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Thursday, August 8, 2013

RECOMB 2014 ---- Call for Papers

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RECOMB 2014: the 18th International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology
April 2-5, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA
Submission open: September 2, 2013
Submission deadline: October 15, 2013
Submission entry: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=recomb2014
Conference website: http://www.compbio.cmu.edu/recomb/
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The 18th International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology (RECOMB 2014) will be held in Pittsburgh, PA on April 2-5, 2014. The RECOMB conference series was founded in 1997 to provide a scientific forum for advances in computational biology and applications in molecular biology and medicine. The conference aims at bridging the computational, mathematical, statistical, and biological sciences, and bringing together researchers, professionals, students and industrial practitioners from all over the world for interaction and exchange of new developments in all areas of bioinformatics and computational biology. The conference will feature keynote talks by leading scientists, presentations of peer-reviewed high-quality research papers, presentations of exciting research developments that were published within the past year and poster sessions on latest research progress.

Papers reporting on original research in all areas of computational molecular biology and bioinformatics are sought. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Molecular Sequence Analysis
• Regulation and Epigenomics
• Molecular Evolution
• Gene Expression
• Biological Networks
• Sequencing and Genotyping Technologies
• Metagenomics
• Population and Statistical Genetics
• Systems Biology
• Computational Proteomics
• Computational Structural Biology
• Bioimaging

Submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee, and selected papers will be accepted for presentation at the conference. Accepted extended abstracts will be published as a proceedings volume in the Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics (LNBI) series by Springer-Verlag, which will be available at the conference. RECOMB 2014 is partnering with the Journal of Computational Biology (JCB). Accepted papers will be invited, but not required, to submit an edited journal version for a special issue of JCB.

Parallel Submission: RECOMB 2014 has teamed up with PLoS Computational Biology to allow for reviewing a selected set of papers for the journal in parallel to their consideration by RECOMB. Authors who wish their manuscript to be considered for publication in PLoS Computational Biology must clearly indicate this at the time of submission to RECOMB, and submit a complete manuscript for review. Manuscripts that are accepted to RECOMB will appear either as two-page abstracts or full papers in the LNBI proceedings depending on their review/acceptance status in PLoS Computational Biology. Full details can be found on the conference website. No other parallel submissions are allowed.

Key dates (Extended Abstracts)

Submission opens: September 2, 2013
Submission deadline: October 15, 2013
Acceptance notification: December 9, 2013
Final version due: January 16, 2014

Full details on manuscript preparation and submission procedures can be found on the conference website.

Best Regards,

Roded Sharan, Program Chair
Russell Schwartz, Conference Chair
URL: http://www.compbio.cmu.edu/recomb/

Contact Person: Russell Schwartz (tgulish@cmu.edu)

Friday, August 2, 2013

PRESIDENT OBAMA NOMINATES NEW NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION DIRECTOR

The White House announced that President Obama intends to nominate physicist Dr. France Anne Cordova to be the next NSF Director. We do not yet know when Dr. Cordova's nomination will be considered by the Senate. Dr. Cordova is President Emerita of Purdue University, where she served as President from 2007 to 2012. From 2002 to 2007, Dr. Cordova served as Chancellor of the University of California at Riverside, where she was a Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy. Previously, Dr. Cordova was the Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara from 1996 to 2002. She served as NASA's Chief Scientist from 1993 to 1996. She was on the faculty of the Pennsylvania State University, where she served as Head of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics from 1989 to 1993. Dr. Cordova served as Deputy Group Leader in the Earth and Space Sciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1988 to 1989 an d Staff Scientist from 1979 to 1989. She is Chair of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the National Science Board. Dr. Cordova received a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.

In addition, American Society for Microbiology President Dr. Jo Handelsman was nominated to serve as Associate Director for Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Handelsman has worked with the FASEB MARC program and will focus on issues related to medical innovation, biotechnology, physical sciences, and other areas. Dr. Jo Handelsman is the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor and Frederick Phineas Rose Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University, a position she has held since 2010. Previously, she served on the University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty as a Professor in Plant Pathology from 1985 to 2009 and Professor and Chair of the Department of Bacteriology from 2007 to 2009. She is currently President of the American Society for Microbiology. In 2011, Dr. Handelsman received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring. From 2002 to 2010, Dr. Handelsman was the Direct or of the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching. In 2004, Dr. Handelsman co-founded the National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology. She received a B.S. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

URL: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/07/31/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts

Contact Person: Nadine Costello (assistant@iscb.org)

Update your bioinformatics paper as often as you update your software, with F1000Research

F1000Research is an online life science journal, which enables articles to be updated post-publication, through the use of versioned papers. The journal is waiving all charges for bioinformatics software papers submitted before 31st December 2013. This is great news for both developers and users of bioinformatics tools; as incremental improvements and updates to software are released, these can be documented through a set of F1000Research-threaded papers.

F1000Research is novel in many of its approaches to science publishing. Once an article has passed editorial checks, publication is very fast, typically under 7 days following final submission. Articles undergo formal transparent peer-review, post-publication, with all reviews and any resultant discussion being documented as part of the article. The journal also requires all papers to include the underlying data, and all good science is accepted, regardless of perceived impact at time of publication.

The threaded papers approach enables developers to minimize the time spent on the important (but time consuming) job of disseminating documentation, whilst also demonstrating to funding bodies a commitment to ongoing engagement with users. Furthermore, it shows users that a tool is being actively maintained and improved.

To encourage bioinformatics tool developers to try this new way of publishing, F1000Research are waiving all article processing charges for such life science software papers submitted before the end of 2013. The fee waiver includes subsequent updates; just put the code SOFT13 in Section 6 of the simple one-page submission form. If you are using LaTeX to write papers, there is also a one-click submission option from the F1000Research LaTeX template, hosted by the online collaborative LaTeX editor writeLaTeX.

So how about providing an F1000Research threaded publication for your bioinformatics tool, allowing you to update the paper as you improve your software?

More information about F1000Research can be found at http://f1000research.com/
More information about threaded software papers can be found at http://blog.f1000research.com/2013/07/22/document-your-software-updates-with-f1000research/
The writeLaTeX F1000Research template can be found at https://www.writelatex.com/templates/41-f1000research-journal-article-template

URL: http://f1000research.com/

Contact Person: Michael Markie (michael.markie@f1000.com)