2 PhD Studentships in Biophysics are available in Benedetto’s Lab at the School of Physics, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Two PhD positions now available in our research group in the framework of a Science Foundation Ireland SIRG award. Each studentship is for 3 years, with a potential extension for 1 extra year.

The two PhD projects are based at the School of Physics, University College Dublin. They are in the field of biophysics and are focused on the interaction of biosystems (like proteins and biomembranes) with a new class of organic salts known as Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids (RTIL). This is a new and promising field of studies that offers a good balance of challenges and future job opportunities, both in Academia and in Industry.

It has been found that RTILs interact with biosystems in a strong and selective way, opening new opportunities for applications in biomedicine, pharmacology, material science, nanotechnology and even energy and sensing technologies.
For example, RTILs have shown (i) a marked antibacterial effect; (ii) specific interactions with proteins, affecting their aggregation into amyloid plaques; (iii) the ability to selectively bind DNA, stabilising and preserving it at ambient conditions. An overview of this research topic is given in: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acssuschemeng.5b01385

If you do not have access to this publication, please e-mail us about it. If you would like more info about the research activity of the Lab visit our webpage www.antoniobenedetto.eu

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Our research activities are focussed on the interaction of room temperature ionic liquids (a new class of organic salts that are liquid around ambient temperature) with biosystems like proteins, DNA, biomembranes, and saccharides.

Essential requirements: The candidates must hold a Bachelor or Master Degree in Physics or in related disciplines (e.g. Chemistry, Material Science), grade 2.1 or higher. They must also meet the English language requirements of the UCD School of Physics (see http://www.ucd.ie/physics/graduatestudents/graduateschoolpolicy/ ).

Desirable requirements: experience of working in chemistry labs and bio-labs; knowledge of programming languages like Fortran, C++ and Python; ability to work on different platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux) and to use office-like software and Tex.
Basic knowledge of Neutron Scattering and Computer Simulations of biosystems is highly appreciated.

Deadline: Applications can be sent from now on until the posts will be assigned.
Every second week from the 15th of November 2016 invitations for interview will be sent based on the received applications.
Interviews with potential candidates will start in late November – December 2016 and the procedure will continue until two suitable candidates are found.

How to apply:  Send your updated CV with the full and complete list of exams, a motivation letter (half page), and the contact details (name, affiliation, and e-mail) of your supervisor to Dr. Antonio Benedetto at antonio.benedetto@ucd.ie

IUPAB President-Elect honoured in Brazil

Recently our President-Elect, Professor Marcelo Morales, was elected to the Brazilian National Academy of Medicine.  He will be the 93rd Chair of the Academy, and his investiture took place in Rio de Janeiro on June 14.

Prof. Marcelo Morales at Brazilian Academy of Medicine
Prof. Marcelo Morales at Brazilian Academy of Medicine

The Brazilian National Academy of Medicine is composed of the most august representatives of medicine in Brazil.  The Academy was founded during the First Empire (Dom Pedro I) on June 30, 1829.

April 16 Kumamoto Earthquake in Japan – message from the Science Council of Japan

On behalf of Professor Takashi Onishi, President of Science Council of Japan, I would like to extend his sincere gratitude for your kind concern and generous messages of sympathy and assistance from your countries, regions and international organizations for the damage suffered from the Earthquake centered in the Kumamoto Region of Kumamoto Prefecture.

On this occasion, Professor Takashi Onishi, jointly with Professor Akira Wada and Professor Noriaki Hirose, Representative Directors, Japan Academic Network for Disaster Reduction released President’s statement “The 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake on April 16 and Our Actions.”

We would appreciate it if you could visit our Web-Page to see the statement:
http://www.scj.go.jp/ja/info/kohyo/pdf/kohyo-23-d7.pdf

Yours sincerely,
On behalf of
Takashi Onishi, President
Keisuke Ogawara, Secretariat
Science Council of Japan

Fellowship in Digital Sustainability at the Digital Curation Institute in Toronto

The Digital Curation Institute at the University of Toronto is calling for applications for a funded Fellowship under the name of digital sustainability. Applications are due by April 20, 2016 (see below).
This is the inaugural year of the 7-year Fellowship program.

Sustainability – the capacity to endure – has become a crucial concern of our data-intensive society. It needs to be addressed jointly across multiple disciplines and perspectives around information, computing, technology and society. A very abstract concept at first, sustainability brings central questions in our information society to the fore. It urges us to take a longer-term perspective on the entanglement of social, cultural, and technical questions in systems design and strive to simultaneously advance environmental, social, economic, individual, and technical goals. These perspectives don’t emerge from incremental technical progress.
The term “digital sustainability” aims to scope this fellowship in an intentionally broad sense that unites key concerns of interest for the DCI and offers connections to many disciplinary perspectives.
The capacity of digital resources to endure is a key focus of digital curation activities. At the same time,  sustainability has become a central challenge in the design of information systems and software-intensive systems in general, where it draws our attention to the capacity of communities, socio-technical systems, processes, or ecosystems to endure.
Curation activities in turn are crucial for data-intensive research in the environmental sciences, and equally are at the heart of understanding social and economic sustainability.

