Subject: Society for Mathematical Biology Digest

SMB Digest  January 27, Volume 16  Issue 4
ISSN 1086-6566

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

Information about the Society for Mathematical Biology, including an
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Issue's Topics:
   President's Message: SMB YouTube Channel
   ECMTB/SMB 2016, Call for Contributed talks and posters
   Conference in Systems Biology, IST Austria, May 18-20
   Midwest Mathematical Biology Conference 2016, May 20-21
   Workshop: Neutron Scattering Applications..., Oak Ridge, May 16-20
   High school Internship..., Moffitt Cancer Center, June-Aug
   The L'Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program
   CMMSE'16 call for papers and sessions, July 4-8, Spain
   Conference MPDE16, France, September 5-9
   BooK: Rodrick Wallace, An Information Approach to Mitochondrial...
   PhD Scholarship: Developing stochastic math..., Univ of Bath
   PhD Positions: biomedical/healthcare, Univ of Exeter
   Postdoc Position: Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette
   Postdoc Position: Mathematical..., Univ of Notre Dame
   Postdoc and Staff Scientist Positions: City of Hope, CA
   SMBnet Reminders


From: Santiago Schnell <schnells@umich.edu>
Date: Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 1:08 PM
Subject: President's Message: SMB YouTube Channel

Scientific discoveries and education are at the heart of modern life. The 
internet and social media are offering new venues of communication. The 
Society for Mathematical Biology has created a YouTube Channel 
(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI8n6gChUAULaOqmLau-xTw) to offer online 
seminars, courses, and educational resources for our community. At the same 
time, our YouTube channel is an excellent opportunity to communicate with 
the general public. Often, the general public does not understand the 
connection between our members' current research and the resulting products 
or findings many years down the road.

The Society has inaugurated its channel by uploading video seminars of the 
talks presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical 
Biology, which was held at the Georgia State University campus in Atlanta, 
Georgia, USA from June 30 to July 3rd, 2015. We are very grateful to the 
annual meeting organizers for providing us with the video recordings of the 

Now, we are asking you to help us grow the Society for Mathematical Biology 
video collection. We welcome submissions of seminars, workshops, and 
courses from members of the mathematical biology community. If you have 
created a video about your research findings that could help the general 
public to better understand what you do and why it is critically important 
to society, we will also consider it for the Society for Mathematical 
Biology YouTube Channel.

Let's work together in disseminating research and knowledge at the interface 
between the mathematical and biological sciences.

Santiago Schnell
President, Society for Mathematical Biology


From: Markus Owen <Markus.Owen@nottingham.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 7:45 AM
Subject: ECMTB/SMB 2016, Call for Contributed talks and posters

ECMTB/SMB 2016 - www.ecmtb2016.org 
There are just THREE WEEKS LEFT to the deadline for contributed talks and 
posters! (14 Feb 2016)
Prizes will be awarded for the best posters! 

10th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology / SMB 
Annual Meeting

The joint meeting of the European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical 
Biology (ESMTB) and the annual meeting of the Society for Mathematical 
Biology (SMB) will be held in Nottingham, 11-15 July 2016. 

We continue to invite abstracts for contributed talks and posters at the 
interface of mathematics and biology, including all areas of the life and 
medical sciences. Contributed talks will be for 20 minutes each 
(including time for questions and changing speakers). Posters will be 
displayed for a minimum of two days each, so your work will get plenty 
of exposure. 

Please fill in the form at http://www.ecmtb2016.org/submissions/ to 
submit your abstract. The deadline is 14 Feb 2016. 

Please note: The first submission associated with your email address will 
create a user account, and a password will be emailed to that email 
address. Each registered user may make a maximum of two submissions to 
ECMTB 2016 (one as a minisymposium organiser; one for a minisymposium talk, 
contributed talk or poster). 


From: Peter Swain <peter.swain@ed.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 7:59 AM
Subject: Conference in Systems Biology, IST Austria, May 18-20

Applications are now open for the Information, Probability and Inference 
in Systems Biology Conference (IPISB2016), which will be held from May 
18-20, 2016, at the IST Austria, near Vienna:


The meeting will address: new information-theoretic approaches to cellular 
sensing and signal transduction, the study of stochastic biochemical 
networks, inferential methods for statistical modelling of time series 
data, cellular decision-making, and the links between control theory, 
decision-making, and information theory as applied to systems, 
evolutionary, and synthetic biology.


