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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

RECOMB-BE 2010 Call for Papers&Abstracts

The Second RECOMB satellite conference on Bioinformatics Education (RECOMB-BE) will be held at the Center for Algorithmic and Systems Biology at the University of California, San Diego, May 22-23, 2010.

We invite submissions in three categories:
Bioinformatics Education Papers
Bioinformatics Education Abstracts (submitted by educators)
Undergraduate Bioinformatics Research abstracts (submitted by undergraduate or first-year graduate students)

The selected papers and abstracts in each category will be invited either for oral or for poster presentations. Note that the acceptance of poster abstract is conditional on at least one of its authors pre-registering for the RECOMB-BE workshop electronically.

Bioinformatics Education papers should be submitted via the RECOMB BE web site and must be received by January 5, 2010. The papers should focus on a biological problem and on didactic ways to convey computational ideas that can be used to address it. The papers should be self-contained and should be written in the way that it can be understood by advanced undergraduate biology students. Papers focusing solely on computational problems and papers focusing solely on biological problems will not be considered. RECOMB BE imposes no restrictions on format, length, notation, etc. but rather let the contributors choose the style they feel is the most appropriate. However, we anticipate that each contributed paper will be at least 10 pages long.

The papers will be reviewed and the accepted papers will be published in the special Education issue of the Journal of Computational Biology (http://www.liebertpub.com/products/product.aspx?pid=31).
The authors of the accepted papers will be invited to join the Bioinformatics Education Alliance that will meet in San Diego shortly before RECOMB BE with the goal to discuss the planned book "Bioinformatics for Biologists" based on the accepted papers.

Bioinformatics Education abstracts (submitted by educators) should be submitted via the RECOMB BE web site and must be received by January 20, 2010. The abstracts are at most 1 page long. The abstracts in this category can either discuss practice, challenges, and perspectives in bioinformatics education (e.g., curricula, integration of bioinformatics programs, online courses, etc.) or represent a proposal for a short 20-30 min introductory lecture aimed at undergraduates. We are specifically looking for lectures that start with a description of an interesting biological problem, e.g., "Did we evolve from Neanderthals?" and show how computational techniques solve this biological problem.

The selected papers and abstracts will be invited either for oral or for poster presentations. The acceptance of paper/abstract is conditional on at least one of its authors pre-registering for the RECOMB workshop.

Undergraduate Bioinformatics Research abstracts (submitted by undergraduates or 1st year graduate students reporting their undergraduate work) should be submitted via the RECOMB BE web site and must be received by January 20, 2010. The abstracts are at most 1 page long. The selected papers and abstracts will be invited either for oral or for poster presentations. The acceptance of paper/abstract is conditional on at least one of its authors pre-registering for the RECOMB workshop.
URL: http://casb.calit2.net/bioed10/

Contact Person: Sangtae Kim (recomb-be@ucsd.edu)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Nobel Prize In Chemistry: What Ribosomes Look Like And How They Functions At Atomic Level

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2009 jointly to Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, United Kingdom; Thomas A. Steitz, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA; and Ada E. Yonath, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome". Read more...

Work on Telomeres Wins Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009 jointly to Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak for the discovery of "how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase". Read more...


The 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine will go to three Americans who discovered telomeres, the genetic code that protects the ends of chromosomes, and telomerase, the enzyme that assists in this process, findings that are important in the study of cancer, aging and stem cells. Read more...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Bioinformatics stimulus funding for cancer genomics

Researchers in the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will establish a Cancer Genome Data Analysis Center as part of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), a $275 million collaborative project led by the National Cancer Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute.

The TCGA project was highlighted in a White House announcement this week of $5 billion in grants to fund cutting-edge medical research across the country as part of the economic stimulus package. ...
URL: http://www.soe.ucsc.edu/news/article?ID=1793

Contact Person: Tim Stephens (stephens@ucsc.edu)