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Volume 7, Issue 4

President's Letter
A Year in Review

ISCB Membership
2005 Registration Now Open

Giving is Free!

PSB 2005
ISCB Open Meeting Planned

ISMB 2005

Save the Date!

Special Interest Groups
Reports from ISMB/ECCB 2004

Travel Fellowships
Student & Post Doc Awards

ISCB Student Council
Our Vision, Our Future

FASEB Update

Public Affairs and Policies
Committee Update

Officer Election Results

New Board Members
Take Office January 2005

University of British Columbia
Genetics Graduate Program Retreat

Marketing Opportunities
Advertising & Corporate Memberships

MidSouth Comp Bio & Bioinformatics Society
Recap of the 2nd Annual Meeting

Events and Opportunities
Bioinformatics Events Worldwide

News from the Field



Copyright © 2004 International Society for Computational Biology. All rights reserved.

News from the Field

The VLDB Journal, Special Issue on Data Management, Analysis and Mining for the Life Sciences
Date: Sep 10, 2004

The last few years has seen emerging activity in the database, data mining, and
information retrieval communities. This special issue will feature papers that reflect
synergies between computational advances in data management and manipulation and the fields of molecular biology, cell physiology and systems biology. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to)the following:

  • Complex biological data types
  • Support for biological queries and data analysis
  • Data Integration solutions, performance metrics and Quality Of Service
  • Managing multiple biological models and the evolution of sources and schemas
  • Logics and semantics for modeling biological systems
  • Bio-aware design patterns
  • Provenance, pedigree and lineage of biological data
  • Workflow and derived data
  • Management of uncertainty and incompleteness in biological databases
  • Biological constraints and constraint Enforcement
  • Data mining of biological data, e.g., finding gene expression patterns in microarray
URL: http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/~louiqa/2004/Call1.html

Contact Person: Louiqa Raschid (louiqa@umiacs.umd.edu)

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL TO HOST THE ANNUAL ECCB (European Conference on Computational Biology)
Date: Sep 21, 2004

ECCB (European Conference on Computational Biology) is seeking management of the 2006 ECCB Conference. Please see http://bioinf.mpi-sb.mpg.de/conferences/eccb/ConferenceSiteProposalECCB2006.doc for more

For more information on ECCB please check out http://bioinf.mpi-sb.mpg.de/conferences/eccb/eccb.htm

URL: http://bioinf.mpi-sb.mpg.de/conferences/eccb/eccb.htm

Contact Person: Prof. Dr. Thomas Lengauer, Ph.D. (lengauer@mpi-sb.mpg.de)

Introducing Bioalgorithms.info educational website
Date: Oct 05, 2004

Bioalgorithms.info is a website for students just being introduced to the field. Included on the website are slides that cover introductory molecular biology, introductory algorithmics, and applications of algorithms to molecular biology. The site also functions as a class website: rather than each instructor maintaining a separate website, bioalgorithms.info can host all classes. Discussion groups, chat rooms, online quizzes, creating assignments, and disseminating grades are some of the features of this free service. It has powerpoints, practical problems, implementation problems, solutions, etc as well as a large list of Bioinformatics Professors worldwide with links to their sites (about 200 links)

Finally, we are building a comprehensive directory of the bioinformatics community and presenting this as a portal from bioalgorithms.info.

URL: http://www.bioalgorithms.info

Contact Person: Neil Jones (ncjones@cs.ucsd.edu)

NRW Undergraduate Science Awards (Bioinformatics)
Date: Nov 07, 2004

Six International NRW Graduate Schools were founded in October 2001 as an initiative of the German Federal State of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW). Their main research focuses are in Bioinformatics and Genome Research (Bielefeld), Neurosciences (Bochum), Production Engineering and Logistics (Dortmund), Genetics and Functional Genomics (Cologne), Chemistry (Münster), and Dynamic Intelligent Systems (Paderborn).

