Subject: Society for Mathematical Biology Digest

SMB Digest  January 8, Volume 16  Issue 1
ISSN 1086-6566

Editor: Ray Mejía ray(at)smb(dot)org

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Issue's Topics:
   ECMTB Mini-Symposia on Biomathematics Education
   Experimental Chaos and Complexity Conference, May 16-19, Banff
   Mathematical Oncology VI: The interplay of Theory ..., April 11-13
   Seeking early career scientists for seed dispersal workshop
   2016 MBI Undergraduate Summer Research Program, June 6 - August 12
   Conference: Systems Approaches to Cancer Biology, April 3-6, Woods Hole
   Graduate Summer School on Dynamics of Biological Systems (2016 SMS)
   ICMNS 2016: Abstract Deadline Extended to Jan. 15, 2016
   Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience - Jan 2016 articles
   Virginia Tech researcher to create computational model of micro...
   MS/PhD Position: Bioinformatics & Computational Systems Biology, Memphis
   Mathematical Biologist: Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard U
   NIH Update: incoming applications & due dates; NIH's strategic plan ...
   Selected NIH Intramural Research and other openings - January 2016
   SMBnet Reminders


From: William Heuett <wheuett@marymount.edu>
Date: Sat, Jan 2, 2016 at 10:04 AM
Subject: ECMTB Mini-Symposia on Biomathematics Education

The joint meeting of the SMB and the ESMTB, ECMTB 2016,will take place in
Nottingham, UK during the week of July 11-15 (http://www.ecmtb2016.org/). If
you are planning to attend the meeting and if you would be interested in
presenting a talk in a biomath education mini-symposium, please email us as
soon as possible. We are in need of one more speaker for our mini-symposia
to represent education initiatives and encourage meaningful developments
in biomath education.

Thank You,
Will Heuett (wheuett@marymount.edu), Marymount University
Carrie Eaton (ceaton@unity.edu), Unity College


From: hhastings <hhastings@simons-rock.edu>
Date: Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 2:24 PM
Subject: Experimental Chaos and Complexity Conference, May 16-19, Banff

Experimental Chaos and Complexity Conference 2016
Banff, Alberta, Canada, May 16-19

Travel Grants Supported by US NSF

14th Experimental Chaos and Complexity Conference
May 16-19, 2016, Banff, Alberta, Canada

The 14th Experimental Chaos and Complexity Conference (ECC 2016) brings
together an international interdisciplinary group involving physicists,
engineers, mathematicians, chemists, biologists, and neuroscientists focused
on various aspects of Experimental Chaos and Complexity. This meeting will
focus on experimental approaches in physics, engineering, neuroscience,
chemistry, and biology, linked together by modern non-linear dynamics.

Topics include: Autonomous systems and robotics, Computational and
collective intelligence, Earth sciences including climate change, Energy,
Fluid dynamics and turbulence, Information processing and communications,
Optics and lasers, Behavioral and cognitive sciences, Data assimilation
and applications, Electronic circuits, Experimental complex networks,
Geophysics and space sciences, Neurosciences and system biology, Quantum
and wave chaos, Bose-Einstein condensates. Other topics within the general
scope of ECC 2016 are welcome.

Travel grants will provide partial to full support including airfare (US
carriers as specified in NSF rules), registration, housing, depending upon
the number of applications.

Eligibility. These travel grants for US scientists are focused on new
investigators without funding, postdocs and PhD students, and a special focus
on diversity (women, minorities, people with disabilities, institutional

Applicants should provide an abstract and summary of their proposed
presentation, a brief CV, one to three publications, and a letter from a
mentor or supervisor in the case of postdocs and PhD students; the letter
is optional for others. Applicants should also indicate how much funding
is available elsewhere, for example, from their institution.

For more information, or to submit applications, please email
Harold M Hastings, Bard College at Simon's Rock, hhastings@simons-rock.edu.


From: Santiago Schnell <schnells@umich.edu>
Date: Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 2:33 PM
Subject: Mathematical Oncology VI: The interplay of Theory ..., April 11-13

The Centre for Mathematical Medicine at the Fields Institute, Toronto,
Canada, will be holding a Workshop entitled "Mathematical Oncology VI: Quo
Vadis? - The interplay of Theory, Experiment and Clinical Practice" from
April 11-13, 2016.

