Navideh Noori (Institute for Disease Modeling), Jacob Scott (Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic), Ruth Bowness (University of Bath), and Reginald L. McGee II (College of the Holy Cross).
In this issue, we highlight the following:
- News – updates from:
- People – Interviews with Professor Julia Gog, University of Cambridge, who is part of the Steering Committee for the Royal Society’s RAMP initiative (Rapid Assistance in Modelling the Pandemic).
- Editorial – Report on the 2020 SMB online Meeting, and an article about the meeting by The Scientist magazine.
To see the articles in this issue, click the links at the above items.
Issues of the newsletter are released four times per year in March, June, September and December. The newsletter serves the SMB community with news and updates, so please share it with your colleagues and contribute content to future issues.
We welcome your submissions to expand the content of the newsletter. The next issue will be released in December 2020, so if you would like to contribute, please send an email to the editors by the end of November 2020 to discuss how your content can be included. This could include summaries of relevant conferences that you have attended, suggestions for interviews, professional development opportunities etc. Please note that job advertisements should be sent to the SMB digest rather than to the newsletter.
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We hope you enjoy this issue of the newsletter!
Ruth, Jacob, Reginald, and Navideh
Editors, SMB Newsletter
By Dr. Reginald L. McGee II
In this issue of the News section, we highlight the updates from SMB Subgroups, SMB mentoring program, Royal Society Publishing special issues, and online seminar series. Read on below.
SMB Subgroups Update
- Cell and Developmental Biology Subgroup
The results of the subgroup election were:
Chair: Veronica Ciocanel (Duke University, USA)
Secretary: Rubén Pérez-Carrasco (Imperial College London, UK)
- Linus Schumacher (University of Edinburgh, UK)
- Tracy Stepien (University of Florida, USA)
- Renske Vroomans (Origins Center, Netherlands)
A subgroup webpage is under development and should be released this fall.
- Education Subgroup
Robert Smith? (University of Ottawa, CAN) was elected to serve as incoming chair of the subgroup. RB McGee (College of the Holy Cross, USA) will serve as the subgroup liaison to the SMB DEI committee.
The Society for Mathematical Biology Education Subgroup is hosting an informal meeting of educators and those interested in quantitative biology education. On Friday, October 9 at 12:00 p.m. EST, join us for a discussion on challenges, successes, and questions regarding teaching quantitative biology in the midst of a pandemic. The Zoom meeting information is:
Meeting ID: 943 2749 0845
- Mathematical Epidemiology Subgroup
Miranda Teboh-Ewungkem (Lehigh University, USA) was elected to serve as Vice-Chair of the subgroup. The subgroup will host an online meeting in early 2021. Details are forthcoming.
- Mathematical Neuroscience Subgroup
Current officers Cheng Ly (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA), Wilten Nicola (University of Calgary, USA), and Youngmin Park (Brandeis University, USA) will serve another year. There will be a business meeting in 2021 to find new officers.
- Mathematical Oncology Subgroup
The Mathematical Oncology subgroup has appointed Prof. Mohit Kumar Jolly from the Indian Institute of Science as new Co-Leader. Mohit is replacing Prof. Sandy Anderson, whom we sincerely thank for his 3 years of service and leadership.
The mathematical oncology subgroup is proud to count 214 members, many of which attended the eSMB annual meeting in August.
We are currently in discussion to guest edit a special issue on eSMB Mathematical Oncology contributions. Please subscribe to the newsletter for announcements (mathematical-oncology.org/newsletter), and follow us on twitter: @mathonco
- Methods for Biological Modeling Subgroup
The subgroup has a new website for events, code, and tutorials: methods-biomodeling.org
SMB Mentoring Program
This year’s SMB Pre-conference Mentoring Program hosted ~120 attendees and featured four talks on different stages of one’s career trajectory, as well as a career panel. The talks covered attending virtual conferences, advice for finding postdoc positions and maximizing opportunities while a postdoc, and overviews of the job application and tenure processes. The SMB Academic Year Mentoring Program is accepting applications for 2020-2021, please see the flyer for more information.
Royal Society Publishing Special Issues
- A special double issue of Philosophical Transactions A entitled Stokes at 200 (Parts 1 & 2) – compiled and edited by Silvana Cardoso, Julyan Cartwright, Herbert Huppert and Christopher Ness and the articles can be accessed at bit.ly/TransA2174 and bit.ly/TransA2179. The issues are both currently FREELY available online!
- A special issue from Philosophical Transactions B entitled – Multi-scale analysis and modelling of collective migration in biological systems compiled and edited by Andreas Deutsch, Peter Friedl, Luigi Preziosi and Guy Theraulaz and the articles can be accessed directly at bit.ly/PTB1807. The issue is currently FREELY available online!
Online Seminar Series
The University of Bordeaux are organizing a new webinar entitled “Infectious Disease Outbreaks”. The goal of this series of talks is to present multiple aspects of mathematical modelling to address important problems relevant to infectious disease outbreaks. Such problems can be addressed from many different angles from data, to mathematical models, to simulations and their combinations. COVID-19 pandemic will indeed be one of major topics in this series of lectures. We organize this series of lectures, between France (Europe) and Canada (North America), to bring together mathematicians from both continents.
