November 22, 2008

December Meeting Notice

Posted at November 22, 2008 09:09 PM in Announcement , Meetings .

Coming December 8, 2008

Come Find Out About Bio-computing!

In December, we will return to the meeting/presentation format with a talk by Dr. Tatiana Tatarinova, a visiting assistant professor at the Department of Mathematics at Loyola Marymount University.

The title of her talk is "Genome-wide discovery of cis-elements in promoter sequence using gene expression data". This fascinating talk will be concerned with the availability of complete or nearly complete genome sequences, which should allow for more accurate identification of cis-elements (regions of DNA or RNA which regulate gene expression). Dr. Tatarinova and her team have implemented a global approach that takes advantage of available expression data, genomic sequences and transcript information to predict cis-elements associated with specific expression patterns. Strong correlation between her results and experimentally determined motifs shows that their method is capable of predicting new functionally important cis-elements in promoter sequences.

Russian-born scientist Tatiana Tatarinova received her MS in Physics from the University of Utah and PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Southern California. For 8 years she worked as a computational scientist for the biotechnology company Ceres, based in Thousand Oaks, developing algorithms for biological data analysis.

Meeting Details:
Location -- McIntosh Center, Room UH3999, in University Hall on Loyola Marymount University campus. Free parking is available under the building.
Address is 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA., 90045.

5:30 to 6:30 -- Council meeting; council business is discussed, but chapter members are welcome to attend.
6:30 to 7:00 -- Dinner time, with attendees being responsible for their own meals, available at two locations in University Hall (see below).
7:00 to 9:00 -- Dr. Tatarinova's presentation.

Meals may be bought from either:
Lion's Corner Cafe: A cozy, cafe serving salads, sandwiches, microwavable entrees, juices, and coffee/tea. Open on Monday until 8:30 PM. University Hall, rm 1982. See the U-hall map.


Crimson Lion: A full service restaurant serving signature dishes, along with unique appetizers, fresh salads, burgers and more. Open Monday until 8:00 PM. University Hall on the first floor (room 1767)

Here is a link to a campus map in PDF format. University Hall is the big blue box in the lower left, marked "UNH".

LMU campus is in Westchester, on the bluff overlooking Playa Vista and Marina Del Rey, just off Lincoln Blvd. Here is a page of driving instructions to get to LMU campus from several directions.

Enter the LMU Campus from Lincoln Blvd., either northbound or southbound. After entering the campus on LMU Drive, University Hall is on your right. Parking is underground, under the building. Look for the Student/Visitor parking entrance, labeled "P2/P3". The McIntosh Center is on the third floor of the building, on the northwest side.

When you park, take the elevator from the parking garage to the first floor. When you exit the elevator lobby, turn left and go to the end of the atrium where the escalators are located. Take the escalators to the third floor. Turn left when you step off the escalator, turn left again at the end of the aisle, and continue back toward the big windows overlooking the city. When you get to the windows, turn left again and continue down the aisle with the windows on your right. When you get to a covered hallway at the end of the windows, McIntosh center is the first room on your left.


We'll be at a different location than last month! Don't go to Doolan Hall or to Fishco — You'll miss out!


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