High Performance Computing Courses, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

August 6, 2016

Purpose of Math/ComS/CprE 424 & 525:  The purpose of 424 and 525 is to train students to be able to effectively use on-campus High Performance Computing (HPC) machines. Students without Fortran or C programming experience should take 424 and then 525. Students with Fortran or C programming experience should take only 525.


1. Introduction to High Performance Computing: Math/ComS/CprE 424, 3 credit. Offered fall semesters.

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Iowa State tops external funding record in FY16

July 21, 2016

By Mike Krapfl, News Service

Eliot Winer

With the support of a new grant, mechanical engineering professor Eliot Winer will use his expertise in virtual and augmented reality to develop training tools for manufacturers. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

Iowa State attracted a record $425.8 million of external funding in the 2016 fiscal year that ended June 30.

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Zeb Arendsee Wins Poster Award at ISMB

July 19, 2016

The poster Evolutionary Origin of Orphan Genes by Zebulon Arendsee (BCB/GDCB/CMB), Andrew Wilkey (ISU undergrad in BCBio), Priyanka  Bhandary (BCB/GDCB/CMB), and Eve Sykin Wurtele (BCB/GDCB/CMB), was awarded an F1000 Poster Award at the 2016 conference of the International Society for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (ISCB) in Orlando, Florida. 

Zeb Arendsee

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Entrepreneurial Assistance for ISUers

May 18, 2016

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).

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BCB Symposium - a big success

March 28, 2016

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. 

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BCB Dissertation Presentation by Divita Mathur

March 10, 2016

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

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Developing your Career Plan

February 6, 2016

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. 

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BCB to Sponsor Unix and Python Workshops, Jan. 28, 29, 30th

January 27, 2016

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.

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BCB Faculty Candidate for Math Dept. - Ying (Joy) Zhou

January 21, 2016

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.

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BCB Faculty Candidate - Lee Altenberg

January 16, 2016

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.

Laura Jarboe Wins Iowa Energy Center Impact Award

December 15, 2015

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.



BCB-Related Spring Courses

November 6, 2015

Spring 2016 Courses to Consider


EEOB 590B-TH Macroevolution & Lineage Diversification, 2 credit seminar

Instructor: Tracy Heath, EEOB, 243 Bessey Hall; email:

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:

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NSF Grant creates Fellowship Opportunities in BCB

November 2, 2015

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.Julie Dickerson

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