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Reminder Call for ISCB Officer Nominations

Officer Nominations Deadline: June 3, 2012 

Also in progress: Student Council Leader Nominations - deadline June 3, 2012  

As a reminder, the International Society for Computational Biology is encouraging members to submit nominations for the Society's Officer positions of Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary; and the Student Council Leadership positions of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and SC Rep to the ISCB Board. Nominations are submitted at www.iscb.org/nominate (you must login to your membership record to access the nomination form). In all cases, self nominations will not be accepted.

If you know of excellent candidates that meet the eligibility requirements below, please be sure to submit your nomination(s) right away.

  • In order to be eligible to be an Officer candidate a person must have served on the ISCB Board of Directors for at least one year prior to January 2013, and be an ISCB member in good standing, or renew a lapsed membership no later than June 24, 2012.
  • All Officer candidates must pledge to make every reasonable effort to attend the weekly Executive Committee teleconferences beginning with a training period by mid-October, 2012, the bi-monthly Board teleconferences beginning with a training period in October 2012, and the annual in-person Board of Directors meeting (held at the ISMB conference) at their own expense through completion of the two-year Officer term that begins January 21, 2013.
  • The elected Officers will also serve concurrently on the Board of Directors for a term that ends January 21, 2016.

Nominations for Officers and Student Council Leaders will be accepted through June 3, 2012. Election of the Officers and Student Council Leaders will take place via online voting by the membership in July, 2012, including availability to a dedicated voting booth at the ISMB conference.

Each nomination requires the name, affiliation, and email address of the nominee, along with an assurance that the nominee meets the qualifications and is willing to stand for election for the position in question. The nomination must also include a few sentences of justification that makes the strongest case possible for the nominee.

Full information regarding the 2012 nominations/elections timeline, call for nominations, and Director and Officer responsibilities can be found at www.iscb.org/iscb-leadership-a-staff-/officers-and-board-directors/nomination-election-procedures.

We are looking forward to an active participation by the ISCB membership in the nominations and election process, and we thank you in advance for your qualified nominations.

Respectfully,

Dietlind Gerloff, Scott Markel, and Anna Tramontano
Co-Chairs, ISCB Nominations Committee

ISCB President Election Results for the Term Beginning January 21, 2012

Burkhard Rost has been reelected as ISCB President through the ISCB President-elect online elections that took place from July 5-19, 2011.

Every other year ISCB members elect the next President-elect, a position with a one-year term that upon completion automatically converts into a two-year term as President. This year two highly esteemed and experienced candidates accepted their nominations to stand for election. Both found strong support in the membership vote and on August 18, 2011 the Board ratified Rost’s re-election based on the vote count. We are indebted to both candidates for their willingness to serve ISCB and its global membership over many years.

Professor Burkhard Rost has been a member of the ISCB Board of Directors since 2002 and an Officer of ISCB since 2005, when he was elected to a two-year term as Vice President. In 2006 he was also elected to serve concurrently as President-elect, and took office as President in 2007. He has since won three additional President-elect elections, thus securing his presidency until January 2015.

Thank you to all members who participated by voting in this election!

Note: Click on Burkhard’s name above to link to his nomination and candidate statement. 

For additional information on ISCB’s annual nominations and elections procedures please see http://www.iscb.org/iscb-leadership-a-staff-/officers-and-board-directors/nomination-election-procedures. The next call for nominations of directors, officers and student council leaders will open February 15, 2012, for terms beginning in January of 2013.

First Call for Papers and Posters: ISCB-Asia/SCCG 2012

ISCB-Asia/SCCG 2012, co-hosted by ISCB and BGI, will be held in Shenzhen, China from December 17-19.  Confirmed keynote speakers include Gunnar von Heijne, Philip Greene, Piero Carninci, Takashi Ito, Eric Xing and Zhiping Weng.  They will be joined by several prominent invited speakers in special sessions including: computational tools for NGS, cancer informatics, and cloud and work flows for reproducible biology.  ISCB is known for hosting a variety of international meetings including ISMB, while BGI of Shenzhen is one of the world's largest sequencing centers.  Shenzhen is a booming city with easy access from adjacent Hong Kong and a pleasant climate during December.

We cordially invite you to submit original research in any area of computational biology, including, but not limited to: computational tools for NGS, cancer genome informatics, cloud and work flows for reproducible bioinformatics, protein bioinformatics, metagenomics, RNA informatics, machine learning, and open problems in computational biology.  Accepted proceedings papers will be submitted to a special issue of BMC Bioinformatics/BMC Genomics or recommended for publication in Omics, or Gigascience.  Submission of relevant review or trends in technology papers is also encouraged and will be considered for publication in a special issue of Briefings in Bioinformatics.

