The International Society for Computational Biology awarded a citation for "outstanding contributions to humanity" to Gene Codes CEO Howard Cash at ISMB 2005. ISCB recognized Cash for his role in identifying the victims of the World Trade Center attacks in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. Cash detailed the effort, which required his company to work around the clock to deliver weekly software updates, in the conference's opening keynote address. ISCB President Michael Gribskov called Gene Codes' contribution "unique, valuable, and beyond the limit of what could be expected." Cash accepted the award on behalf of his staff.
Barbara Bryant of Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Shoba Ranganathan of Macquarie University, David Rocke of the University of California-Davis, and Burkhard Rost of Columbia University are running for president-elect of ISCB. The president-elect serves a one-year term alongside the current ISCB president before taking over the presidency for the following two years. ISCB members will begin voting on August 15. Further information on the candidates and the election process is available at http://www.iscb.org/PEcandidate_list05.php.
ISCB has elected Rita Casadio of the University of Bologna, Scott Markel of Accelrys subsidiary SciTegic, Jill Mesirov of the Broad Institute, Sandro de Souza of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Jean-Francois Tomb of DuPont, and Anna Tramontano of the University of Rome to its board of directors. Retiring board members include Phil Bourne of the University of California San Diego, Steven Brenner of the University of California Berkeley, Roderic Guigó of Spain's Institut Municipal d'Investigacio Medica, Goran Neshich of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, and Shoba Ranganathan of Macquarie University.
Frank White is joining Gene Codes as director of marketing. White was most recently program marketing manager at IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences. Prior to joining IBM, he served as director of business development at InforMax.
Eric Neumann has left his position as global head of knowledge management at Sanofi-Aventis to provide consulting services in the application of semantic web technologies to drug discovery. Neumann was previously VP of bioinformatics and knowledge research at Beyond Genomics. He has also held positions at 3rd Millennium, NetGenics, and Bolt, Beranek & Newman.
Sean Eddy of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Gene Myers of the University of California Berkeley are among seven group leaders that the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has appointed to the Janelia Farm Research Campus it is building in Ashburn, Va. The $500 million campus will open in late 2006. Other group leaders for the institute include Dmitri Chklovskii of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Nikolaus Grigorieff of Brandeis University, Julie Simpson of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Roland Strauss of the University of W rzburg, and Karel Svoboda of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The Institute has also appointed Nobel laureate Sydney Brenner of the Salk Institute and Charles Shank, the former director of Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as senior fellows. HHMI will hold a second open application process during the fall of 2005. When the campus is fully operational, there will be 24 group leaders and a permanent research staff of about 300 scientists.