From: Peirce, James <jpeirce@uwlax.edu>
Date: Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 12:57 PM
Subject: Midwest Mathematical Biology Conference 2016, May 20-21

2016 Midwest Mathematical Biology Conference - Call for Presenters

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is excited to host the 2nd Midwest 
Mathematical Biology Conference on May 20-21, 2016 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.   
The conference features three outstanding plenary speakers 

Dr. Carina Curto, Penn. State. Univ.
Dr. Mark Craven, Univ. of Wisconsin
Dr. Louis Gross, Univ. of Tenn.

The conference will also feature two afternoon workshops on May 21st. The 
first will revolve around Biomathematics Curriculum (lead by Dr. Tim Comar, 
Benedictine Univ.), and the second will be an R Programming Bootcamp (lead 
by Dr. Richard Erickson, USGS Upper Mississippi Environmental Science 

Further details about the conference, abstract submission, and registration 
information are available at http://www.uwlax.edu/conted/mmbc

If you are interested in presenting an oral or poster presentation on any 
aspect of mathematical biology, please submit your abstract by February 
29th, 2016. The cost of registration increases after April 22nd, 2016.  
We hope to see you in May!

Questions or inquires can be directed to James Peirce 


From: Meilleur, Flora <meilleurf@ornl.gov>
Date: Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 7:33 AM
Subject: Workshop: Neutron Scattering Applications..., Oak Ridge, May 16-20

7th Workshop on Neutron Scattering Applications in Structural Biology
Oak Ridge, TN. May 16 ? May 20, 2016
Detailed information can be found on the workshop web page: 
https://conference.sns.gov/event/15, Application deadline: April 1, 2016
The workshop on Neutron Scattering Applications in Structural Biology aims 
at enabling structural biologists to fully exploit the latest 
instrumentation and software development at the SNS and HFIR facilities at 
Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Attendees will participate in lectures and 
tutorials focusing exclusively on neutron techniques applied in structural 
biology. The workshop is designed for graduate students, post-doctoral 
fellows and faculty new to or with limited experience of neutron scattering.
Travel and accommodation expenses are supported for selected participants 
from the United States. International applications are welcome. However 
the course organization is not able to support travel or accommodation.
The number of participants will be limited to 15. There is no registration 
fee for all selected participants.
The application package consisting of 1) Information form, 2) CV, 3) 
Applicant motivation letter (1/2 to 1 page), 4) Principal Investigator 
letter of support (for graduate students only; 1/2 to 1 page), should be 
sent electronically to meilleurf@ornl.gov before April 1, 2016. 


From: High School Internship Program for IMO <HIPIMO@moffitt.org>
Date: Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 1:51 PM
Subject: High school Internship..., Moffitt Cancer Center, June-Aug

Moffitt's High School Internship Program in Integrated Mathematical 
Oncology (HIP IMO) is currently accepting applications for summer 2016.

HIP IMO is an integrated mathematical oncology-centric internship program 
that delivers interdisciplinary team science research experiences for high 
school students aged 16 years or older. This unpaid, mentored training 
program is designed for motivated aspiring scientists to help prepare them 
for interdisciplinary cancer research careers. Working under the direction 
and guidance of IMO faculty/scientist mentors, interns are involved in 
activities designed to foster the development of life-long research skills.

HIP IMO provides 8 weeks of intensive research study with some of the 
nation's leading scientists at the interface between mathematics, cancer 
biology and clinical research. Students will be involved in ongoing 
research projects in Integrated Mathematical Oncology, at the Moffitt 
Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, in a designated theoretical research group.

Application and program information are available on the HIP IMO website 
Completed applications and letters of support must be received no later 
than March 1, 2016.
Questions can be sent to HipImo@moffitt.org.


From: Santiago Schnell <schnells@umich.edu>
Date: Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 10:19 AM
Subject: The L'Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program

The L'Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women 
postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their 
contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields 
and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. The 
program is the U.S. component of the L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science 
International Fellowships. Celebrating its twelfth year in the U.S., the 
For Women in Science program has awarded 60 postdoctoral women scientists 
nearly $3 million in grants.

L'Oréal USA partners with the American Association for the Advancement of 
Science (AAAS) to manage the program's application and peer-review process. 
Each year, the program attracts talented applicants from diverse STEM 
fields, representing some of the nation's leading academic institutions and 

As the deadline is fast approaching (February 5th, 2016), the Society for 
Mathematical Biology is reaching out to see if you would be willing to 
refer any of your fellows to this program. The details can be perused on: 


From: CMMSE CONFERENCE <cmmse@usal.es>
Date: Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 5:04 AM
Subject: CMMSE'16 call for papers and sessions, July 4-8, Spain

CMMSE 2016, 16th Conference on Computational and Mathematical Methods in 
Science and Engineering, Barceloì Costa Ballena Golf & SPA, July 4-8, Cadiz, 
Andalucia, Spain. http://cmmse.usal.es/cmmse2016/ Call for Presentations.

