Archive for August, 2008

The Business of Biology

The Business of Biology course is hosting some Fall special events.

  • Film screening of “In the Family” on Wednesday, September 17th at 4:30 to 6:00pm in the Ford Theater of the Medical School
  • A play called “A Number” on Tuesday, October 14th at 7:00 to 8:30pm in the Stamps Auditorium

“In the Family is a documentary film about predicting breast and ovarian cancer, the consequences of knowing, and the women who live with the risk.   “A Number” is a play that explores the issues of human identity through the relationships between a father and his sons in a fictional future world.


August 27, 2008 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

Facebook and Pubmed

So, if you’re on Facebook, do you use it only socially?  If NCIBI created an application that linked Facebook with Pubmed say through MiSearch, would you use it?  This is a fundamental question of how Facebook is used.  My personal behavior is that I don’t necessarily like to use my social networking sites to do work, but then again, the only blog I have is this one, and it is work related.  So frankly, some people would ask the question: Do you poop where you sleep?  On the other hand, for some people work is social.  Heaven knows that I went back to work after being a full-time mom because I needed work to get a break from the kids. Huh, it’s a good question…  So the real question is: Do you want to friend an author of a publication in PubMed?  Hmmmm.

August 26, 2008 at 4:12 pm Leave a comment

CCMB Bioinformatics Kick-Off

The Center for Computational Medicine and Biology / Bioinformatics Program Annual Kick-off is tomorrow starting at 2pm in Forum Hall at Palmer Commons.  This is a really great opportunity to learn about what is going on in bioinformatics research at the university so check it out if you can.

August 26, 2008 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment

Airplane WiFi

Wow. Interested in connecting to your database server while on your vacation flight to San Francisco? (Not for me, personally.) American Airlines began offering WiFi service on selected flights today.  Read all about it here.  You really can stay connected anywhere now…

August 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Microsoft e-Science Conference

This is a quick update regarding the 2008 Microsoft eScience Workshop, December 7-9th, 2008 in Indianapolis, IN, USA 

The registration site is open at We are fortunate to have a block of rooms at the Conrad Hotel Indianapolis which is very close to the event venue.  For reservations, go to their website at:  In order to receive the workshop rate you must book no later than November 6th

Amid a chorus of requests, the paper submission deadline has been extended to September 15th
We are unable to accept any submissions after this date in order for acceptance announcements to go out by the end of October.  It is not necessary for you to submit a paper in order to attend.

If you are planning to submit a paper we’d love to accept your 1-2 page position papers, preferably focusing on a computational solution provided to a domain science.  For additional details, please see the call for papers at:  We are particularly interested to see presentations and posters that discuss research challenges and how they were or could be overcome through technological means.

The Microsoft External Research team is looking forward to seeing you in Indianapolis this year.  If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me or send mail to

Kristin M. Tolle
Workshop Chair, 2008 Microsoft eScience Workshop

August 19, 2008 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

NCBC All Hands Meeting

The National Centers for Biomedical Computing (NCBCs) had their All Hands Meeting last week.  You can view their meeting website here.

August 19, 2008 at 2:24 pm Leave a comment

NCIBI Jamboree – NLP

The next NCIBI Jamboree will be on August 20th and will cover the topic ofNatural Language Processing and Biological Meaning/inference. The papers that will be discussed have not yet been determined, but I will post them as soon as they are known.

August 14, 2008 at 8:19 pm Leave a comment

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