Fostering community building and networking


The Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics hosts a variety of community events to support researchers using computational approaches to study biological problems. Read the summaries below and click on their respective links for more information.

Travel Grants

These awards are given to honor graduate students from multiple programs at diverse stages in their academic careers.

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Byte Club

This club has monthly meetings to bring UT's bioinformatics group together to resolve common bioinformatics issues.

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CRBS Newsletter

A PDF document of the latest newsletter is available. The newsletter highlights activities of the Center for Biomedical Research Support in Spring 2017.

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BioITeam

The BioITeam is a consortium of bio-computing scientists at UT-Austin comprised of scientists from multiple centers and departments.

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BEACON

The CCBB is the administrative home of the UT Austin section of the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.

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Biocomputing Google Group

Grad students Becca Tarvin and Stephanie Spielman started a Biocomputing Google group that functions as a forum for biocomputing questions.

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Transdisciplinary Luncheon

The Transdisciplinary Graduate Student Luncheon is an event that fosters networking and discussion across traditional departmental and graduate program boundaries.

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Open Coding Hour

Open Coding Hour provides a collaborative setting to work on computational research, projects, or assignments alongside student bioinformatics expertise.

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Calendar

To learn about all of the events happening with the Center for Computational Biology, please take a look at our Google Calendar.

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Travel Grants

Here are the Big Data Travel Award Winners for the 2014-2015 academic year. These awardees represent the breadth of research supported by the CCBB and the CSSB, are from multiple graduate programs, and are at diverse stages in their graduate careers.

Elizabeth Milano (Tom Juenger Lab; Plant Biology) The Genetics of Divergence between Upland and Lowland Ecotypes of Panicum virgatum

Michael Hammerling (Jeff Barrick Lab; Cellular & Molecular Biology) Massively parallel evolution experiments reveal proteome-wide utilization of expanded genetic codes in bacteriophage T7

Jeff Hussmann (Bill Press & Sara Sawyer Labs; Computer Science) Improving the accurancy and efficiency of error-correcting high throughput DNA sequencing methods

Brian Lohman (Dan Bolnick Lab; Ecology, Evolution & Behavior) Genotype by genotype interactions in host and parasite gene expression in the threespine stickleback-Schistocephalus solidus system

Rachel Wright (Misha Matz Lab; Cellular & Molecular Biology) Molecular determinants of susceptibility to bacterial infection in the coral Acropora millepora

We would like to give a special thanks to the four postdoctoral associates who served as judges: Dr. Becky Chong (Moran Lab), Dr. Taejoon Kwon (Marcotte Lab), Dr. Deachan Park (Georgiou Lab), and Dr. Rebecca Young (Hofmann Lab).

Byte Club

This club is intended to bring the UT Bioinformatics community together to share tricks and tips, and to help resolve bioinformatics issues we may all face. The monthly meetings include a short talk followed by general discussion about new tools, pipelines, publications etc. Some of the meetings also include brief how-to tutorials.

ByteClub meets the third Wednesday of each month during the fall 2016 semester, in FNT 1.104, from 12-1 p.m.

We are looking for volunteers to speak at upcoming club meetings. So, email Dhivya Arasappan if you're interested.

BioITeam

The BioITeam (short for bioinformatics team) serves as a consortium of bio-computing scientists at the University of Texas at Austin.

The consortium is comprised of scientists from the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, the Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology, Genomic Sequencing and Analysis Facility, the Texas Advanced Computing Center, and Department of Statistics and Data Sciences.

The BioITeam maintains a wiki here with many useful tools.

Transdisciplinary Luncheon

This 1st Transdisciplinary Graduate Student Luncheon was held in fall 2014. The purpose of the event was to foster networking and discussion among 2nd year graduate students and PIs from departments including Computer Science, Integrative Biology, Molecular Biosciences, Neuroscience, and Statistics & Data Sciences. This event was organized by the Transdisciplinary Big Data Scientists (a graduate student organization that promotes networking across graduate program boundaries to increase trainee awareness of and access to resources and expertise on campus) and sponsored by The Graduate School Academic Enrichment Fund and The Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.

Stay tuned for information about a 2nd Transdisciplinary Graduate Student Luncheon.

BEACON

The CCBB is the administrative home of the UT Austin part of the the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, an NSF Science and Technology Center founded with the mission of illuminating and harnessing the power of evolution in action to advance science and technology and benefit society. Research at BEACON focuses on biological evolution, digital evolution, and evolutionary applications in engineering, uniting biologists who study natural evolutionary processes with computer scientists and engineers who are harnessing these processes to solve real-world problems. BEACON is headquartered at Michigan State University, with partner institutions at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Washington, North Carolina A&T State University, and the University of Idaho.

Please contact Professor Risto Miikkulainen for more information.

Open Coding Hour

The Fall 2016 semester, the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CCBB) will again be offering Open Coding Hour on Wednesday afternoons from 4-5 pm in the MBB grad student lounge/library. Open Coding Hour is an open, collaborative opportunity to work on computational research, projects, or assignments along with other bioinformatics students. It's also a great space to ask questions or get help/feedback on any bioinformatics hurdles you encounter in the process.


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