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volume 5, issue 2

President’s Letter

Register for ISMB 2002

Host ISMB 2004 or 2005

David Baker: 2002 Overton Prize Recipient

Overton Endowment

ISMB 2002 Committees

ISMB 2002 Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities

Best Paper Award by SGI

ISMB 2002 SIGs

ISMB Goes Down Under in 2003

Hot Jobs! ISMB 2002 Job Fair

ISCB Board Nominations

Bioinformatics Pioneers: ISMB 2002 Keynote Speakers

Anna Tramontano: Bioinformatics in Europe

Software Recommendations

ISCB’s Affiliated Regional Groups

ISCB Staff Introduction

Fellowship Recipients

Events and Opportunities

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Events and Opportunities of Interest
A more thorough description of events is available here.

DIMACS Special Focus on Computational Molecular Biology
DATE: September 2000-August 2003
UPCOMING EVENT: Protein Domains: Identification, Classification and Evolution Dates: February 27-28, 2003; DIMACS Center, Rutgers, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
URL: dimacs.rutgers.edu/Workshops/index-compmolecbiol.html

SHORT COURSE: Bioinformatics: Methods and Techniques
DATE: June 18-20, 2002
LOCATION: Stanford, Palo Alto, CA, USA
URL: scpd.stanford.edu/scpd/courses/proEd/bioinf/default.asp?bioinformatics_iscb
ABOUT: An introduction to fundamental problems in genomics and bioinformatics. Topics include DNA and protein sequence and structure analysis, structure prediction and the impact of new technologies such as mRNA expression arrays and proteomics techniques.
CONTACT: Jody Gladstein, 650-723-9041 (scpd_proed@forsythe.stanford.edu)

DATE: June 19-21, 2002
URL: www.LifeScienceSolutions.com
ABOUT: This information-intensive conference will bring together the industry’s most forward-thinking computational biologists to examine diverse bioinformatics strategies and applications. Key components of this event include open-source industry collaboration and integration, computational proteomics, post-genomic bioinformatics and drug discovery. Focused pre-conference tutorials will offer hands-on
experience with leading bioinformatics tools.
CONTACT: Ann Pendleton, 312.894.6418 (conferences@marcusevansch.com)

Bioinformatics and Genomics: Methods, Data, and Predictions
DATE: June 24-28, 2002
LOCATION: Laboratory for Information, Singapore
URL: sdmc.krdl.org.sg/cimm/BGMDP02
ABOUT: The program on Post-Genome Knowledge Discovery will focus on the computational and statistical analysis of sequence and genetic data and the mathematical modeling of complex biological interactions, which are critical to the accurate annotation of genomic sequences, the study of the interplay between genes and proteins, and the study of the genetic variability of species.

NETTAB 2002 Second International Workshop on Agents in Bioinformatics
DATE: July 12-14, 2002
URLs: www.nettab.org, www.nettab.org/2002/progr.html
ABOUT: This workshop aims to bring together researchers working toward the vision of a genome analysis and annotation using agents-based systems. NETTAB2002 aims to strengthen the relationships within the bioinformatics community, to activate cooperation between bioinformatics and computer science communities, to collect the latest ideas, achievements and proposals in the application of agents and multi-agent systems to the bioinformatics area.

The Third International Conference on Bioinformatics of Genome Regulation and Structure (BGRS2002)
DATE: July 14-20, 2002
URL: www.bionet.nsc.ru/meeting/bgrs2002/index_local.html
ABOUT: BGRS2002 will provide a forum for the accumulation, analysis, and recognition of genomic regulatory sequences. Experimental biologists are also encouraged to attend—BGRS2002 aims to be a stimulating event to facilitate an application of computational biology to experimental research.

SSGRR-2002: Infrastructure for e-Business, e-Education, e-Science, and e-Medicine
DATE: July 29-August 4, 2002
LOCATION: L’Aquila near Rome, ITALY
URLs: www.ssgrr.it/en/ssgrr2002s/index.htm
ABOUT: SSGRR decided to organize twice a year an international symposium in the general domain of Infrastructure for e-Business, e-Education, e-Science, and e-Medicine (in the widest sense: computer science and engineering, communications, and business administration), with the goal of getting together the leading world experts in the field, to present invited papers on their most important research contributions in the recent period.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society (DDNS) Special Issue: Complex Multi-Agent Interaction Dynamics
DEADLINE August 31, 2002
URL: www.tandf.co.uk/journals/
ABOUT: DDNS’s main field of interest is the use of nonlinear difference equations to model complex phenomena in natural and social systems. However, the rise in computer processing power, and the development of powerful parallel processing hardware and software, has made it possible to model many complex systems as the result of the interactions of discrete agents. This special issue of DDNS will focus exclusively upon this approach to system modeling. Papers will be considered on any and all topics, so long as the paper meets the parameters of using interactive multiple agent systems to generate or explain complex systems.