The aim of this meeting is to bring together a balanced international group
of both mathematical and experimental/clinical scientists working at the
forefront of the interdisciplinary field of mathematical oncology. The
topics covered will span a broad spectrum of problems of current interest
in oncology and will hopefully stimulate further research in new and novel
directions. This workshop is part of the 10-year anniversary celebration
of the establishment of the Centre for Mathematical Medicine at the Fields
Institute. It will feature a number of invited talks as well selected

Confirmed Speakers:
- Christine Chaffer (MIT)
- John Dick (Ontario Institute of Cancer Research)
- Jana Gevertz (College of New Jersey)
- Aaron Goldman (MIT)
- Richard Hill (Ontario Cancer Institute)
- Kamran Kaveh (PED, Harvard)
- Natalia Komarova (UC Irvine)
- Herb Levine (Rice University)
- Kevin Leder (Univ of Minnesota)
- Mike Milosevic (Princess Margaret Hospital)
- Gibin Powathil (Univ of Swansea)
- Hans Othmer (Univ of Minnesota)
- Sheila Singh (Stem Cell & Cancer RI, McMaster Univ)
- Kathleen Wilkie (Tufts Univ)

Contributed talks and Posters: A limited number of contributed talks will be
selected for oral presentation. To submit an abstract for consideration,
please use this form: http://at.yorku.ca/cgi-bin/abstract/submit/cbmi-01.
Submission deadline: March 1, 2016

The workshop will take place at the Fields Institute, 222 College St.,
Toronto, Canada.

Organizing Committee:
- Mohammad Kohandel, University of Waterloo
- Philip Maini, Oxford University & Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology
- Siv Sivaloganathan, University of Waterloo & Centre for Mathematical Medicine
- Santiago Schnell, University of Michigan & Society for Mathematical Biology

This meeting is co-sponsored by the Society for Mathematical Biology.

For more information, please visit the website:


From: Noelle Beckman <nbeckman@sesync.org>
Date: Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 4:13 PM
Subject: Seeking early career scientists for seed dispersal workshop

Dear Colleagues,

We are conducting a workshop to identify gaps in our understanding of the
role of seed dispersal in plant populations, and determine how to address
these gaps in order to move towards a predictive understanding of plant
population dynamics under global change. The meeting will bring together a
diverse group of ecologists and mathematical biologists who study dispersal
across scales, methodologies, and systems and who bring knowledge of existing
empirical studies, theoretical concepts, and mathematical approaches. The
workshop will be led by Noelle Beckman (SESYNC), Clare Aslan (Northern
Arizona University) and Haldre Rogers (Iowa State University). We have
selected a core group of 25 participants representing field ecologists,
theoretical ecologists, and mathematical biologists, and are accepting
applications to fill the rest of the slots for this workshop.

Who can apply?  You must be an early career scientist (e.g. grad students,
postdocs, pre-tenure faculty) who studies the role of dispersal in populations
from an empirical, theoretical or mathematical approach. You must be able
to commit to the entire week, and unfortunately, we cannot support anyone
currently employed outside the US.

When and where is the workshop?  May 9-13, 2016 at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD.

What does it cost?  All workshop costs (flight from anywhere in the US to
Maryland, housing, and food) will be covered for the selected participants. 

How do I apply?  Send your CV and a cover letter in a single pdf
to codisperse@gmail.com. In your cover letter, briefly describe the
following: 1) your mathematical, theoretical, or empirical approach to
studying seed dispersal, 2) why you want to participate in this workshop,
and 3) (if applicable) any relevant datasets you are willing to contribute
to meta-analyses or review papers.

When are applications due?  Applications are due on January 25, 2016.

More information here:  http://www.sesync.org/project/workshop/seed-dispersal


From: Tony Nance <tony@mbi.osu.edu>
Date: Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 10:45 AM
Subject: 2016 MBI Undergraduate Summer Research Program, June 6 - August 12

2016 MBI Undergraduate Summer Research Program
(June 6 - August 12, 2016)

The goal of this MBI NSF-funded program is to introduce students to exciting
new areas of mathematical biology, and to involve them in collaborative
research with their peers and faculty mentors. The program consists of
three parts - each including a mix of educational and social experiences:

One-week Introduction at MBI (June 6-10, 2016): A one-week introduction to
the summer research experience with tutorials, lab tours, and computer labs
on mathematical biosciences topics.

