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Dr. Warren Lathe receives Fellowship Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

OpenHelix (www.openhelix.com) announced today that its Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Warren (Trey) Lathe will be taking a one year sabbatical to fulfill a Science and Technology  Policy fellowship at the National Science Foundation working with the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering.

The Science and Technology Policy fellowship is administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) with the goal of having accomplished scientists and engineers participate in and contribute to the federal policymaking process.

“This is a fellowship that I have wanted to participate in for some time,” explained Dr. Warren (Trey) Lathe, “I’m excited to use my education, past education experience, and nearly ten years at OpenHelix to contribute to policy on computing and online education.”

The fellowships are highly competitive and use a peer-review selection process. Review is followed by individual interviews in Washington D.C. and conducted by selection committees comprised of professionals with expertise in the interface of science, technology and policy.

“Surely Trey will be missed for the year that he will be at the fellowship,” said Dr. Mary Mangan, OpenHelix President, “but luckily we have built a strong team that will assure continued success and growth at OpenHelix while giving Trey the year long opportunity to contribute to an extremely important policy area for the scientific community we serve.”

About OpenHelix, LLC.
OpenHelix, LLC, provides the genomics knowledge you need when you need it. OpenHelix provides online self-run tutorials, web seminars, and on-site training for institutions and companies on the most powerful and popular free, web based, publicly accessible bioinformatics resources. In addition, OpenHelix also is contracted by resource providers to provide comprehensive, long-term training and outreach programs.

OpenHelix has its headquarters in Seattle, with offices in San Francisco and Boston. Further information can be found on www.openhelix.com or by calling 1-888-861-5051.

Free Webinars on how to use the UCSC Genome Browser

The UCSC Bioinformatics Group announces two free webinars on the UCSC Genome Browser (http://genome.ucsc.edu/). The webinars will be conducted by OpenHelix, the provider of training on 100s of free, publicly accessible bioinformatics and genomics resources.

The hour and 15 minute long webinars will cover the topics needed to effectively use this powerful, free, publicly-accessible tool. The first webinar, held Thursday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m. UTC/1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT (for local time zones: http://bit.ly/ucscintrowebinar), will be an introduction to the genome browser, designed for new users of the UCSC Genome Browser, and those who want to improve their skills at basic navigation and display.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:
• to perform basic text searches
• explore and understand display feature in a genomic region of interest
• customize displays to fit your needs
• use filters to highlight data you are interested in, such as displaying non-synonymous SNPs in red to stand out
• how to set up a view the way you want, and then save that as a “Session” to share with others

The second webinar, held Thursday, May 24, 6:00 p.m. UTC/1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT (for local time zones: http://bit.ly/tablebrowserwebinar), will cover advanced topics including creating Custom Tracks and using the Table Browser.

In this webinar, you’ll learn to:
• perform advanced searches of the UCSC genome databases
• export and download large quantities of targeted data
• create custom tracks resulting from your advanced searches
• create custom annotation tracks of your data to share with others

Seating is limited and registration is required. Register at www.openhelix.com/cgi/webinars.cgi. Download slides before the webinar for note taking at http://www.openhelix.com/ucsc.

Seminar Summary:
What: “Introduction to the UCSC Genome Browser” and “UCSC Genome Browser: Custom Tracks and Table Browser” free webinars sponsored by UCSC Bioinformatics Group and presented by OpenHelix, LLC.

When:
Introduction: Thursday, May 17, 6:00 p.m. UTC/1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT
Custom Tracks and Table Browser: Thursday, May 34, 6:00 p.m. UTC/1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT
Who: Anyone interested in learning how to use the UCSC Genome Browser. Requires knowledge of genomic/biological concepts. No programming skills required.

Cost: No cost.

Contact Information: Register at www.openhelix.com/cgi/webinars.cgi. You will receive an email with the URL for the webinar.

About UCSC Bioinformatics Group
The UCSC Bioinformatics Group is part of the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering (CBSE) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Director and HHMI investigator David Haussler leads a team of scientists, engineers and students in the study and comparative analysis of mammalian and model organism genomes. Research Scientist Jim Kent heads up the engineering team that develops and maintains the UCSC Genome Browser (http://genome.ucsc.edu), a research tool that integrates the work of hundreds of scientists worldwide into a graphical display of genome sequences and aligned annotations. The Genome Browser — originally developed to assist in the initial assembly of the human genome — now features a rich set of annotations on a multitude of mammalian and model organism genomes. The UCSC Bioinformatics Group continues to uphold its original mission to provide free, unrestricted public access to genome data on the Web.

About OpenHelix, LLC.
OpenHelix, LLC, provides the genomics knowledge you need when you need it. OpenHelix provides online self-run tutorials, web seminars, and on-site training for institutions and companies on the most powerful and popular free, web based, publicly accessible bioinformatics resources. In addition, OpenHelix also is contracted by resource providers to provide comprehensive, long-term training and outreach programs.

OpenHelix has its headquarters in Seattle, with offices in San Francisco and Boston. Further information can be found on www.openhelix.com or by calling 1-888-861-5051.

