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RECOMB satellite conference on Bioinformatics Education (RECOMB-BE)
United States - California - La Jolla

Hosted by:Center for Algorithmic and Systems Biology at UC San Diego
Venue:Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego
Dates:May 22, 2010 through May 23, 2010

Call for Posters:2010-01-01 through 2010-05-01
Travel Fund Apps:2010-01-01 through 2010-04-21
Event Registration:2010-01-01 through 2010-05-01
We would like to cordially invite you to submit a late-breaking 1-page abstract to the Annual RECOMB Conference on Bioinformatics Education (RECOMB BE). RECOMB BE invites submissions from both bioinformatics educators and bioinformatics students. Funds are available to support travel to RECOMB BE (please go to http://casb.ucsd.edu/bioed10/travel.php to apply for travel support).

The registration is open at the conference website. Early registration and submission of the late-breaking abstracts will end on May 1, 2010. Registration may close early if seating capacity is reached before the date of the conference.

Confirmed invited speakers.

Dan Gusfield, UC Davis, David Haussler, UC Santa Cruz, Eugene Koonin, Nat. Center for Biotechnology Information, Michael Lynch, University of Indiana, Lior Pachter, UC Berkeley, Pavel Pevzner, UC San Diego, Itzhak Pilpel, Weizmann Institute, Aviv Regev, Broad Institute, Russell Schwartz, Carnegie Mellon University,Ron Shamir, Tel Aviv University, Adam Siepel, Cornel University, Glenn Tesler, UC San Diego, Olga Troyanskaya, Princeton University, Tandy Warnow, UT Austin,Michael Waterman, University of Southern California

Theme and Scope. The goal of the meeting is to showcase best practices of teaching bioinformatics ideas to biology undergraduates, to discuss existing challenges in bioinformatics education (with an emphasis on undergraduate education), and to promote collaborations between educators towards developing a stable bioinformatics curriculum reflecting the 21st century bioinformatics. The meeting will also showcase selected bioinformatics research projects conducted by undergraduate students.

While biology has been transformed into a computational science in the last decade, the biology curriculum remains largely unchanged with respect to computational courses. The question: “How to teach bioinformatics to biology students?” is particularly important at the time when many universities have already started undergraduate bioinformatics programs and discussions are underway about adding new computational courses to the standard biology curriculum - a dramatic paradigm shift in biology education. However, as the 1st RECOMB BE satellite demonstrated, the educational question of how to convey computational ideas to biologists has not been answered satisfactorily to date. See Computing has changed biology--biology education must catch up. for the summary of RECOMB BE 2009 and the educational challenges that lay ahead (Science 2009, v.325: 541-542) RECOMB-BE aims at demonstrating the intricacy, practicality, and beauty of modern bioinformatics at the undergraduate level.

RECOMB-BE format. RECOMB-BE will have a somewhat unusual format. Unlike most previous meetings on bioinformatics education that focused on the question “how bioinformatics should be taught”, we want to showcase how leading bioinformaticians ACTUALLY TEACH. Speakers will give short, introductory-level lectures, aimed at undergraduates, which will be videotaped and made freely available on the Internet. These lectures will be complemented by Discussion Panels focusing on existing challenges in bioinformatics education and by talks of undergraduate students on their research projects.

Important Dates.

Paper submission deadline: January 5, 2010
Notification of paper acceptance: January 20, 2010
Abstract submission deadline: January 20, 2009
Notification of abstract acceptance: January 30, 2010
Application for travel support; April 21, 2010
Notification of travel support: April 23, 2010


We invite submissions in three categories:
Bioinformatics Education Papers
Bioinformatics Education Abstracts (submitted by educators)
Undergraduate Bioinformatics Research abstracts (submitted by undergraduate or first-year graduate students)
The selected papers and abstracts in each category will be invited either for oral or for poster presentations. Note that the acceptance of poster abstract is conditional on at least one of its authors pre-registering for the RECOMB-BE workshop electronically.

