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People in the News: Jan 14, 2011 (rev. 1)

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The International Society for Computational Biology named Olga Troyanskaya of Princeton University as the winner of the 2011 Overton prize. The prize is awarded to a scientist in the early to mid stage of his or her career.

The 2011 ISCB Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist award went to Michael Ashburner of the University of Cambridge. The award recognizes members of the computational biology community who are more than 12 to 15 years post-degree.

Both honorees are scheduled to deliver keynote lectures at the 2011 Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology conference to be held in July in Vienna, Austria.


Bioinformatics researchers from Iowa State University, New York University, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are among 503 new fellows elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Srinivas Aluru, a professor of computer engineering and a faculty member in the bioinformatics and computational biology graduate program at the University of Iowa, was selected for his work in “enabling large-scale genome analysis and systems biology through creation and application of novel parallel methods.”

Aluru conducts research in high-performance computing, algorithms, and systems for large-scale applications, bioinformatics and systems biology, combinatorial scientific computing, and applied algorithms, and he contributed to the sequencing and analysis of the B73 maize genome.

Bhubaneswar Mishra, a professor of computer science and mathematics at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and a researcher in Courant's Bioinformatics Group, was recognized for "distinguished contributions to the field of computational and systems approaches to the fields of robotics, hardware verification, and computational biology."

Mishra leads NYU’s bioinformatics group, which applies algorithmic, statistical, and mathematical techniques to solve problems in biology, biotechnology, and biomedicine.

Roger Brent, a systems biologist at FHCRC, was selected "for outstanding contributions in the area of biochemistry, transcription, genomics, and systems biology."

Brent’s research efforts draw on molecular biological methods, genetics, and computational biology.

The researchers will be named fellows at the association's annual meeting in Washington, DC, on Feb. 19. The designation recognizes "scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications."


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