Welcome to the Society for Mathematical Biology
The Society for Mathematical Biology promotes the development and dissemination of research at the interface between the mathematical and biological sciences through its meetings, awards, and publications. The Society serves a diverse community of researchers and educators in academia, industry, and in government agencies throughout the world.
To foster scientific excellence at the interface between quantitative and life sciences, the Society connects scientists and educators at the SMB annual meeting and through the top quality research published in the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, honors key contributions to Mathematical Biology by members through international awards, and provides travel, conference, and career support to scientists at all career stages. Members reach out to people all over the world, from schoolchildren and scientists to political leaders, to share the excitement and value of scientific research at the interface of the mathematical and biological sciences.
"I see SMB members as educators at all levels, of undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, other scientists and the general public, armed with a powerful set of tools that all people need to grapple with and unify the important issues of our times."
Fred Adler, President
The Society for Mathematical Biology is pleased to announce that we will be running a mentoring workshop for students, postdocs and junior faculty. This workshop will take place for a half day on June 29th from 1-4pm in Atlanta, Georgia (i.e., just prior to the annual SMB meeting and in the same location).
The aim of the workshop is to provide a central resource for career advice, include working towards academic and non-academic jobs, grant writing and tenure. Parts of the workshop will be designated a "safe space" where students, postdocs and junior faculty can ask questions without fear that a future employer may be in the room.
The schedule is as follows:
1:30-3:30 How to get a tenure-track job
4:00-5:00 Everything you wanted to know about getting tenure (and then some)
5:00-6:00 Panel discussion: non academic careers, grant writing,
6:00 Dinner and informal discussion
Cost will be $25 to cover food.
In addition, the one-on-one mentoring program that has been run each year will be upgraded this year. We encourage mentees and potential mentors (not necessarily senior faculty) to sign up. More information about that program can be found here.
Registration will be through the SMB website.
John Rinzel is the recipient of the 2015 Arthur T. Winfree Prize for his elegant work on the analysis of dynamical behavior in models of neural activity and the contributions that work has made in the neurobiological community to the understanding of a host of phenomena (including simple excitability as well as bursting) in single neurons, small populations of neurons, and other excitable cells.
The official citation can be found here.
The Society for Mathematical Biology and the Japanese Society for Mathematical Biology are pleased to announce that the 2015 Akira Okubo Prize will be awarded to Joshua Plotkin, Professor of Biology and Computer & Information Science at University of Pennsylvannia. In 2015, the Okubo Prize is awarded to a scientist under 40, for outstanding and innovative theoretical work, for establishing superb conceptual ideas, for solving tough theoretical problems, and/or for uniting theory and data to advance biological science. Professor Plotkin's outstanding research achievements in his career to date amply satisfy these exacting criteria and do credit to the memory of Professor Akira Okubo.
The official citation can be found here.
The 2015 Annual Meeting for The Society for Mathematical Biology will be held in Atlanta, GA from June 30 to July 3. The conference will have new foci on mathematical modeling of disease, medicine, public health, and molecular systems biology, complementing the traditional topics of SMB. The conference is being hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Neuroscience Institute within the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University. The conference will be held at the Student/University Center of Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta.
The meeting website can be found here: http://math.gsu.edu/~smb. The poster is available here. Questions regarding the conference can be directed to Ms. Sandra Gearldene Ahuama-Jonas at email@example.com or SMB15@gsu.edu.
The USA Science and Engineering Festival sponsored a program to design baseball cards, and we created one for Simon Levin (available here) that was quite a hit, as it were. SMB would like to have a new card available at each Annual Meeting until it has a whole team! If you would like a Mathematical Biologist to get their own baseball card, please send nominations to Fred Adler by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In the recently concluded SMB election, Santiago Schnell was chosen as the new President, to begin in one year at the Atlanta meeting in 2015. The new directors are Mary Ann Horn and Jane Heffernan, and Heiko Enderling will continue for another term. SMB would like to thank outgoing directors Claudia Neuhauser and Holly Gaff for their insight and assistance.
The Society for Mathematical Biology is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Lee Segel Prizes for best paper in the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology. The award funded by Springer in partnership with the Society for Mathematical Biology, honors the late Lee A. Segel, past-President of the Society and former Editor of the Bulletin. This year's prize selection commitee considered papers accepted for publication from January 2012 up to the end of September 2013.
Recipients are honored with a cash amount of US$ 2000-3000, and are asked to present their work at the SMB annual meeting. This summer, the meeting is to be held in Osaka, Japan.
Best Research Paper:
S.R. McDougall, M.G. Watson, A.H. Devlin, C.A. Mitchell, and M.A.J. Chaplain.
A hybrid discrete-continuum mathematical model of pattern prediction. Bull Math Biology (2012) 74:2272-2314
Best Student Paper:
Stephen O'Malley and Martin A. Bees.
The orientation of swimming bi-flagellates in shear flows. Bull Math Biology (2012) 74:232-255