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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

ISMB/ECCB Social Event--Guiness Storehouse!

Don't miss the ISMB/ECCB 2015 Social Event on Monday, 13 July, at the famous Guinness Storehouse!

Come network, learn about the brewing of Ireland's most famous beer, and enjoy a pint of Guinness.

Tickets are still available online and onsite.
URL: https://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2015-program/ismbeccb2015-social-events#storehouse

Contact Person: Steven Leard (steven@iscb.org)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Announcing the Opening of the DREAM ALS Stratification Prize4Life Challenge

We are pleased to announce that the DREAM ALS Stratification Prize4Life Challenge, the first of the DREAM10 Challenges is now open for participation.

This Challenge focuses on predicting the progression and survival of ALS patients. The Challenge will leverage the PRO-ACT database of more than 8,000 cases as the Challenge training set, and feature several unpublished datasets that will be used for model validation. To learn more and join this Challenge, go to: https://www.synapse.org/#!Synapse:syn2873386/wiki/

Besides joining the ALS Stratification Challenge, we hope you will also pre-register for one or both of the two other DREAM10 Challenges that are currently under preparation. In this way, we can keep you informed about the readiness of these two additional DREAM10 Challenges for participation. Also below, we've also included a current snapshot of the DREAM9.5 Challenges that opened this past winter.

To learn more about DREAM Challenges and Sage Bionetworks please go to: http://dreamchallenges.org/ and http://sagebase.org
URL: http://sagebase.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b146de537186191a9d2110f3a&id=a9f2d91f3f&e=d446602705

Contact Person: Gustavo Stolovitzky (gustavo@us.ibm.com)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

ISCB mourns the loss John Wooley

Dr. John Wooley shaped policy at the U.S. National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy to pave the way for massive growth and transformation in the field of computational biology. He passed away in April after prolonged cancer. After decades spent launching new initiatives in computational biology that pushed forward discoveries, innovation, and national programs in genomics, protein structure, crystallography, and systems biology, Dr. Wooley served as Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego.

"John Wooley was an inspiration to me and to our community. His vision saw the potential impact of integrating computer science and biology as we entered the 21st Century. Both fields were transforming as new technologies made possible new types of observations at massive scales. Not only did he shape the direction of the field, but he shaped individuals through his mentorship and unflagging optimism. I had great luck to benefit directly from his guidance and leadership during my early years as a post-doctoral Fellow at the Department of Energy and on through my time as a professor in the Bioinformatics & Systems Biology program at UC San Diego. John will be missed by many," said Terry Gaasterland, Director of the Scripps Genome Center at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Professor in the Bioinformatics & Systems Biology program at UC San Diego.

"John gave me my first grant while he was at the NSF. It was the early 90's and the first grant between a biomedical researcher and a computer scientist at Columbia University. What was remarkable was that John gave us more money than we asked for. Many grants later, that has never happened to me again. That was the kind of person John was; breaking rules and tradition to do what he believed in. In that case it was to explore the use of object-oreinted database technologies for answering new types of questions of the rapidly growing corpus of macromolecular structure data. What we learnt from that grant ultimately fed into our work on the RCSB Protein Data Bank (PDB) from which many others were to make landmark discoveries in structural biology and bioinformatics. John saw that coming – that was his strength – seeing the future as if it were today. I was thrilled when John joined us at UCSD and he was instrumental, along with Palmer Taylor, in my securing a tenured professorship in the new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences even before one brick was laid for the building to house the School. I would periodically visit John in his office and be amazed at his command of what was hot (and what was not) in the ever growing field of computational biology. He kept up this encyclopedic knowledge even as his health fluctuated. Frail on the outside there was enormous strength within; a strength which I and many others gained from. Our young field has lost a pioneer to whom we all owe a great debt," said Philip Bourne, Ph.D., FACMI, Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) & Founding Editor in Chief of PLOS Computational Biology.
URL: http://www.iscb.org

Contact Person: Nadine Kampman Costello (ncostello@iscb.org)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

ISCB Seeks Applicatoins for Editors for ISCB Community Journal

ISCB is seeking scholars interested in serving as volunteer editors for the ISCB Community Journal. If you are interested, please submit your nomination using our online system. If you have a colleague who may enjoy serving as a volunteer editor for ISCB, please feel free to forward this information.

The primary responsibility of an editor will be to oversee the content on the ISCB Community Journal homepage. Editors will work with the conferences and have the final decision on the selection of conference editors and editorial board proposed by the conferences. Editors will supervise the conference referee process and ensure the quality standards of referee reports, editorial decision and published papers. Editors will help to promote the journal and to increase the number of conferences publishing in the journal. The ISCB Community Journal editors will work closely with F1000Research to keep improving the journal and make sure it is meeting the aims and objectives of the ISCB. Editors are appointed by the ISCB Board of Directors and will serve a three-year term* with the option to be renewed for one additional term.

Applicants must be a member of ISCB and have significant publishing and reviewing experience, and experience reviewing and working with conference paper and abstract submissions. Due to the high volume of applications, only accepted applicants will be contacted via email.
URL: http://www.iscb.org/call-for-editors

Contact Person: Diane Kovats (dkovats@iscb.org)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Let your voice be heard in PLOS user studies

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We can conduct our short studies in-person at your office or at PLOS headquarters, or remotely using simple user study applications.

Simply take our short survey — we'll keep you in the loop about user study opportunities.

To participate in the survey go to http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=69b1f7f753d370193336032d6&id=a1c361032c&e=07d2cafaa8

URL: http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=69b1f7f753d370193336032d6&id=a1c361032c&e=07d2cafaa8

Contact Person: info@iscb.org (info@iscb.org)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015



Are you
- a researcher interested in interactive visualization of massive biological datasets on the web?
- a developer interested in data visualization?
- interested to understand current industry-based end user needs?

Would you like to meet recognized leaders in the field of visualization in bioinformatics, including representatives from a variety of SMEs, big pharma and for profit organizations?

It is our pleasure to invite you to join us for the 1st Annual BioJS Conference (BioJS.conf) and hackathon on 3-4 July 2015, hosted at The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), Norwich, UK. As part of the conference we will have an industry-led session organized by the Repositive.io SME. The aim of this session is to understand the needs, wants, and limitations of front-end interfaces applied to industry-based end users.

Current confirmed speakers include:

Suzi Lewis (Berkeley)
Benno Schwikowski (Pasteur Institute, Paris)
Henning Hermjakob (EBI)
Ian Mulvany (eLife)
Michiel Helvensteijn (Leiden)
Jessie Kennedy (Napier University, Edinburgh)

Registration open NOW!

Please help us spread the word!

The BioJS.conf Organising Committee

URL: http://conf.biojs.net/

Contact Person: Manuel Corpas (mc@manuelcorpas.com)