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M Werner-Washburne maggieww at unm.edu
Mon Nov 3 21:57:04 EST 1997

Performance Computing Center will support two research assistantships for
highly qualified graduate students who wish to obtain a Ph.D. in Biology
with an emphasis in high performance computing. Applicants must meet the
requirements of admission to the Graduate School at the University of New
Mexico and be interested in creating new computational algorithms or
utilizing advanced computational techniques as part of their doctoral
research activities. The research can involve any area of Computational

The Department of Biology at UNM has a very active program in computational
biology. Three professors specializing in the area have recently been
hired: Paul Lewis (systematics and phylogenetics), Bai-Lian (Larry) Li
(mathematical and computational ecology) and Andreas Wagner (molecular
computational biology). Many other Biology professors have ongoing research
in computational biology, including James Brown (community ecology), James
Gosz (landscape dynamics), Louise Lewis (systematics), Sam Loker
(immunobiology), Rob Miller (immunobiology), Bruce Milne (landscape
ecology), Don Natvig (evolutionary molecular biology), Mary Anne Nelson
(fungal genomics) and Margaret Werner-Washburne (cell cycle regulation in
yeast). Also, the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network Office
(which has the responsibility of facilitating information management,
remote sensing research and high performance computing for 22 research
sites in North America, and for the development of additional computational
capabilities across the LTER Network) and the Sevilleta LTER Program, both
associated with the Department of Biology, have extensive datasets and
research and collaboration opportunities. John Vande Castle (remote sensing
and landscape analysis), the Associate Director of the LTER Network Office,
is a UNM Research Associate Professor.

The Department of Biology works closely with the Albuquerque High
Performance Computing Center. AHPCC is affiliated with the Maui High
Performance Computing Center (one of the most powerful supercomputing
centers in the world); it serves as the focus for education and research
involving high performance computing, and provides workshops, use of remote
computers, visualization tools, etc. There is extensive support available
locally outside UNM, including the Santa Fe Institute, National Center for
Genome Resources, and Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. The
possibilities for fruitful collaboration are astounding!

For more information and application forms contact the Academic Support
Aide, Graduate Program, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico,
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1091 [(505)277-3411; FAX: (505)277-0304; email:
vkent at unm.edu; http://biology.unm.edu]. Application deadline is February
15, 1998. Be sure to mention your interest in the assistantship from AHPCC
in response to this ad.

Mary Anne Nelson
E-mail:  manelson at mail.unm.edu
Department of Biology
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Phone:  (505)277-2629  office
        (505)277-1668  lab
        (505)277-0304   FAX
Neurospora Genome Project URL: http://biology.unm.edu/~ngp/home.html

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