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Monday, February 27, 2012

Call for Submissions: FASEB BioArt Competition

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is seeking the submission of captivating, high resolution images that represent the cutting edge of 21st century biomedical research. Each day scientific investigators produce thousands of images during the course of their research. FASEB believes that these images are an important, yet underutilized, resource in the community's effort to engage and educate the general public and policy makers about biomedical research.

Winning images will be featured on the FASEB and National Institutes of Health websites and displayed before Members of Congress at FASEB's centennial celebration.

The submission deadline is March 25, 2012. To find out more about the competition, please go to www.faseb.org/BioArt or see the attached flyer.
URL: http://www.faseb.org/BioArt

Contact Person: Public Affairs Office (opa@faseb.org)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Encyclopedia of Life Education Innovation Challenge

The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is pleased to announce the EOL Education Innovation Challenge, an international competition to foster development of educational software tools, services, or games using EOL content. The challenge is to use EOL content and services to create an engaging and educational application that will promote global learning activities focused on discovering and understanding the living world.

The competition will award funding to the most scalable and innovative applications. Target audiences can include the general public, citizen scientists and learners of all ages in both formal and informal settings. The platform can be the web and/or mobile devices.

The Challenge is a two-stage process. In Stage 1, applicants submit a product idea that includes an overview of the concept. Applicants who are selected to continue to Stage 2 will be asked to submit a development plan and budget required to complete a working product. One or more prizes will be awarded to successful Stage 2 proposals.

The prize total is $50,000 USD, which may be divided among one or more successful applicants. In addition to the cash award, the winners\\\' work will be promoted and distributed by EOL. 



For more information about deadlines, guidelines and eligibility, please visit the EOL Innovation Challenge page (http://eol.org/info/290?language=en).

The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) operates as an ongoing collaboration of individuals and organizations who share the vision to provide global access to knowledge about life on Earth. EOL is supported by founding sponsors the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Additional support comes from EOL member institutions and donations from around the world.

URL: http://eol.org/info/290?language=en

Contact Person: Tracy Barbaro (tbarbaro@eol.org)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Announcement of CS2Bio'12

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Call for papers
CS2Bio'12
3rd International Workshop on Interactions
between Computer Science and Biology

Affiliated to DisCoTec'12

16th of June 2012
Stockholm, Sweden

http://cs2bio12.di.unipmn.it/

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The aim of this workshop is to gather researchers in formal methods
that are interested in the convergence of Computer Science, Biology
and life sciences. In particular, we solicit contribution of original
results that address both theoretical aspects of modeling and applied
work on the comprehension of biological behavior. We encourage
presentations of interdisciplinary work conducted by teams composed of
both life and computer scientists.

Papers selected for presentation at CS2Bio should either present the
modeling a specific biological phenomenon using formal techniques, or
a modeling, simulation, testing or verification approach in computer
science that leads to a novel and promising application to a range of
biological or medical systems. In the latter case, some emphasis on
the scope and scalability of the approach will be required. The
workshop intends to attract researchers interested in models,
verification, tools, and programming primitives concerning the complex
interactions encountered.

*** SCOPE ***

In general, topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Formal Biological Modeling:
-- Formal methods for the representation of biological systems and
their dynamics (rewrite systems, process calculi, graph grammars,
hybrid systems, etc.);
-- Theoretical links and comparison between different formal
models for the modeling of biological processes;
-- Quantitative (probabilistic, timed, stochastic, etc.) languages
and calculi.
-- Spatial (geometrical, topological) languages and calculi.

Formal Testing and Validation of Biological Properties:
-- Prediction of biological behavior from incomplete information;
-- Model checking, abstract interpretation, type systems, etc.

Tools and Simulation
-- Modeling, analysis and simulation tools for systems biology;
-- Emergence of properties in complex biological and medical systems;
-- Tools for parallel, distributed, and multi-resolution simulation
methods;
-- Detailed biological case-studies.

