SMB Newsletter

The Society for Mathematical Biology Newsletter is an online publication open to all members of the scientific community. It is currently published as a blog.  The Newsletter’s editorial content highlights and profiles outstanding scientific contributions from Society members, groundbreaking research and top-performing U.S. and international research institutions. Additionally, it highlights meetings, ethical, budgetary and legislative issues and their impacts on the mathematical biology field. The editor welcomes comments, letters and articles. The editor reserves the right to edit all submissions.

Recent Newsletter Submissions

  • Inaugural BAMM! (Biology & Medicine Through Mathematics!) Conference Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, May 20-22, 2016 The BAMM! Conference, the first of what we hope to be many, was held in Richmond, Virginia in May 2016. Our incredibly rainy weather took a break and we had a beautiful first day on Friday. We enjoyed a wide range of dynamic plenary talks throughout the conference. ...
  • SMB at the USA Science Engineering Festival Understanding How Cells Talk to Each Other The Science and Engineering Festival took place this past April in Washington D.C. The massive event attracted 365,000 people, and featured over 3000 hands-on activities for K-12 kids, their teachers, and their parents. Space travel, 3D printing, and water-shed management were just a few of the panoply of topics represented. SMB’s booth showcased the fusion ...
  • A Conversation About Science I don’t particularly like stereotypes but some-times they are right. I am a professional mathematician that as a kid would rather spend weekends and holidays programming my computer and reading books than hanging out with friends and playing football . Even as an adult my first instinct is always to try avoid talking to people ...
  • Research Interview: Hiroshi Nishiura talks with Mark Whidden about his research on epidemiology What are you currently researching? My research interests span the areas of statistical epidemiology of infectious diseases, epidemic modeling and biomathematical formulation of infectious disease spread. A common thread in my research is in understanding the underlying epidemiological dynamics behind empirically observed data. Having a background in medicine and being a licensed medical doctor in Japan, ...
  • Highlights From The Bulletin of Mathematical Biology “A Stochastic Analysis Of First-Order Reaction Networks” There are numerous examples of the importance of stochastic effects at various levels of biological organization, ranging from the extinction of family names with a predictable probability at the population level, to phenotypic differences between genetically-identical individuals due to random variations in the number of key enzymes, transcription factors, or other molecules.    Advances in molecular biology, ...
  • The Bulletin of Mathematical Biology: Get to Know the Editors Alan Hastings started working in mathematical and theoretical ecology as a student at Cornell University where he received his BS in Mathematics 1973 and his PhD in Applied Mathematics in 1977. After two years on the faculty at Washington State University, he joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis, where he is currently a ...
  • Five Good Reasons To Publish in The Bulletin of Mathematical Biology The Bulletin of Mathematical Biology (http://www.springer.com/11538) is the natural home for your next great mathematical biology paper. Here are some of the reasons why you should publish with us: 1. The Bulletin Is The First Journal In Mathematical And Theoretical Biology Since its inception in 1939, the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology has been regarded as the premier ...
  • Updates – ECMTB/SMB 2016 Pre-conference Workshop, July 10, UK Please join us before the start of the scientific meeting for a variety of presentations and discussions around careers in mathematical biology. The workshop has four main components:   1. For graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, there will be a session led by Robert Smith? and Christina Cobbold about strategies for the academic job market.   2. This will ...
  • Voting in the 2016 Society for Mathematical Biology elections began Voting in the 2016 Society for Mathematical Biology elections began a few days ago.  If you are a regular member of the Society for Mathematical Biology, it’s time to cast your ballot in the elections.   The Society for Mathematical Biology is a member-led organization. The Society for Mathematical Biology members influence and contribute to the society’s ...
  • Lifetime Membership The Society for Mathematical Biology now offers a Lifetime Membership.  You can lock your membership dues at today’s rates by becoming a Lifetime Member.  The Lifetime Membership will give you the benefits of a Regular Member without paying dues again. The cost of a Lifetime Membership is $50 for each year from current age of applicant ...
  • 2016 Segel Prize The Segel prize recognizes outstanding research in the field of mathematical biology that has been published in the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology.  The prize was established in memory of Lee A. Segel, who made great contributions to the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology and the field of mathematical biology as a whole. It is awarded every ...
  • The H. D. Landahl Mathematical Biophysics Award for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows Last month, the officers and elected directors of the Society for Mathematical Biology unanimously approved the H. D. Landahl Mathematical Biophysics Award for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows. This award will recognize the scientific contributions made by a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow in mathematical biology. The award will be given every other year beginning ...
  • President’s Message May 2016 President’s message Back in September 2003, the Society for Mathematical Biology Newsletter transitioned from the web-based format to printed format.  It appears that our web-based newsletter was ahead of its time.  We did not yet have access to the internet through our phones, tablets, computers, and TVs.  Social media was primarily reserved for computer geeks and ...

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