Consulting students for 2nd Edition of Biocomputing Course wanted !

Georg Fuellen fuellen at dali.Mathematik.Uni-Bielefeld.DE
Fri Mar 15 18:54:12 EST 1996


After the successful completion of the 1995 GNA-VSNS Biocomputing Course
(see our homepage at http://www.techfak.uni-bielefeld.de/bcd/welcome.html,
http://merlin.mbcr.bcm.tmc.edu:8001/bcd/welcome.html, OR
http://info.mcc.ac.uk/hpctec/courses/Biocomputing/vsns/bcd/welcome.html )
we are now preparing for the second edition, starting approx. April 29,
and lasting for approx. 11 weeks. The entire course material will be delivered
through the Internet, and instruction will take place via the electronic
conferencing system BioMOO at Weizmann Institute, Israel.

We are once again looking for "Consulting Students", i.e. students who are
guaranteed admission in return for helping us in technical and administrative
matters. If you're seriously interested in any of these "jobs", please
contact the course coordinator, vsns-bcd-admcoord at techfak.uni-bielefeld.de
(Georg Fuellen) as soon as possible !

Enrollment into the Summer 1996 course may be limited to approx. 30 students 
(depending on the availability of instructors), so this is your excellent 
chance for getting a free ticket to an exciting, cutting-edge learning
experience in biocomputing !
If you are _not_ interested in any of these jobs, the one and only thing you
can do right now is to subscribe to our vsns-bcd-prospective mailing list, 
by sending email to 
majordomo at hrz.uni-bielefeld.de, with no subject, and the following body: 
subscribe vsns-bcd-prospective
and wait for the announcement of more 1996 consulting student jobs, etc ! 

See below to read our disclaimer, and our GNA Course Catalog entry.
The latter lists the *technical and academic requirements*.

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The following "jobs" are available right now. The most recent version of this
list will be kept at http://www.techfak.uni-bielefeld.de/bcd/Adm/recruit.html
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"Job" #BCD-96-14 (last revised Fri Mar 15 12:22:21 MET 1996)
"Evaluation of questionaires and forms"
===================================================================

You will tally (and evaluate) the results of the registration and mid-term
Questionaires.

You need: Knowledge of a statistics package and HTML. Perl helpful.

Your benefit: You are admitted to the course as a "Consulting
Student". Large part of your work helps you directly in your
understanding of Online Distance Education, and Biocomputing.

"Job" #BCD-96-10
"Help-Guide : PC-platform"
==========================================

More info: You will help students on a PC-platform to get and install good 
MOO/WWW clients, and be the lead person for answering other platform-specific 
questions.

You need: Familiarity with PC software, in particular WWW-browsers.
You do not need to know about MOO clients yet, but you will need to 
investigate them in greater detail.

Your benefit: You are admitted to the course as a "Consulting
Student". You will learn more about PCs, and other people's PC's ;-)

"Job" #BCD-96-13
"Help-Guide : UNIX-platform"
==========================================

More info: You will help students on a UNIX-platform to get and install good 
MOO/WWW clients, and be the lead person for answering other platform-specific 
questions.

You need: Familiarity with UNIX software, in particular WWW-browsers.
You don't need to know about MOO clients yet, but you will need to 
investigate them in greater detail.

Your benefit: You are admitted to the course as a "Consulting
Student". You will learn more about UNIX, and other people's workstations ;-)

"Job" #BCD-96-09
"BioMOO Help-Guide" 
==========================================

More info: You will introduce instructors, students, etc to BioMOO.

You need: Familiarity with BioMOO basic commands. 

Your benefit: You are admitted to the course as a "Consulting
Student". This job is also a perfect way of getting into contact with
lots of interesting people.

"Job" #BCD-96-16 (4-5 positions)
"Bioperl Project"
=================

More info: You will code a small portion of software for the "Bioperl"
project, see http://www.techfak.uni-bielefeld.de/bcd/Tec/Bioperl/welcome.html
For future editions of the Biocomputing Course, some of the objects and
object methods developed for Bioperl shall be used as a foundation for 
sequence management support in our electronic classroom at BioMOO.

You need: Familiarity with Perl.

Your benefit: You are admitted to the course as a "Consulting
Student". You'll learn a lot by participating in a collaborative project.

"Job" #BCD-96-15 (4-5 positions)
"Practice Sessions Guinea Pig"
==============================

More info: You will be 1-2 weeks ahead of the other students, stumbling
across the few glitches that are still present in the course material.

You need: Familiarity with BioMOO basic commands.
It's sufficient to spend 1 hour on the BioMOO tutorial, which you're
pointed to whenever you connect as a guest.

Your benefit: You are admitted to the course as a "Consulting Student". 
Note that this "job" is usually oversubscribed, and you should state
a "second choice" as well.

"Job" #BCD-96-12
"BioMOO Building Consultant"
==========================================

More info: You will help instructors and students to construct rooms 
and other utilities at BioMOO.

You need: Familiarity with BioMOO building commands. 
No knowledge of MOO programming is expected, although it would be useful.

