The TAMU-BWG is a product of recent initiatives on the Texas A&M campus to stimulate innovative research by promoting interdisciplinary, collaborative projects in bioinformatics.
With initial funding from a Texas A&M Interdisciplinary Research Initiative Grant, the TAMU-BWG established a working base in 1995. This involved personnel and facilities associated with the Texas A&M Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering, and Science. Projects to date have been supported by grants to Principal Investigators from all three TAMU Colleges, Texas A&M University, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the National Science Foundation. Proposals seeking support for extended TAMU-BWG research are now in preparation and user suggestions for funding sources or opportunities are appreciated.
Research activities of the TAMU-BWG
are based on the presence of significant problems in the general area of
bioinformatics data development/presentation and the potential for efficient
solutions offered by the World Wide Web (WWW). Full and efficient
exploitation of this potential requires research-level expertise with both
the problem and the solution. Thus, the TAMU-BWG operates within
an academic 'hybrid zone' that lies between Life and Computer Sciences
and Engineering. Operations involve group
meetings and on-going dialog via the BWG mailserver. These
exchanges, often involving 'translations' between the languages of both
areas, establish research targets/priorities, monitor progress with on-going
projects, and generate methods
and protocols. Currrent TAMU-BWG products on-line, at various
stages of development and involving a suite of collaborators, find expanding
usage from the internet community, a factor that helps define both research
direction and progress (currect
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