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SMB Digest  January 13, Volume 16  Issue 2
ISSN 1086-6566

Editor: Wandi Ding: ding.smb.digest(at)gmail(dot)com

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Issue's Topics:
   AAi Short Course - R Programming, January 28
   ICMNS 2016: Abstract Deadline Extended to Feb.7, 2016
   Workshop: Multilayer and Interconnected Networks..., June 6-8
   BIOMATH 2016: Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, June 19-25 
   Symmetry Festival 2016, Vienna, July 18-22
   PhD opportunities at the University of Exeter
   Postdoc Position in Epidemiology at Cornell University
   Postdoct Position in Science Education Research.., NIMBioS 
   SMBnet Reminders


From: Colin Wise <Colin.Wise@uts.edu.au>
Date: Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 10:40 PM
Subject: AAi Short Course - R Programming, January 28

AAi Short Course - R Programming - Stage 1 (Introduction) - Thursday 28 
January 2016 

R Programming - Stage 1 (Introduction) is the basic R Programming one (1) 
day short course for beginners and those seeking refreshment in R 
Programming. R is a very popular open source programming language that 
excels in statistics, visualisation and data analysis. Its most significant 
advantage is that there are now several thousand add-on packages that are 
available to perform specific analysis tasks, and the whole ecosystem is 
free of charge. This course will teach the basics of using R, focusing on 
data import and manipulation, visualisation, and simple statistical tests. 
We will also explore how and where to get help if you run into 
difficulties, and how to extend or customise the capabilities of R. 
Familiarity with computers and basic programming experience of some type 
is helpful, but no specific knowledge is assumed.

Registration for the R Programming - Stage 1 (Introduction)  public short 
course at https://shortcourses-bookings.uts.edu.au/ClientView/Course/FaceToFaceDetails/1814


From: Zachary Kilpatrick <zpkilpat@math.uh.edu>
Date: Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 12:10 PM
Subject: ICMNS 2016: Abstract Deadline Extended to Feb.7, 2016

*Abstract deadline extended to February 7, 2016*

There will also be a prize for best papers.

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: Joan Saldana <joan.saldana@udg.edu>
Date: Sun, Jan 10, 2016 at 4:38 PM
Subject: Workshop: Multilayer and Interconnected Networks..., June 6-8

We would like to announce the workshop "Multilayer and Interconnected 
Networks: Epidemic Processes and Robustness" (MIN 2016) at the 
Universitat of Girona, Catalonia (Spain).  

Date of celebration:  2016-06-08   

Aim and scope: 

Propagation of rumours, computer viruses, infectious diseases, 
technological innovations, or awareness between individuals are examples 
of contagious processes. Some of them can take place simultaneously over 
the same set of nodes (individuals, computers...) but through different 
types of interactions (different routes of transmission). 
Such a situation is formally described in terms of multilayer networks 
or, more generally, in terms of interconnected networks when the set of 
nodes differs from one layer to another.

The goal of this one-day workshop is to bring together scientists working 
on the topic of multilayer and interconnected networks. The speakers will 
present their latest results and will carry out a discussion on the state 
of the art and current open challenges for this topic. We hope the 
meeting will provide an informal venue for encouraging interdisciplinary 

Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order):  

- Marián Boguñá, Univ. de Barcelona
- Robert Kooij, TNO & Delft Univ. of Technology
- Yamir Moreno, Univ. de Zaragoza
- Romualdo Pastor-Satorras, Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya
- Faryad Sahneh, Kansas State University
- Caterina Scoglio, Kansas State University

Attendance is free of cost but registration for audience members is 
required for organisational purposes (lecture room, coffees, lunch). 

Registration deadline: May 31, 2016.

For further information and registration, please visit the website of 
the workshop: https://sites.google.com/site/min2016girona/


From: Roumen Anguelov <roumen.anguelov@up.ac.za>
Date: Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 8:53 AM
Subject: BIOMATH 2016: Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, June 19-25 

BIOMATH 2016: International Conference on Mathematical Methods and  Models 
in Biosciences

BIOMATH conferences are multidisciplinary meeting forums for  researchers 
who develop and apply mathematical and computational tools  to the study 
of phenomena in the broad fields of biology, ecology, medicine, 
biotechnology, bioengineering, environmental science, etc. Contributed 
talks in any of these fields are invited.

Deadline for abstract submission: 25 March 2016.


Selected papers will be published in special issues of the journals: 
Biomath and Mathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences.

Manuscripts submission deadline: 30 September 2016.


