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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BCB Faculty News

July 14, 2015

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 !

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Drena Dobbs receives University Professor award

May 28, 2015

Photo of Drena DobbaCongratulations 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.


Dan Nettleton receives Distinguished Professor award

May 27, 2015

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.

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