ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE PRESIDENT
ISDCI Officer Elections
Polling for the new ISDCI Officers from July 2012-15 is still OPEN. If you have not yet cast your votes please do so by JUNE 7th. There are some excellent candidates standing for the positions of:
VP Europe and Africa
All members of ISDCI have voting rights. Please use yours.
Thank you to all those have sent in their ballot papers already. If you have not received your ballot papers or need new ones, please contact me immediately (firstname.lastname@example.org).
13th CONGRESS of ISDCI 2015
The current ISDCI Executives are still very interested in hearing from any members or groups of members interested in hosting the 2015 ISDCI Congress. Please contact me if are thinking of doing this (Val Smith; email@example.com). Information and advice will be provided for submitting a bid. The location of the 2015 Congress will be decided at the Fukuoka meeting this summer, so we will need to hear from you soon. It is a great opportunity to showcase your country and city and it is a very rewarding experience- like throwing a big party for all your ISDCI friends! What could be better?
Looking forward to seeing you in Japan this summer.
ISDCI 2012 Congress in Fukuoka, Japan
--ISDCI 2012 Late-breaking abstracts
Although we have closed the submission of oral/poster presentation abstracts by May 14th, we can accept abstracts for POSTER PRESENTATION ONLY until 15th June. Please note that those late breaking abstracts may not be included in the abstract booklet.
Those who would like to submit a late POSTER abstract should prepare your abstract file according to the instruction on the web (http://isdci12.net/ISDCI_Fukuoka/Submission.html), but please submit it as an E-MAIL ATTACHMENT directly to Miki Nakao (firstname.lastname@example.org), because our automatic Web-based submission system has already closed down.
--Registration is still open.
Regular (non-early-bird) registration will remain open until June 22nd. Visit our registration website (http://isdci12.net/ISDCI_Fukuoka/Registration.html). Hotel room vacancy has now become tight, but please ask JTB-GMT (email@example.com) for your choice, the official tour manager of ISDCI 2012, and they will do their best to reserve your room.
We are now finalizing ISDCI Session Program and plan to post it on the Congress Web site by June 9th. An e-mail to all presenters giving information about the session schedule and type of presentation (oral or poster). Information on the dress-code for banquet will also be given at that time.
Thank you for your understanding.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Fukuoka.
Postdoctoral Position in Sea Urchin Immunology
Origins of sequence diversity in an immune response gene family
A postdoctoral position is available in the in the laboratory of Dr. L. Courtney Smith in the Department of Biological Sciences at George Washington University in Washington DC. Three years of support is based on funding from the US National Science Foundation. The successful candidate will be part of a project to characterize the genomic structure of the Sp185/333 gene family in the sea urchin that encodes innate immune response proteins. The project will begin with approaches similar to that used in Miller et al. 2010 (BMC Genomics 11:575, available from the Smith webpage, see below). Sequencing, assembly and analysis of BAC inserts that harbor these genes will lead to testing gene diversification mechanisms and an evaluation of the Sp185/333 cis regulatory regions. For additional information and reviews on the Sp185/333 system, please see the Smith webpage and/or email Dr. Smith (see below) with questions.
Applications for the postdoctoral position are invited until the position is filled. A completed Ph.D. and experience in molecular biology is required and a background in immunology and an interest in comparative and invertebrate systems are expected. Familiarity with computational biology and/or bioinformatics will be viewed as an important plus, particularly experience with programming and building sequence assembly pipelines. Salary is determined by the NSF budget and will include benefits with annual merit-based increases. Teaching opportunities and laboratory management training will be provided in preparation for future independence. Start date is preferred by the end of summer, but is flexible.
Applicants should submit a CV including a list of publications, a description of technological expertise (including computational expertise), and a list mentors and/or colleagues including their phone and email information, who have agreed to provide reference letters in support of the application. Applications should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be accepted until the position is filled.
Dr. L. Courtney Smith
Department of Biological Sciences
George Washington University
340 Lisner Hall
2023 G St NW
Washington DC 20052
Dear ISDCI members,
I am requesting your collective wisdom, and would appreciate your insight and expertise. I am developing a Comparative Immunology course for upper-division undergraduates. The students would have been prepared with a year of General Biology plus either Cell Biology OR Genetics.
There is already an Immunology course taught routinely whose focus is primarily human, but the students will NOT have taken it. I am planning on using scientific and popular literature rather than a textbook.
If you have a few moments to reply to any or all of the following questions I'd appreciate it!
1. What 'topics' must be included (opsonins, TLR, etc.) in a Comparative Immunology course?
2. What model organisms should be used to best highlight the mechanisms and the evolution of immunity?
3. What scientists (and their work) should be included to best illustrate the evolution of the field?
4. What 'diseases" (host-parasite, autoimmunity, stressors) will best show how immunity works.
5. What laboratory exercises might be possible in an undergraduate class period that meets for 2 hours per class period?
6. Lastly, if you can recommend specific readings that address these questions I'd really appreciate it.
Thanks for your help!
Have a great day!
Nora Egan Demers, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies
10501 FGCU Blvd S
Florida Gulf Coast University
Ft. Myers, FL 33965
(239) 590-7211 FAX (239) 590-7200
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