The NRW Graduate Schools have announced an international undergraduate award to fertilize the early development of research experience and practice during
undergraduate studies. Every NRW Graduate School awards an annual prize of 1.500 Euro for an outstanding research paper in the corresponding field of research. The Award is open to applicants from all over the world. Enrollment at one of the six
Graduate Schools is not required.

URL: http://www.undergraduate-awards.de/

Contact Person: Dr. Klaus Prank (klaus.prank@cebitec.uni-bielefeld.de)

ISMB 2005 Call for Tutorial, Papers, Posters, Software Demos
Date: Nov 17, 2004

The Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB), the annual meeting of the
International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), has recently announced a call for papers with a submission deadline of January 14, 2005. ISMB 2005 will bring
together scientists from an enormous range of disciplines, including molecular biology, medicine, computer science, mathematics and statistics. Papers that demonstrate both the development of new computational techniques AND their application to biomedical questions are especially encouraged. A call for Tutorials was also previously announced, and a call for posters is coming soon; additionally applications for software demos are currently being accepted. See the conference website at http://www.iscb.org/ismb2005/ and then select "submissions/guidelines" from the menu on the left for full details.

URL: http://www.iscb.org/ismb2005/

Contact Person: General Information (info05@ismbconf.org)

Bioinformatics Associate Editors
Date: Nov 30, 2004

Bioinformatics is seeking to appoint a number of new Associate Editors to join the
editorial team in 2005, during an exciting period of development.

The Associate Editor role involves working with the Executive Editors and other
Associate Editors to maintain the high quality of the journal. Associate Editors are
responsible for deciding which manuscripts should be accepted for publication, based on their own knowledge and experience, on the opinions of invited referees, and often following correspondence with the authors to make the submission suitable for publication. The review process is conducted using an online submission and peer review system (Manuscript Central) and the Associate Editors are assisted by an established editorial office. Associate Editors also have an important role in contributing to the journal’s direction, innovation and development.

In the minimum, the appointed Associate Editors will each oversee the peer review of two new submissions per week in their area of expertise.

If you would like to express your interest in the role of Associate Editor, or should you have questions, please contact Claire Saxby (claire.saxby@oupjournals.org) by 20th December 2004. In your email, please explain your background, research interests and reasons for wishing to join the editorial team of Bioinformatics, and include a current CV. Previous collaboration with the journal as referee and/or author, scientific record, and overlap with the experience of the existing editorial team will be among the important factors for the selection of Associate Editors.

It is estimated that the annual honorarium for the position will be in the region of £1000 (although this may increase depending on the number of manuscripts handled).

It is hoped that the new Associate Editors will continue in their role at least until the end of 2007, subject to agreement.

Alex Bateman and Alfonso Valencia, Executive Editors, Bioinformatics
Claire Saxby, Bioscience Editor, Oxford Journals, Oxford University Press

Contact Person: Claire Saxby (claire.saxby@oupjournals.org)

UK Bioinformatics Network Launched
Date: Dec 06, 2004

All ISCB members in the UK are invited to join the new UK Bioinformatics Forum
(UKBF) network, a non-profit organisation creating networking opportunities and
promoting UK Bioinformatics. The network is open to both academia and industry, is
free of charge, and was the first organisation to be given ISCB Associated Regional
Group status in the UK. The network launched its Bioinformatics portal web site last
month, which carries current news, events and job vacancies from the UK
Bioinformatics sphere.

Our Steering Group count among its members representatives from industry and
academia: Prof. Sir Ed Southern (University of Oxford, Oxford Gene Technology), Prof. David Fell (Physiomics PLC), Prof. Chris Hawes (Oxford Brookes University), Dr Darren Flower (Jenner Institute), Dr Phil Scordis and Dr Alasdair Stamps (Celltech Group, UCB), Dr Andrew Hynes (Etiologics), Dr Fiona Reid (Oxford Science Enterprise Centre) and Dr Veronica McGowan (University of Oxford CPD Centre).

For full details of this press release go to https://www.iscb.org/news/news_data.php?78

URL: http://www.bioinformaticsforumuk.net

Contact Person: Dr Jon Rees (jon.rees@bioinformaticsforumuk.net)