SHORT COURSE: An Introduction to Bioinformatics: A Practical Approach
DATE: September 2-3, 2002
LOCATION: University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
URL: www.bio.warwick.ac.uk/shortcourses
ABOUT: A course for those wishing to gain a practical understanding of the applications of bioinformatics
CONTACT: Dr. Charlotte Moonan, 024-7652-3540 (Charlotte.Moonan@warwick.ac.uk)

WABI 2002: 2nd Workshop on Algorithms in BioInformatics
DATE: September: 16-21, 2002
LOCATION: Faculty of Engineering, University of Rome “La Sapienza,” ITALY
URL: www.dis.uniroma1.it/%7Ealgo02/wabi02
ABOUT: WABI2002 will cover research in algorithmic work in bioinformatics and computational biology. The emphasis is on discrete algorithms that address important problems in molecular biology, genomics and genetics that are founded on sound models, computationally efficient, and have been implemented and tested in simulations and on real datasets.

Second Virtual Conference on Genomics and Bioinformatics Sharing Knowledge with the World
DATE: September 24-26, 2002
LOCATION: Fargo, North Dakota, USA
URL: www.ndsu.nodak.edu/virtual-genomics/upcom2.htm
ABOUT: This conference will provide an environment to discuss information related to post-genomic era innovations. Genomic research has led to an explosive rate of data accumulation and a shift in the way biological research is conducted. This conference will feature high profile researchers and educators developing new applications in genomics and bioinformatics.

European Conference on Computational Biology 2002 (ECCB 2002)
DATE: October 6-9 2002
URL: www.eccb2002.de
ABOUT: The ECCB conference provides an opportunity to present cutting edge research in computational biology. This multi-disciplinary conference bridges computer science, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmaceutics, and medicine by bringing together involved scientists from all over the world.
CONTACT: ECCB.organizers@bioinf.uni-sb.de

BioDigital 2002: International Trade Fair and Conference for Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and Microarrays
DATE: October 9-11, 2002
LOCATION: Messe Freiburg in Freiburg/ Breisgau, GERMANY
URL: www.biodigital.de
ABOUT: Systems Biology, Protein Microarray, DNA Chips, Bioinformatics. The connection of trade fair and top-class conference of the BioDigital 2002 offers an interesting panel for science and business decision makers in Microarray technology and Bioinformatics.
CONTACT: +44-0-20-7017-5069; +44-0-20-7017-4822 (fax)

Invitation to the 3rd International Conference on Systems Biology: The Logic of Life
DATE: December 13-15, 2002
LOCATION: Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, SWEDEN
URL: www.ki.se/icsb2002/
ABOUT: ICSB 2002 will feature experimental, computational and theoretical advances in the rapidly advancing fields of gene expression acquisition technologies, gene expression data analysis, functional analysis of biological control systems, proteinomics, modeling and analysis of kinetic networks, metabolomics, signal transduction, morphogenesis, and much more.

First Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Conference Within Australia
DATE: February 4-7, 2003
URL: www.fit.qut.edu.au/~chenp/APBC2003
ABOUT: Database management, artificial intelligence, data mining, and knowledge representation can provide key solutions to the challenges presented by biological data. Opportunities are emerging to integrate molecular biology components of bioinformatics with computational, physiological, morphological, taxonomic, and ecological components. Addressing this challenge will facilitate the way life science researches retrieve, analyze and visualize data and relationships in a collaborative work environment.
CONTACT: Dr. Phoebe Chen, +61-7-3864-1945; +61-7-3864-1969 (fax) (p.chen@qut.edu.au)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems
URL: www.worldscinet.com/ijcis/mkt/guidelines.shtml
ABOUT: This special issue’s focus is Data Management and Modeling Support in Bioinformatics. Papers describing state-of-the research including, but not limited to, the following areas are solicited: Database integration and interoperability; Information Modeling, metadata and data sharing; Multidatabase indexing and multidatabase queries; Data semantic and control; Ontology design; Knowledge discovery and datamining; Algorithms for large scale and distributed biological databases

European Drive for Post-Genomic Research
In a drive to gear up research on genomics the European Commission has awarded $39.4 million to three large research projects. The funding is a prelude to the $2.2 billion earmarked for “genomics research for human health” in the next community research programme to be launched later this year. The projects on the genetics of twins, mouse genomics and structural proteomics are demonstrating the new way in which the Commission will fund research in the future: asking scientists from industry and academia to compose top teams from across Europe to conduct research at the cutting edge of science in a selected number of fields and giving them sufficient means to achieve critical mass and world-class excellence. This effort is part of the European Commission’s commitment to invest more and better in the creation of knowledge and to build a coherent European Area for Research and Innovation

American Heart Association (AHA)
The AHA supports research activities broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease, stroke, as well as basic science, clinical, bioengineering/biotechnology and public health problems. National Research Programs are offered bi-annually. Application deadlines: July 15, 2002; January 13, 2003 Information and forms are available at www.americanheart.org/research

Israeli Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
The newly formed Israeli Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ISBCB) has nominated their first president, Professor Hanah Margalit (Department of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, The Hebrew University), to a two year term. Founded at the 2002 Israeli Bioinformatics Annual Meeting, ISBCB is currently in the process of officially registering as a society with Israeli authorities.

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