to manipulations and observations in model systems to human-scale investigations, all followed by major epidemiological studies. This one-day meeting will provide a forum for individuals involved in every stage of the process to engage in thought-provoking conversations and to generate actionable ideas for new approaches to finding solutions to some of humanity's most intractable health challenges. For more information please visit the website: www.nyas.org/QuantitativeBiology2015.
Poster Abstract Deadline: May 11, 2015

URL: http://www.nyas.org/QuantitativeBiology2015

Contact Person: Natasha Neysmith (nneysmith@nyas.org)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

IMPACT-F optimizes lead candidates in drug discovery

Pharmaceutical companies use the expert system to forecast drug-uptake in humans.

The artificial intelligence technology, developed by PharmaInformatic, Germany, evaluates if a potential drug will be efficiently taken up in humans. IMPACT-F prioritizes drug-candidates based on predicted drug-uptake ("oral bioavailability"). This ranking allows the most efficient drug-candidates to be chosen for further development.

The technology has been used in therapeutic areas such as cancer, diabetes, inflammation, antivirals and autoimmune diseases. It has been applied to optimize lead candidates and to evaluate oral bioavailability and effective dose prior to human clinical trials. The first drug candidates evaluated with IMPACT-F have now progressed into clinical trials in humans.

Crucially, IMPACT-F improves drug discovery and development at a very early stage, since only the drug structure is needed to reliably forecast oral bioavailability. This enables pharmaceutical companies to focus resources on prospective drug development projects.

Oral bioavailability is one of the most important properties in lead optimisation. A drug must have sufficient oral bioavailability in humans otherwise clinical trials are not effective and drug development is then stopped. Low drug-uptake can result in high inter-individual variability and increases the risk of side-effects and toxicity.


Contact:
Dr. Wolfgang Boomgaarden, phone: +49-4921-993360
PharmaInformatic Boomgaarden, Friesenstr. 36, 26721 Emden, Germany, http://www.pharmainformatic.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PharmaInformati

Further detailed information:
http://www.pharmainformatic.com/html/lead_optimization.html#PM

Pharmaceutical companies using IMPACT-F (recent collaborations):
http://www.pharmainformatic.com/html/partnerships.html

URL: http://www.pharmainformatic.com/html/lead_optimization.html

Contact Person: Dr. Wolfgang Boomgaarden (presse@pharmainformatic.com)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Training Workshops in Bioinformatics and Omics

The Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) is an internationally known research center located at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. IGS offers five different workshops as part of a professional development program organized by Dr. Michelle Giglio, a faculty member at IGS with over 17 years of experience in genomics and bioinformatics. Dr. Giglio has recruited IGS faculty and staff to form a highly experienced instruction team to provide workshop participants with the knowledge and skills needed to engage in numerous omics applications. All IGS workshops are hands-on, providing attendees with real-world challenges and experience.

Please see our workshop dates listed below.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Metagenome Analysis
October 13th – 16th, 2015

Transcriptome Analysis
May 18th – 20th, 2015

Prokaryotic Comparative Genomics
September 29th – October 1st, 2015

Introduction to Genomics and Bioinformatics
November 2nd – 6th, 2015

FOR MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION:
www.igs.umaryland.edu/workshops

EMAIL:
Renée Nathaniel
Workshop Administrative Coordinator
rnathaniel@som.umaryland.edu

URL: http://www.igs.umaryland.edu/education/workshops.php

Contact Person: Renee Nathaniel (rnathaniel@som.umaryland.edu)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

NIGMS Strategic Plan Now Available

The new NIGMS strategic plan is now available at: http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/strategicplan. We would like to thank all of you who provided input to help shape this document, which outlines many of the priorities and activities that we will pursue over the next 5 years. The plan is designed to serve as a framework to both codify and focus our efforts, while still allowing us the flexibility to pursue untapped opportunities in mission-relevant areas.

In addition to its specific goals, objectives, and implementation strategies, the plan reiterates our commitment to the stewardship of taxpayer funds and an atmosphere of open dialogue, collaboration and shared responsibility with the scientific community. We welcome any suggestions you may have that would help us become as efficient and effective as possible in the pursuit of our mission.
URL: http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/strategicplan/NIGMS-strategic-plan.pdf

Contact Person: Richard Aragon, Ph.D. (richard.aragon@nih.gov)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

CFP: Workshop on Evolutionary Computation in Computational Structural Biology at ACM GECCO 2015

The focus of this workshop is the use of nature-inspired approaches to central problems in computational structural biology, including optimization methods under the umbrella of evolutionary computation. A particular emphasis will be on progress in the application of evolutionary computation to problems related to any aspects of protein structure modeling, characterization, and analysis.

The workshop will allow for a broader focus on all structure-related problems that necessitate the design of novel evolutionary computation approaches. These may include broader structure modeling settings beyond de novo structure prediction, such as mapping of protein and peptide energy landscapes, structure analysis, design, docking, and other emerging problems in computational structural biology.

We invite submissions on presentations of the
following topics:

Use of artificial life models like cellular automata or Lindenmayer systems in the modeling of biological problems.

Study and analysis of properties of biological systems like self-organization, emergent behavior or morphogenesis.

Multi-objective approaches in the modeling of computational biology problems.

Use of natural and evolutionary computation algorithms in protein structure classification and prediction (secondary and tertiary).

Mapping of protein and peptide energy landscapes.

Modeling of temporal folding of proteins.

Protein design

Protein-ligand and protein-protein docking.

For more information, visit: http://eccsb2015.irlab.org/
URL: http://eccsb2015.irlab.org/

Contact Person: Amarda Shehu (amarda@gmu.edu)