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If you have yet to participate in the Lab Safety Orientation, dates and times have been announced for the end of August. Completing this orientation is required for every BCB student. You may sign up at the Environmental Health and Safety website. This six–hour session introduces new students to basic safety and regulatory issues related to work activities conducted in a chemical laboratory. Topics covered include:
    · OSHA Laboratory Standard/ ISU Chemical Hygiene Plan
    · Personal Protective Equipment
    · Hazardous Waste in the Laboratory: Five Critical Factors
    · Radiation Safety: What Non-Radiation Laboratory Employees Need to Know
    · Fire Extinguisher Training
Tuesday, August 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 18, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 19, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

There will be a one-hour break for lunch (meal not included).

Students may self-register for this session at the Environmental Health and Safety website by first creating a client profile.

This session meets the core required courses for new students working in laboratories. Students must register for the entire session to receive credit. Partial credit for individual safety topics is not permitted.

Jackson Foundation
Bioinformatics Cell, Frederick, Maryland

We are looking for candidates (B.S., post-docs, senior researchers) to fill the following two research positions in support of the U.S. Army biomedical & bioinformatics program:

Software Developer:
To transition proof of concept software prototypes to production quality systems for research applications. The individual should have substantial experience developing Web enabled client/server systems with a database backend. A strong knowledge of servelets, CGI, HTML, JavaScript, SQL, XML, Java applets, and GNU tools is desirable. Must know C and possess good knowledge of OO, MySQL/Oracle, and Python/Ruby/LISP. Operating system knowledge should include Unix variants (BSD's, GNU/Linux) and Windows OS. Matlab and time-series data mining experience is a plus.

Data Analysis and Mining:
The candidate must have a Ph.D. in statistics, computer science, engineering, or related discipline and expertise in developing tools for data analysis and mining. In particular, the candidate should have experience in developing statistical and/or mathematics-based algorithms, machine-learning algorithms (e.g., artificial neural networks, support vector machines), and statistical pattern recognition algorithms, to help provide insight and analysis of physiologic, genomics, and proteomics data. Experience in the analysis of physiologic, time-series data is highly desirable, but not required. Experience with Matlab as well as the ability to clearly report research results is necessary.

To apply send resume to:
Jaques Reifman, Ph.D.

The Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics invites applications for partial summer support from Iowa State University graduate students who are enrolled in the BCB Ph.D. program.
The fellowships will be $1500 in total. No benefits will be paid. Awards will be announced by July 15, 2004. The students will be expected to spend the time during this support working on their research projects.
Ph.D. students in the BCB program, who do not have full summer support. Their major professor must be a member of the Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics. Their major professor must not have funds available to provide this support and will be required to sign a statement to this effect.
The fellowships will be awarded on the basis of merit.
To apply, students should provide:

    * One page describing their research interests in computational molecular biology and bioinformatics, career goals, and current research project.
    * A current curriculum vitae (including publications and description of computer skills)
    * A record of courses taken at Iowa State University and grades received (an AccessPlus print out is acceptable).
    * One letter of recommendation from an Iowa State University faculty member.
    * A signed statement by their major professor that he does not have funds (from either grants or startup funds) to support them for 1/2 of the summer.

Applications are due by July 2, 2004.
Please send applications to:
Mary Jane McCunn
Administrative Specialist
L.H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics
112 Office and Laboratory
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
Phone Number: 515-294-7278
FAX Number: 515-294-3841

Former BCB Graduate Administrative Assistant Julie Callon will leave on June 11 for a two-week trip to Mozambique, returning June 27. She is traveling with a 15-member Serve Africa team that will partner with local churches and the World Relief Organization to deliver HIV/AIDS kits, do HIV/AIDS education and visit with children in orphanages. After leaving BCB in August 2002, Julie served for a year with AmeriCorps at Hennepin County READY Programs for Youth and is now a graduate student at Bethel College while continuing to work with the Hennepin County program. We send all our best wishes with Julie!

GORDON RESEARCH CONFERENCE June 27-July 2 (6-07-04 tef)
Announcing the third Gordon Research Conference on Signal Transduction By Engineered Extracellular Matrices, held at Bates College in Lewiston, ME. The conference focuses on the converging roles of the extracellular matrix (ECM) and growth factors in the repair and replacement of tissue lost or damaged due to disease or injury, and systems bioengineering approaches to analyzing and manipulating these systems. The program will include oral sessions (each with three to four internationally recognized speakers and a discussion leader), as well as poster sessions (most participants will be expected to present a poster). In these contexts, there will be discussion of state of the art, unpublished research in signal transduction, the mechanisms by which growth factors and the ECM regulate cell fate, and their application to tissue regeneration and engineering. The meeting will be small by conventional standards (approximately 100-130 participants), and includes a diverse group of junior and senior investigators representing academic and government institutions, and biotechnology companies. Application/registration materials, travel information, and a description of the meeting site may be found at the Gordon Research Conference website ( Please direct any questions regarding the program to Drs. David Mooney ( or Michael Sheetz (

Advanced Modeling of Biological Function International University of Bremen
The Summer School will serve as a platform that brings together selected doctoral students, post-docs and expert scientists with a research focus on the theoretical analysis or application of genomic data to understand biological function. The Summer School is free for all selected students including meals and housing on campus, arriving August 7, and leaving on August 13. The fee for other academic participants who wish to stay on Campus (including >meals and housing ) is 250 Euro. For futher information and details about application procedures, please visit the website.

We extend our congratulations to Gloria Culver (BCB/BBMB) and husband Joe Anderson (BBMB) on the birth of their daughter Lillian Rhys Culver-Anderson, born at 1:38pm Friday, May 28. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long. Our best wishes to Gloria, Joe and Lillian!

THESIS SEMINAR June 3 (6-2-04 tef)
BCB student Yungok Ihm will present her Ph.D. thesis seminar,"A Threading Approach to Protein Structure Prediction: Studies on Rev proteins and TNF-like proteins," at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, June 3, in 18 Physics. The ISU bioinformatics community is invited to attend.

The L. H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics announces Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. Graduate Research Fellowships for the 2004-2005 school year. Please visit the Pioneer Fellowship website for more detailed information and application requirements!

JUNE BIRTHDAYS (5-25-04; edited 1-4-07)
Happy Birthday to all our June celebrants:

    Carson ANDORF
    Lisa BORSUK
    Xueyuan CAO
    Jo ETZEL
    Cizhong JIANG (alumnus)
    Dan VOYTAS
    Shiquan WU
Happy, happy birthday to each of you! We send our best wishes and hope you will enjoy your special day!

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