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Volume 8, Issue 3

President's Letter

Rost To Become
Next ISCB President

Rocky'05 Bioinformatics
Conference Colorado
in December

Update on
PLoS Computational Biology

Putting Students
in the Spotlight

Call for 2006
Awards Nominations

ISMB 2006 in Brazil

New ISCB Membership Site
Now Open

ISMB 2006
Call for Tutorials

RECOMB 2006 Registration Opening This Week

ISMB 2005 SIGs Recap

Israeli Bioinformatics Symposium 2005
A Prelude to ECCB’06

Advertising & Corporate Membership Opportunities

Post Your News, Events
and Degree Programs
on ISCB Website

Upcoming Events
& Conferences

News from the Field

Acknowledgements and Contributors



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Rost To Become Next ISCB President

From August 16 through September 5, ISCB members participated in electing the next president of ISCB by casting ballots for president-elect. Dr. Burkhard Rost was the ultimate victor in a very tight race among four candidates, with just two votes separating him from runner up, Dr. Barbara Bryant. A total of 373 ballots were cast by current year ISCB members with the following results:

Burkard Rost 102
Barbara Bryant 100
Shoba Ranganathan 89
David Rocke 82

Currently serving as an ISCB Vice President, Dr. Rost will begin his one year term as president-elect on January 21, 2006, followed immediately by a two year term as president.

This was the first time in the Society’s history that four candidates ran for any single officer position, and the fact that they were running to take the helm as the next president made this particularly interesting and exciting. With such close results it is apparent that all candidates were considered highly qualified by a significant segment of the voters. However, results such as these plainly demonstrate just how powerful each individual vote is. With approximately 1800 eligible voters at the time of the election, nearly 21% of them voted. This is slightly more than last year, and a reasonable percentage for society/association election participation.

If you were among the nearly 400 members who voted in this election, Thank You! If you intended to vote but never got around to it, we hope the closeness of the above numbers demonstrate the value of each individual vote – next time please participate! The nominations committee is working on increasing voter turnout in the future by exploring alternative balloting mechanisms, among other things. If you have experience with running elections for other groups, ISCB would love to hear from you at admin@iscb.org.