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volume 6, issue 2

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Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2003

  PSB travel fellowship award recipients from ISCB (from left): Patrick Glennison, ISCB Past President Philip Bourne, and Indra Neil Sarkar (not pictured: Alex Lancaster and Jochen Jaeger)

ISCB was once again pleased to be affiliated with the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB) 2003, held January 3-7, 2003, in Lihue, Hawaii, at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club (psb.stanford.edu/psb03/). Since 1996, PSB has built a reputation as a truly international, multidisciplinary conference for the presentation and discussion of current research in the theory and application of computational methods in problems of biological significance.

PSB 2003 brought together approximately 350 top researchers from the US and around the world to exchange research results and address open issues in all aspects of computational biology. Presentations covered recent and current works in databases, algorithms, interfaces, visualization, modeling and other computational methods, as applied to biological problems, with emphasis on applications in data-rich areas of molecular biology.

Specifically designed to be responsive to the need for critical mass in sub-disciplines within Biocomputing, PSB sessions are defined dynamically each year in response to specific proposals and organized by leaders in the emerging areas. Sessions are targeted to provide a forum for publication and discussion of research in biocomputing's "hot topics," providing an early forum for serious examination of emerging methods and approaches in this rapidly changing field.

During the conference ISCB hosted an open meeting attended by approximately 50-70 ISCB members and interested attendees. Just prior to his term expiration, ISCB President Philip Bourne, Ph.D., was able to give attendees an update on the state of the Society, and field questions and comments regarding past activities as well as future plans and projects.

PSB 2004 will be held January 6-10, 2004 on the Big Island of Hawaii at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel. Once again, ISCB will continue our affiliation with this excellent conference series, and will again be sponsoring a limited number of student and post doc travel fellowships. Watch for announcements from the Society in the months ahead. Additionally, conference registration will be opening very soon. See psb.stanford.edu/ for further details.