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Provost Lecture Series to discuss protein secondary structure prediction


Protein secondary structure prediction from its amino acid sequence is a well studied computational problem in bioinformatics and data mining, and it is one that an Austin Peay State University computer science faculty member will discuss from his latest research as part of the next Provost Lecture Series at APSU.

Dr. Leong Lee, assistant professor in the APSU Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, will present at 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29 in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public.

Sessions of the Provost Lecture Series also can be viewed in real time via online streaming at The sessions also are recorded and can be viewed later on APSU’s iTunes public site at

Lee joined APSU in 2011. Prior to APSU, he was a visiting assistant professor of computer science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Missouri (Missouri University of Science and Technology) in 2010. He received the B.S. degree from the National University of Singapore, the M.S. degree in information management from the National University of Ireland, Dublin, and the M.S. in computer science from Missouri University of Science and Technology. His research interests include data mining and ontologies with respect to bioinformatics, machine learning algorithms and analysis of large data sets. In addition, he pursued those interests through interdisciplinary research projects with scientists from various fields such as biology, geography and mathematics.

Other sessions in the Provost Lecture Series also are planned for the academic year. All sessions are from 3-4:30 p.m. in the MUC, Room 303 and include the following:

Jan. 10: Taj Hashmi

Jan. 17: Foloshade Agusto

Jan. 24: Mercy Cannon

Jan. 31: C.M. Gienger

Feb. 7: Dr. Tatsushi Hirono

Feb. 12: Christopher Burawa

Feb. 14: Dr. Alex King

Feb. 21: Andriy Kovalskyy

Feb. 28: Suta Lee

March 7: Dr. Sergei Markov

March 21: Dr. Kristofer Ray

March 28: Dr. Ayman Alzaatreh

April 4: Stephen Truhon

April 11: Jason Verber

April 18: Paul Collins

April 19: Carol Baskauf

The Provost Lecture Series seeks to foster a spirit of intellectual and scholarly inquiry among faculty, staff and students. The program will be used as a platform for APSU faculty members who are recent recipients of provost summer grants, who have been awarded faculty development leaves and who have engaged in recent scholarly inquiry during sabbatical leaves.

For more information about the Provost Lecture Series, call Dr. Brian Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs at APSU, at 931-221-7992 or email him at - Dr. Melony Shemberger