For this Fellowship, we are seeking a curious individual who pursues creative friction and synergies across disciplinary boundaries, especially those between the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering, design, computing and technology.
The Fellowship will be awarded on a yearly basis. It can be offered to an academic faculty member (at any level), adjunct instructor, industry professional, graduate student, or postdoctoral fellow. Each of the categories will be given  equal consideration. Only one Fellowship will be awarded each year.

Details are in the call at http://dci.ischool.utoronto.ca/?p=1232!

Data Science Training Opportunities – Funding Available – Deadline Approaching!

CODATA-RDA School of Research Data Science, hosted at the International Centre of Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy, 1-12 August 2016: http://indico.ictp.it/event/7658/ – FUNDING AVAILABLE – DEADLINE 18 April 2016.

CODATA International Training Workshop in Big Data for Science, Beijing, 4-17 July http://www.codata.org/news/105/62/CODATA-International-Training-Workshop-in-Big-Data-for-Science-Beijing-4-17-July – FINDING AVAILABLE – DEADLINE 18 April 2016
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Dr Simon Hodson | Executive Director CODATA | http://www.codata.org

The Data Science Journal special issue

The Data Science Journal is seeking papers for a special issue devoted to advances in data modeling and knowledge representation. The deadline for submissions has been extended to April 29, 2016. For more information about this special issue please see: http://bit.ly/1Wa6x90
If you have any questions or would like feedback on a potential submission please feel free to email the special edition editors at any time:

Nic Weber (nmweber@uw.edu)

Inaugural BIOPHYSICS WEEK

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The very first Biophysics Week is coming up March 7-11, 2016. Mark your calendars and join your peers in celebrating this special week. Biophysics Week is a global effort to encourage connections within the biophysics community and raise awareness of the field and its impact among the general public, policy makers, students, and scientists in related fields.

Check out the updated Biophysics Week website to see all the events happening around the world and the resources available to you:  lesson plans, career brochures, profiles, fun facts, blogs, news, and more. Currently, there are registered events taking place in ten countries across the continents of Asia, Europe, North America, and South America, with more events being added daily— you may find that some of them are happening near you!

To find out more about Biophysics Week and to see the most up-to-date list of events, visit www.biophysics.org/BiophysicsWeek. Check back daily for featured events and new resources during this unique week dedicated to you and the field of biophysics.

The week kicks off with Biophysics Bunch: A Biophysics Week Global Hangout. Join Biophysical Society members and guests on Monday, March 7, at 1:00PM (ET) for this live Google Hangout event. Moderated by host Karen Fleming of Johns Hopkins University, the Hangout will feature several biophysicists working to improve human health through the development of new technologies, novel therapies, and programs:
Fleming will introduce viewers to the field of biophysics and its practical applications, including her own work to gain insight into how genetic mutations cause diseases when they occur in membrane proteins.
Suhrud M. Rajguru of the University of Miami will discuss how his research on the application of pulsed infrared radiation in cochlear implants has contributed to key improvements in the speech and hearing capabilities of the deaf.
Gaya Amarasinghe of Washington University in St. Louis will talk about how he uses  technologies, including X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy, to look at how viruses, such as Ebola, overcome the body’s natural defense mechanisms, and to develop antiviral therapies to combat those viruses.
Tara Schewtz, a Special Assistant at the National Institutes of Health, will discuss how a background in biophysics helped prepare her for working at the intersection of science, public health, and public policy.
Viewers will have a chance to ask questions and learn about the courses an undergraduate should take to prepare for an advanced degree in biophysics, as well as the different career opportunities available to biophysicists.
Sign up to hang out here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5TYKSW9.
Get involved in spreading the word about biophysics!

BBSRC Research Experience Placements 2016

The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership is offering 10 undergraduate vacation bursaries to provide outstanding students with the opportunity to work in one of the BBSRC’s top training environments.   The scheme is designed to provide promising undergraduate students in the middle years of their degree with “hands-on” experience of research to encourage them to consider a career in research.

Please could you let students know of the upcoming deadline (18th March) for REPS applications.  Further details and how to apply can be found on our webpage at http://www.biodtp.ox.ac.uk/research-experience-placements/index.html, with a list of supervisors who have expressed an interest in hosting an undergraduate at http://www.biodtp.ox.ac.uk/reps-2016-supervisors/index.html.

Call for Papers for special edition of Data Science Journal

The Data Science Journal is a peer-reviewed, open access, electronic journal dedicated to the advancement of data science and its application in policies, practices and management of Open Data.

