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ISCB Call for Leadership Nominations Now Open

Board Nominations Deadline: May 6, 2011 President-Elect ("Officer") Nominations Deadline: June 5, 2011

The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is encouraging members and affiliates to submit nominations for the Society’s Board of Directors and President-elect. Nominations are submitted at www.iscb.org/nominate (you must login to your membership record to access the nomination form - if you are a member of an affiliated regional group and do not have an ISCB membership, please encourage a leader of your regional group to submit a nomination from your region). 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 for candidacy as a Director a person must be or become an ISCB member in good standing no later than the date he or she accepts the nomination by submitting a candidate statement (nomination acceptance/candidate statement is required by June 5, 2011).
  • All Director candidates must pledge to make every reasonable effort to attend the bi-monthly Board teleconference beginning with a training period in October 2011 and the annual in-person Board of Directors meeting (held at the ISMB conference) at their own expense through completion of the three year term that begins January 21, 2012.
  • In order to be eligible to be a President-elect candidate (referred to as an "Officer") a person must have served on the ISCB Board of Directors for at least one year prior to January 2012, and be an ISCB member in good standing, or renew an ISCB lapsed membership no later than June 26, 2011.
  • All Officer candidates must pledge to make every reasonable effort to attend the weekly Executive Committee teleconferences beginning with a training period in mid-October, 2011, the bi-monthly Board teleconferences beginning with a training period in December 2011, and the annual in-person Board of Directors meeting (held at the ISMB conference) at their own expense through completion of the one year President-elect term followed by a two year President term that begins January 21, 2012.
  • The elected Officer will also serve concurrently on the Board of Directors for a term that ends January 21, 2016.

Nominations for Board of Directors will be accepted through May 6, 2011. Election of Board members will take place during the annual ISCB Board of Directors meeting in July 2011.

Nominations for Officer will be accepted through June 5, 2011. Election of the Officer will take place via online voting by the membership in July, 2011, including during the ISMB conference.

Each nomination requires the name, affiliation, and e-mail 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 2011 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 I thank you in advance for your qualified nominations.


Dietlind Gerloff
Chair, ISCB Nominations Committee

Call for ISCB Fellows Nominations - deadline April 30th

Dear ISCB Member,

Since 2009 the leadership of the International Society for Computational Biology has been honoring our most distinctive members as Fellows. Nominations for the 2011 ISCB Class of Fellows are now being sought (self nominations are not allowed) to identify those members that have made exceptional contributions to the field of computational biology/bioinformatics. If you know of a member that you believe has earned his or her place among ISCB's Fellows, please nominate today.

Information about the ISCB Fellows program and selection criteria can be found at www.iscb.org/iscb-fellows.

The nomination form is available at www.iscb.org/fellow-nomination (as only members can nominate, login is required).

The nomination deadline is April 30, 3011.

Thank you for your considerate nomination!

Announcing ISMB 2012 in Long Beach, California, USA

January 28, 2011 -- The ISCB Board of Directors has approved Long Beach, California, USA, as the site of ISMB 2012. The conference will be held July 15-17, 2012, with pre-conference Special Interest Group meetings, Tutorials, and the annual Student Council Symposium planned for July 13-14. Official Satellite Meetings will also be held immediately before and/or after these conference event dates.

All ISMB 2012 sessions will take place at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, which is ideally located just steps from several quality yet affordable hotel options, stylish shops and an eclectic collection of restaurants. The venue also fronts one of the city’s boat/yacht harbors, and is walking distance to the long stretch of sandy beach that gives the city its name. Most participants will fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and take a 30-minute shuttle to Long Beach, but an option to fly directly into the small regional Long Beach Airport (LGB) may be preferable for those arriving from many Western US cities as well as a limited number of cities in the Midwest and East Coast.

As this will be ISMB’s 20th anniversary, special events and celebrations are intended to be incorporated into the conference schedule.  Make sure to put this not-to-be-missed 2012 conference on your calendar now, and help spread the word to your colleagues and collaborators. We look forward to welcoming you!