Ice Skating with BiSA

We invite all BiSA members to UD's Fred Rust Ice Area for ice skating on Dec. 16th. Ice skating is from 8-10 pm and admission is free with UD student ID. Skate rentals are available for $4.

iGem Presentation

To start an iGem team at UDel, we are looking for interested students and faculty. We are hosting a presentation all about iGEM on October 25th at 4:30 PM in DBI 102. More information about the competition can be found at www.igem.org. For any questions about iGEM at UDel, please email Sam Keating at namesake@udel.edu

Abstract
iGEM stands for the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition, which aims to advance the field of synthetic biology. There are currently close to 300 universities that compete with interdisciplinary teams working inside the lab and doing computational analysis. University of Delaware does not currently have an iGEM team, but I have worked closely with an iGEM team for several years at UMBC as an undergraduate. We designed a project for heavy metal remediation using engineered E. coli and won a bronze medal. Our data went towards a mathematical model that can predict optimal enzyme concentrations to be engineered into a new cell line to give the most copper resistance.

iGEM teams have carried out a wide array of projects including aptamer discovery, CRISPR/Cas9 site optimization, 3D biofilm printers, and new transformation methods. The timeline for an iGEM team focuses on spending the most time in the lab during the summer. Registration for university teams happens around April and gene libraries are mailed out shortly after. Planning and computational predictions start when the team starts meeting early in the calendar year and continue throughout the summer leading up to the conference and competition around October.

Movie Night: PhD Movie 2

BiSA is holding their second movie night of the year on Mon, Oct 24th right after seminar. We will be showing PhD Movie 2, and will provide drinks and pizza.

What: Movie night - PhD Movie 2
When: Monday, Oct 24th at 4:30 pm
Where: DBI Room 102

BiSA Picnic

BiSA hosted a "welcome back" picnic at Lums pond Saturday, Sept 17th at 11 am. BiSA members enjoyed kayaking on the pond as well as a provided lunch.

Meeting with CISters about ACM-W

An ACM-W chapter has been officially chartered at UD by CISters and BiSA (UDaily Article). On September 12th, 2016 from 11 am to Noon, there will be a meeting held by CISters to discuss plans and funding for the new chapter. All women of BISA are welcome to attend.

BISA Movie Night: PhD Movie 1

We will be holding a movie night on August 5th at 7pm. We will be showing the drama/comedy PhD Movie 1 which is based off of the PhD Piled Higher and Deeper webcomics. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Election Results 2016

The following students will be the BiSA officers in 2016-2017 academic year:

President – Irem Celen
Vice President – Modupe Adentunji
Secretary – Maddy MacDonald
Treasurer – Mengxi Lv

BiSA at the Bar

BiSA hosted its first "BiSA at the Bar" at Deer Park on August 20, 2015.
Many CBCB students got the opportunity to catch up with each other

National Center Awards CISters for Hosting e-textiles Workshop for Female Students

Funding from the National Center for Women and Information Technology Academic Alliance (NCWIT) and Symantec will provide undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Delaware an opportunity to participate in an e-textiles workshop this fall (UDaily Article).
CISters will have the support of the Bioinformatics Student Association (BiSA), and the IEEE-W organization at UD for promoting computer science and electronics during the workshop.

First Student Graduates from Bioinformatics and Systems Biology PhD Program

Dr. Liang Sun is the first student to graduate from the Bioinformatics & Systems Biology PhD Program in the University of Delaware, which was launched in Fall 2012 (CBCB News).
His dissertation, performed under the supervision of Dr. Carl Schmidt, Professor of Animal and Food Sciences, was focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying heat stress.
Dr. Liang has already been offered and accepted a position to work with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation as a Bioinformatics Analyst & Programmer in the Computing Services Department of the Administrative Division.

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