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January 10, 2012

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

As many of you may be aware, the U.S. House of Representatives has recently been presented with a bill called the Research Works Act (HR 3699) that threatens the current U.S. requirements of public access to federally funded research results. ISCB strongly opposes this bill. Burkhard Rost, ISCB President, and Richard Lathrop, ISCB Public Affairs & Policies Committee Chair, are drafting a letter to the bill's authors that expresses our opposition and emphasizes the importance of the ISCB Public Policy Statement on Open Access to Scientific and Technical Research Literature that was released in 2010.

If you are a member of ISCB and have not yet signed on to our statement, you are invited to do so at your earliest opportunity via the link to current signatories on the policy page noted above.

Thank you,
BJ Morrison McKay, ISCB Executive Officer on behalf of Burkhard Rost, Richard Lathrop, and the ISCB Board of Directors

GLBIO 2012 Early Registration Deadline


Dear ISCB Members, Colleagues, and Past GLBIO Attendees,

We encourage you to take advantage of discounted registration pricing while it lasts for the The Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference, taking place May 15-17 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Online Registration Information and Form Early Registration Deadline: April 14, 2012


With submitted oral and poster presentations recently decided and planned for posting to the conference website soon, this year's event is developing into a very robust meeting. Topic areas include Algorithm Development and Machine Learning, Bioimaging, Databases and Ontologies, Disease Models and Epidemiology, Evolution and Comparative Genomics, Gene Regulation and Transcriptomics, Metagenomics, Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics, Population Genomics, Protein Interactions and Molecular Networks, Protein Structure and Function, Sequence Analysis, and Text Mining.

Nearly 30 (yes, 30!) corporations and universities within the Great Lakes region have signed on as conference sponsors, which is sure to contribute to a diverse exhibition and exceptional exchange of opportunities and collaborations for all attendees.

Be sure to register today and we will look forward to welcoming you to Ann Arbor in May!

Sincerely,

Brian Athey (University of Michigan) and Robert Murphy (Carnegie Mellon University), GLBIO 2012 Honorary Con
GLBIO 2012 Conference Chairs
and all members of the GLBIO 2012 Steering Committee and Program Committee