Announcement: TCBG workshop at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center May 10-14, 2010

From: TCBG Workshops (
Date: Tue Jan 26 2010 - 13:41:36 CST

Dear Colleagues,

The National Resource for Biomedical Supercomputing (<>)
at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (<>) and
Carnegie Mellon University ( will host a

'Hands-On' Workshop on Computational Biophysics using NAMD and VMD.

The workshop will be held May 10-14, 2010 at the Pittsburgh
Supercomputing Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The workshop will be
presented by members of the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics
Group (<>) at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign and will explore a wide range of physical models and
computational approaches for the simulation of biological systems.

Workshop material will be based on case studies including the properties
of membranes and membrane proteins, the mechanism of molecular motors,
and trafficking in the living cell through water and ion channels, as
well as signaling pathways. Required physical concepts, mathematical
techniques, and computational methods will be introduced, including
force fields and algorithms used in molecular modeling, molecular
dynamics simulations on parallel computers, and steered molecular
dynamics simulations.

The workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral
researchers in computational and/or biophysical fields who seek to
extend their research skills and expertise, as well as other researchers
interested in theoretical and computational biophysics. Theory sessions
(mornings) will be accompanied by hands-on computer labs (afternoons)
in which students will be able to set up and run simulations.

Applications are due by March 15, 2010 and selected participants will be
notified by March 22, 2010. Registration will be free of charge for
attendees from non-profit academic institutions, and, in addition, the
National Resource for Biomedical Supercomputing will cover housing
costs. Participants are, however, required to cover their own
travel expenses.

Due to space constraints, the workshop will be limited to 25
participants. To apply online, please visit:


We look forward to receiving your application. For more information,
please contact NRBSC Administrator Christal Banks at

TCBG Workshop Team

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