The ISCB has
recently undergone major administrative and behind-the-scenes changes,
such as the update of its website and overhaul of its membership
database. The Societys newsletter has been revamped and an
official history of the Society initiated as well as significant
planning accomplished for the next few years of the Societys
official conference, ISMB. Those efforts are the products of the
ISCB staff, under the guidance of ISCB President Phil Bourne.
Apart from the
Societys full-time administrative officer, BJ Morrison McKay
(introduced in newsletter 5.1),
the ISCB is supported by a second full-time employee, Stephanie
Hagstrom. An award-winning meeting planner, Hagstrom works for ISCB
as the ISMB Conference Liaison, which includes overseeing nearly
every aspect of organization and logistics for the Societys
annual conference. When not working, she spends time with her family,
is active in Meeting Professionals International, and serves on
the board of directors for Mamas Kitchen, a San Diego organization
that delivers food to individuals and families living with HIV/Aids.
The rest of
the ISCB staff serves the majority of the time for different departments
within the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and the National
Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI).
Kim Baldridge, program director for SDSCs Integrative Computational
Sciences program, oversees the ISCB staff. Additionally, Baldridge
is deputy director of the NIH NCRR National Biomedical Computation
Resource (NBCR) at SDSC and founded the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Annual
to writing and editing articles and press materials for the ISCB,
Cassie Ferguson works on SDSCs biweekly newsletter, Online,
and the NPACI quarterly magazine, EnVision. A graduate of the University
of California, Santa Cruz program in Science Communication, she
prefers to spend her extra time in the outdoors with her family.
designer and newsletter editor, Jennifer Matthews, produces web
and print materials for several departments within SDSC as well
as for the Scripps Institute of Oceanographys ROADNet project.
Matthews also enjoys hiking and running with her husband and their
of the web and database group in the High End Computing Program
at SDSC, Josh Polterock, ISCBs webmaster, provides support
for about 200 web applications, and database services to projects
at SDSC and NPACI. When not tending to web servers and services,
he spends time with his wife, Christine, and three kids, Hannah
7, Sam 6, and Sadie 2.
manager, Chris Smith, is program manager for SDSCS Integrative
Biosciences and Integrative Computational Sciences programs, and
the NBCR. He also curates the CMS Molecular Biology Resource and
tinkers in bioinformatics when time permits. When not in front of
a computer, Smith collects power tools and has employed them on
projects from home construction to crafting custom furniture.
Tracy Zhao who
works as the ISCB database administrator, created a new database
for the membership and implemented a new online payment for the
ISCB. She also works as a programmer analyst for SDSC.
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)