The BCBio Undergraduate Program
The BCB Graduate Program at ISU
Some bioinformatics faculty
Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology
- Drena Dobbs
Predicting protein and nucleic acid structure, function, and interactions
Protein-protein, protein-nucleic acid interactions
Determinants of molecular recognition
- Karin Dorman
Teaches Stat 430, Stat 432, Stat 536, Stat 537.
Employs mathematical models and computational tools to capture the essential aspects of biological systems.
Role of pathogen diversity in diseases caused by rapidly evolving organisms (HIV-1, EIAV, HCV)
Statistical techniques for the detection of recombination or gene conversion
Hotspots on the genes for recombination
Stochastic models for explaining the uncertainty in biological outcomes.
- Stephen Willson
Building phylogenetic trees and networks
- Zhijun Wu
Numerical linear algebra and optimization
Numerical solution of differential equations
Bio-molecular and bio-systems modeling
Parallel high-performance computing
Protein folding. He seeks minimum energy configurations.
He teaches BCB 569 and BCB 597.
- David Fernandez-Baca
Evolutionary tree construction
Minimum flip supertrees
- Oliver Eulenstein
Design and analysis of algorithms in computational biology: phylogenetic trees, protein folding, physical mapping, genome rearrangements, sequence alignment, fragment assembly
Design of algorithms to construct large subtrees of the "Tree of Life"
The inverse protein folding problem
- Vasant Honavar
Teaches BCB 570.
Data mining and machine learning
Databases and knowledge bases
His research interests cut across Computer Science, Information Science, Statistics, Cognitive Science, and Biological Sciences. Here are sample questions:
- How can we query and use information from autonomous, heterogeneous, distributed data and knowledge sources?
- How can we build useful predictive models from large, distributed, semantically heterogeneous, autonomous data sources?
- How can we develop software environments for collaborative development, sharing, and use of large, complex, knowledge bases?
- How can we develop sophisticated machine learning algorithms for knowledge acquisition from richly structured data (sequences, images, graphs, text, etc.)
Bioinformatics job listing sites
Career Services at LAS
- Career services for Iowa State students rank among the nation's best, according to the 2003 edition of Kaplan's college guide. The list of 35 "best career services" was based on a survey of high school guidance counselors.
- Online site to create your profile, search for jobs or internships, and post a resume.
- Mock Interview Program. Your trial interview will be recorded and you can see what went well and what didn't go well.
- Review of your resume
- Sample letters to apply for jobs and internships
- Lists of employers who come to ISU to hire students in various majors
- Many of these roles are in the site Career Management Service to create your own profile, post a resume, and look for jobs and internships
LAS / Business Career Fair
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Noon to 6 pm
It is organized by a student committee.
Explore career opportunities
Obtain employer information
Locate internships, co-ops, and full time positions.
It is good to dress up for the fair.
- Having an adventure in another country
- Improving language skills by immersing yourself in another culture with another language
- Finding programs in other countries
- Taking courses abroad and getting credit
- Financing study abroad
Iowa State University Services
- Help with courses and academic programs
- Help with computers
- Help with finances
- Help with medical problems
Help with courses
- Academic Success Center
The Academic Success Center (ASC) is a collection of services and programs designed to help you reach your academic goals.
- They offer individualized and small group experiences, course-specific and general academic assistance, and even credit and non-credit programs.
- Supplemental Instruction
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an internationally recognized academic support program offering free, regularly scheduled study sessions for traditionally difficult courses.
Three to five 50-minute sessions using collaborative learning methods are held each week.
- SI sessions are facilitated by SI Leaders, who are undergraduate students who have previously taken the course and demonstrated academic competency in the subject area.
- Attend once or attend every session, Their data suggest that the more you attend, the higher your final grade will be in the course.
Tutors, hired for both their knowledge and ability to communicate, work with students to identify problem areas and misconceptions about the course material, provide frequent feedback, and work towards creating self-motivated, independent students.
- Generally, students are charged with a $5 administrative fee per semester and an additional $4.00 an hour for group tutoring. The charges are sent directly to the student's university bill. Tutoring occurs twice per week per group.
- Consider becoming a tutor.
All tutors earn $9.00 an hour.
Which sections are open?
What are the descriptions of courses with prerequisites?
What courses satisfy the various university and college requirements?
Which courses elsewhere transfer easily to ISU?
Course Equivalency Guide
The Course Equivalency Guide lists the courses offered at the community college and how each of those corresponds to courses offered at Iowa State University. Regardless of how a course is listed on the equivalency guide, it is important to keep in mind that the individual colleges or departments determine how each course will apply toward your degree program at Iowa State University.
Help with computers
You can get help with various problems,
- Forgotten passwords,
- Computers not recognized by the university system.
- Wireless access.
You can get free downloads to your personal computers, especially networking software, which make the software compatible with the ISU network. There are downloads for Windows, Macs, and Linux systems.
- Eudora mail handler
- Kerberos security
- VirusScan and Virex
- McAfee Antispyware Enterprise
Help with finances
Help with medical issues
Student Health Center
The Thielen Student Health Center (TSHC) is conveniently located on the corner of Sheldon Avenue and Union Drive, on the west side of campus. During fall and spring semesters, their hours are:
- Mondays 8 am to 6 pm
- Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 8 am to 5 pm
- Wednesdays 9 am to 5 pm
- Saturdays 9 am to noon.
Student Counseling Service
The SCS is a primary mental health agency for students on the Iowa State University Campus. They have a professional staff of 8 Ph.D. level psychologists, 3 Masters level therapists, 3 psychology interns, and 14 practicum students. Counseling services offered to students include:
They are located on the 3rd Floor of the Student Services Bldg, just west of Alumni Hall. Their office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
- substance abuse assessment
- eating disorder
- career counseling
- crisis consultation
- professional training/Internship
- testing services
Recreation and clubs
- Mathematics Club (Pi Mu Epsilon)
- Cyclone Bowling Club
- Cyclone Chess Club
- Iowa State Billiards Club
- Iowa State Sailing Club
- Iowa State University Quiz Bowl Club
- ISU Judo Club
- ISU Tennis Club
- ISU Hip Hop Dance Club
- Celtic Dance Society
- Lutheran Student Fellowship
- Atheist and Agnostic Society
- ISU Democrats
- Students for Barack Obama
- French Club
- Muslim Students Association
- Safe Ride
- ISU Habitat for Humanity
- Ethos Magazine
- Beyer and State Gyms
- Lied Recreation Athletic Center
- Disc Golf
- Sand Volleyball
- Table Tennis
- Texas Hold'em
- Outdoor trips
- Rock Climbing
Role of academic adviser
- Academic advice on which courses to take and when to take them
- Signatures for adding and dropping courses
- RAN number for registration for courses online
- Suggestions for dealing with problems
- Advice on graduate schools
- Advice on summer programs
- Referral for various university services