Standard presentation: 20+5 minutes in length.
Special Sessions: Minimum of 8 presentations.
Symposiums more than 10 presentations.
Symposiums chairs can act as plenary speakers.

May 17-Deadline for submission of Abstracts (3-4 pages) or full papers 
(12 pages).
May 26-Notification of Acceptance
June 12-Registration (with podium)
June 20-Registration (without podium)
August 10-Deadline for submission (SPECIAL ISSUES).
Sept. 10-Special issue final selection.

Computational Chemistry & Mathematical Chemistry
- Journal of Mathematical Chemistry, (Springer)
- Fullerenes, Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures (Taylor & Francis).

Computational Mathematics
- Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, (Elsevier)
- Mathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences, (John Wiley & Sons).
- International Journal of Computer Mathematics, (Taylor & Francis).

Computer Science
- Journal of Supercomputing, (Springer).
- International Journal of Uncertainty, Fuzziness and Knowledge-Based 
Systems (solicited, Word Scientific)


From: Jean-Christophe Poggiale <jean-christophe.poggiale@univ-amu.fr>
Date: Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 8:23 AM
Subject: Conference MPDE16, France, September 5-9

Here is the second announcement for the Conference MPDE16, which will be 
held in September (5-9) in Marseille (France).

You can find information on the web site: http://mpde16.mio.univ-amu.fr/

Registration is now available. The deadline for reduced early registration 
fees is May, the 31st.

The deadline for abstract submissions is April, the 1st. Please, use 
the *.tex file for your submission.


From: Qi Wen NG <qwng@wspc.com.sg>
Date: Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 7:02 PM
Subject: BooK: Rodrick Wallace, An Information Approach to Mitochondrial...

An Information Approach to Mitochondrial Dysfunction: Extending Swerdlow's 
Hypothesis, by Rodrick Wallace (Columbia University, USA)

The monograph applies sophisticated topological symmetry tools to 
biological applications of information theory, along with a Black?Scholes 
model invocation of the Data Rate Theorem which links information and 
control theories. It significantly extends current thinking on Alzheimer's 
and related chronic disease.


From: Kit Yates <C.Yates@bath.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 5:31 AM
Subject: PhD Scholarship: Developing stochastic math..., Univ of Bath

Fully funded 3.5 year PhD Scholarship: Developing stochastic
mathematical frameworks for modelling cell migration. With Christian
Yates - University of Bath (UK)

Randomness at the cellular level can lead to interesting and
counter-intuitive phenomena. However, it is only recently that the
simulation of reaction-diffusion models incorporating randomness has
become a popular way to investigate biological processes at the cell
scale. Such models provide realism at the cost of significant
computational resources. Modelling at the cell scale requires modelling
frameworks to run as efficiently as possible which necessitates the
development of new mathematical techniques. For example, hybrid (mixed)
representations which combine the best features of existing schemes or
efficient simulation algorithms which ensure feasible simulation times
for complex biological models.

Throughout the project the candidate will attempt to answer questions in
Developmental Biology by creating novel mathematical modelling
methodologies which allow for both detailed realistic representation and
efficient simulation. In each case my experimental collaborators will
provide the data required to parameterise and validate the models or
perform experiments to investigate model-generated predictions. The
methodologies will be developed in sufficient generality that they can
be applied to a wide range of reaction-diffusion systems across the

This project will focus on the development of efficient spatially
extended modelling frameworks for the representation of cell migration
and more general reaction-diffusion processes. The models themselves
will incorporate some or all of the flowing experimentally-motivated
facets: domain growth, volume exclusion, diffusion, proliferation,
chemotaxis, cell-cell signalling. These sophisticated models will be
efficient enough to incorporate detailed biological information,
provided through a long-standing experimental collaboration, on a range
of biological mechanisms which contribute to the overall migration. This
will allow investigate a wider range of complex biological of scenarios.

The mathematical tools that will be used will be diverse and range from
on/off lattice individual-based models to partial differential equations
and probability theory. An idea candidate will have a strong background
in applied mathematics with some experience of probability and an
interest in biological problems.

This research will provide significant insight into the behaviour of
neural crest cells and the diseases associated with migration failure. A
better understanding of the developmental origins of neural crest cell
disorders will benefit both our clinical understanding of the diseases
and the advancement of diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

For more information and how to apply see:

For enquiries please email post graduate admissions:


From: Tsaneva-Atanasova, Krasimira <K.Tsaneva-Atanasova@exeter.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 5:36 AM
Subject: PhD Positions: biomedical/healthcare, Univ of Exeter

I have two open PhD Positions in my group at the University of Exeter. I am 
looking for PhD students with quantitative background (mathematics, physics, 
computer science or engineering) who are interested in applying their 
skills in solving biomedical and/or healthcare problems.