Free Webinars on how to use the UCSC Genome Browser

The UCSC Bioinformatics Group announces two free webinars on the UCSC Genome Browser (http://genome.ucsc.edu/). The webinars will be conducted by OpenHelix, the provider of training on 100s of free, publicly accessible bioinformatics and genomics resources.

The hour and 15 minute long webinars will cover the topics needed to effectively use this powerful, free, publicly-accessible tool. The first webinar, held Tuesday, May 24, 11:00-12:15 PT/2:00-3:15 ET (EDIT to add: this is 18:00 UTC/GMT), will be an introduction to the genome browser, designed for new users of the UCSC Genome Browser, and those who want to improve their skills at basic navigation and display.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:
• to perform basic text searches
• explore and understand display feature in a genomic region of interest
• customize displays to fit your needs
• use filters to highlight data you are interested in, such as displaying non-synonymous SNPs in red to stand out
• how to set up a view the way you want, and then save that as a “Session” to share with others

The second webinar, held Thursday, May 26, 1:00-2:15 PT/4:00-5:15 ET (EDIT to add: this is 20:00 UTC/GMT), will cover advanced topics including creating Custom Tracks and using the Table Browser.

In this webinar, you’ll learn to:
• perform advanced searches of the UCSC genome databases
• export and download large quantities of targeted data
• create custom tracks resulting from your advanced searches
• create custom annotation tracks of your data to share with others

Seating is limited and registration is required. Register at www.openhelix.com/cgi/webinar.cgi. Download slides before the webinar for note taking at http://www.openhelix.com/ucsc.

Seminar Summary:
What: “Introduction to the UCSC Genome Browser” and “UCSC Genome Browser: Custom Tracks and Table Browser” free webinars sponsored by UCSC Bioinformatics Group and presented by OpenHelix, LLC.

When: [note that the times are different]
Introduction: Tuesday, May 24, 11:00-12:15 PT/2:00-3:15 ET (EDIT to add: this is 18:00 UTC/GMT)
Custom Tracks and Table Browser: Thursday, May 26, 1:00-2:15 PT/4:00-5:15 ET (EDIT to add: this is 20:00 UTC/GMT)

Who: Anyone interested in learning how to use the UCSC Genome Browser. Requires knowledge of genomic/biological concepts. No programming skills required.

Cost: No cost.

Contact Information: Register at www.openhelix.com/cgi/webinar.cgi. You will receive an email with the URL for the webinar.

About UCSC Bioinformatics Group
The UCSC Bioinformatics Group is part of the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering (CBSE) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Director and HHMI investigator David Haussler leads a team of scientists, engineers and students in the study and comparative analysis of mammalian and model organism genomes. Research Scientist Jim Kent heads up the engineering team that develops and maintains the UCSC Genome Browser (http://genome.ucsc.edu), a research tool that integrates the work of hundreds of scientists worldwide into a graphical display of genome sequences and aligned annotations. The Genome Browser — originally developed to assist in the initial assembly of the human genome — now features a rich set of annotations on a multitude of mammalian and model organism genomes. The UCSC Bioinformatics Group continues to uphold its original mission to provide free, unrestricted public access to genome data on the Web.

About OpenHelix, LLC.
OpenHelix, LLC, provides the genomics knowledge you need when you need it. OpenHelix provides online self-run tutorials, web seminars, and on-site training for institutions and companies on the most powerful and popular free, web based, publicly accessible bioinformatics resources. In addition, OpenHelix also is contracted by resource providers to provide comprehensive, long-term training and outreach programs.

OpenHelix has its headquarters in Seattle, with offices in San Francisco and Boston. Further information can be found on www.openhelix.com or by calling 1-888-861-5051

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Edit to add: here’s a time conversion chart for the Intro seminar that provides times in many locations worldwide: http://timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=UCSC+Intro+Live+Online+Webinar&iso=20110524T14&p1=43&ah=1&am=15

OpenHelix Joins Coalition For Genetic Fairness

OpenHelix joins forces with other academic and industry luminaries in effort to pass Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

April 15, 2008 (Seattle WA) OpenHelix today announced its membership in the Coalition for Genetic Fairness (www.geneticfairness.org), a group of organizations, industry groups, individuals and employers dedicated to addressing the potential misuse of genetic information.

The coalition’s current objective is to urge Congress to pass the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). The intent of GINA is to protect individuals from insurance and employment discrimination based on their genetic information. By protecting against discrimination based on genetic data, individuals will also be more likely to take advantage of their personal genomics information for their personal health care.

“As a company that provides information on the use of public databases of genomic information, we are aware of the tremendous power for good that genetic information can yield for medical research and human health,” explained Dr. Mary Mangan, President of OpenHelix “But it is clear that in the future, personal genetic information could be misused. We must ensure that our personal genetic code will not be used against us in employment or insurance situations.”

More information on the position of OpenHelix and the opinions of its founders on the issue can be found at www.openhelix.com/blog/?p=212. More information on GINA can be found at http://www.genome.gov/24519851

About OpenHelix
OpenHelix, LLC, (www.openhelix.com) provides the genomics knowledge you need when you need it. OpenHelix provides online self-run tutorials and on-site training for institutions and companies on the most powerful and popular free, web based, publicly accessible bioinformatics resources. In addition, OpenHelix is contracted by resource providers to provide comprehensive, long-term training and outreach programs.