Manuscripts should be in PDF format at a maximum of 10 pages, including abstract, images/figures, and references.  The submission deadline is July 30th.

Poster abstracts in the same topic areas are also invited. A poster abstract should be no more than 500 words, and submitted as a one-page PDF file by September 17th

In all cases, submissions should be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please see http://iscb.org/iscb-asia2012 for more details on the conference and paper submission process.

We look forward to receiving your submissions,

Victor Jin, The Ohio State University - Program Committee Chair

Paul Horton, AIST Japan - Conference Chair and Program Committee Co-Chair


 

Dear ISCB Members and ColleaguISMB 2012 Early Registration and Housing - Book Now

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

While early registration discounts are still available, we encourage you to register now to attend this 20th Anniversary ISMB conference July 15-17, 2012, in Long Beach, California (optional pre-conference special interest and satellite meetings, tutorials, and the student council symposium begin July 13th). The link below will take you to a page full of details, including options, pricing, and the early registration discount deadline, as well as to the online registration form itself.

ISMB 2012 Registration

The Conference Schedule for this ISMB is nearly complete, and you can now begin planning which talks most interest you based on your specific area of investigation (please note the accepted Technology Track presentations are yet scheduled but should become available on the website soon). The Program menu of the site includes links to specific details about the conference tracks and sessions, which you might find helpful if the detailed agenda is insufficient. And finally, the General Info page includes links to helpful information such as housing, tourist info, and the availability of child/dependent care to ensure your conference experience is both successful and enjoyable.

Registered conference attendees are encouraged to book hotel accommodations very soon. The city is expected to sell-out due to ISMB and other events taking place before and after our meeting. ISMB has blocked a limited number of discounted rooms at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, which is connected to the Long Beach Convention Center and is serving as our Headquarters Hotel. Full details are available HERE, and rooms are only available until our room block is filled, or June 18th, whichever comes first. To take advantage of the conference rate of $169.00 single occupancy, plus taxes (currently 15.1%) for a stay anytime between July 7th and July 20th, book online at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/ISMB2012LB.

Help us spread the word by tweeting about your participation using #ismb. You are also invited to follow us on Twitter @ISMBinfo where we will begin posting news and updates about conference specifics very soon.

The ISMB 2012 Conference Co-Chairs and every member of the Scientific Organizing Committee look forward to welcoming you to Long Beach soon!

Sincerely,

ISMB 2012 Conference Co-Chairs:
Terry Gaasterland
, University of California, San Diego, United States
Richard Lathrop, University of California, Irvine, United States
Burkhard Rost, Technical University Munich, Germany

LAST CALL FOR EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS TO ISMB 2012

Register now to secure the discounted early registration fees on the 20th Anniversary ISMB conference July 15-17, 2012, in Long Beach, California. The link below will take you to a page full of details, including a direct link to the online registration form itself.

ISMB 2012 Early Registration - Deadline June 1st

Note that the conference closes at 6:00pm on July 17th after the ISCB Senior Scientist Award Keynote Lecture by Gunnar von Heijne. This is a talk not to be missed, so be sure to plan your travel accordingly so you can stay through to the end of the conference.

The full Conference Schedule is now complete so you can plan your time at the conference to be sure to attend the topics or talks that most interest you based on your specific area of investigation. And the General Info page includes links to helpful information such as housing, tourist info, and the availability of child/dependent care to ensure your conference experience is both successful and enjoyable. Long Beach is a great jumping off point for all of southern California's major attractions, so be sure to bring the whole family and spend some extra time in the area on holiday.

ISMB has blocked a limited number of discounted rooms at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, which is connected to the Long Beach Convention Center and is serving as our Headquarters Hotel. Full details are available HERE. Rooms had already sold out during specific nights of the conference date range, but today we succeeded in securing additional rooms that are also expected to sell out fast. To take advantage of the conference rate of $169.00 single occupancy, plus taxes (currently 15.1%) for a stay anytime between July 7th and July 20th, book online at  https://resweb.passkey.com/go/ISMB2012LB

If you are interested in exploring alternative options for accommodations you might want to visit the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau website for hotels in the Downtown Long Beach area. There are several hotels within close walking distance to the Long Beach Convention Center.

Help us spread the word by tweeting about your participation using #ismb. You are also invited to follow us on Twitter @ISMBinfo where we will begin posting news and updates about conference specifics leading up to the conference dates.

