on Biocomputing 2003
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
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.