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SMB Digest      March 2, 2016   Volume 16  Issue 09
ISSN 1086-6566

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Issue's Topics: 
   Landahl-Busenberg Travel Grants to the SMB Annual Meeting
   ToC: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, Vol. 78, Issue 2
   BAMM! Biology and Medicine through Mathematics! May 20-22, VCU
   2016 NCTS Intl. Workshop in Mathematical Biology, May 21-23, Taiwan
   BIOMATH 2016, June 19-26,  Bulgaria
   Workshop on Conflict, Competition .., June 28-July1, Czech Republic
   PhD/PostDoc positions at Simula Research Laboratory, Norway
   PhD Positions: Quantitative Biol. & Medical Genetics, McGill U
   Call for Applications: Evol. Quant. Genetics,  NIMBioS
   NSF Funding Opportunity: Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to ...
   SMBnet Reminders


From: Nick Cogan <cogan@math.fsu.edu>
Date: Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 10:54 AM
Subject: Landahl-Busenberg Travel Grants to the SMB Annual Meeting

I would like to encourage everyone to apply for travel funding to the
annual meeting of the SMB that is joint with the ECMTB this year in
Nottingham (http://www.ecmtb2016.org/).

We are especially encouraging junior faculty and faculty at four year
colleges to apply for funding. The deadline for applications is March
31 and the announcements of awards will happen soon after. Information
can be found at http://www.smb.org/meetings/landahl.shtml, and you are
welcome to email me directly.

I hope to see you there!

Nick Cogan
Department of Mathematics
Florida State University
208 Love Building
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4510
FAX: 850.644.4053
email: cogan@math.fsu.edu

From: Springer <springer@alerts.springer.com>
Date: Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 11:39 PM
Subject: ToC: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, Vol. 78, Issue 2

Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, Vol. 78, Issue 2

Reinhard Laubenbacher & Alan Hastings
The Journal now publishes reviews, methods, perspectives, unsolved
problems and education articles. Why not consider this Journal for
your next paper? 
Lear more: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11538-015-0134-0

In this issue (9 articles):

Modeling Importations and Exportations of Infectious Diseases via Travelers
Luis Fernandez Lopez, Marcos Amaku, Francisco Antonio Bezerra
Coutinho, Mikkel Quam, Marcelo Nascimento Burattini, Claudio José
Struchiner, Annelies Wilder-Smith & Eduardo Massad

GH3-Mediated Auxin Conjugation Can Result in Either Transient or
Oscillatory Transcriptional Auxin Responses
Nathan Mellor, Malcolm J. Bennett & John R. King

Effects of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Host Mortality on Disease Spread
Z. Rapti & C. E. Cáceres

Evolution of Dispersal with Starvation Measure and Coexistence
Yong-Jung Kim & Ohsang Kwon

Evolutionarily Stable Strategies for Fecundity and Swimming Speed of Fish
Michael J. Plank, Jonathan W. Pitchford & Alex James

Choice of Antiviral Allocation Scheme for Pandemic Influenza Depends
on Strain Transmissibility, Delivery Delay and Stockpile Size
Michael Lydeamore, Nigel Bean, Andrew J. Black & Joshua V. Ross

Dynamics of an HIV Model with Multiple Infection Stages and Treatment
with Different Drug Classes
Xia Wang, Xinyu Song, Sanyi Tang & Libin Rong

Erratum to: Numerical Equilibrium Analysis for Structured Consumer
Resource Models
A. M. de Roos, O. Diekmann, P. Getto & M. A. Kirkilionis

Erratum to: Dynamics of Simple Food Webs
Tomas Gedeon & Patrick Murphy

Do you want to publish your article in this journal?
Please visit the homepage of Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
for full details on:
 *  aims and scope
 *  editorial policy
 *  article submission

Impact Factor: 1.389 (2014)
Journal Citation Reports®, Thomson Reuters

From: Rebecca A Segal <rasegal@vcu.edu>
Date: Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 9:28 AM
Subject: BAMM! Biology and Medicine through Mathematics! May 20-22, VCU

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended:
Conference Announcement: BAMM! Biology and Medicine through
Mathematics!  May 20-22, 2016


This is a new Biomath conference that will be held at Virginia
Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA from Friday, May 20 to Sunday,
May 22, 2016.  The conference will consist of plenary talks, break-out
sessions, and a poster session. We welcome participation from
researchers at all academic levels working in mathematical biology.
Funding from NSF, SMB and MBI has been secured for travel awards for
junior researchers.

