Final Call for Participation: BioComputing Education Workshop @ PSBI

Steve Thompson thompson at carbo.vadms.wsu.edu
Mon Jul 3 16:13:04 EST 1995

Dear Colleague,

Please find enclosed the final "Call for Papers, Demonstrations and
Participation" for the upcoming workshop on Biocomputing Education:  
Challenges and Opportunities to be held as part of the First Pacific
Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB-I), the agenda of which can be found
following the Call.

We are excited about this meeting and the workshop.  To the best of our
knowledge (and please correct us if you have knowledge that we are wrong),
this will be the first time that a forum on educational issues will be
included in a meeting on computational approaches to molecular biology.

We would especially like your comments regarding what you think are the most
important issues in biocomputing education.  Plan to submit a paper if you
can, but at least mark the meeting on your calendar and consider joining us in
Hawaii next year.


    Susan J. Johns    Steven M. Thompson    A. Keith Dunker



    Biocomputing Education: Challenges and Opportunities

    First Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
    Ritz Carlton Hotel, Big Island, Hawaii --- January 3-6, 1996

    Susan J. Johns, Steven M. Thompson, and A. Keith Dunker
    Visualization, Analysis and Design in the Molecular Sciences (VADMS)
    and the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
    Washington State University
    Pullman, WA  99164-1224 & 4660
    Phone: (509) 335-0424 & 335-5322
    FAX: (509) 335-0540 & 335-9688
    E-mail: prcadms at jaguar.csc.wsu.edu
    thompson at jaguar.csc.wsu.edu
    dunker at jaguar.csc.wsu.edu

The need for a forum on educational issues: 

Philosophically, we have come to the view that computer science is to molecular
biology as calculus is to physics, yet at present there is really no well
defined curriculum for computational molecular biology.  Although specific
individuals have developed courses or workshops, educational materials such as
textbooks or laboratory exercises based on existing courses or workshops are
not widely available.  In addition to the absence of formal materials, there is
also a lack of communication among those of us who are now teaching courses in
this domain.

Correcting the deficiencies regarding the lack of educational materials and the
lack of communication on educational issues represents both a challenge and an
opportunity for the community of scientists who are currently doing research
in biocomputing.

A workshop:

Recognizing the need for the development of an educational forum, the Pacific
Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB) has included our workshop on biocomputing
education as part of its overall program.  Our hope is that this workshop on
biocomputing education will become an important node with regard to the
dissemination of educational materials, information, and approaches in this

To the end of improving communication, we encourage your formal or informal 
participation at our workshop on educational issues.  Bring your course
outlines, syllabi, laboratory exercises, videotapes, CD-ROMS or whatever
educational materials you have developed or that you use for teaching
computational approaches to biology, especially molecular biology.

We hope to have a very open discussion about what works and what does not and
what needs to be done in the future.

Submission of papers:

We also encourage you to submit full technical papers or abstracts for posters
on biocomputing education to be included in the general refereeing process. 
We envision that such papers could range from philosophical discussions on
biocomputing education to the nuts-and-bolts of particular courses or
workshops that are enjoying significant success.  Given a sufficient number of
refereed papers submitted on biocomputing education, additional time will be
allocated by the PSB organizers for their presentation.

Submitted papers and abstracts will be carefully peer reviewed by at least 3
independent referees for publication in an archival proceedings.  Publication
of a full paper is required for oral presentation.  Submissions from
researchers who desire to present their work at the conference without the
publication of a full paper are eligible for exhibition space in the poster and 
demonstration sessions.


