Council on Academic Computing

December 13, 2007

Meeting Summary


Report from Computing Services and Systems Development

Jinx Walton, Director of Computing Services and Systems Development, discussed several aspects of CSSD operations:

  • guest wireless access
  • upgrades to the network operations center
  • attempted electronic break-ins to the University computer system
  • the help desk

Department of Computational Biology

Ivet Bahar, Chair of the Department of Computational Biology, discussed research in her department.Computational biology was established as a research discipline at the University in 2001, when the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics was created. The Department of Computational Biology was founded three years later.The departmentís faculty is interdisciplinary in nature and draws from numerous disciplines, including the biomedical, biological, computational, mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences.Members of the department use computational and theoretical approaches based on quantitative and physical sciences to advance scientific knowledge on biological systems.Faculty membersí research interests include computer-aided drug discovery, T-cell polarization, and protein-protein interaction.

Miscellaneous

The Simulation and Modeling Center soon will be launched.Karl Johnson and Ken Jordan will head the center, which will be housed in Belfield Hall.