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SMB Digest      March 9, 2016   Volume 16  Issue 10
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Issue's Topics: 
   Seeking host for SMB Annual Meeting 2020
   46th Annual J.H. Barrett Memorial Lectures, May 16-18, U. of Tennessee
   Workshop: The MIN2016,  June 8, Girona, Catalonia, Spain
   Workshop: Spatially Distributed Stochastic ..., June 20-24, Cambridge, UK
   Workshop: Morphogenetic Engineering ..., July 4-8, Cancun, Mexico
   Conf: Integrative Approach to Understanding ..., August 1-3, Japan
   Conf: Systems Immunology, Sept. 27-28, Santa Fe, NM 
   Summer Course: Brains, Minds & Machines, Aug. 15 - Sept. 5, MA
   Postdoc: Math Biology - Human Life History Evolution, U. of Sydney
   Postdoc: Computational Biology and Genomics, Kreiman Lab, Boston
   Postdoc: Management & Use of Biofilms , U. of York, UK
   Program Director vacancy at NIGMS/NIH
   NIH Update
   SMBnet Reminders


From: Meghan A. Burke <mburke@kennesaw.edu>
Date: Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 11:46 AM
Subject: Seeking host for SMB Annual Meeting 2020

SMB Annual Meeting 2020

The call for proposals to host the SMB Annual Meeting in 2020 is now open.

As I'm sure you know, this year's meeting will be held in Nottingham UK,
joint with ESMTB.  In 2017 the meeting will be held in Salt Lake City;
in 2018 in Sydney, joint with JSMB; and in 2019 in Montreal.  We have
established a pattern of conferences alternating between North America (in
odd years) and elsewhere (in even years), and we are therefore
particularly interested in proposals from outside North America.

Proposals of no more than four pages should be made to Meghan Burke,
Chair of the Future Meetings Committee, by 15 April 2016, by e-mail at
<mburke(at)kennesaw.edu>.  The Chair strongly encourages prospective
proposers to contact her for further information before submitting a


From: Suzanne Lenhart <lenhart@math.utk.edu>
Date: March 3, 2016, 6:25:58 PM EST
Subject: 46th Annual J.H. Barrett Memorial Lectures, May 16-18, U. of Tennessee

Consider coming to our conference. 46th Annual John H. Barrett
Memorial Lectures: Modeling and Analysis of Nonlinear PDEs in Spatial

Time: May 16 -18. 2016 
Location: Department of Mathematics, The
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Plenary Speakers:
Chris Cosner, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Mark Lewis, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Yuan Lou, The Ohio University, Columbus, OH

Invited Speakers:
Anna R. Ghazaryan, Miami University, Oxford, OH
Judith Miller, Georgetown University, DC
Nancy Rodriguez, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Wenxian Shen, Auburn University, AL
Michael Winkler, University of Paderborn, Germany
Jin Yu, University of Nebraska, NE

Registration is available at the conference website www.math.utk.edu/barrett/

Slots for contributed talks and poster presentations are available and
arranged for participants who submit the titles and abstracts of the talks.

Limited financial support is available to assist in covering attendees
travel and/or lodging, with priority given to students, junior
researchers, those who present contributed talks or posters and those
without access to other funding options from their institution or funding

This conference is being sponsored by The University of Tennessee
Mathematics Department, National Institute for Mathematical and
Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), College of Arts & Sciences, and the
Office of Research & Engagement.

This conference is also supported in part by the Institute for
Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) through its Participating
Institution (PI) Program. PI members may use IMA/PI funds to support
personnel?s travel to this conference.


From: Joan Saldana <joan.saldana@udg.edu>
Date: Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 4:35 AM
Subject: Workshop: The MIN2016 , June 8, Girona, Catalonia, Spain

2nd announcement of the workshop MIN2016, 8 June 2016, Girona,
Catalonia (Spain)

Registration deadline: May 31, 2016.

The goal of the one-day workshop "Multilayer and Interconnected
Networks: Epidemic Processes and Robustness"  (MIN2016) 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 communication.

Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order):
? Marián Boguñá, Univ. de Barcelona
? Gregorio D?Agostino, ENEA, Italy
? Sergio Gómez, Univ. Rovira i Virgil
? Robert Kooij, TNO & Delft Univ. of Technologyi
? Yamir Moreno, Univ. de Zaragoza
? Romualdo Pastor-Satorras, Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya
? Faryad Sahneh, Kansas State University
? Caterina Scoglio, Kansas State University

There will be room for poster presentations. If interested, please
submit a short abstract through our web site.

Attendance is free of cost but registration for audience members is
required for organisational purposes.

Registration deadline: May 31, 2016.

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


From: Samuel Isaacson <isaacson@math.bu.edu>
Date: Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 9:44 AM
Subject: Workshop: Spatially Distributed Stochastic ..., June 20-24, Cambridge 

Spatially Distributed Stochastic Dynamical Systems in Biology
June 20-24 2016, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK

Closing workshop of the Isaac Newton Institute programme on Stochastic
Dynamical Systems in Biology: Numerical Methods and Applications.

Workshop Theme:
Many fundamental biological processes involve spatially distributed
components. Examples include the diffusion of proteins within
microdomains and lipid bilayers; the propagation of trans-membrane
potentials across cellular membranes; the movement of cells within
tumors; and the transmission of chemical signals from the cell surface
to regulatory sites in the nucleus. This workshop aims to bring
together researchers investigating spatially distributed stochastic
processes in cell and molecular biology, with researchers developing
techniques for the analysis of mathematical models and related
numerical methods. One particular emphasis will be models involving
spatial transport and chemical reactions, which often span multiple
time and length scales ...

For more information: https://www.newton.ac.uk/event/sdbw04

Deadline for applications: 1 April 2016
Please indicate in your application if you would like to give a poster.

Samuel Isaacson (Boston University),
David Holcman (ENS ? Paris),
Ruth Baker (University of Oxford),
Jun Allard (University of California, Irvine),
Stefan Engblom (Uppsala University)


From: Hiroki Sayama <sayama@binghamton.edu>
Date: Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 9:47 AM
Subject: Workshop: Morphogenetic Engineering ..., July 4-8, Cancun, Mexico

Call for Abstracts:
The sixth  Morphogenetic Engineering Workshop (MEW 2016)
at ALife XV, July 4-8, 2016, Cancun, Mexico


This workshop aims to promote and expand Morphogenetic Engineering, a
new field of research exploring the artificial design and
implementation of autonomous systems capable of developing complex,
heterogeneous morphologies. Particular emphasis is set on the
programmability and controllability of self-organization, properties
that are often underappreciated in complex systems science--while,
conversely, the benefits of self-organization are often
under-appreciated in engineering methodologies.

Authors are invited to submit an abstract (up to 2 pages) prepared
following the ALIFE XV paper format
(http://xva.life/?page_id=349). Accepted abstracts will be compiled
into the Workshop Proceedings and will be published online on the
Workshop website for free downloads.

Please submit your abstract in PDF by email to:
Rene Doursat <R.Doursat@mmu.ac.uk>
Hiroki Sayama <sayama@binghamton.edu>

* Abstract submission deadline : April 30, 2016
* Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2016
* Camera-ready abstract due: May 31, 2016
* Workshop date: TBA (one day during the week of July 4-8, 2016)


From: Sekimura <sekimura@isc.chubu.ac.jp>
Date: Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 1:25 AM
Subject: Conf. on Integrative Approach to Understanding ..., August 1-3, Japan

Conference: International Meeting on "Integrative Approach to 
Understanding the Diversity of Butterfly Wing Patterns (IABP-2016)"
Venue: Chubu University, Kasugai, Aichi, Japan
Dates: August 1-3, 2016

The meeting is organized by Chubu University. Research fields of
invitees cover a variety of fields: Evo-Devo, Eco-Devo, Developmental
Genetics, Ecology, Molecular Phylogeny, Food Plants, Theoretical
Modeling, etc., which are necessary to understand the diversity and
evolution of butterfly wing patterns.  In addition to oral
presentation sessions by invitees, a poster presentation session is
scheduled throughout the meeting (please see the URL:
http://www3.chubu.ac.jp/iabp2016/, (ENGLISH) for details of
registration and application for the poster presentation).  The
proceedings volume is published in the form of ?Open Access? by
Springer, Japan, which includes papers of all invitees and some
qualified papers presented in the poster session.

