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Special presentations.

THURSDAY MORNING

Emerald Room

8:45 STRUCTURE VISUALIZATION IN BIOCHEMISTRY EDUCATION: SEEING IS BELIEVING

Robert Bateman, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattisburg, MS 39406

With the advent of powerful desktop and laptop personal computers has come a wealth of computational tools that can aid in the understanding of chemical and biochemical concepts. This talk will survey several of the free structure visualization software packages that are currently used in biochemistry instruction. The emphasis will be on the most effective uses of these tools both inside and outside the lecture classroom.

THURSDAY AFTERNOON

Gulf Hall

5:00 Dodgen Lecture: Vaccine Controveries: Past and Present

Stephanie Cave, MD

FRIDAY MORNING

Caribbean Room

9:00-11:00 PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS: THE EXPANDING ROLES OF THE INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD

Reid [Jones.sup.*], Georgene [Clark.sup.*] and Jane [Weare.sup.*] Delta State University, Cleveland, MS 38733

More intensive scrutiny and new policies by the federal Office of Human Research Protections have affected Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) at colleges and universities. The two-hour workshop began with an overview of basic IRB principles and composition, referencing classic studies and prevailing regulations. Recurring issues were reviewed including informed consent, confidentiality, research on minors, appearance of coercion, undue inducement, deception, and cost-benefit analysis. Review of new federal policies for principal investigators (PIs) and IRBs included a discussion of education requirements for the PI and federal certification of the IRB. Controversial policy decisions are reviewed in a case study format including recent university sanctions and the new issue of "third party informed consent." Members of the audience were selected and participated in a mock IRB Review of these cases. An annotated bibliography of text and web-based materials was distributed. The workshop was designed to partially satisfy PI education requirements and to provide the basis for further study. There was no charge for the workshop unless participants wished to register CEU's.

Caprice Room

9:00 Poster Presentation

MISSISSIPPI CENTER FOR SUPERCOMPUTING RESEARCH (MCSR) USER ADVISORY GROUP

Faculty and graduate student researchers will describe their research projects that involve HPC and the use of MCSR resources. IHL faculty and graduate students, with an interest in HPC and/or MCSR facilities and services, are also invited to attend. A meeting of the MSUAG meeting will follow in the afternoon. IHL faculty and graduate students, with an interest in HPC and/or MCSR facilities and services, are also invited to attend.

11:30 MISSISSIPPI CENTER FOR SUPERCOMPUTING RESEARCH (MCSR) USER ADVISORY GROUP MEETING

David G. [Roach.sup.*] and Germana Peggion, University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677, and University of Southern Mississippi, Stennis Space Center, MS 39522

The Mississippi Center for Supercomputing Research was established in 1987 by the Mississippi Legislature and the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) in order to provide high performance supercomputing (HPC) support for research and instruction at all state universities. The Mississippi Supercomputer User Advisory Committee (MSUAG) was established by the IHL Research Consortium to provide user input and advice to MCSR management and technical staff on policies and procedures for the Center's operations. It includes member representatives from all IHL institutions. The Advisory Group will meet at this MAS conference. Mr. David G. Roach, Director of the MCSR, and Dr. Germana Peggion, MSUAG Chair and Professor at USM Stennis, will conduct the meeting. The agenda includes an update on MCSR HPC facilities and services, introduction of new MCSR staff members, and site reports and ongoing research updates by MSUAG representatives. A Poster Session will follow the MSUAG meeting in which faculty and graduate student researchers will have the opportunity to describe their research projects that involve HPC and the use of MCSR resources. IHL faculty and graduate students, with an interest in HPC and/or MCSR facilities and services, are also invited to attend.
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Publication:Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences
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Date:Jan 1, 2002
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