*** Invited Speakers (to be completed) ***

- Jane Hillston (University of Edinburgh)

*** DISSEMINATION***

Proceedings of the workshop will be published in ENTCS. Quality
permitting, a special issue of a Computer Science journal is planned.

*** SUBMISSION GUIDELINES ***

Papers must report previously unpublished work and not be submitted
concurrently to another conference with refereed proceedings.
Authors should submit their papers via EasyChair
(http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cs2bio12). Papers
should take the form of a pdf file in ENTCS style and should not
exceed 12 pages. If necessary, detailed proofs or other additional
material can be added in an appendix (referees might review it at
their discretion). We also encourage the submission of short papers,
limited to 7 pages, presenting new tools or platforms for the
modelling of biological systems.

*** IMPORTANT DATES ***

- Submission deadline: April 2, 2012
- Notification to authors: May 16, 2012
- Workshop: June 16, 2012

*** STEERING COMMITTEE ***

- Erik de Vink
- Paola Giannini
- Jean Krivine
- Angelo Troina

*** PROGRAM COMMITTEE ***

- Luca Cardelli
- Gabriel Ciobanu
- Francesca Cordero
- Erik de Vink (Co-chair)
- Francois Fages
- Jerome Feret
- Jasmin Fisher
- Paola Giannini (Co-chair)
- Jane Hillston
- Jean Krivine
- Giancarlo Mauri
- Emanuela Merelli
- Paolo Milazzo
- Gethin Norman
- Ion Petre
- David Safranek
- Angelo Troina
- Adelinde Uhrmacher
- Verena Wolf
URL: http://cs2bio12.di.unipmn.it/

Contact Person: Angelo Troina (troina@di.unito.it)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

[BIBM 2012] Call for Workshop Proposals

The Program Committees of the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (IEEE BIBM 2012) invite proposals for Workshops. Workshops selected will hold a central position within the larger Conference, which will bring together top academic and industrial researchers from all over the world to exchange cutting edge research ideas in bioinformatics and biomedicine. Within these fields, workshops at BIBM form crucial focal points for emerging communities and forums for the examination of new results.

In addition to bringing people together, papers submitted to BIBM 2012 workshops, and selected by workshop program committees, will be included in the Workshop Proceedings. This mechanism enables research communities to publish their new findings in a focused context and to jointly publicize their results to the wider community.

Workshop organizers will be responsible for advertising the workshop, forming program committees, reviewing and selecting workshop papers, and guaranteeing a high quality worthy of the prestige and breadth of the Conference. Other workshop activities can include poster sessions and inviting keynote speakers. Papers accepted for the Workshop Proceedings will be published by the IEEE Computer Society Press and made available at the Conference.

The workshop organizers will also have the discretion of editing selected papers (after their expansion and revision) into books or special journal issues. Workshops should cover at least a single session (6 regular papers). The workshop organizers should ensure registration and presence of authors of accepted papers.



Workshop Topics:

Each workshop subject will focus on new research challenges and initiatives in Bioinformatics and Biomedicine. The workshops should provide an informal and vibrant forum for researchers and industry practitioners to share their research results and practical development experiences in these two fields. Workshop topics may be narrow, e.g., "reverse-engineering" of gene regulatory networks from experimental data, computational approaches to drug discovery, mathematical modeling of signaling pathways, analysis of the next-generation sequencing data, oscillations and synchronization of biological rhythms; or broad, e.g., computational proteomics, in-silico diagnosis and prognosis, data mining and machine learning algorithms for biomedical applications, application of network research to biology etc. Prospective workshop organizers are encouraged to contact workshop chairs for feedback.