Inquiries for the meeting should be sent to the email address:

Registration and application deadline: June 30, 2016

For more information including confirmed invited speakers, 
please see: http://www3.chubu.ac.jp/iabp2016/english/program/


From: Vitaly V. Ganusov <vitaly.ganusov@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 1:10 PM
Subject: Conf. on Systems Immunology, Sept. 27-28, Santa Fe, NM

It is our pleasure to announce that our website is now open for
registration and abstract submission (see
http://www.cvent.com/d/6fqz9x). We hope you will consider registering
early. Please spread the word about this meeting; it is always a
pleasure to meet new people working in multi-disciplinary and systems
approaches to problems at the boundary of experimental and computational
immunology and infectious diseases.

We have assembled a distinguished set of speakers for this 4th "Systems
Approaches in Immunology and Infectious Diseases" meeting and we are
looking forward to a great meeting. Confirmed speakers include: Jose
Borghans (Utrecht University), Judy Canon (UNM), Michele Di Mascio
(NIH), Tom Kepler (Boston University), David Masopust (UM), Stuart
Sealfon (Mount Sinai), George Shaw (UPenn), Leor Weinberg (UCSF).

Please visit the website at http://www.cvent.com/d/6fqz9x for further
details, submission of abstracts, and registration.

We hope to see you soon. Best wishes,

Vitaly Ganusov
Steven Kleinstein
Alan Perelson
Ruy Ribeiro


From: Gabriel Kreiman <gkreiman@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 11:01 PM
Subject: Summer Course: Brains, Minds & Machines, Aug. 15 - Sept. 5, MA

Brains, Minds and Machines Summer Course 2016
Location: Marine Biological Laboratory, in Woods Hole, MA.
Course Dates: Aug. 15 - Sept. 5, 2016
Directors: Gabriel Kreiman, Children?s Hospital, Harvard Medical
School; and Tomaso Poggio, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Deadline: March 14, 2016
For more information and application link, please visit:


From: Peter Kim <pkim7070@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 3:23 PM
Subject: Postdoc: Math Biology - Human Life History Evolution, U. of Sydney

Postdoc at the University of Sydney in Mathematical Biology.
Research work in the area of human behavioural and life history evolution

CLOSING DATE: 11:30pm 3 April 2016 (posted on 3 March 2016).

We currently seek a Postdoctoral Research Associate for up to 3 years
in Mathematical Biology to work in the area of human behavioural and
life history evolution.
In this role you will simulate behavioural and social changes that
could have driven the evolution of human longevity past the end of
female menopause. You will develop a mathematical framework for
modelling the complex organisation in a population and simulate the
impact of social dynamics in potentially driving human evolution from
the ancestral state. This modelling will allow you to quantitatively
investigate and extend the current verbal formulations of the
Grandmother Hypothesis and the Hunting Hypothesis of human
life-history evolution.

For details on how to apply, go to: http://www.maths.usyd.edu.au/u/pkim/
and click on the link ?Postdoc position in mathematical biology.?

For specific academic inquires please contact Peter Kim at


From: Gabriel Kreiman <gkreiman@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 11:02 PM
Subject: Postdoc: Computational Biology and Genomics

Postdoc position available in Kreiman Lab (Boston)

Applications are invited from enthusiastic, innovative and talented
researchers for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in Computational
Biology and Genomics in the Kreiman lab (Children?s Hospital, Harvard
Medical School). The goal of this project is to build quantitative
models to understand biological coding mechanisms, with a particular
emphasis in shedding light on the biological circuits responsible for
transcriptional and translational control. The research efforts will
examine and exploit the synergistic interactions between computational
models and high-throughput dynamic quantification of gene expression
and peptide levels.

