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Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing - Call For Session Proposals

A Keith Dunker dunker at mail.wsu.edu
Tue Dec 24 17:36:57 EST 1996

			  Call For Session Proposals

		     Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing

		     Kapalua, Hawaii, January 5-8, 1998

This is an invitation to submit proposals for sessions in the third Pacific
Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB), to be held in January, 1998 in Hawaii.  PSB
will bring together top researchers from the US, the Asian Pacific nations
and around the world to exchange research results and address open issues in
all aspects of computational biology.  PSB will provide a forum for the
presentation of work in databases, algorithms, interfaces, visualization,
modeling and other computational methods, as applied to biological
problems, with emphasis on applications in data-rich areas of molecular

For information about PSB'97, check out http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/psb.  

The PSB has been designed to be responsive to the need for critical mass in
sub-disciplines within biocomputing.  For that reason, it is the only
meeting whose sessions are defined dynamically each year in response to
specific proposals.  PSB sessions are organized by leaders in the emerging
areas, and targeted to provide a forum for publication and discussion of
research in biocomputing's "hot topics."  In this way, PSB provides an early
forum for serious examination of emerging methods and approaches in this
rapidly changing field.

Proposals for such sessions are hereby solicited.  A session proposal
should identify a coherent topic that can be addressed by 3 to 12 papers. 
For example, a session might bring together papers on alternative
approaches to a particular biological question or it might examine the
applications of a particular technology in a variety of biological areas.
A sample of the more than 15 different sessions at two previous PSB
meetings includes: 

  *  Computational Simulation with Hybrid QM/MM models
  *  Modeling Metabolic Pathways
  *  Sidechain Packing Methods
  *  Computing with Biomolecules
  *  Biocomputing Education and Curriculum.

The cultures of biology and computer science can clash in the organization
of a biocomputing meeting.  A major goal of PSB is to bring these two
cultures together in productive interaction.  Recognizing that many
potential participants from the biological community would choose not to
submit full papers, PSB includes a separate, unrefereed abstract book,
open poster presentations and computer demonstration sessions.  Also
recognizing that many in the computational community believe that the
value of a meeting depends on the quality of the review process, every
manuscript submitted to PSB'97 was examined by at least two anonymous
reviewers (as well as the session organizers and meeting chairs), and some
controversial manuscripts were examined by as many as five reviewers. 
After this year's proceedings have been published, our track record of
rigorous review makes us eligible for applying to be indexed in
Medline and other bibliographic sources, which, if successful, will
further increase the visibility of full papers published at PSB. 

Responsibilities of a session chair:

As a proposer of an accepted session, you will become the session chair. 
The chair's primary responsibility is to solicit high quality papers for
the session and oversee their review.  You are to solicit manuscripts,
have them refereed, collaborate with the conference chairs and other
session chairs in determining which manuscripts are to be accepted and
in organizing the order of the papers in your session. 

Procedure for submitting proposals:

Session proposals can be as short as a single page and should in no case
be more than 6 pages.  The proposal should:

 * Define a specific technical area to be covered.

 * Justify why the proposed area is appropriate for PSB.  Discuss why the
   topic is timely and important, and how the topic has been addressed in
   other conferences or recent publications.

 * Argue that there is likely to be sufficient high quality, unpublished
   material to fill the session, e.g., a list of researchers you intend to
   solicit for papers.

 * Provide a short autobiographical sketch and an explicit statement that
   your organization endorses your involvement.

We highly encourage the submission of proposals by e-mail.  If sent by
surface mail, send five copies.  The deadlines are:

February 7, 1997   	Proposals Due     

February 21, 1995 	Notification Regarding the Proposals      

Each proposal will be evaluated by the organizing committee.  We look
forward to your submissions.  Send proposals to:

Lawrence Hunter, PhD.
National Library of Medicine               
8600 Rockville Pike
Bldg. 38A, 9th fl, MS-54                   
Bethesda. MD 20894 USA                     

phone: +1 (301) 496-9303
fax:   +1 (301) 496-0673
email: hunter at nlm.nih.gov

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