Welcomes Two New Board Members; Bids Farewell To Seven
the terms of ten ISCB board members come to an end, three have been
re-elected and two new members will be welcomed to the board of
directors this month. During the ISCB annual board of directors
meeting in Brisbane, Australia last June, board members considered
15 well qualified candidates to fill just five of the upcoming vacancies
to be left by departing board members. Directors Dietlind Gerloff
(UK), Larry Hunter (USA) and Hershel Safer (Israel) were re-elected,
and Michal Linial (Israel) and Satoru Miyano (Japan) have been elected
to first-time terms. All will serve three years on the board beginning
January 21, 2004.
President, Michael Gribskov, enthused, I am thrilled with
the results of these board elections. We are achieving both gender
and geographic diversity, which is important if we hope to effectively
represent and expand our membership. Toni Kazic, Nominations
Committee Chair for the past three years, added, We received
over 30 excellent nominations for just five openings. Among those,
15 accepted their nominations and became official candidates. I
am so happy to see this level of interest among both established
and emerging leaders of our field.
join us in welcoming our newest board members:
Satoru Miyano, Ph.D.
is a professor of Human Genome Center, Institute of Medical
Science, the University of Tokyo. His research interests include
gene networks, microarray gene expression analysis, pathway
modeling and simulation, and computational knowledge discovery.
Currently, he is focusing on computational approaches for systems
biology. Miyano has been organizing the International Conference
on Genome Informatics (giw.ims.u-tokyo.ac.jp) since 1996 and
he is the President of Japanese Society for Bioinformatics (www.jsbi.org)
for April 2003 - March 2004. More about his researh group may
be found at bonsai.ims.u-tokyo.ac.jp.
is a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Hebrew
University in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the director of the Sudarsky
Center for Computational Biology and a member of the Otto Lewie
Center for Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology. Since 1999 she has
been the head of the first joint B.Sc.-M.Sc. program for Computer
Science and Computational Biology in Israel. Her research interests
range from investigating the molecular basis of the mechanism controlling
the secretory machinery to the genetic program underlying neuronal
differentiation and to proteomics approach to study protein interaction
in neuronal systems. On the computational facet, her research focuses
on global approaches to study the protein space towards structural
and functional genomics. She is responsible for open source servers
such as ProtoNet (www.protonet.cs.huji.ac.il)
and PANDORA (www.pandora.cs.huji.ac.il)
that classify and organize all proteins according to their sequences
and annotations, respectively. As part of Structural Genomics target
selection, ProTarget server (www.protarget.cs.huji.ac.il)
was initiated to provide a prediction for any protein according
to the chance of belonging to a new superfamily. More about her
research and academic activities may be found at www.ls.huji.ac.il/~michall/.
of the founding members of the ISCB board will conclude nearly seven
years of dedicated service to ISCB, having helped in the formation
of the Society as an international body working toward advancing
the science of computational biology.
States, MD., Ph.D.
University of Michigan
other members have served on the ISCB Board of Directors since 2000,
who, together with the founding board members above, will end their
service on January 21, 2004:
MIT Genetics Institute
Washington University, St. Louis
would like to acknowledge the efforts of each of these outgoing
board members, and thank them for their many years of excellent
service to the Society.