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ISMB 2020
Day 3, July 15, 2020 Highlights & Recap
ISMB 2020 - July 13 - 16, 2020
DAY 3: Highlights & Recap
Day three of the conference kicked into high gear with Conference Co-chair, Shoshana Wodak awarding the ISCB Overton Award to the third keynote of the conference, Jian Peng, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His engaging presentation focused on Machine learning for structural and functional genomics resulting in a lively Q&A period.
Jian Peng, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Jian Peng, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The day then dove right back into the many sessions, tracks and channel options.

Lunch & Learn
The Black Women in Computational Biology Network held today's Lunch and Learn where conference attendees learned about its founding, mission and were able to participate in a lively discussion.

Two New NIH ODSS Awards
RFA-OD-20-013 - RADx-UP Coordination and Data Collection Center (CDCC) (U24 Clinical Trial Optional)

  • description as per the FOA: "NIH is issuing this FOA in response to the declared public health emergency issued by the Secretary, HHS, for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This emergency cooperative agreement funding opportunity announcement (FOA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides an expedited funding mechanism as part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics-Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) initiative, a consortium of community-engaged research projects to understand factors that have led to disproportionate burden of the pandemic on the underserved and/or vulnerable populations so that interventions can be implemented to decrease these disparities. This FOA seeks to fund a single Coordination and Data Collection Center (CDCC) as an integral part of the consortium."
  • Letters of intent were due July 8 but as per Dr. Brennan some flexibility in NIH due dates will be acceptable due to COVID-19.
  • See also corrections in NOT-OD-20-140, including changes to total amounts awarded: "NIH intends to commit up to $80 Million over four years to fund one award."

The Artificial Intelligence for BiomedicaL Excellence (AIBLE) program - more details here.

  • This program will produce "Rubrics that allow evaluation of datasets (and plans to generate datasets) for ML-readiness, Tools to accelerate the creation of ML-ready data sets (intelligent annotators, metadata-filling instruments), Infrastructure to host, disseminate, and promote tools and datasets, and a group of ethically sourced, clean and available AI-ready datasets."
  • This is a broad initiative planned to last 7 years.

Virtual Art Exhibit
Find the Beauty in Science and pursue the amazing submissions to the 2020 Art in Science Competition, including the top three winners announced at the ISCB Town Hall.

Virtual Poster Hall

Be sure to peruse the Virtual Poster Hall. All posters were pre-recorded along with a PDF of the poster to view. If you have questions about specific posters, review the schedule for when presenters will be available for live Q&A here.

Bioinformatics Bazaar
Don't forget to visit the Bioinformatics Bazaar, the conference attendee grab bag of crowd-sourced products, services, and tools.

Jobs Board
Looking for that perfect candidate? Looking for a job? Look no further than the ISMB 2020 Jobs Board.
OnDemand Talks - How to access
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ISMB2020 - On Demand Content Tutorial
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Patience is a virtue
We ask for your patience as we work to process the previous days content and place it into the system for on-demand access. It is no easy task to process more than 300 talks and we are working as quickly as possible to get this done. REMEMBER: you will have access to this platform and all of the scientific content until the end of October. Thank you in advance for your understanding and PATIENCE.

Green ISCB: ISCB Groves
ISCB, in partnership with All Things Small and Green and Trees for Life, has set up its first grove of native trees, the ISCB 2020 grove, to offset carbon emissions caused by ISCB activities such as those emitted during the conferences, workshop or panel meetings that it organizes. With this grove, ISCB members are also offered a simple and convenient way to offset their own carbon emissions such as those incurred during traveling to ISCB conferences or workshops. We welcome you to join us as we work towards healing our environment.

ISCB Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Survey
To update your member profile and complete the ISCB EDI survey, please follow the following steps:

  1. Click on the My ISCB tab once you have signed into the ISCB website
  2. Click on "edit" then immediately "update your profile" button above your profile image
  3. Choose the Membership Record tab from the Edit Your Details section
  4. Scroll down and update the ethnicity section making sure to click the blue Update section when finished.

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See you all tomorrow for the final day of ISMB 2020!