The first talk will take place on Thursday October 15 2020:
9:00-9:45 AM (Eastern time) or 17:00-17:45 (in France)
Jacques Demongeot (University Grenoble Alpes), Modelling Covid-19 outspread dynamics involving geoclimatic and demographic factors
9:45-10:00 AM (Eastern time) or 17:45-18:30 (in France)
Glenn Webb, Vanderbilt University, USA, Predicting the Development of COVID-19 Epidemics from Reported Case Data
We plan to have one meeting every two weeks, which will consist in two 45-minutes talks given by one speaker from Europe and one speaker from North America. All the information concerning the talks will be given on the webpage www.math.u-bordeaux.fr/~pmagal100p/webinar2020.html except for the zoom meeting information, which will be communicated by e-mail.
We would be very pleased to welcome you in the online seminar. If you are willing to attend and wish to keep receiving information about this event, please contact Quentin Griette firstname.lastname@example.org so that we add you to the mailing list.
- Quentin Griette (Université de Bordeaux)
- Jane Heffernan (York University)
- Yvon Maday (Sorbonne Université)
- Pierre Magal (Université de Bordeaux)
- Jianhong Wu (York University)
(the organization committee)
By Dr. Ruth Bowness
Ruth Bowness talks with Julia Gog, Professor of Mathematical Biology at DAMTP and David N Moore Fellow at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge. Julia is also part of the Steering Committee for the Royal Society’s RAMP initiative (Rapid Assistance in Modelling the Pandemic).
By Dr. Navideh Noori
In the Editorial section, we feature a report from the recent Society for Mathematical Biology annual meeting and an article about the meeting by The Scientist magazine.
Society for Mathematical Biology annual meeting report
This year, the Society for Mathematical Biology hosted its annual meeting online from August 17th to 20th, 2020. The online meeting, although it was a different experience, was very interactive, well-organized, more accessible, and opened up opportunities for many students.
The opening plenary of this meeting was given by Prof. Shayn Peirce-Cottler, University of Virginia, and discussed “Agent-based Modeling of Multi-Cellular Systems for Designing Better Therapies”.
The meeting included sub-groups minisymposia and contributed talks, followed by poster sessions, sub-group keynotes, and happy hour with friends and colleagues. There were also multiple subgroups and society business meetings.
The conference ended with a fascinating talk by Prof. Carl Bergstrom, University of Washington, discussing “Misinfodemic 2020: How quantitative misinformation misleads the public about COVID-19, and what mathematical biologists can do about it”.
Overall, the community presented diverse mathematical approaches during this virtual meeting and was very well-received.
The Scientist magazine wrote an article on SMB online meeting entitled “COVID-19 Ushers in the Future of Conferences.” Learn more about the article from this link.
In total, there were 2,435 #SMB2020 tweets before the closing plenary, and the potential reach of all tweets were 464,720. The Twitter award winners were Phebe Havor, Maria Abou Chakra, and Keith Eric Grant for being the most prolific original twitters during the meeting.
The poster and talk prize winners for each sup-group and their sponsors were:
- MathDept.org poster prize: Rebecca Sanft and Anne Walter
- Elsevier talk prize: Dmitry Kondrashov
- Other, General Mathematical Biology:
- SMB poster prize: Dominic Olver, Robyn Shuttleworth, Jackelyn Kembro
- Wiley poster prize: Jonas Knoch
- Elsevier talk prize: Jessica Crawshaw
- Mathematical Oncology:
- SMB poster prize: Derek Park, Dhananjay Bhaskar, Mark Roberston-Tessi
- Amgen poster prize: Simon Mitchell
- Elsevier talk prize: Pirmin Schlicke
- Elsevier poster prize: Zeinab Tajik Mansoury
- Elsevier talk prize: Lucas Stolerman
- Methods for Biological Modeling:
- SMB poster prize: Jungmin Han, Baylor Fain, Rey Audie Escosio
- Berkeley-Madonna poster prize: Emily Zhang
- Elsevier talk prize: Karina Islas Rios
- Cell Developmental Biology:
- SMB poster prize: Chiara Villa, Stephen Y. Zhang
- Springer Nature poster prize: Erika Tsingos
- Elsevier talk prize: Ulrich Dobramysl
- Population Dynamics Ecology & Evolution:
- SMB poster prize: Shota Shibasaki, Vitor de Oliveira Sudbrack, Fernando Luiz
- DILIsym poster prize: Vahini Reddy
- Elsevier talk prize: Bo Zhang
- Mathematical Epidemiology:
- SMB poster prize: Deena Schmidt, Hana Dobrovolny, Michael Pablo
- Applied Biomath poster prize: Caroline Franco
- Elsevier talk prize: Jeremy D’Silve
- Immunology & Infection:
- SMB poster prize: Amanda Alexander, Cara Sulyok, Viktor Zenkov
- Elsevier talk prize: Vitaly Ganusov
If you have missed the plenary and keynote lectures, you can watch them on the society YouTube channel. A huge thank you to the organizers, and sponsors of this successful online meeting.