From: Roussel, Marc <roussel@uleth.ca>
Date: Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 2:54 PM
Subject: Symmetry Festival 2016, Vienna, July 18-22

On behalf of the International Symmetry Association (ISA) and its partner
institutions, the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science and 
the TU Wien, I have the great pleasure to invite you to the ISA Symmetry 
Festival 2016, to be held at the Technical University of Vienna, 18-22 
July 2016. Please, see the link: http://festival.symmetry.hu/ and the 
corresponding brochure:

I am organizing a special session entitled "Symmetry and Information in
Biological Systems, including studies on the Genetic Code". Dear 
researcher in Mathematical Biology, at large, I am sure that you will 
find, in the keywords in the session's title, something related to your 
own important work. I would be delighted if you could accept our 
invitation and contribute to these quickly growing and fascinating 
subjects. You are welcome! I look forward for your positive reply.

Dr. Tidjani Négadi, Email: tnegadi@gmail.com


From: Tsaneva-Atanasova, Krasimira <K.Tsaneva-Atanasova@exeter.ac.uk
Date: Sun, Jan 10, 2016 at 3:11 AM
Subject: PhD opportunities at the University of Exeter

The following PhD positions available in Professor Tsaneva-Atanasova' 
group at the University of Exeter:

1. EPSRC DTG funded: Modelling Gait in People with Parkinsons Disease

For further details and how to apply see:


2. Carlota Palmer Studentship: Spatio-temporal dynamics of insulitis in 
human type 1 diabetes

For further details and how to apply see:



From: Renata Ivanek Miojevic <ri25@cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 9:30 AM
Subject: Postdoc Position in Epidemiology at Cornell University

A postdoc position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Renata Ivanek in 
the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at Cornell 
University. The successful candidate will lead one of the ongoing or new 
research directions in the lab that include intervention trials and 
mathematical modeling in pre-harvest production of fresh produce and 
finishing cattle, the evolutionary ecology of infectious agents, 
epidemiology of antibiotic resistance and social epidemiology. The 
successful candidate will be expected to contribute to proposal writing, 
preparing manuscripts, and to participate in mentoring of junior members 
of Dr. Ivanek's laboratory. Participation in formal classroom teaching 
is not expected but possible for candidates with strong interest in 
teaching. The successful candidate must be able to work independently 
and as an effective member of Dr. Ivanek?s multidisciplinary collaborative 
The preferred candidate will have (i) a PhD degree in a quantitatively 
oriented field such as epidemiology, ecology or applied mathematics, 
(ii) robust research experience in epidemiology and/or mathematical 
modeling of infectious/foodborne pathogens, and (iii) good track record of 
publications and strong organizational, written, and oral communication 
skills. A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM or equivalent) or 
Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) is desired but not required.
Review of applications will begin immediately and the position is 
available as soon as a qualified applicant is identified. Application 
materials consist of a cover letter, CV, contact details of three 
referees, and a brief statement of research interests in epidemiology 
and career goals. They should be e-mailed to Dr. Ivanek (ri25@cornell.edu
as a single PDF file and with "Ivanek: Open Epi Positions" written in 
the Subject line. Additional information may be requested from shortlisted 
Dr. Ivanek's research is in the epidemiology of infectious and foodborne 
diseases with the purpose of identifying new and improved approaches to 
protect 'One Health'. Currently, the particular interest is in pathogens 
that transmit through contaminated environments, such as surfaces, 
fomites, food or water (e.g., Avian Influenza viruses, Escherichia coli 
O157:H7, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and Vibrio cholerae). 
Dr. Ivanek's computer laboratory uses a variety of epidemiologic 
approaches, including mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, 
spatial analyses, statistical modeling, risk assessments, and design and 
conduct of observational studies and controlled trials. Ongoing 
multidisciplinary collaborations integrate these epidemiologic approaches 
with other disciplines, including microbiology, molecular biology, 
horticulture, statistics, economy, geography and social science.


From: Catherine Crawley <ccrawley@nimbios.org>
Date: Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 3:40 PM
Subject: Postdoct Position in Science Education Research.., NIMBioS 

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) 
requests applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Science Evaluation, 
available to start May 2016. 

The Fellow will assist in development and evaluation of a Quantitative 
Biology Concept Inventory (QBCI) to assess the impact of biological 
constructs and examples on student quantitative comprehension. The Fellow 
will have primary responsibility for all aspects of data collection, 
coordinating focus groups and obtaining professional review of QBCI. A 
successful applicant will have prior experience in evaluation of 
educational efforts in science, with a Ph.D. in Evaluation, Science 
Education, Mathematics Education, or a related field. Experience in 
interdisciplinary research, statistical methodology, or undergraduate 
teaching will also be considered as positive factors in evaluation of 

The Fellowship is for two years at an annual stipend of approximately 
$51,000. For a full description of the position, qualifications, and 
application process, please visit: http://www.nimbios.org/positions/#postdoc_eval

For more information about the position and qualifications, please 
contact NIMBioS Associate Director for STEM Evaluation Pam Bishop at 


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