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For anyone who’s interested in a career in bioinformatics:

There’s only ONE more VanBUG meeting this season and it’s happening Thursday April 14 at 6pm. Instead of a seminar style meeting, they’re doing a Bioinformatics Career Panel. Career panels are a great way of finding out what you could do with your degree, whether you are just starting out, have not started yet, or are contemplating a career change. I wish I had gone to more career panels when I did my first degree in biology.

The bioinformatics panelists include Benjamin Good (Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation), Inanc Birol (Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre and School of Computing Science, Simon Fraser University), Anthony Fejes (Zymeworks) and Phil Hieter (Michael Smith Laboratories, University of British Columbia).

Consider asking questions about the technology that is used, what education is required for the field, what programming languages are most frequently used, and where the field is headed 5, 10, or 15 years from now. Or ask what their favourite flavour of ice cream is, I don’t care. ūüôā

If you’re shy, you can submit questions prior to the event by emailing: dev@vanbug.org

I’ve been bad this year and only made it to a few VanBUG sessions, but I’m definitely going to be at this one!

Directions and original poster can be found on the VanBUG website.

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The BC Cancer Agency, with support from the Provincial Health Services Authority and Roche Canada, present the 2010 Community Cancer Forum this Saturday, November 27 at the Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina in Vancouver BC.  This free public forum caps off several days of events as part of the 2010 Cancer Conference for industry and health professionals in the field of cancer care, research and treatment.
 
Cancer patients, friends, family and supporters are invited to attend informational and interactive sessions and exhibits which run from 9:30am to 4pm.  Registration is not required!
 
Two midday sessions are running which offer three different presentations each, beginning at 10am. 
 
Session A is held in Salon 1 and covers:
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† What is cancer ‚ÄúBrain-Fog‚ÄĚ anyway?
·         Moving forward after cancer treatment
·         Complementary Therapies
 
Session B is held in Salon 2 and covers:
·         Nutrition to feed the soul and nourish the spirit
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† A whole body approach ‚Äď Engage the mind, body and spirit
·         A personal journal: Bif Naked
 
For more information about the presentations and the speakers, please visit: http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/HPI/ACC2010/communitycancerforum.htm

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