The ISMB 2012 Conference Co-Chairs and every member of the Scientific Organizing Committee look forward to welcoming you to Long Beach soon!

Sincerely,
ISMB 2012 Conference Co-Chairs:
Terry Gaasterland
, University of California, San Diego, United States
Richard Lathrop, University of California, Irvine, United States
Burkhard Rost, Technical University Munich, Germany

ISMB 2012 Registration Now Open

LAST CALL FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS TO ISMB 2012

Online registration for the 20th Anniversary ISMB conference taking place July 15-17, 2012, in Long Beach, California is closing soon. This is the last chance to receive any registration discounts before onsite registration price increases take affect. The link below will take you to a page full of details, including a direct link to the online registration form itself.

ISMB 2012 Online Registration - Deadline June 29th

Note that the conference closes at 6:00pm on July 17th after the ISCB Senior Scientist Award Keynote Lecture by Gunnar von Heijne. Be sure to plan your travel to attend his talk and the closing ceremonies and awards. We are sure you will be glad you did.

The full Conference Schedule is online to help you plan your days to attend the topics or talks that interest you most. The General Info page includes links to helpful information such as tourist info and the availability of child/dependent care to ensure your conference experience is successful and enjoyable. As Long Beach is surrounded by southern California's major attractions, this is a prime opportunity to bring the whole family and take a holiday after ISMB.

For now you can help us spread the word by tweeting about your participation using #ismb. During the conference we will be encouraging tweets using coded hashtags for tweeters and followers alike. Each presentation has a code (already viewable on the conference schedule noted above) that will be promoted at each talk to engage our tweeting community.

The countdown to Long Beach is on. We look forward to welcoming you to ISMB soon!

Sincerely,

ISMB 2012 Conference Co-Chairs:
Terry Gaasterland, University of California, San Diego, United States
Richard Lathrop, University of California, Irvine, United States
Burkhard Rost, Technical University Munich, Germany

ISCB Affiliated Conferences Announcements & Updates

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

ISCB members are not lacking in opportunities to further their knowledge and refine their skills through meetings. In addition to official ISCB conferences, many others related to the many specialized topics of our field abound, and it may be hard to know which could provide the best return on your investment. Each of the following ISCB affiliated conferences were reviewed by ISCB's conferences committee to ensure a quality plan by reputable organizers. We encourage your attendance at any that may be of interest. Each offers unique learning opportunities for you and your colleagues to further advance the understanding of our science and the communities we serve. ISCB members are offered a special discounts just for being a member.



Brazilian Symposium on Bioinformatics 2012, Aug 15-17, Campo Grande, Brazil

  • Organized by the comp bio special interest group of the Brazilian Computer Society
  • http://bsb2012.facom.ufms.br
  • Short Paper submission deadline: June 25th

RECOMB Satellite Conferences on Bioinformatics Education and on Open Problems in Algorithmic Biology,
Aug 26 (BE) and Aug 27-29 (AB), 2012, St. Petersburg, Russia


ECCB'12 (European Conf on Comp Bio), Sep 9-12, Basel, Switzerland

  • Hosted by the SIB-Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and in conjunction with the SIB annual meeting
  • http://www.eccb12.org/home
  • Highlights papers submission deadline: July 1st
  • Early registration deadline: August 1st

InCoB 2012 (Int'l Conf on Comp Bio), Oct 3-5, Bangkok, Thailand

  • Hosted by the Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Network
  • http://incob2012.org
  • APBioNet travel grant application deadline: April 1st
  • Early bird registration deadline: August 31st

Bio-IT World Europe Conference & Expo - Oct 9-11, Vienna, Austria

  • Hosted by Cambridge Healthtech Institute
  • www.bio-itworldexpoeurope.com
  • Early registration deadline: July 20th
  • Poster submission deadline: September 7th

BioVis: 2nd IEEE Symposium on Biological Data Visualization -
October 14-15, Seattle, United States

  • www.biovis.net
  • Contest entry submission due: July 27th
  • Poster submission deadline: July 11th (extended from June 27th)

RECOMB Satellite Conference on Regulatory and Systems Genomics, with DREAM Challenges
- November, 12-16, San Francisco, United States


PhD Symposium in Computational Biology & Innovation - December, Ireland


PSB 2013 - January 3-7, Big Island of Hawaii, United States

  • http://psb.stanford.edu
  • Paper submission deadline: July 31th
  • Travel award application opens August 1st with deadline of October 8th
  • Poster abstract submission open August 1st with deadline of November 28th

RECOMB 2013 - April 7-10, Beijing, China