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Jim Cushing (The University of Arizona)
Leah Edelstein-Keshet (University of British Columbia)
Bard Ermentrout (University of Pittsburgh)
James Keener (University of Utah)

Important Dates:

Abstract Submissions Deadline Extended to 3/7/2016
Registration Deadline 4/10/2016

Organizing Committee:
David Chan, Laura Ellwein, Cheng Ly, Angela Reynolds, Suzanne
Robertson, and Rebecca Segal

Questions: BAMM16@vcu.edu


From: Feng-Bin Wang <fbwang0229@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 8:37 AM
Subject: 2016 NCTS Intl. Workshop in Mathematical Biology, May 21-23, Taiwan

This workshop aims to survey recent advances in mathematical
modeling with applications to biology, including population dynamics,
biological invasion, epidemic spreading, physiology, and so on. We
hope the topics discussed at this workshop will further promote the
research of mathematical biology in Taiwan.

Sze-Bi Hsu (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)
Xiaoqiang Zhao (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada)
Je-Chiang Tsai (National Chung Cheng University)
Feng-Bin Wang (Chang Gung University)

Confirmed speakers:
Chao-Nien Chen  (National Tsing Hua University)
Jian Fang (Harbin Institute of Technology)
Jong Shenq Guo  (Tamkang University)
Ying-Hen Hsieh  (China Medical University)
Li-Chang Hung  (National Taiwan University)
Yu Jin (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA)
Juang Jonq ?National Chiao Tung University?
Chiun-Chang Lee   (National Hsinchu University of Education)
Tai-Chia Lin  (National Taiwan University)
Yijun Lou  (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
Wei-Ming Ni (University of Minnesota and East China Normal University)
Stephen Schecter (North Carolina State University)
Chih-Wen Shih?National Chiao Tung University?
Je-Chiang Tsai  (National Chung Cheng University)
Jui-Pin Tseng  (National Chengchi University)
Chang-Hong Wu  (National University of Tainan)
Feng-Bin Wang  (Chang Gung University)
Kohei Yoshiyama (Gifu University, Japan)
Ting-Hui Yang  (Tamkang University)
Xiaoqiang Zhao (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada)

Place: 4th Floor, The 3rd General Building, National Tsing Hua
University, Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Sponsoring organization:  National Center for Theoretical Sciences,
Mathematics Division.


From: Roumen Anguelov, roumen.anguelov@up.ac.za
Date: Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 6:37 AM
Subject:  BIOMATH 2016, June 19-26,  Bulgaria

Financial Aid is available for BIOMATH 2016: International Conference
on Mathematical Methods and Models in Biosciences and a School for
Young Scientists, 19-26 June 2016,  University Centre Bachinovo,
South-West University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

The conference is devoted to recent research in life sciences based on
applications of mathematics as well as mathematics applied to or
motivated by biological studies. It is a multidisciplinary meeting
forum 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. Abstracts deadline: 30 March 2016. Presentations (oral or
poster) at BIOMATH 2016 are welcomed for submission optionally in four
journals. More information:

Prof Roumen Anguelov
Head: Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
University of Pretoria
Pretoria 0002
South Africa
Tel. +27-12-4202874+27-12-4202874
Fax +27-12-4203893

From: Vlastimil Krivan <vlastimil.krivan@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 2:51 PM
Subject: Workshop on Conflict, Competition .., June 28-July1, Czech Republic

Workshop  Announcement:
Conflict, Competition, Cooperation and Complexity: Using Evolutionary
Game Theory to model realistic populations, June 28-July 1, 2016,
Prague, Czech Republic


This is the first workshop of the European Union?s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme FourCmodelling  (No 690817) under
the Marie Sk?odowska-Curie grant agreement. The workshop will consist
of talks,  discussion, and break out sessions that focus on the
following aspects of evolutionary game theory:

1. Multiplayer games in structured populations, 
2. Complex foraging games and time constraints, 
3. Modeling pandemics as complex systems,
4. Modeling cancer as a complex adaptive system.