Carlota Palmer Studentships:

1. Spatio-temporal dynamics of insulitis in human type 1 diabetes

For further details and how to apply see:

2. Modelling visuomotor coordination in People with Parkinson's Disease

For further details and how to apply see:

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding these 

Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova
Professor of Mathematics for Healthcare
College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
University of Exeter
Exeter, Devon, EX4 4QF, UK
tel: +44 (0) 1392 723615
email: k.tsaneva-atanasova@exeter.ac.uk
web: http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/mathematics/staff/kt298


From: Grace I Bouillion <graceb@louisiana.edu>
Date: Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 11:14 AM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette

Position: Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Affiliated Dept: Ray P. Authement College of Sciences

Effective Date: As soon as selected candidate is available.

Duration: The position is for 18 months with a possibility of 6 months 

Qualifications: Ph.D. degree required. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. 
degree in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics with substantial knowledge of 
statistics and experience in developing and analyzing discrete and 
continuous structured population models and in developing and implementing 
numerical methods for solving such models. Also, experience in writing and 
publishing papers is required and a history of presentations at 
professional meetings is desired. 

Duties: The selected candidate will be a member of the consortium "Littoral 
Acoustic Demonstration Center - Gulf Ecological Monitoring and Modeling 
(LADC-GEMM)" working closely with Dr. Ackleh and his graduate students and 
the rest of the UL Lafayette LADC-GEMM Team. Current research projects
focus on modeling and monitoring marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico. 

For more details go to the following site: <http://www.ladcgemm.org/> and 
click on "Research". 

Applications: We will review applications as they are received and continue 
until the position is filled. Send letters of application with vitae and a 
list of three (3) references to: graceb@louisiana.edu


From: Brajendra Kumar Singh <brajendra.singh@nd.edu>
Date: Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 9:30 AM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Mathematical..., Univ of Notre Dame

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW POSITION in Mathematical and Computational Modelling 
of Neglected Tropical Diseases

A Post-doctoral Research Fellow position is available immediately in the 
interdisciplinary Global Epidemiology and Biostatistics Group led by Prof. 
Edwin Michael at the University of Notre Dame in the Department of 
Biological Sciences and the Eck Institute for Global Health, to develop new 
mathematical and computational frameworks for modeling neglected vector-
borne macroparasitic infections, in partnership with IBM Healthcare 
Informatics, IBM Haifa Research Labs, Israel.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate for the position must be 
proficient in mathematical model construction and analysis using both 
analytical and numerical methods, as well as have strong programming and 
computer science skills. Our current work includes vector-borne 
microparasitic and neglected macroparasitic models, and the successful 
candidate will be expected to work with group members and faculty within 
the Department of Biology, and at Applied Computational Mathematics and 
Statistics, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and the 
Center for Research Computing, in analyzing the dynamical properties and 
simulation of these models. Knowledge and application of data discovery, 
mining, and data-model assimilation methods will be important, as among key 
objectives of our work is to apply models to diverse data across the world 
to improve learning and understanding of disease dynamics, inform effective 
control and eradication strategies, and guide development of new computing 
approaches to efficient discovery of models, data and interventions. The 
candidate will have an opportunity to work with our computation partner, 
IBM Healthcare Informatics, in developing a cognitive computational 
application based on machine learning algorithms to implement these methods 
and tools. We are looking for creative, self-motivated individuals with 
intellectual ability and aptitude to pursue challenging, computationally 
and mathematically complex problems in a fast paced research environment.

Qualifications: Suitable candidates should have completed a PhD or 
equivalent degree in biomathematics, infectious disease population biology, 
theoretical physics, or in computer science, with a research experience in 
mathematical modelling of infectious disease transmission.

Qualified individuals should send in PDF format a cover letter, curriculum 
vitae, statement of research interest, and three letters of reference to 
the search committee chair, Dr. Edwin Michael at eigh@nd.edu. Review of 
applications will begin immediately upon receipt of applications and 
continue until suitable candidates are identified. For additional 
information about working at the University of Notre Dame and various 
benefits available to employees, please visit 


From: Rockne, Russell <rrockne@coh.org>
Date: Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 5:02 PM
Subject: Postdoc and Staff Scientist Positions: City of Hope, CA

The division of Mathematical Oncology at City of Hope in Los Angeles 
California is hiring postdoc and staff scientist positions. See links below 
for more information. Stat date and duration of appointment is flexible 
depending on candidate availability. Positions are open and available 


Staff Scientist

Division of Mathematical Oncology

Twitter @COHMathOnc


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