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Friday, June 27, 2014

A New Online Computational Biology Curriculum

A recent proliferation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other web-based educational resources has greatly increased the potential for effective self-study in many fields. This article introduces a catalog of several hundred free video courses of potential interest to those wishing to expand their knowledge of bioinformatics and computational biology. The courses are organized into eleven subject areas modeled on university departments and are accompanied by commentary and career advice.
URL: http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003662

Contact Person: David B. Searls (David.B.Searls@gmail.com)

Ten Simple Rules for Approaching a New Job

At some point in your professional career, you will be faced with a job interview. This may range from visiting a graduate school where you already have a placement should you want it, to interviewing for a very high-profile position in industry, government, or academia where there is significant competition for that job. Thinking both as a job applicant and a job interviewer about how I have approached job situations over the years before, during, and after the interview and how those situations have turned out, Phil Bourne can offer the following ten simple rules as you prepare.

URL: http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003660

Contact Person: PLOS Comp Bio (ploscompbiol@plos.org)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

An Explosion Of Bioinformatics Careers

Big data is everywhere, and its influence and practical omnipresence across multiple industries will just continue to grow. For life scientists with expertise and an interest in bioinformatics, computer science, statistics, and related skill sets, the job outlook couldn't be rosier. Big pharma, biotech, and software companies are clamoring to hire professionals with experience in bioinformatics and the identification, compilation, analysis, and visualization of huge amounts of biological and health care information. With the rapid development of new tools to make sense of life science research and outcomes, spurred by innovative research in bioinformatics itself, scientists who are entranced by data can pursue more career options than ever before. By Alaina G. Levine

For additional information go to http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/2014_06_13/science.opms.r1400143
URL: http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/2014_06_13/science.opms.r1400143

Contact Person: Alaina G. Levine (alaina@alainalevine.com)

MARC Travel Awards Announced for ISCB, 22nd ISMB Meeting

Bethesda, MD – FASEB MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) Program has announced the travel award recipients for the International Society for Computational Biology's 22nd International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology from July 11-15, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. These awards are meant to promote the entry of students, post doctorates and scientists from underrepresented groups into the mainstream of the basic science community and to encourage the participation of young scientists at the 22nd International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology. This year MARC conferred 4 awards totaling $7,400.

The FASEB MARC Program is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health. A primary goal of the MARC Program is to increase the number and competitiveness of underrepresented groups engaged in biomedical and behavioral research.

The following participants have been selected to receive a FASEB MARC Travel Award:


Alvin Farrel, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Ololade Fatunmbi, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Lucia Peixoto, University of Pennsylvania
Harold Pimentel, University of California, Berkeley

FASEB is composed of 26 societies with more than 120,000 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.

- See more at: http://www.faseb.org/Policy-and-Government-Affairs/News-Room/Article-Detail-View/tabid/1014/ArticleId/988/MARC-Travel-Awards-Announced-for-ISCB-22nd-ISMB-Meeting.aspx#sthash.RDDUsOkk.dpuf
URL: http://www.fASEB.org

Contact Person: Jacquelyn Roberts (jroberts@faseb.org)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NIH Roadmap/Common Fund at 10 Years

A mechanism for funding biomedical research at NIH that transcends Institute and Center boundaries is bearing fruit.
URL: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2014/06/18/science.1255860.full

Contact Person: Francis S. Collins (francis.collins@nih.gov)