Please visit http://klab.tch.harvard.edu and for a list of recent
publications. The postdoc will be part of an enthusiastic and
intellectual vibrant community of researchers. The position is funded
for 2 years, with an initial one-year appointment and expectation of
extension contingent on progress. The start date is negotiable.
Successful candidates are expected to have a PhD in Physics,
Mathematics, Computer Science or a related discipline with a strong
quantitative background. To be considered for this position, please
send a CV to Gabriel.kreiman@tch.harvard.edu


From: Martin Bees <martin.bees@york.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 5:08 AM
Subject: Postdoc: Management & Use of Biofilms , U. of York, UK

Postdoctoral Research Associate:
The management and use of Biofilms: Real time visualisation &
modelling of biofilm inhibition by lactam

DEADLINE: March 30th, 2016

Applications are invited for one InnovateUK/BBSRC/Unilever funded
postdoctoral position to work with Professor Martin Bees (Mathematics)
and Dr Laurence Wilson (Physics) at the University of York on the
project ?Real-time visualisation and modelling of biofilm inhibition
by lactam?, in close collaboration with an industrial collaborator,
Unilever UK Ltd.

The post is for one year, funded initially by BBSRC/InnovateUK for 8
months with a further 4 month extension directly funded by Unilever
but based at the University of York, to start as soon as possible
after the interview in April 2016.  It is expected that the
collaboration with Unilever will continue.

You will make significant contributions to understanding the fluid
dynamics of early stage biofilm formation, particularly the
interaction of bacteria attached to surfaces and the action of some
new biofilm treatments.  Unilever possesses rights to a catalogue of
furanone derived lactam analogues derived from a marine alga that
typically is devoid of bacterial biofilm growth; they require a
mechanistic understanding, through visualisation and modelling, to
incorporate these actives in existing products.  You will explore
fundamental theoretical aspects of the fluid dynamics of biofilms
developing analytical and/or numerical methods.  You will have a
further opportunity to engage with novel theoretically-based
experimental techniques (including holography and differential dynamic

You should hold a PhD or equivalent in Mathematics, Physics or a
related discipline by the start date of your appointment. Experience
with numerical or analytical solution of fluid dynamics problems at
low-Reynolds number, particularly physical aspects of bacterial
motility or biofilm formation, is desired.

For further information and enquiries, please contact:
Martin Bees (martin.bees@york.ac.uk)
Laurence Wilson (laurence.wilson@york.ac.uk)

More info:


From: Brazhnik, Paul (NIH/NIGMS) [E] <brazhnikp@nigms.nih.gov>
Date: Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 11:59 AM
Subject: Program Director vacancy at NIGMS/NIH

I am pleased to announce that the Division of Biomedical Technology,
Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (BBCB) at the National
Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), NIH is recruiting for a
Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer) to manage research
grants and other types of awards in its Bioinformatics and
Computational Biology (BCB) branch.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a field relevant
to the position. They should have expertise and research experience in
computational biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, and/or data
science for biomedical research. We prefer candidates with a broad
background in the application of computation for solving biological
problems or expertise in two or more of the areas listed above.

Familiarity with NIH extramural funding as an applicant, reviewer or
NIH scientific administrator is a plus. Excellent oral and written
communication skills are required, as well as the ability to integrate
a formal area of expertise with other scientific fields.

The vacancy announcement will be open on Friday, March 4 and closed on
March 16th, 2016. During the open period, it can be found on
www.usajobs.gov under the vacancy announcement

Yours faithfully,

Paul Brazhnik, Ph.D.
Chief and Program Director
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Branch
Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology
45 Center Drive, MSC 6200, Rm. 2AN.12D
Bethesda, MD 20892-6200
E-mail: brazhnikp@mail.nih.gov
Phone: 301-451-6446


From: NIH Extramural Nexus (NIH/OD) <ExtramuralNexus@mail.nih.gov>
Date: Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 2:29 PM
Subject: NIH Update 

NIH Update: Are Attempts at Renewal Successful?; Updated
Application Forms & New Grants Website Coming Soon; NIH-supported
Publication Impact; Attend a 2016 Regional Seminar

Read more about these updates here:


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