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Nov. 18: BioBeers event to promote bioinformatics program

FREDERICK, Md.—The Graduate School at Hood College will introduce its new master’s program in bioinformatics at a BioBeers event Nov. 18.

The event is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons. The first 100 people through the door will receive a commemorative pint glass etched with the Hood College Bioinformatics logo.

BioBeers is a national Meetup for people 21 and older that provides a platform where like-minded bio-preneurs gather to share ideas, cultivate business relationships and build life-long friendships. Members take turns hosting, and this is the first event Hood will host.

Hood’s new master’s program in bioinformatics is a cross-disciplinary degree that includes biology, mathematics and computer science. The educational objective of the degree is to ensure that students develop expertise in both the biological and computational concepts needed in today’s research and corporate biotechnology labs. Hood’s bioinformatics program is designed to address the core subject areas and skill sets identified by the International Society for Computational Biology. The degree is built upon the considerable expertise available through the biology and computer science departments and the graduate programs in biomedical science and computer science, and it will help meet the demand for knowledge and expertise at regional biomedical and biotechnology companies.

Also, RURO, Inc.’s Limfinity® Enterprise Information Management System will be available for use by Hood faculty and students in the bioinformatics program. The system provides an infrastructure for managing the multiple steps in analysis of large sample sets, ensuring controlled access to sample sets and subject information and facilitating the interchange between researchers working synchronously or distributed from one another.

Sponsored by the Hood Graduate School, the bioinformatics master’s program and Brewer’s Alley, this event is free and open to the public. In order to attend, you must RSVP via the BioBeers Meetup website: www.meetup.com/FredCoBio-BioBeers. Attendees should also bring their government-issued ID in order to enter the event.