In addition to traditional print options, PSB is exploring the possibility of
publishing its proceedings as the first in a series of peer-reviewed
electronic conference publications from a major scientific publisher.  Authors
would have the ability to include extensive color graphics, animations,
datasets and source code in papers published electronically and to obtain
printed versions of individual papers by facsimile.  The publisher would
offer attractive licensing arrangements for the series, intending to insure
the greatest possible availability in libraries and other institutions.  
Whether we opt for electronic publication or not, we hope to have the contents 
of the proceedings indexed in Medline and elsewhere.  PSB is also exploring the
possibility of CD-ROM distribution, as well as a follow-up book with extended
versions of the best papers.  We hope that these forward-looking publication
efforts will encourage you to submit your best upcoming work to this

Key dates:

    week of July 2      --  Feedback from us on abstracts
    July 27             --  Full papers due
    September 11        --  Notification of acceptance, with comments
    October 2           --  Final, revised manuscripts due

Conference registration for authors is required along with the submission of
the final paper on October 2.  There will be an early registration discount
for people who register on or before that date.


    First Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB-I)
    Ritz Carlton Hotel, Big Island, Hawaii --- January 3-6, 1996

The conference will consist of several tracks:

# The Evolution of Biomolecular Structures and the Structure of Biomolecular

    Chairs:  Richard A. Goldstein & Russ B. Altman
    Contact: altman at camis.stanford.edu

# Interactive Molecular Visualization

    Chairs:  Michael Teschener and Chris Henn
    Contact:  micha at basel.sgi.com

# Stochastic Models, Formal Systems and Algorithmic Discovery for Genome

    Chairs: Tom Head, Takashi Yokomori, Katsumi Nitta & Kiyoshi Asai
    Contact:  tom at math.binghamton.edu  

# Discovering, Learning, Analyzing and Predicting Protein Structure 

    Chairs: Richard H. Lathrop & A. Keith Dunker
    Contact: dunker at jaguar.csc.wsu.edu


# Population Modeling

    Chair:  John Conery
    Contact: conery at cs.uoregon.edu

# Hybrid Quantum and Classical Mechanical Methods for Studying Biopolymers in 

    Chairs:  Martin Field & Jiali Gao
    contact:  mjfield at ibs.fr

# Models of Control Systems in Biology

    Chair:  Seth Michelson
    contact:  seth.michelson at syntex.com

# Computational Studies on the Design of Protease Inhibitors

    Chair:  C. N. Hodge
    Contact:  hodgecn at lldmpc.dnet.dupont.com
and workshops:

# Internet Tools for Computational Biology

    Chair:  Reinhard Doelz
    Contact:  doelz at ubaclu.unibas.ch

# Biocomputing Education: Challenges and Opportunities

    Chairs:  Susan J. Johns, Steven M. Thompson & A. Keith Dunker
    Contact:  thompson at jaguar.csc.wsu.edu

For questions, or for information about submissions of papers, posters or
demonstrations that do not fit into any of the above sessions, contact the
conference co-chairs:

Dr. Teri Klein
Computer Graphics Laboratory
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94143-0446 USA
phone: +1 (415) 476-0663
fax: +1 (415) 502-1755
email: klein at cgl.ucsf.edu


Dr. Lawrence Hunter
Lister Hill Center
National Library of Medicine
Bldg. 38A, MS-54
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894 USA
phone: +1 (301) 496-9300
fax: +1 (301) 496-0673
email: hunter at nlm.nih.gov


Registration Details

The registration costs for this year's PSB conference is $375 (due in part,
to the generous support of DOE).  The hotel room cost is $130 per day double
occupancy plus tax.  The registration costs includes continental breakfasts,
some lunches, and three receptions.  There will be an additional charge for
participants who would like the proceedings in hardcopy.  Abstracts of all
papers and posters will be provided in the registration materials.  We are
anticipating the cost of the proceedings to be in the neighborhood of
$50-$75, but we won't have a signed contract with the publishers until the
second week of July.

The PSB web page is located at http://cgl.ucsf.edu:80/psb.  A registration
web page link will be available shortly.  For further registration and site
information, contact the PSB conference coordinator:

Sharon Surles
PSB Conference Coordinator
IS, Inc., Suite 203
5330 Carroll Canyon Rd
San Diego, CA 92121 USA
phone: +1 (619) 658-9782

Please refer to the web site listed above for more details and/or contact the
participating section chairs or Drs. Hunter and Klein directly.

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