virtual conference in genomics

Willy Valdivia willy_valdivia at
Mon Sep 17 13:36:56 EST 2001

Dear Group:

This letter will share information on abstracts, speakers, how to travel to
Fargo, ND and possibilities for lodging. The First Virtual Conference in
Genomics and Bioinformatics received 56 abstracts for consideration.
Twenty-two abstracts have been accepted for the complete paper review
(deadline September 21, 2001). The review panel will be announced after the
deadline. Please feel free to forward this e-mail with your colleagues and
ask the access grid operators in you area to participate.

Why is important register at: ?

Because give us an idea of your location and which access grid is closer to
Because we will broadcast the conference live trough Real Player to those
LDCs capable to set up a conference room, an Internet connection and a

Why is important to subscribe to the mailing list at

Because we can send you more details about the conference, poster session,
speakers, and the link for the electronic poster session and other details.

Who is coming to Fargo?

Around 280 participants had expressed their intensions to visit Fargo. They
represent 30 states in the US and 20 countries. The maximum capacity for
Fargo location is 380 people.

Who is going to speak in the conference?

Dr. J. Blanchard, National Center for Genome Resources. PathDB Project

Dr. P. Spellman, UC Berkeley. MDEG Microarray Data Standarization Group.

Dr. S. Swaminathan, Brookhaven National Laboratory. Structural Genomics
Project Leader.

Mr. Colin G. Sandercock. Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe  LLP.Life Sciences

Dr. Su Chung, GenomicXchange. Chief Computational Biologist

Dr. C. Giometti, Argonne National Laboratory. Archaeal Proteomics Project

Dr. M. Zhang, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Computational Genomics.

Dr. S. Zullo, National Institutes of Standar and Technology (NIST). Advanced
Technology Program

Dr. P. Karp, SRI International, Director of the Bioinformatics Research

Speakers checking the Access Grid locations

Dr. T. Kazic, University of Missouri at Columbia, Biological Network
Modeling Group

Dr. J. Silverthorne, National Science Foundation. Plant Genome Program

Special Sessions:

- Ethical Issues of Genomic Research.
- The need for Data-Interoperativity.

The Conference will start Monday, October 15, 9:30 a.m. CST., and will end
Tuesday, October 16, 6:30 p.m. CST.

Two major airlines fly into Fargo; Northwest Airlines connects from
Minneapolis, MN and United airlines connects from Chicago, IL or Denver, CO.

We have made special arrangements with two hotels in Fargo:  The Ramada
Plaza Suites & Conference Center, 1635 42 St SW, Fargo, ND, 701-277-9000,
and Radisson Hotel of Fargo, 201 5 St N, 701-232-7363.  The special room
rate at Ramada Plaza Suites & Conference Center per night is $69.00 US
dollars, and the special rate at the Radisson Hotel is $54.00 US dollars.
When you call to make your reservations, you must tell the reservation desk
that you are here for the Virtual Genome Conference in order to get these
special rates.  We have a limited number of rooms at both hotels, and the
rooms are held for Conference participants until September 24.  Both hotels
provide transportation to and from the airport.  We will provide
transportation to and from the meetings on both Monday and Tuesday.

If you should need anything else while you are here, please let us know and
we will try and accommodate you in anyway we can.  We look forward to
visiting with each of you.  Thank you for your interest in the First Virtual
Conference on Genomics and Bioinformatics!


Willy Valdivia Granda
Edward Deckard PhD
Plant Sciences Department
North Dakota State University



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