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Issue 127: iSGTW 3 June 2009

Special issue on biotechnology and health

Grid promotes diversity in biotechnology at Virginia State

Biotechnology is one of the fastest-growing sectors in science, but it suffers from a lack of diversity in its workforce, as do many other scientific fields.  Recent studies suggest that African-Americans and Hispanics lag behind whites for higher-paying biotech jobs by the largest margins in about a decade.

Researchers at Virginia State University, an institution designated by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, are addressing this imbalance by using grid technology as a resource to teach students and educators about bioinformatics. 

“We’re trying to raise awareness in our students of opportunities in biotechnology,” said Brian Sayre who teaches Techniques in Molecular Biology at VSU. “The distributed computing environment will really help us prepare them for what they’ll likely experience in their future careers.”

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/ Amoolya Singh, computation and biology

“I'm a computational biologist at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, which is a fancy way of saying ‘I use computers to understand living things.’ ”

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Healthcare IT standards  

/ Clarity in clinical care

“Swimming is healthy and contains eight letters.” Absurd? Of course — the real thing is confused with its symbolic representation. Absurdity, then, abounds in current Electronic Health Records according to Werner Ceusters of the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences.

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Link of the week

/The Dagdigian Doctrine

What's old news? What's exciting now? What's down the road?

Ken Davies of covered Chris Dagdigian's keynote address presented at the Bio IT World Conference last month. You'll find a few highlights from the article here . . . and a link to the full article.

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Image of the week

Melanoma image analysis


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Feature – Army of Women allies with CaBIG for online longitudinal studies

Special Announcement - iSGTW on Holiday

Video of the Week - Learn about LiDAR


NeHC launches social media

PRACE announces third Tier-0 machine

iRODS 2011 User Group Meeting

Jobs in distributed computing


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December 2010

13-18, AGU Fall Meeting

14-16, UCC 2010

17, ICETI 2011 and ICSIT 2011

24, Abstract Submission deadline, EGI User Forum


January 2011

11, HPCS 2011 Submission Deadline

11, SPCloud 2011

22, ALENEX11

30 Jan – 3 Feb, ESCC/Internet2


February 2011

1 - 4, GlobusWorld '11

2, Lift 11

15 - 16, Cloudscape III

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