MSRI Meeting: Understanding the Genome

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Thu Apr 2 00:36:17 EST 1998


                    Understanding the Genome: 
            Technological and Mathematical Challenges
                        May 21-23, 1998

A workshop entitled "Understanding the Genome: Technological and
Mathematical Challenges" will take place at the Mathematical Sciences
Research Institute, Berkeley, California from May 21 to May 23, 1998. The
workshop is intended to explain, to an audience of mathematical scientists
and scientists in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry, what mathematics,
statistics and computation have contributed, and are capable of
contributing in the future, to the acquisition and interpretation of
genomic data and to related areas of functional genomics. The invited talks
will be of several types: surveys of the challenges ahead as viewed by
leaders of the field, descriptions of key new technological developments,
and descriptions of how mathematics and computation have been applied to
specific problems related to genomics and the analysis of biological
systems at the cellular level. 

The speakers will be David Botstein (Stanford), Elbert Branscomb (Lawrence
Livermore Laboratory), Gary Churchill (Cornell), Philip Green (University
of Washington), David Haussler (UC Santa Cruz), Leroy Hood (University of
Washington), Robert Lipschutz (Affymetrix), Pavel Pevzner (USC), David
Siegmund (Stanford), Donna Slonim (Whitehead Institute), Gary Stormo
(University of Colorado) and Ellen Wijsman (University of Washington). 

The members of the organizing committee are Peter Bickel (UC Berkeley),
Richard Karp (University of Washington), Jill Mesirov (Whitehead
Institute), and Michael Waterman (USC). 

The mathematical and biotech/pharmaceutical communities are warmly invited
to attend. The conference will take place Thursday, May 21, Friday, May 22,
and Saturday, May 23 at MSRI. Lunch will be provided for registered

Registration is required due to the limit of space. Participants should
send their registration (see for registration
instructions) either by email to genome at, by fax to: (510)
642-8609, or by regular mail to: 

Understanding the Genome
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
1000 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720-5070.

Registration fee is $50 per person. Payment may be made by check (drawn on
a US bank) or credit card (Mastercard, Visa). Please mail payment with your
registration information, or indicate if you intend to pay the fee onsite.
Registration is open through May 15, 1998, subject to availability. 

Financial Support: Limited funds for partial support or waiver of
registration fees are available. To apply, send a letter explaining your
interest in the conference together with a brief vita or bibliography, and
an estimate of your request for funds. Students should solicit a letter
from a faculty advisor for their application. Applications for financial
support will be considered on a rolling basis. Early submission is strongly

Information on accommodations and transporation and directions to MSRI are
available from the conference web page, .

This meeting is jointly sponsored by NERSC, the National Energy Research
Supercomputer Center at the the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and MSRI. 

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute is a pre-eminent world center
for mathematical research, hosting an average of 80 mathematicians from
around the world at any given time, or a total of about 1,000 in the course
of a year. MSRI is located in the North Berkeley hills above the Lawrence
Hall of Science, near the University of California Berkeley. For more
information about MSRI, please visit our website at

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