CSoI eBrief
May 2014

Greetings CSoI Team,

Welcome to the May 2014 edition of the Monthly CSoI Highlights eBrief. For the June 2014 edition, please submit information about recent grants, publications, job opportunities, awards, workshops, etc. to me (kiya@purdue.edu) no later than June 23rd. Thank you!


  • Student Research Workshop: Science of Information for Biological Data, July 7-11, 2014. Purdue University. This workshop, for both graduate and undergraduate students, aims to lower barriers for cross-disciplinary understanding and use of methods and tools combining data science with life sciences. Space is limited to a small group of students who are interested and committed to learning and teamwork in an interdisciplinary environment. Only 4 spots left! http://www.soihub.org/events/student-research-workshop.php

  • Women’s Workshop on Communication and Signal Processing, July 16-18, Princeton University. http://www.soihub.org/event.php?id=277

  • CSoI Summer School: Information in Neural Systems and Life Sciences, August 4-8, 2014. University of California, San Diego. The school primarily brings together Center students across the 10 partners. Early registration deadline has passed, and registration is now open to all students until full. Center students should register asap to secure a spot.. The Center covers lodging and meals for all Center students. Registration and program details: http://www.soihub.org/itschool

  • Faculty & Postdoc Workshop: Teaching and Developing a Science of Information Course or Module (concurrent dates and location with the summer school above), August 6-7, 2014. University of California, San Diego. Presentations and group discussions from faculty regarding their experiences developing and teaching SoI content, with collaboration opportunities in the Center. Postdocs are also welcome. Travel and lodging funds available. Details and registration: http://www.soihub.org/events/course-workshop

  • Biological Distributed Algorithms workshop. Nancy Lynch of MIT is co-organizing a 2-day workshop on "Biological Distributed Algorithms", to be held at this year's conference on Distributed Computing (DISC) in Austin, TX, in October. For more information, see http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~saketn/BDA2014/

  • NSF Site Visit will be held December 8-9, 2014 at Purdue University.

News / Announcements

  • Alcatel Lucent has launched the Bell Labs Prize, a competition that will give any researcher, in participating countries around the globe, the chance to introduce their ideas to the world, and collaborate with Bell Labs researchers. The Bell Labs Prize winners will take home cash awards worth as much as $100,000, and the chance to further develop their ideas at Bell Labs, where possible. Entry categories explicitly include information and coding theory. More information and how to apply can be found at https://www.bell-labs.com/prize/

  • Deepak Kumar gave an invited talk titled, What is Information? at The Quadrangle, an independent living community in Haverford, PA. The talk was attended by over 100 residents and was also streamed live throughout the residences. The Quadrangle hosts monthly invited Science talks. May 2014.

  • Dr. Victoria Kostina, is joining the California Institute of Technology starting in the Fall 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering.

  • Todd Coleman was featured as one of Cell’s “40 under 40”. To celebrate 40 years of Cell, 40 scientists were invited from around the world and working in diverse biological fields—all under the age of 40—to talk about science, their personal philosophies, the joys and challenges of research, and their lives away from the bench. http://www.cell.com/40/under40

  • The Faculty Mentorship between UCSD and Howard University has resulted in two Howard students attending UCSD for PhD programs in Bioengineering this fall. http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/feature/faculty_mentors_inspire_howard_university_students_to_pursue_doctorates

  • Minji Kim, a CSoI student of Professor Olgica Milenkovic at UIUC, was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her work on computational biology.

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