Note from ISCB President: Phil Bourne
is packed with information on the ISMB2002 conference. With over
200 paper submissions and over 500 poster submissions, the conference
promises to be a scientific feast. On behalf of the ISCBs
Directors, staff, and membership, I would like to thank the organizing
committee, local organizing committee, and program committee for
their hard work preparing for the conference. Having co-chaired
ISMB 2000, I know how much effort must be directed away from research
and teaching to make ISMB happen. Thank you.
In the previous
newsletter, the Societys history was discussed (www.iscb.org/newsletter5-1/history.html).
The article describes how the Society began as a means to manage
the ISMB meeting. ISCB now plays many more roles to support our
science worldwide. Since I suspect many members are unaware of how
these roles are carried out, let me elaborate a little here. This
is particularly timely information, as ISCB is actively seeking
nominations from interested scientists to volunteer their time,
help run the Society, and make a difference to our science.
consists of an Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Society
staff. Not shown, are the individual committees which can be found
at www.iscb.org/committees.shtml. The Executive Committee holds
a monthly teleconference to discuss issues important to the development
and dissemination of bioinformatics. Issues arise from recommendations
made by the Societys committees, Board of Directors, and membership
at large. Important issues are defined as motions and are discussed
by the Board of Directors on a bi-monthly teleconference. Motions
that pass are enacted by the Executive Committee which also serves
as an oversight body for the Society office and staff. I meet with
the Society staff once a week and am continuously in contact via
email to track progress and to help as needed.
Much of the
work for the Society is done in committees; members are encouraged
to contact committee chairs or to join committees to actively share
their ideas with the entire Society. Members who wish become more
officially involved may seek nomination to the Board or Executive
Committee by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Board members are
elected by the existing Board for a three year term, whereas Executive
Committee members are elected for two years by the membership.
occurring in the fall; now is the time to step forward and become
involved. ISCB is particularly interested in involving young scientists
and those from regions of the globe where bioinformatics is emerging.
I am be happy to address questions members have about becoming involved
either now by email (email@example.com)
or in person at ISMB 2002.
ISCB STAFF PHOTO
(clockwise from the far left): Josh Polterock, Cassie Ferguson,
BJ Morrison McKay, Stephanie Hagstrom, Jennifer Matthews, Tracy
Zhao, Chris Smith, Phil Bourne, (not pictured: Kim Baldridge)