REU Program (June 13 - August 5, 2016): An 8 week individualized research
experience as part of a research team at one of the participating host

Capstone Conference at MBI (August 8-12, 2016): A student centered conference
featuring talks and posters by students doing research in mathematical
biology, keynotes by prominent mathematical biologists, a graduate studies
recruitment fair, and other special features including a conference dinner
and social event.   http://mbi.osu.edu/event/?id=1029.

Apply for the REU program
at: https://visitor.mbi.ohio-state.edu/events.html?id=1028.
A complete application will require:
 - Two letters of reference
 - A statement indicating your reasons for wanting to participate in this
 - A list of all relevant coursework (including courses in Mathematics,
Statistics, Computer Science, and the Biological Sciences) and the grades
you received in these courses
 - A ranked list of three projects that you want to participate in

For full consideration, completed applications must be received by Sunday
January 31, 2016.

Applications for the CAPSTONE CONFERENCE ONLY will be due in June.


From: Brian A Joughin <bjoughin@mit.edu>
Date: Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 9:10 AM
Resent-From: Santiago Schnell <schnells@umich.edu>
Subject: Conference: Systems Approaches to Cancer Biology, April 3-6, Woods Hole

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to make you aware of the upcoming abstract deadline for the
meeting "Systems Approaches to Cancer Biology" http://www.sacbmeeting.org/,
chaired by Drs. Doug Lauffenburger, Elaine Mardis, and Joe Gray. This
conference runs April 3-6, 2016 in Woods Hole, MA and is a unique opportunity
to share your research. Eighteen abstract submissions will be selected
for full-length talks, and nine of these will receive a scholarship to
pay for travel and registration costs. We hope you and members of your
research groups will consider submitting your work before January 15th

This inaugural meeting aims to bring together the community of researchers
applying systems methods to better understand cancer biology. It is
co-sponsored by the Association of Early Career Cancer Systems Biologists
(AECCSB), an organization to promote systems biological approaches
to cancer research, and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the
National Institutes of Health. A full list of the confirmed speakers is
available on our website: www.sacbmeeting.org and on the conference poster

We hope to see you this coming April.


From: Kimberley Wilke-Budinski <kbudinsk@ualberta.ca>
Date: Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 10:35 AM
Subject: Graduate Summer School on Dynamics of Biological Systems (2016 SMS)

The deadline for the Graduate Summer School on Dynamics of Biological
Systems (2016 SMS) is fast approaching. I would be grateful if you could
please include this advertisement in the SMBnet one more time.
Please find the relevant information below:

January 15 deadline approaching for applications to the summer school on
Dynamics of Biological Systems (Séminaire de Mathématiques Supérieures
(SMS)), to be held in Edmonton, Canada, May 30-June 11, 2016. Graduate
students are invited to apply.

Local Organizers: Mark Lewis, Thomas Hillen, Yingfei Yi (University of
Alberta) Scientific Committee: Marty Golubitsky (Ohio State), Philip Maini
(Oxford), Benoit Perthame (Universite Pierre et Marie Currie), Jianhong Wu
(York), Lai-Sang Young (Courant)
Confirmed Speakers: Réka Albert (Penn State), Henri Berestycki (École des
Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), Chris Cosner (University of Miami),
Gerda deVries (University of Alberta), Zhilan Feng (Purdue University), Marty
Golubitsky (Ohio State), Michael Li (University of Alberta), Yuan Lou (Ohio
State), Philip Maini (Oxford), Benoit Perthame (Université Pierre et Marie
Curie), Hong Qian (University of Washington), Jianhong Wu (York University)

The purpose of this summer school is to focus on the interplay of dynamical
and biological systems, developing the rich interplay between science and
mathematics that has been so successful to date.

The school is targeted towards advanced graduate students and our focus
will be on understanding the mathematical structure of dynamical systems
that come from biological problems, and then relating the mathematical
structures back to the biology to provide scientific insight. We will focus
on five key areas: complex bio-networks, multi scale biological dynamics,
biological waves, nonlinear dynamics of pattern formation, and disease
dynamics. For each of the five key areas, we will invite 2-3 world leaders
who are also excellent communicators to deliver a series of 2-4 one-hour
lectures. We expect an average of eight hours of lecture per subject area,
spread over approximately two weeks.

