The news cycle isn’t the only 24-hour cycle we see. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Michigan's Jun Li discusses how our brains are also on their own 24-hour clock. Li is an associate professor in Michigan's Department of Human Genetics and Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics.

"Prostate cancer is known as a disease of older men, and that's largely true. The average age of prostate cancer diagnosis is 66, and about 60 percent of new cases occur in men 65 and older, according to the National Cancer Institute. Even so, rates are rising in men 55 and younger, who face different long-term risks. If you're a man in your mid-50s or younger, here's what to consider about prostate cancer, screening, treatment choices and prevention..." - US News Health

"The San Bernardino terrorist suspect Syed Rizwan Farook used an iPhone 5c, which is now in the possession of the FBI. The iPhone is locked. The FBI wants Apple to help unlock it, presumably so they can glean additional evidence or information about other possible attacks. Apple has declined, and appears to ready to defy a court order. Its response is due February 26. So what’s the technology they’re fighting over?"

Genome-wide sequencing studies, such as the Human Genome Project have deciphered the genomic sequences of many species. We are now in a position to understand the interaction between genes, and the conformations of the chromosomes within the nucleus. This will further our understanding of gene functions, diseases, chromosomal interactions, etc. We would like to invite the leading scientists in the fields to exchange their insights on the recent developments and the challenges in this fast-advancing field. We are currently organizing a workshop titled, Gene Dynamics and Chromosomes, which will be held between August 11th- 15th, 2016 in Hong Kong. The event is under the Institute of Advanced Studies in City University of Hong Kong. We are planning an all day hike to the best beach of Hong Kong, called Ham Tin, or Tai Long Wan, on the Tuesday right after the meeting

Partial List of Confirmed Speakers

Serafim Batzoglou, Standford University Peter Cook, Oxford Christoph Cremer, University of Mainz Thomas Cremer, University of Munich Peter Fraser, The Babraham Institute David Levens, Head, Gene Regulation Section, NIH (provisional acceptance) Peng Li, Tsinghua University Gilbert Omenn, University of Michigan Bing Ren, University of California, San Diago Thomas Ried, Cancer Genomics Section, NIH G.V. Shivashankar, National University of Singapore Gary Stormo, Washington University in St. Louis Limsoon Wong, School of Computing, National University of Singapore Ada Yonath, Kimmelman, Weizmann Institute of Science Christophe Zimmer, Institut Pasteur, Paris


Chair: Stephen Smale Members: Shuai Cheng Li, Indika Rajapakse

The Bioinformatics Graduate Program is proud to announce that both Raymond Cavalcante, Jr. and Zhengting Zou are recipients of the prestigious 2016-2017 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. Only 72 graduates students in total receive this award, intended for a Ph.D. student’s final year of study. Raymond’s research focuses on epigenomics and metabolomics data. He has, among other things, developed Broad-Enrich to determine biological pathways that are affected by histone modifications, which play important roles in gene regulation. Zhengting’s work centers on evolutionary genomics and phylogenetics. Currently, he investigates genome-wide patterns of molecular sequence convergence and their underlying mechanisms.

Patricia Wittkopp
"Wittkopp, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, professor in the Honors Program, and professor of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, LSA, has garnered numerous awards because of her commitment to engaged pedagogy and student success. A colleague describes Wittkopp's course on Genetics, Development and Evolution as a "compelling and transformative intellectual experience" that has a profound impact on the career trajectory of students. She revamped the 300-student Introduction to Genetics from a traditional lecture to one employing multiple active learning pedagogies, including the use of technology to promote peer learning and pre-class preparation. The impact of her commitment to undergraduate education led one colleague to describe Wittkopp as a "deeply committed, dedicated teacher who regularly takes on the most difficult assignments. She is a leader, setting a new standard for excellence among her peers.""

Sally Camper
The Human Genetics Department will be hosting a reception for Sally Camper, Ph.D., Professor of Human Genetics and Internal Medicine, on Thursday, Mar. 3, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the BSRB Seminar Rooms ABC. Dr. Camper stepped down from her Chair position on Dec. 31 and will continue on the Medical School faculty. Please plan to attend this reception to honor and thank Dr. Camper for her years of service as Chair.

Christian Lastoskie
Christian Lastoskie, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, says that life-cycle assessment done in advance with computer modeling can be a useful guide to possible environmental concerns and help a company with its selection of materials. The Economist

Brandon Govindarajoo
Brandon Govindarajoo, Ph.D. Candidate, Bioinformatics, Rackham Merit Fellowship was featured in the "Discover Rackham - Student Spotlight."

Sarah Goddard Power was widely acclaimed as a major contributor to the advancement of higher education, an advocate for affirmative action and human rights, and a champion of freedom for the international press. As a Regent of the University of Michigan for more than 12 years, Sarah Goddard Power worked tirelessly to advance the position of women and minorities in faculty and administrative roles. Each year, the Sarah Goddard Power Distinguished Service Award is given to a University of Michigan faculty member who demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the betterment of women and who have demonstrated a clear record of success and significant achievement in research and scholarship, distinguished leadership, and mentoring women. This year, Sally Camper, Professor in Human Genetics, was one of only three University of Michigan faculty to receive this award. An award ceremony will be held Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the Michigan League, Henderson Room.