Student and Postdoc Travel Support for DNA19

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Student and Postdoc Travel Support for DNA19 This is an unsolicited proposal to support student and postdoctoral scholar travel expenses for the 19th International Meeting on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming (DNA19), which will take place September 23-27, 2013 at Arizona State University. This conference emphasizes topics that bridge computation, biology, and nanotechnology and attracts top researchers in the fields of Computer Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Nanotechnology. The primary purpose of these funds is to provide assistance to students and postdoctoral scholars who are delivering oral or poster presentations at the conference. The process of selecting the travel award recipients is intended to give priority to women and underrepresented minorities, in addition to supporting quality research presentations. Intellectual merit: The DNA computing and molecular programming conference series began in 1995 after the pioneering work of Leonard Adleman, who solved an instance of the Hamiltonian path problem using DNA molecules, opening the door to a new field. Since then, theory and practice have progressed rapidly with the conference series enduring as the field's foremost stage where progress and new breakthroughs are reported. The conference maintains very high quality standards set by the steering committee and the program committee consisting of prominent scientists in the field. The meeting has acted as a unifying voice giving coherency and direction to the field, while keeping a significant emphasis on interdisciplinary work. The scope of the conference has grown steadily along with the entire field, from the early focus on biomolecular algorithms and their implementations using DNA, to its current status which includes control of molecular folding and self-assembly to construct nanostructures; demonstration of switches, gates, devices, and circuits with biomolecules; molecular motors and molecular robotics; computational processes in vitro and in vivo; studies of fault tolerance and error correction; synthetic biology and in vitro evolution; software tools for analysis, simulation, and design; as well as a range of applications in engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine. This growing base of knowledge should eventually produce important new technologies and new nanoscale manufacturing techniques for materials and devices, new medical biosensor and therapeutics, and new models for understanding organization and complexity in biological systems. Broader impact: By funding travel to students and postdoctoral scholars we are aggressively encouraging and incentivizing a fresh generation of researchers to attend the conference. The NSF has already demonstrated its commitment to the field of DNA computing and molecular programming with its ongoing support. The travel awards will help to foster the development of the next generation of molecular programmers, by encouraging students to attend, present their work, and interact with other important players in the field. The long term benefits to the field of such a forum are obvious. As mentioned above, the program committee strive to ensure that only the highest quality work is presented at the DNA computing and molecular programming conferences and it is imperative that students and young scholars are frequently exposed, and subject to, these high standards. This exposure will allow them to gain an understanding of the process of creating and developing sound scientific ideas. There is a unique blend of theory and practice at DNA computing and molecular programming conferences, from a range of academic disciplines. The call for papers explicitly encourages theoretically orientated papers, experimentally oriented papers, and a mix of both. Interdisciplinarity is absolutely engrained within the goals of the conference. At DNA19, young scholars will see that the leaders in their field are devoted to the idea of producing the highest quality interdisciplinary research. A full day of tutorials at the beginning of the conference will facilitate students' understanding of work from a variety of fields.
Effective start/end date12/1/123/31/14


  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $21,000.00

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