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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)

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