on Board efforts and membership benefits
President Phil Bourne demands R-E-S-P-E-C-T
The ISCB Board
of Directors meet by conference call every one to two monthsdepending
on the amount of business to be discussedand once per year
at the ISMB meeting. These are busy times for the Board as the Society
evolves very rapidly. To give you a flavor of what happens, the
following transpired at our recent meeting:
of a Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented at the annual
of a policy for Board member participation.Establishment
of a small membership fee increase for next year.
small changes to ISMB 2003s format.
immediate changes a number of other initiatives are being discussed.
We are contemplating an ISCB Book Series. Such a series would involve
a series editor and a group of volume editors covering discrete
areas within a bioinformatics graduate program. As one can imagine,
this initiative is not something to be considered lightly. For the
Society to stand behind such an effort, the Board must agree on
the topic areas as well as recruit the best scientists in the field
willing to commit to such an endeavor. There certainly is no shortage
of publishers with an interest in taking on this project. I welcome
comments on such an initiative.
We are also
contemplating purchasing online access to back copies of ISMB Proceedings
from 1993 to 2000 from The American Association for Artificial Intelligence
(AAAI). The last two years have seen the Proceedings published as
a supplement to Bioinformatics, available to members online. Whether
this happens will likely depend on the cost to the Societywhich
is currently under negotiation. Again, I would like to hear from
any members with thoughts on this matter.
To enhance our
growing list of member benefits, the ISCB negotiated a special members
price for Comparative and Functional Genomics (CFG), published by
John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. CFG covers research papers, reviews
and features on all aspects of post-genomic research in man, animal
models, plants, yeasts and bacteria. Topics of particular interest
to ISCB members are the development and application of bioinformatics,
evolutionary and comparative genomics, global profiling approaches
(such as microarray and proteomics), large-scale mutagenesis and
phenotyping, pharmacogenomics, and pharmacogenetics. For more information
about CFG, visit www.interscience.wiley.com/jpages/1531-6912/.
Society has negotiated the availability of four pages per issue
of Bioinformatics. In general terms, we propose to publish immutable
information in those pages as opposed to the more transient information
that appears in this newsletter. This will include the Society by-laws,
including any modifications, annual cash flow, motions passed by
the Board, and a notice for ISMB. Again, your thoughts on what should
be published here are welcome. Paper alerts and book reviews are
two topics that come to my mind.
In short, I
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