This event is open to researchers whose areas of expertise complement
these themes. A limited number of positions is reserved for PhD
students and junior researchers working/interested in evolutionary
game theory and their applications within the scope of this project.
The  workshop fee is 350 Euros and the reduced fee is 150 Euros (meals
are included). Partial funding from the RISE project has been secured
for travel awards for junior researchers/PhD students.

If you want to be a part of this exciting event, send a short
motivation e-mail  (indicating whether you want to present a
talk/poster) to prof. Mark Broom at mark.Broom.1@city.ac.uk not latter
than April 30, 2016. Selected candidates will be notified shortly


From: Valeriya Naumova <valeriya@simula.no>
Date: Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 2:48 AM
Subject: PhD/PostDoc positions at Simula Research Laboratory, Norway

Simula Research Lab, Norway, has opening for 1 Doctoral position and
1 Postdoctoral position for a term of up to 3 years each. The
positions are available within the project "Function-driven Data
Learning in High Dimension  (FunDaHD)"  funded by the Research Council
of Norway. Applicants should hold a degree in mathematics or related
areas with a strong background in numerics, optimization, analysis,
approximation theory, or probability theory.  The deadline for
applications is April 15, 2016.

Enquiries regarding the position and the applications should be
directed to Dr. Valeriya Naumova (Valeriya@simula.no). More details
about the positions are available here:
https://www.simula.no/about/available-jobs "

From: Simon gravel <gravellab@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:45:09 -0500
Subject: PhD Positions: Quantitative Biol. & Medical Genetics, McGill U
Quantitative Biology and Medical Genetics for the World

Program Announcement

The "Quantitative Biology and Medical Genetics for the World" program at
McGill is offering a number of prestigious Queen Elizabeth II
scholarships for Commonwealth citizens to pursue a PhD at McGill

The Program The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships
(QEII) program is a new program established by the Association of
Universities and Colleges of Canada to create a community of leading
Canadian and Commonwealth scholars. For background see:

"Quantitative Biology and Medical Genetics for the World" at McGill is
supported by the QEII program and coordinated by the McGill University
and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre (MUGQIC), one of Canada's leading
institutions for genome research. The goal is to provide
interdisciplinary training at a PhD level interfacing between
high-throughput biology and quantitative sciences. While applicants can
be from any Commonwealth country, we will favour students with
nationality from countries where similar training opportunities are not
readily available. PhD students are admitted for studies at McGill
commencing in January and September of each year.

Applications are presently open for an anticipated start date in September
2016. For the Department of Human Genetics, the deadline for applications
for this start date is March 31, 2016.

More information can be found at:

From: Catherine Crawley <ccrawley@nimbios.org>
Subject:  Call for Applications: Evol. Quant. Genetics,  NIMBioS
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2016 16:14:08 -0500

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Tutorial,
"Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics 2016," to be held August 8-12,
2016, at NIMBioS.

*Objectives: *This tutorial will review the basics of theory in the
field of evolutionary quantitative genetics and its connections to
evolution observed at various time scales. Quantitative genetics deals
with the inheritance of measurements of traits that are affected by
many genes. Quantitative genetic theory for natural populations was
developed considerably in the period from 1970 to 1990 and up to the
present, and it has been applied to a wide range of phenomena
including the evolution of differences between the sexes, sexual
preferences, life history traits, plasticity of traits, as well as the
evolution of body size and other morphological measurements. Textbooks
have not kept pace with these developments, and currently few
universities offer courses in this subject aimed at evolutionary
biologists. There is a need for evolutionary biologists to understand
this field because of the ability to collect large amounts of data by
computer, the development of statistical methods for changes of traits
on evolutionary trees and for changes in a single species through
time, and the realization that quantitative characters will not soon
be fully explained by genomics. This tutorial aims to fill this need
by reviewing basic aspects of theory and illustrating how that theory
can be tested with data, both from single species and with
multiple-species phylogenies. Participants will learn to use R, an
open-source statistical programming language, to build and test
evolutionary models. The intended participants for this tutorial are
graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty members in
evolutionary biology.