To view the application process, please visit

Application deadline: JANUARY 15, 2016

Please find the poster at:


From: Zachary Kilpatrick <zpkilpat@math.uh.edu>
Date: Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 3:06 PM
Subject: ICMNS 2016: Abstract Deadline Extended to Jan. 15, 2016

*Abstract deadline extended to January 15, 2016*

International Conference on Mathematical Neuroscience (ICMNS 2016)
at the Congress Center in Juan-les-Pins on the French Riviera
May 29 to June 1, 2016
Tutorials: May 29
Main Conference: May 30 - June 1


From: Stephen Coombes <Stephen.Coombes@nottingham.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 5:31 AM
Subject: Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience - Jan 2016 articles

Dear all,
A Happy New Year from the Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience!

To kick of 2016 we have one review article on Oscillator Networks and
another research article on the Wilson-Cowan equations:

Mathematical Frameworks for Oscillatory Network Dynamics in Neuroscience
Ashwin P, Coombes S and Nicks R

Wilson-Cowan Equations for Neocortical Dynamics
Cowan JD, Neuman J and van Drongelen W

All articles are Open Access.

The current list of journal articles is available
at http://www.mathematical-neuroscience.com/


From: VT News <vtnews@vt.edu>
Date: Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 1:48 PM
Subject: Virginia Tech researcher to create computational model of micro...



From: Bernie Daigle <bdaigle@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 4:02 PM
Subject: MS/PhD Position: Bioinformatics & Computational Systems Biology, Memphis

Supervisor: Dr. Bernie Daigle, Jr., Assistant Professor, Departments of
Biological Sciences and Computer Science, The University of Memphis

Experimental biologists are generating data at an unprecedented rate.
Unfortunately, biological insight has not kept pace with this deluge of
data. The goal of my lab is to improve the inference of biological meaning
from the wealth of experimental data collected from single cells to whole
organisms. To do so, we develop sophisticated statistical and computational
tools that enable integrated analyses of noisy, heterogeneous datasets.

We have active projects in both bioinformatics and computational systems
biology. In the first area, our research includes mining publicly available
biological datasets to facilitate the characterization and classification
of human disease. Specifically, we are interested in developing more
effective supervised and unsupervised machine learning approaches for
high-throughput data, using models such as Bayesian networks and artificial
neural networks. In the second area, our research involves developing
computational methods for inferring the underlying structure and behavior of
biological systems. Recent work by our lab in this area includes combining
stochastic simulation and optimization techniques to characterize promoter
architecture from single-cell gene expression data. More information can
be found at http://daiglelab.org.

The successful candidate should be highly motivated and have some computer
programming experience (R, MATLAB, Perl, Python, C, or C++). Prior
research experience in bioinformatics and/or computational biology
is desirable. Details about admission and degree requirements can be found
at http://www.memphis.edu/bioinformatics/requirements (MS, Bioinformatics)
and http://www.memphis.edu/biology/graduate (MS/PhD, Biological Sciences).
Applicants must apply to both The University of Memphis Graduate School
and the corresponding graduate program. To ensure full consideration,
applications should be completed by February 1. Accepted students will be
supported through a graduate or research assistantship.

If interested, please contact Dr. Daigle (bjdaigle@memphis.edu) for further


From: Gallagher, Katherine Van De Mark <katherinegallagher@fas.harvard.edu>
Date: Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 11:42 AM
Subject: Mathematical Biologist: Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, Harvard U

The Program for Evolutionary Dynamics (PED) at Harvard University is
seeking a mathematical biologist to work on interdisciplinary research
projects. A strong doctoral record is required. Candidates with excellent
quantitative skills should send a research statement, current curriculum
vitae, and two letters of reference by email to Katherine Gallagher at

We highly encourage applications from female and other underrepresented
minority candidates. Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status,
protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Hiring
is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.


From: NIH Extramural Nexus (NIH/OD) <ExtramuralNexus@mail.nih.gov>
Date: Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 5:35 PM
Subject: NIH Update: incoming applications & due dates; NIH's strategic plan ...



