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Thursday, May 23, 2013


Bethesda, MD – The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has released a new factsheet highlighting the value that federally funded biomedical and biological research provides to the American public as well as the private sector. The factsheet provides specific examples of National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research that leads to improved health, a strengthened the U.S. economy, and the development of new technologies, products, and industries. It also notes that the private sector depends on federal funding for basic research to create the knowledge necessary to support applied research.

FASEB encourages the scientific community to share this factsheet with members of Congress during the upcoming Memorial Day recess (May 27 – May 31). "We must remind our elected officials that publically and privately funded research are complementary, not interchangeable," said FASEB President Judith S. Bond, PhD. "Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee approved spending limits that could cut fiscal year 2014 funding for NIH nearly 20 percent below the sequestration level and further reduce the budget for NSF. Additional cuts to the NIH and NSF budget will hurt our quality of life and severely undermine U.S. innovation and development."

FASEB is composed of 26 societies with more than 100,000 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: Jennifer Zeitzer (jzeitzer@faseb.org)

Monday, May 20, 2013

CFP: 2013 Computational Structural Bioinformatics Workshop (CSBW)

The 2013 Computational Structural Bioinformatics Workshop will be held in conjunction with ACM-BCB. The rapid accumulation of macromolecular structures presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities in the analysis, comparison, modeling, and prediction of macromolecular structures and interactions. This workshop aims to bring together researchers with expertise in bioinformatics, computational biology, structural biology, data mining, optimization and high performance computing to discuss new results, techniques, and research problems in computational structural bioinformatics.

CSBW invites high quality original papers and posters on developments in computational problems relating to molecular structure. Authors of accepted papers will be provided approximately 20 minutes to provide an oral summary of their work, with time for questions. Please refer to website above for details about format and submission. At least one author of an accepted paper is required to register for the workshop to present the paper. Registration to CSBW is complementary with registration to ACM-BCB 2013.

Important dates:
June 28, 2013: Paper submission deadline
July 24, 2013: Notification of paper acceptance
August 1, 2013: Camera-ready paper submission deadline
September 5, 2013: Poster abstract submission deadline
September 22-25, 2013: workshop/ACM-BCB conference

The CSBW Co-Chairs are also very pleased to announce that Lenore Cowen, of the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University, will present the Keynote Lecture at our workshop.

Submitted manuscripts should not exceed 10 pages in ACM template on 8.5 x 11 inch paper (see ACM templates). All the manuscripts should be submitted at http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/ACM-BCB2013/submission.html. All accepted papers will be published in proceedings published by ACM digital libraries. Journals used in previous years included the International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics (2007), BMC Structural Biology (2009, 2012) and the Journal of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (2011).

CSBW also seeks poster abstracts on developments or significant works in progress towards computational problems relating to molecular structure. Posters sessions will expand scientific dialogue at the workshop and train students in scientific communication. Authors of accepted posters will have unhurried opportunities to communicate their results in poster sessions taking place during the day.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Structure representations
- Structure prediction and refinement
- Structure comparison and alignment
- Molecular interaction, docking, and simulation
- Coarse-grained modeling
- Mining structural data
- Structural genomics
- Applications of high performance computing to structural problems
- Applications of graph theory and optimization to structural problems
- Structure-based drug design
- Biomolecular graphics

Workshop Chairs:
Jing He, Department of Computer Science, Old Dominion University
Amarda Shehu, Department of Computer Science, George Mason University
Nurit Haspel, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Brian Chen, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Lehigh University

Contact: For questions regarding the workshop, please email jhe@cs.odu.edu

URL: http://www.cs.odu.edu/~lchen/CSBW.htm

Contact Person: Brian Chen (chen[removethis]@lehigh.edu)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Summer School on (Meta)Genomics and Molecular Epidemiology

The CSISP Summer School is addressed to graduate students, professionals and practitioners of biomedical research, public health and other biological and health sciences. This 3rd CSISP Summer School edition will focus on the area of Genomics and Health, with a strong hands-on component and direct experience of the application of genomic science in a Public Health research center. The school will consist of 5 independent modules that may be taken individually and will include theoretical lectures, research seminars, and practical sessions. The summer school will take place at the Center for Public Health Research (CSISP) of the Valencian Health Department and will be taught in English by CSISP researchers and by invited professors from leading international institutions.
URL: http://www.csisp.gva.es/en/summer-school

Contact Person: Beatriz Chacartegui (summerschool_csisp@gva.es)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

PLOS Computational Biology Announces 2013 T-shirt Design Competition

PLOS Computational Biology Announces 2013 T-shirt Design Competition

For more information please go to:
URL: http://www.plos.org/

Contact Person: Clare Weaver (ploscompbiol@plos.org)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

ISCB-Asia/SCCG 2012 BMC Genomics Special Issue Complete

The BMC Genomics Special Issue for the proceedings track of ISCB-Asia/SCCG 2012 is now complete. Nine original research papers and an introduction covering all talks given at the conference.
URL: http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcgenomics/supplements/14/S2

Contact Person: Paul Horton (paulh@iscb.org)