Bioinformatics Education papers should be submitted via the RECOMB BE web site and must be received by January 5, 2010. The papers should focus on a biological problem and on didactic ways to convey computational ideas that can be used to address it. The papers should be self-contained and should be written in the way that it can be understood by advanced undergraduate biology students. Papers focusing solely on computational problems and papers focusing solely on biological problems will not be considered. RECOMB BE imposes no restrictions on format, length, notation, etc. but rather let the contributors choose the style they feel is the most appropriate. However, we anticipate that each contributed paper will be at least 10 pages long.

The papers will be reviewed and the accepted papers will be published in the special Education issue of the Journal of Computational Biology (http://www.liebertpub.com/products/product.aspx?pid=31).
The authors of the accepted papers will be invited to join the Bioinformatics Education Alliance that will meet in San Diego shortly before RECOMB BE with the goal to discuss the planned book “Bioinformatics for Biologists” based on the accepted papers.

Bioinformatics Education abstracts (submitted by educators) should be submitted via the RECOMB BE web site and must be received by January 20, 2010. The abstracts are at most 1 page long. The abstracts in this category can either discuss practice, challenges, and perspectives in bioinformatics education (e.g., curricula, integration of bioinformatics programs, online courses, etc.) or represent a proposal for a short 20-30 min introductory lecture aimed at undergraduates. We are specifically looking for lectures that start with a description of an interesting biological problem, e.g., "Did we evolve from Neanderthals?" and show how computational techniques solve this biological problem.

The selected papers and abstracts will be invited either for oral or for poster presentations. The acceptance of paper/abstract is conditional on at least one of its authors pre-registering for the RECOMB workshop.

Undergraduate Bioinformatics Research abstracts (submitted by undergraduates or 1st year graduate students reporting their undergraduate work) should be submitted via the RECOMB BE web site and must be received by January 20, 2010. The abstracts are at most 1 page long. The selected papers and abstracts will be invited either for oral or for poster presentations. The acceptance of paper/abstract is conditional on at least one of its authors pre-registering for the RECOMB workshop.

RECOMB-BE Support. RECOMB-BE is supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and by the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).

Travel Support. RECOMB-BE and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute offer travel support to undergraduate students interested in bioinformatics. All undergraduate students are invited to apply for travel support. RECOMB-BE will have a poster session showcasing undergraduate bioinformatics research and we encourage undergraduate students interested in participation to submit a poster. Students who submitted abstracts will be given a priority with regards to travel support. 1st year graduate students who wish to present their undergraduate work are also welcome to apply for travel support. In addition, RECOMB BE offers a partial travel support for authors of accepted RECOMB BE papers. The applications for travel support should be made via RECOMB-BE web site.

In addition to supporting undergraduate students, RECOMB BE also has limited funds to support authors of accepted RECOMB BE papers.


Pavel Pevzner (UCSD) and Ron Shamir (Tel Aviv University)

RECOMB-BE Organizing Committee: Sangtae Kim, Son Pham

E.mail contact: sak008@ucsd.edu

About CASB. The Center for Algorithmic and Systems Biology (CASB) http://casb.ucsd.edu/ is dedicated to the study of computational approaches in biological sciences. It serves as a worldwide bioinformatics conference center and forum for researchers in algorithmic and systems biology. CASB also aims to promote interactions among different departments at the University of California, San Diego; among different institutions in the San Diego region; and between academia and industry. The center also supports original research and educational activities in bioinformatics.

About RECOMB. The RECOMB International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology conference series was founded in 1997 to provide a scientific forum for theoretical advances in computational biology and their applications in molecular biology and medicine. The conference solicits research contributions from all areas of computational molecular biology. The origins of the conference came from the mathematical and computational side of the field, and there remains a focus on computational advances. In addition, the effective use of computational techniques in biological discovery is also an important aspect of the conference. The 14 Annual RECOMB conference (RECOMB 20010) http://kdbio.inesc-id.pt/recomb2010/home.html will take place August 12-15, 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal. RECOMB satellites cover various aspects of bioinformatics: RECOMB Comparative Genomics, RECOMB Regulatory Genomics, RECOMB Computational Cancer Biology, RECOMB Computational Proteomics, RECOMB SNPs and Haplotypes and RECOMB Systems Biology.
Additional Information
Event URL:http://casb.ucsd.edu/bioed10/
ISCB Member Discount:None

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