Softball back in action versus Stanford

April 20, 2012

The No. 4/3 Arizona State softball squad (36-5, 8-2 Pac-12) gets back to conference play after a bye week with a three-game series against the No. 16/19 Stanford Cardinal (32-13, 6-9 Pac-12). Join us at Farrington Stadium as we only have two more weekends at home during regular-season action!

Friday's game is the softball program's Gold Game. Wear Gold! Download Full Image

The contests will mark the fifth-consecutive series against a Top 25-ranked team for the Devils, who are 9-4 against ranked opponents. Action kicks off against the Cardinal on Friday night at 7 p.m., then continues Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m.

All three games this weekend will be streamed live on as well as The Blaze 1330 AM's UStream channel, here. Live stats and play-by-play will also be available on Gametracker. All links can be found in the sidebar on the Arizona State softball schedule page, which is found here.

Katelyn Boyd has been chosen as one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. Vote every day for Katelyn here.

Most recently, Arizona State played a midweek series against the No. 25/23 Oregon State Beavers, splitting the weekend after the third game was canceled. The loss, which came in nine innings, was only the second game to stretch to extra frames in the conference season.

Stanford (32-13, 6-9 Pac-12) is coming fresh off of a sweep of Oregon State and a loss to San Jose State on Tuesday night. Freshman infielder Hanna Winter leads the squad in batting average at .453. Junior right-hander Teagan Gerhart, who is throwing a 2.51 ERA on a 27-8 record, leads the bullpen. Arizona State is 45-24 against the Cardinal all-time, with the series dating back to 1984. 

The weekend of May 4-6 the softball team will have a table set up at Farrington Stadium to accept donations for Helen's Hope Chest throughout the weekend as the Sun Devils take on Utah in the season home finale. Senior designated player Nikole Afusia is an intern at Helen's Hope Chest - we invite you to learn more about this event here.

Biomedical informatics professor to chair session at national biocomputing conference

April 20, 2012

Assistant professor Graciela Gonzalez, of ASU’s Department of Biomedical Informatics has been selected as a leading session chair for the 2013 Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing conference.

The session, titled “Text and Data Mining for Biomedical Discovery,” aims to serve as a unique forum to discuss novel approaches to text and data mining methods that respond to specific scientific questions, enabling predictions that integrate a variety of data sources and can potentially impact scientific discovery. Graciela Gonzalez Download Full Image

The prestigious conference will bring together top researchers from North America, the Asian Pacific nations, Europe and around the world to exchange research results and address open issues in all aspects of computational biology From 20 entries, only six were chosen to represent trending areas of research in biocomputing for the conference.

The session will bring together researchers with a strong text or data mining background to collaborate with bench scientists for the deployment of integrative approaches in translational bioinformatics.

Topics of interest to be discussed include gene prioritization, binding site prediction and gene/protein function prediction, among others.

Session co-chairs also include Maricel G. Kann, assistant professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Jieping Ye, associate BMI professor; Casey Greene, postdoctoral researcher at the Lewis-Sigler Institute at Princeton University; and Robert J. Leaman, computer science and engineering student at ASU.