While one adventure ends by graduating from Iowa State University, another begins as the Iowa State Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR) team prepares to launch a new avenue for students, faculty, and staff to create businesses with the StartUp Factory: a 52-week intensive program that will be housed at ISU Research Park (ISURP).
Xin Yin presented his BCB Dissertation Seminar on April 29. His mentors are Karin Dorman, Statistics and Greg Phillips, VMPM. The title of his dissertation is Probabilistic methods for quality improvement in high-throughput sequencing data.
The Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Graduate Student Organization (BCBGSO) hosted their Second Annual BCB Symposium, “Current Topics in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology” on March 25 at Reiman Gardens.
About 80 faculty and students attended the day-long symposium which featured several speakers, a poster session and 3-minute speeches highlighting graduate student research projects, and a presentation on professional networking. At the luncheon, students had time to interact with the speakers.
Divita Mathur will present for her dissertation defense on March 21 at 9 a.m. in 1062 Carver Co-Lab. Please feel free to attend. Her mentors are Eric Henderson in the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology and Jack Lutz, Computer Science Department. The title and abstract of her dissertation are below.
Title: Dynamic self-assembling DNA nanosystems: Design and engineering
The Graduate College will be offering four, one-hour workshops that will allow you to develop your Career Plan. They will be introducing the Cyclone Strategy.
This strategy gives you 4 steps that will help you develop an active career plan by self-assessment, building a network, participating in information interviews, and developing SMART goals. Ideally you should attend all four workshops, but we understand if this is not possible. Please attend when/where you can.
The second round of awards in the Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research will help build four big data research teams and launch major projects in digital agriculture and intelligent text analysis.
The ISU Postdoc Association has organized this seminar, co-sponsored by GPSS and the Committee on Lectures.
The Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Graduate Student Organization (BCBGSO) at ISU has announced their annual free Unix and Python workshops. The workshops for Basic UNIX, Advanced UNIX and Python are on 28th, 29th and 30th of January 2016, and as happened last year, all 3 workshops filled in about two hours after their announcement.
The primary aim of these workshops is to provide ISU students, and others interested, with fundamental training in UNIX and Python for use in computational research.
A new working group, the Efficient Computing Workflow group, is forming in the Statistics Department. If you want to improve the efficiency of your code, this may be the workgroup for you ! A lightweight text editor, Vim, will be presented.
Ying (Joy) Zhou visits this week as a part of the BCB faculty cluster hire the College of LAS has granted to our program. The Mathematics Department will be the home department for this faculty position.
Dr. Zhou is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) at The Ohio State University. Her PhD work was conducted at the Department of Applied Mathematics at University of Washington, Seattle.
Lee Altenberg will visit next week as a part of the BCB faculty cluster hire the College of LAS has granted to our program. Lee Altenberg is a Senior Fellow with the KLI Institute for Advanced Studies in Theoretical Biology, Klosterneuburg, Austria. He has a strong focus in Mathematical Biology, and if he joins Iowa State, his appointment will be in the Mathematics Department.
BCB students will participate in a Wednesday, January 20th luncheon at noon in 2034 Molecular Biology Building.
The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) was founded in 1986 by a group of ISU faculty and staff concerned about the underrepresentation and underutilization of women in science and engineering.
Both of the Conference Chairs for this year's ISMB conference in Orlando, July 8-12, have taken part in BCB sponsored symposia at Iowa State. Also, the overseer of the poster session is Iddo Friedberg, new BCB faculty member in VMPM.
Here is information on the ISMB 2016 conference organizers:
AMES, Iowa — A recent study about the college experience by the American Institute for Economic Research named Ames as the top-ranked college town in the United States, with Iowa City following in third place.
The home of Iowa State University earned its spot based on cost of living and a high level of employment opportunities in STEM-related fields.
Every year the Iowa Energy Center selects four leaders in energy research and innovation, one for each of our main focus areas: bioenergy, education and outreach, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Two of the 2015 winners are members of Iowa State’s College of Engineering faculty. This year’s winners spoke at the Iowa Energy Summit on Wednesday, November 4 at the Prairie Meadows Conference & Event Center in Altoona, IA.
Spring 2016 Courses to Consider
EEOB 590B-TH Macroevolution & Lineage Diversification, 2 credit seminar
Instructor: Tracy Heath, EEOB, 243 Bessey Hall; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The time will be determined based on those registered.
A graduate seminar on phylogenetic methods for understanding rates of diversification. Find the below info at: http://phyloworks.org/courses/macrodiv.html
Sweta Roy, a BCB student in Julie Kuhlman's lab, was recently awarded a one year AAUW International Fellowship. Julie is a BCB faculty member in the GDCB Department. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls.
What it could mean for human health...
Story by Fred Love, ISU News Service
Animal science researchers at Iowa State University have identified a pair of genetic mutations that cause immune deficiencies in pigs that make them uniquely good models for testing potential medical therapies for people.
Iddo Friedberg, BCB faculty member in the VMPM department, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the International Society of Computational Biology (ISCB). Congratulations, Iddo !
BCB's new Predictive Plant Phenomics Specialization
A new 5 year, $3 million NSF grant will provide funding for 7 new assistantship opportunities each year at Iowa State in BCB and several other graduate programs. BCB faculty members on the grant include Julie Dickerson, ECPE, Pat Schnable, Agronomy, and Carolyn Lawrence, GDCB.
Dan Nettleton, Statistics
Dan, a BCB faculty member in the Statistics Department, received the Distinguished Professor award ...
Krishna Rajan, BCB faculty member in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, is moving to the State University of New York in Buffalo to accept a position as Department Chair of a new BCB-related department. Pictured in the news piece, are Krishna and Drena Dobbs, BCB faculty member in GDCB, interacting at a BCB Poster Presentation. Congratulations, Krishna. We will miss you !
Dan Nettleton, BCB faculty member in the Statistics Department has received the LAS Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research. Congratulations, Dan !
Congratulations to BCB faculty member, Drena Dobbs, from the GDCB Department, who has been awarded a University Professorship which recognizes faculty members whose professional work has focused upon effecting positive, significant institutional change at Iowa State University.
Congratulations to BCB faculty member, Dan Nettleton, from the Statistics Department, who has been awarded a Distinguished Professor award in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The Distinguished Professorship recognizes exemplary performance in research or creative activities as reflected by a national or international reputation in the faculty member's discipline. Recipients receive a $6,500 increase to their base salaries and retain the title for the remainder of their Iowa State careers.