From: "Owens, Roland (NIH/OD) [E]" <owensrol@mail.nih.gov>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2016 14:07:13 +0000
Resent-from: Raymond Mejía <mejiar@helix.nih.gov>
Subject: Selected NIH Intramural Research and other openings - January 2016

Tenure-Track Investigators
Independent Research Positions in Epidemiology, NIEHS
(Review of Applications Begins: January 15)

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS),
part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), located in Research
Triangle Park, North Carolina, is recruiting for one or more tenure-track
epidemiologists. Successful candidate(s) will be expected to develop
an outstanding, investigator-initiated research program in any of the
following areas: breast cancer, other cancers and chronic diseases,
including cardiovascular disease, early origins of disease, life- course
epidemiology, pediatrics, reproduction, or other areas of environmental
epidemiology. Biologically-based epidemiological research (including
genetics, epigenetics, metabolomics, microbiomics, biomarkers, imaging)
and primary data collection are encouraged. Successful candidates should
plan to work both independently and as part of multi-disciplinary or
collaborative teams. The Branch provides an academic atmosphere with
excellent support. Funds are available for research and support staff,
including fellows, programmers, and field workers. The Branch has several
large, ongoing cohort studies with biological samples that can serve as
platforms for additional research. There are opportunities for adjunct
appointments at nearby universities and for mentoring pre- and post-doctoral
fellows. Position(s) will be filled at the tenure-track level. Time to tenure
will vary depending upon research accomplishments; an accelerated timetable
is possible for more established exceptional candidates. Salary is "hard
money" and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications of the
candidate. Federal benefits apply. Information on the NIEHS Epidemiology
Branch can be found at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/epi.

Candidates should have a doctoral degree and a record of accomplishment in
epidemiology, including a strong publication record and research experience.
Applications from women and under-represented minorities are strongly
encouraged. Interested persons should submit one combined PDF of their
curriculum vitae and a two-page statement of research interests and goals,
and also arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be sent to Ms. Katherine
Fine atdir-appls@niehs.nih.gov citing your name and Vacancy Announcement DIR
15-1 in the subject line. We will begin evaluating complete applications
on January 15, 2016. Applications will continue to be accepted until
vacancies are filled. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community
in its training and employment programs HHS and NIH are equal opportunity
employers. Applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities
are strongly encouraged.

Tenure-Track Investigator
Vaccine Research Center, NIAID
(Review of Applications Begins: January 22)

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a major
research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS), is recruiting a tenure-track investigator
in the Vaccine Research Center (VRC). 

We are seeking an outstanding individual to develop 1) a vigorous independent
program focused on bioinformatics that includes computational biology, with a
preference for work related to the development of vaccines and 2) capacity
to serve the overall mission of the VRC in vaccine development. This
program should work with the VRC's other basic and translational
research investigators and their core programs in structural biology,
transcriptomics, flow cytometry, and other data management areas. The
incumbent will benefit from unique opportunities to interact with other
members of the VRC and NIAID who perform basic and translational research
on HIV and other infectious diseases.

The incumbent will have access to state-of-the-art research support on
the main NIH campus. Candidates will be assigned independent resources to
include laboratory support personnel, equipment, space, and an allocated
annual budget for services, supplies, and salaries sufficient to foster
success. Additional information about the VRC is available online at

Applicants must have an M.D., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral
degree in a relevant field with extensive postdoctoral experience, as
well as a strong publication record demonstrating potential for creative
research. The ideal candidate should have broad expertise to develop and
support an interrelated approach that integrates computer/information sciences
and biological and health sciences-related fields. Salary is commensurate
with experience and accomplishments. A full civil service package of benefits
(including retirement; health, life, and long-term care insurance; Thrift
Savings Plan) is available.

To apply, submit your curriculum vitae, bibliography, and a detailed statement
of how your expertise can contribute to the success of the VRC program
(no more than two pages) to Kim Kiehl at kiehlk@mail.nih.gov. Applications
will be reviewed starting January 22, 2016, and will be accepted until the
position is filled. Interested candidates may contact Dr. Mario Roederer,
Principal Investigator, at Roederer@nih.gov for additional information about
this position. Visit Careers at NIAID for more information about NIAID and
additional career opportunities. HHS, NIH, and NIAID are equal opportunity
employers. NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training
and employment programs.

The NIH Intramural Research Program

Link to Fellowships and Positions of Interest to fellows


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