The recent passing of Dr. James Taylor, the Ralph S. O’Connor Professor of
Biology and Professor of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University, has
left an enormous void in the field of computational biology. To help fill
this void and continue James’ efforts, the Galaxy community has established
a memorial foundation in James’ name.
James believed that scientific progress can best be sustained through
mentoring of students and junior faculty. The Junior Training and
Educational Connections Hotspot (JTech) foundation will ensure
implementation of this vision. To begin, JTech will (1) support graduate
students to participate in computational biology and data science
conferences, and (2) organize and host mentoring sessions between senior
and junior faculty members at high-profile meetings. JTech will later
expand its reach as a platform for academic mentorship including high
school through college age students.
Dave C on behalf of the Galaxy Community
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