molpigs, The Molecular Programming Interest Group, is an international group of researchers interested in topics such as molecular programming, DNA computing, and other aspects of biomolecular nanotechnology. We host regular seminars, poster sessions, journal clubs, send out newsletters, and host a forum for discussion and fostering collaboration.
Hello, welcome back to the molpigs newsletter, and Happy New Year!
We’re looking forward to recording more podcasts for you very soon, the previous of which can be found here! As always, feel free to also hang out at the molpigs Forum.
Following on from Dominic’s announcements last year, Namita, William and Dominic’s grassroots textbook initiative, The Art of Molecular Programming, is gaining momentum and they’re looking for authors and editors. Whether it’s just a couple paragraphs or something longer, they’re keen to have your help so make sure to fill in their survey!
- Join the effort!: The Art of Molecular Programming, a grassroots textbook initiative
- Interested in helping out, sharing something interesting, or have an idea for something we could do?
1. Join the effort!: The Art of Molecular Programming, a grassroots textbook initiative
To hear Dominic talk about the idea behind this initiative, check out his announcement and our discussion at the end of the last podcast!
We are launching a grassroots initiative to create a textbook called “The Art of Molecular Programming.” We need YOUR help!
The principles of molecular programming are currently scattered across thousands of papers, which presents a barrier for new researchers entering the field. The Art of Molecular Programming will collect these principles in one location, provide tutorial lessons to guide students’ learning, and present a collective vision on where the field is heading. We are seeking participation from anyone who considers themselves a molecular programmer (i.e. You), regardless of your career stage. The final textbook will be published open access and attributed to all the authors and editors. Please fill out this survey to join the effort!
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to contact us:
- Dominic Scalise
- Namita Sarraf
- William Poole
2. Interested in helping out, sharing something interesting, or have an idea for something we could do?
If so, please get in touch with us! Shoot us an email at
contributions AT <this domain>, there are loads of ways you can get involved, and many we haven’t even thought of, but here’s a few ideas of what you could do:
- Be a guest on our podcast series: you can talk about anything vaguely related to the field, whether it’s comments on life as a student/researcher, some thoughts you’ve had about the field, some interesting work you want to share, or if you want to speak out about something like mental health, this is the perfect place to do it!
- Present a poster-podcast! This is something we’re very excited to try out, and we hope you feel the same: the idea is to try to explain something (it doesn’t have to be your own work) within a 20-30 minute podcast, with the challenge that all reference material needs to fit into a poster format.
- Want to advertise something on our newsletter? Perhaps you’ve just passed your thesis defence, or are looking for a team for a hackathon, or have a job posting to share, or have just written a blog post you think might be of interest; whatever the case we’d love to help you share the good news!
- We’re also open to more conventional seminar-esque things like talks or journal clubs.
We’re looking forward to getting to hear from you, and getting to know you better!