Our editorial describing the symposia that were hosted by the ISCB Student Council over 2018 calendar year was recently published in F1000 Research. I am proud to say this is the first year I attended 2 out of the 3. While I was not a primary organizer for any of the events, all three were well received and the symposia chairs, the committee members, and all of the attendees are to thank.
With the publication of this article I am also ending my tenure on the ISCB-SC Executive Team, which has been a great experience.
I am part of the organizing team for the Workshop on the Future of Algorithms in Biology, an NSF-funded conference being held here at CMU on September 28 and 29. The slate of talks includes 15 speakers from a wide range of disciplines as well as shorter lightning talks, posters (including my own) and a panel discussion. More information is available on the FAB 2018 website.
The Education and Internships Committee poster that I presented at ISMB in the Education COSI Track received the F1000 Outstanding Presentation Prize at ISMB. This is a great honor for the council and I hope it will improve the visibility of a vial program for our group. The poster focussed on our recent publication in PLOS Computational Biology which highlighted the process of the ISCB-SC Internships Program, I had mentioned it previously. The paper and poster are linked from internships.iscbsc.org. Thanks to the entire committee for making it such a great program.
I will be presenting my most recent work, titled “Automatically eliminating errors induced by suboptimal parameter choices in transcript assembly”, at the Machine Learning in Computational and Systems Biology (MLCSB) COSI at ISMB 2018 in Chicago. More details about the talk as well as slides will be posted before the meeting. (slides) (video)
I will also be presenting the ISCB-SC Education and Internships Committee’s poster a the Education COSI meeting at ISMB. This is a highlight of our previously published paper in PLOS Computational Biology (see Publications > Service).
The ISCB-SC Education and Internships committee do great work including running the internships program. Each year the EIC matches students in developing countries with willing labs in Europe or Australia. With the introduction of the Anna Tramontano fellowship they will start to have the financial support needed to increase this program. The paper we published in PLOS Computational Biology describes the program but the committee is happy to answer any questions. Also if you have room in your laboratory for an intern, the program is always looking for willing PIs.
Student Council Symposium-Africa 2017
Every other year the ISCB-SC runs four Student Council Symposia, US (co-located with ISMB), Europe (co-located with ECCB), Latin America (co-located with ISCB-LA) and most recently Africa (co-located with ISCB-Africa). I had the pleasure of helping to organize this year’s SCS-Africa meeting. The symposium was a great success and details about the talks held can be found in the conference highlights that we published in F1000Research.