Computational Biophysics Workshop - Urbana, Nov. 8-12, 2004
Welcome to the
Computational Biophysics Workshop
University of Illinois, Urbana
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and
November 8-12, 2004
Modeling the molecular processes of biological cells is a craft and an art.  Techniques like theoretical and computational skills can be learnt by training, but meaningful applications are achieved only with experience and sensitivity.  The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group offered a workshop, co-sponsored by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, attempting to teach both the craft and art of modeling through learning by doing.  This year, 21 participants attended the workshop at the University of Illinois, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.  Participants learned how to stretch proteins, pull water through molecular channels, mine genomic data, and study biomolecules.  After lectures and discussions in the morning, afternoons were devoted to hands-on computer laboratories where participants delved into 300 pages of tutorials, on laptops humming with computational biology software, e.g., VMD and NAMD.
The Beckman Institute News Bureau featured the workshop in an article titled Computational Biophysics Workshop Popular.