The content of this tutorial will be similar to the tutorial held at
NIMBioS in 2015. For more information about that tutorial, visit

For more information about the 2016 tutorial and a link to the online
application form, go to http://www.nimbios.org/tutorials/TT_eqg2016

*Location: *NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

*Co-Organizers: *Stevan J. Arnold, Integrative Biology, Oregon State
Univ. and Joe Felsenstein, Genome Sciences, Univ. of Washington,

*Instructors: *Stevan J. Arnold, Integrative Biology, Oregon State
Univ.; Patrick Carter, Evolutionary Physiology, Washington State
Univ., Pullman; Joe Felsenstein, Genome Sciences, Univ. of Washington,
Seattle; Adam Jones, Biology, Texas A&M Univ.; Emilia Martins,
Biology, Indiana Univ., Bloomington; Brian O'Meara, Ecology &
Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Tennessee; and Josef Uyeda,
Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies, Univ. of Idaho, Moscow.
Others TBA.

*Co-Sponsor:* The American Society of Naturalists

There are no fees associated with this tutorial. Tutorial
participation in the tutorial is by application only. Individuals with
a strong interest in the topic, including post-docs and graduate
students, are encouraged to apply, and successful applicants will be
notified within two weeks of the application deadline.

*Food and Lodging: *Breakfast and lunch will be provided at NIMBioS
each day of the tutorial, as well as coffee and mid-morning and
mid-afternoon snacks. NIMBioS is not covering dinner, travel, or
lodging expenses for participants. A block of rooms at a group rate
will be reserved at the Four Points by Sheraton Knoxville Cumberland
House Hotel. More information will be available here soon about room
rates and how participants can make reservations.

*Application deadline:* May 1, 2016

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from
around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to
investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life
sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation,
with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


From: Henry Warchall <hwarchal@nsf.gov>
Date: Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 3:24 PM
Subject: Updated NSF program solicitation: Joint DMS-NIGMS Initiative
to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and
Mathematical Sciences

Dear Colleagues,

An updated NSF program solicitation is now available:

   Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of
the Biological and Mathematical Sciences (DMS/NIGMS)

Please see:

for details. Full Proposal Deadline Date: September 14, 2016

From the solicitation:

The extraordinary growth of data-rich biology has created
revolutionary opportunities for mathematically-driven advances in
biological research. In this initiative, the National Institute of
General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and the National Science Foundation's
Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) join together to promote
research at the interface of the biological and mathematical sciences.
The expertise of DMS in the mathematical and statistical sciences and
the complementary expertise of NIGMS in biological and biomedical
research are expected to create new opportunities in support of
quantitative biological research.

This program is designed to support research in mathematics and
statistics on questions in the biological and biomedical sciences. A
direct relationship between a biological application and the
mathematical and/or statistical work is expected. Research
collaborations that include scientists from both the life sciences
community and the mathematical and statistical sciences communities
are encouraged. Both new and existing collaborations will be
supported. Proposals from individual investigators will need to make
the case that the individual has expertise in both fields.

Successful proposals will either involve the formulation of new
mathematical, computational, or statistical models and tools whose
analysis poses significant mathematical challenges or identify
innovative mathematics or statistics needed to solve an important
biological problem. Research that would apply standard mathematical or
statistical techniques to solve biological problems is not appropriate
for this competition and should be submitted directly to NIH.
Similarly, proposals with research in mathematics or statistics that
is not tied to a specific biological problem should be submitted to
the appropriate DMS program at NSF. Proposals designed to create new
software tools based on existing models and methods will not be
accepted in this competition.


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