The Data Science Journal is seeking papers for a special issue devoted to “Advances in Data Modeling and Knowledge Representation for Research Data”.
Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2016
Detailed call for submissions: http://www.codata.org/news/94/62/Data-Science-Journal-Call-for-Papers-Advances-in-Data-Modeling-and-Knowledge-Representation-for-Research-Data
Data Science Journal: http://datascience.codata.org/

Call for Papers: Advances in Data Modeling and Knowledge Representation for Research Data

Research data systems have matured greatly over the last decade – partly in response to the growing complexity, amount, and heterogeneity of research data. Innovations such as data harmonization, interoperability frameworks, and feature extraction tools are greatly improving the capabilities of research communities to access and manipulate data in computing systems. Underpinning these new systems-level features and functionalities are a number of robust conceptual, logical, and physical data models. These include data- and curation-oriented models such as the Open Provenance Model and the Research Object Model, as well as ontologies of observable phenomena and objects such as the the Semantic Web for Earth and Environmental Terminology (SWEET) ontologies and the Gene Ontology.

Unfortunately, the formal literature of data science often glosses over or excludes the design work that goes into developing and implementing these models. As a result it is often unclear how or why design decisions were made, or what advances and new techniques have been developed for data modeling and knowledge representation as they are applied to research data. This special issue seeks contributions from the Data Science community on the development, implementation, and evolution of data models and ontologies – including the use of knowledge representation languages like RDF and OWL in advancing the capabilities of research data systems. We welcome submissions that report on empirical research that is completed or in progress, as well as pieces that can clearly articulate grand challenges and opportunities for advancing our current understanding of data models, research data curation systems, and knowledge representation, more generally.

Submissions may cover topics including (but are not limited to):
Design choices: A designer of a data model often faces choices between expressiveness, ease of use, and computational complexity – How are these tradeoffs accounted for in doing requirements engineering at the beginning stages of developing a curation system?
Harmonization: What are complications in, or best practices for harmoniz- ing conceptual models ? (e.g. FRBR + CIDOC CRM = FRBRoo)
Interoperability: How have data models been developed to facilitate cross or interdisciplinary data interoperability?
Requirements Engineering: Research data systems are often developed by working closely with data producers and potential systems users. How are requirements for a data model generated from these types of interactions?
Ontology Development: Ontologies capture a conceptualization of a domain. How are the essential aspects of research domain or a research data system to be analyzed for representation? How can an existing ontologies be evaluated for potential implementation or refinement?
Sustainability: Knowledge organization and representation activities con- tribute greatly to the sustainability and long-term success of a research data curation systems – How do these activities co-evolve with the discipline or domain that they serve? How have data models and metadata schemas been edited and revised to accommodate changes in scale, complexity, or heterogeneity of research data?
Education: What are the competencies necessary for doing knowledge representation work and research data systems development? How are these skills taught in classrooms, workshops, and continuing education programs
Submissions can be of two types:

Research Papers describe the outcomes and application of unpublished original research. These should make a substantial contribution to knowledge and understanding in the subject matter and should be supported by relevant figures and where appropriate data. Research Papers should be no more than 8,000 words in length. 

Practice Papers report upon or critique a specific topic such as a particularly difficult aspect of doing data modeling, education in Knowledge Representation, or other topics related to the special issue’s focus. Practice Papers can either describe the finished outputs of a project, or the procedures, protocols, and models in use by an established research data system. Practice Papers should be no longer than 3,000 words in length.

Article Processing Charges (APCs): Potential authors should note that Data Science Journal levies an APC of £350 for each article (Research Paper or Practice Paper) published. Please contact the Guest Editors or Editor-in-Chief, Sarah Callaghan (sarah.callaghan@stfc.ac.uk), if you have any questions or think you will have difficulty meeting this cost.

The deadlines associated with this special issue are as follows:
Full papers due: March 31, 2016
Special issue publication (anticipated): December, 2016 
Special-issue Guest Editors

• Nic Weber (University of Washington) nmweber@uw.edu
• Karen Wickett (University of Texas)
• Pascal Hitzler (Wright State University)

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NEW! APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR CODATA-RDA RESEARCH DATA SCIENCE SUMMER SCHOOL: http://indico.ictp.it/event/7658/

NEW! CALL FOR PAPERS, DATA SCIENCE JOURNAL: http://datascience.codata.org/

RECENT CODATA REPORTS: http://codata.org/blog/2015/11/17/codata-collection-in-zenodo-recent-reports/
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Dr Simon Hodson | Executive Director CODATA | http://www.codata.org

E-Mail: simon@codata.org | Twitter: @simonhodson99 | Skype: simonhodson99
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IUBMB/IUPAB/IUPS joint Advanced School on “Receptors and Signaling”, Greece, May 2016

This School will be held on the island of Spetses, Greece from May 23-27, 2016.  It is a joint activity between the three BioUnions.

The program includes lectures, posters and various training sessions that will enable young scientists to interact with some of the best international experts in this field. Additionally, there will be “tutorials” where young scientists can take advantage of senior scientists and their advice as well as a “round table discussion”. Finally, since lecturers and young participants will be accommodated together, discussions will be possible during leisure periods, while programmed social events will also bring together young scientists and senior researchers in a comfortable and friendly environment.

More information is available on the School website at http://www.eie.gr/nhrf/institutes/ibrb/Biounions2016/welcome_message.html