Important Dates

April 20, 2012: Workshop proposal submission due: A workshop proposal is sent by e-mail to any of the Workshop Chairs

April 31, 2012: Notification to workshop proposers

May 30, 2012: Each workshop organizer sends out Call for Workshops Papers



For further information on preparing and submitting a workshop proposal, please visit the following website or contact the Workshop Chairs.

http://www.ischool.drexel.edu/ieeebibm/bibm12/workshop.htm

Workshop Chairs:

Prof. Brian Y. Chen
Lehigh University
chen (at) lehigh.edu

Prof. Kun Huang
The Ohio State University Medical Center
kun.huang (at) osumc.edu

Prof. Bernard Offmann,
Université de La Réunion France,
bernard.offmann (at) univ-reunion.fr
URL: http://www.ischool.drexel.edu/ieeebibm/bibm12

Contact Person: Brian Y. Chen (____see_email_in_workshop_information_above_____@a.com)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Genome Sequencing and Annotation Symposium

The UF Computational Biology Initiative is pleased to announce

Genome Sequencing and Annotation.

a two-day symposium focusing on the computational and analytical
challenges involved in the sequencing and annotation of genomes, and
on their impact on biological and biomedical research. The symposium
will take place on April 12th and 13th 2012, in the main auditorium of
the Cancer Genetics Research Center at the University of Florida.

Speakers:

John Quackenbush, Harvard School of Public Health (keynote)
Srinivas Aluru, Iowa State University
Steven Jones, University of British Columbia
Matias Kirst, University of Florida
Ian Korf, UC Davis Genome Center
Eric Lyons, University of Arizona
Leonid Moroz, University of Florida


See the following website for more information on the symposium and to
register for it:

http://compbio.ufl.edu/symposium/

Note that registration is required, but attendance is free.
URL: http://compbio.ufl.edu/symposium/

Contact Person: Alberto Riva (ariva@ufl.edu)

Announcing the 2012 Life Sciences and Healthcare Venture Summit

A select group of 50 Top Innovators from the will be chosen to present their breakthrough investment opportunities to VCs, investors and strategic partners at the summit. To be considered for inclusion in this group, read the submission requirements in the "Call for Top Innovators" section below.

Join leading industry influencers, VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, investment bankers, incubator managers and CEOs of some of the most promising early stage and emerging growth companies at the 2012 Life Sciences & Healthcare Venture Summit being held on March 28th at Digital Sandbox in New York City.

This exclusive Venture Summit will bring together over 350 Top-tier Venture Capitalists, Private Investors, Corporate VCs, CEOs of cutting edge startups and Strategic Service Firms and will feature more than 40 leading VCs on interactive panels; Presentations by 50 Top Innovators; and high-level networking opportunities.
A partial list of VCs confirmed to speak includes:

Isaac Ciechanover Partner Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, David Coats Managing Director Correlation Ventures, Suzette Dutch Managing Partner Triathlon Medical Ventures, Bill Harrington Managing Partner Osage Ventures, Bosun Hau Investment Partner MVM Life Science Partners, Mike Kaplan Founder and Managing Director Altos Health Management, Daniel Kosoy Partner Athenian Venture Partners, Noah Kroloff Partner NGN Capital, Al Lauritano Director / Technology Licensing & Collaboration BD Technologies, Corey McCann Principal MPM Capital, Ilya Nykin Managing Director Prolog Partners, Heather Preston Managing Director TPG Biotech, Brian Underdown Managing Director Lumira Capital, Robert Weisskoff Partner Fidelity Biosciences, Tom Weldon Chairman, Managing Director Accuitive Medical Ventures,and many more.


CALL FOR TOP INNOVATORS!
Get Noticed > Get Funded > Grow Faster
A select group of 50 Top Innovators from the Biotech, Pharma, Healthcare, Healthcare IT, Medical Devices, Diagnostics, and Life Science sectors will be chosen to present their breakthrough investment opportunities to an exclusive audience of Venture Capitalists, Private Investors, Investment Bankers, Corporate Investors, and Strategic Partners.

Advance applicants for presenting slots are eligible to be chosen during the early-bird selection process ending on February 22, 2012.

Apply to Present:
To be considered for one of the Top Innovator slots, please e-mail iwant2present@youngstartup.com for an application.

To Nominate a Company:
To nominate a company please forward: company name, main contact at firm, contact details and why you think they should present to nominations@youngstartup.com.

URL: http://www.youngstartup.com

Contact Person: Jennifer Dell (jennifer@youngstartup.com)