Your benefit: You are admitted to the course as a "Consulting
Student". You will learn a lot more about MOOing.

"Job" #BCD-96-09
"Art Director"
=================

More info: You will create a few images and diagrams for the course.

You need: Experience w/ appropriate tools, most preferably xfig,
but others (or more specialized ones) are OK, too.

Your benefit: You are admitted to the course as a "Consulting
Student". Large part of your work helps you directly in your
understanding of preparing diagrams, and Biocomputing.

"Job" #BCD-96-05 (revised description Wed Mar 13)
"Java programming" (1-2 positions)
================================     

You will contribute towards the development of a Multiple Alignment 
teaching tool in Java.

You need: Some Java experience. Most likely, one experienced person 
is available for questions.

Your benefit: You are admitted to the course as a "Consulting
Student".  Large part of your work helps you directly in your
understanding of Biocomputing, and coding.

"Job" #BCD-96-02 (last revised Fri Mar 15 12:22:21 MET 1996)
"Organize On-line Plenary Discussions at BioMOO"
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More info: You will organize an electronic conference of "Ethics
in Biocomputing", and possibly on "The Future of Biocomputing".

You need: Good communication skills, HTML and MOO experience helpful.

Your benefit: If you like, you are admitted to the course as a "Consulting
Student". This job is also a perfect way of getting into contact with
lots of interesting people.

"Job" #BCD-96-06 (last revised Fri Mar 15 12:22:21 MET 1996)
"Web Surfer"
==========================

You will maintain some of the Resource Lists at
http://www.techfak.uni-bielefeld.de/bcd/resources.html
(i.e. ``Info about Writing Hypertext 
Books'', and ``Info about Conducting Online Classes.''

You need: HTML knowledge, and Web-surfing experience.
You should be able to try out online conferencing tools.

Your benefit: You are admitted to the course as a "Consulting
Student".  Large part of your work helps you directly in your
understanding of Biocomputing and Distance Education on the WWW.

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Our disclaimer:

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
 IN NO EVENT SHALL THE GLOBEWIDE NETWORK ACADEMY, THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL OF NATURAL
 SCIENCES, BIOMOO, OR ANY OTHER PARTICIPATING VOLUNTEERS BE LIABLE TO ANY PARTY
 FOR DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING
 OUT OF THE PARTICIPATION IN THIS CLASS, AND/OR OUT OF THE USE OF THE
 INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS CLASS, EVEN IF THE GLOBEWIDE NETWORK ACADEMY,
 THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCES, BIOMOO, OR ANY OTHER
 PARTICIPATING VOLUNTEER HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

 THE GLOBEWIDE NETWORK ACADEMY, THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCES, BIOMOO,
 AND ANY OTHER PARTICIPATING VOLUNTEERS SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES,
 INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY
 AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  THE CLASS PROVIDED HEREUNDER IS ON AN
 "AS IS" BASIS, AND THERE IS NO OBLIGATION WHATSOEVER TO PROVIDE MAINTENANCEE,
 SUPPORT, UPDATES, ENHANCEMENTS, OR MODIFICATIONS.
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Global Network Academy (GNA) course catalog entry:

Title: Biocomputing I: Sequence Analysis

Main Coordinator: Georg Fuellen, M.Sc. (MIT, 1994), 
Diplom-Inform. (Saarbruecken, 1992).

For up-to-date information, and to obtain a list of
all collaborators, please use a www/hypertext browser
(e.g. Netscape, Mosaic, Lynx) to visit
http://www.techfak.uni-bielefeld.de/bcd/welcome.html

Description: Graduate students and students close to the completion of 
their undergraduate studies shall be given a profound introduction into
biosequence analysis and comparison. Instructors shall guide them through
a peer-reviewed hypertext book, by means of weekly online discussion
sessions, supplemented by homework, personal advice, mailing list
discussions, and project work.

The core units shall cover Pairwise Alignment, Networking, Multiple
Alignment, Mathematical Analysis of Sequence Data, and Genetic Algorithms
and Protein Folding (Teaser Chapter).

Sponsors: VSNS, Association for the Promotion of Science and Humanities
in Germany, Research Group in Practical Computer Science (Univ. of Bielefeld)
Instructor's email address: (PLEASE VISIT OUR HOMEPAGE FIRST !)
vsns-bcd-admcoord at techfak.uni-bielefeld.de
Schedule: Regular intervals throughout the week (to be announced)
~11 weeks, expected to start around April 29, 1996
Location: BioMOO (telnet bioinformatics.weizmann.ac.il 8888)
Level: late undergraduate (senior) or early graduate
Credits: None.
Language of Instruction: English
Status: under construction (registration is scheduled for early April 1996.)
Requirements: Technical: telnet, www/hypertext browser supporting
black&white graphics, and forms. Academic: undergraduate level maths
experience, computer science and/or molecular biology. 

--
best wishes,
  georg
fuellen at dali.Mathematik.Uni-Bielefeld.DE, fuellen at MIT.EDU
  http://www.techfak.uni-bielefeld.de/techfak/persons/fuellen/georgF.html







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