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Western Illinois University to Host Illinois State Academy of Science Annual Meeting April 10-11

February 5, 2015

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University will host the 2015 Illinois State Academy of Science (ISAS) 107th annual meeting Friday-Saturday, April 10-11.

From their founding in 1907, the mission of the ISAS has been to promote scientific research, diffuse scientific knowledge and unify scientific interests in Illinois, according to the ISAS website. Every year, the annual meeting is held at various locations throughout Illinois.

Three Western Illinois University professors serve in divisions of the ISAS. Computer science Professor Jim McQuillan serves as the chairman for the computer science division and as vice president for the annual meeting conference; engineering and technology Associate Professor Rafael Obregon serves as the chairman of the engineering and technology division; and chemistry Professor T.K. Vinod serves as the chairman of the chemistry division.

"We anticipate over 200 participants from across Illinois will participate and present their research through 15-minute oral presentations and a poster session at ISAS 2015," said McQuillan. "There is usually a nice mix of faculty and student participants."

The keynote address, "Biology Meets Big Data: High-Throughput Computing for Genomics and Beyond," will be given by C. Victor Jongeneel, who works at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a senior research scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, the director of Bioinformatics at the Institute for Genomic Biology and the director of the High-Performance Biological Computer Group.

The abstract submission deadline is 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23. Early registration with a reduced rate must be completed by Friday, March 13.

In order to register to attend or present, participants must be a member of the ISAS, as well as pay a membership fee and a registration fee. To become a member, visit WIU students may attend the poster session or the 15-minute oral presentations free of charge with a student ID.

For more information about the ISAS 2015 conference, including a schedule of events, deadlines, fees and registration information, visit or contact McQuillan at

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