Subject: Society for Mathematical Biology Digest

SMB Digest      April 13, 2016   Volume 16  Issue 15
ISSN 1086-6566

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Issue's Topics:
    The deadline to submit your nomination for SMB Office is approaching
    SMB at the Science and Engineering Festival!
    Workshop: UK Quantitative Systems Pharmacology Network, Sep 5-7, UK
    Conf.: 10th Annual q-bio Conference, July 27-30, USA
    Conf: RECOMB Comparative Genomics, Oct 11-14, Canada
    Summer School: Synthetic & Systems Biology, July 9-13, Italy
    Postdoc: Dynamic Modelling in Systems Biology, Netherlands
    Bi-Monthly News from NIMBioS
    AIBS Newsletter: Building a More Networked System for Communicating 
    about Natural History Collections
    SMBnet Reminders


From: Santiago Schnell <schnells@umich.edu>
Date: Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 5:16 PM
Subject: The deadline to submit your nomination for SMB Office is 

The Elected Board of Directors, and Officers of the Society for Mathematical 
Biology are essential to the implementation of the Society's stated purpose 
to promote the development and dissemination of research at the interface 
between the mathematical and biological sciences.

The Society for Mathematical Biology is seeking nominations for:

- The President-Elect Office. The President-Elect will serve for a one year 
at the closing of the Annual Business Meeting, held at the 2016 Annual 
Meeting in Nottingham, United Kingdom. Then, The President-Elect 
automatically becomes President for two years.

- The Elected Board of Directors. Three elected board members will be 
appointed at the closing of the Annual Business Meeting, held at the 2016 
Annual Meeting in Nottingham, United Kingdom. Each Elected Member of the 
Board serves a term of four years.

Society members interested in serving the Society for Mathematical Biology 
in a leadership role of President-Elect or member of the Elected Board of 
Directors must submit a CV and a nomination statement (300 words or less). 
The statement should describe why you would be a valuable addition to the 
Officers or Board of Directors, include specific strengths and areas of 
expertise, and how they fit the role. The statement should also include your 
vision on what you would seek to achieve for the Society for Mathematical 
Biology during the period of office. The Officers (President-elect or 
Past-President, President), and Elected Board of Directors must be current 
members of the society.

Submit your material electronically to the Society Secretary, Amina Eladdadi 
(E-mail: eladdadi@gmail.com). The final deadline for submitting your 
nomination is Sunday April 17th, 2016 at 11.59 pm US Eastern Standard Time.

Santiago Schnell
President of the Society for Mathematical Biology


From: Fred Adler <adler@math.utah.edu>
Date: Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 11:05 PM
Subject: SMB at the Science and Engineering Festival!

Visit the SMB booth at USA Science & Engineering Festival

*Using Math to Understand How Cells Talk to Each Other*

When cells need to communicate, they don't use cell phones. They can only 
use chemical signals, and getting information out of a bunch of molecules is 
not very easy. In fact, cell communication can turn into a game of 
"telephone," where the original message gets more and more corrupted with 
each step. We'll show mathematical equations and team simulations that help 
explain how cells manage to send signals and transmit information over long 
distances. And we'll collect data from some simulation games to see whether 
we can be as smart as cells.



From: Marcus Tindall <m.tindall@reading.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 1:14 PM
Subject: Workshop: UK Quantitative Systems Pharmacology Network, Sep 5-7, UK

The call for abstracts (talks and posters) is now open for the 1st Exchange 
Workshop of the EPSRC/MRC funded UK Quantitative Systems Pharmacology (QSP) 
Network. The meeting will be held from 5th to 7th September 2016 at the 
University of Surrey, UK and be focused around the network themes of 
translation, disease progression, multi-scale modelling and parameter 
estimation (including parameter identifiability). Further details on QSP 
and the UK QSP Network can be found at www.qsp-uk.net

Current plenary speakers include Mike Chappell (Warwick), Alex Phipps 
(Roche), Annabelle Ballesta (Warwick), Pinky Dua (Pfizer) and Graham Ladds 

Abstracts: Abstracts (1/2 A4 page) should be sent to Marcus Tindall 
(m.tindall@reading.ac.uk) by 25th April 2016. Please clearly include the 
title of your work, authors and their affiliation.

Registration for the meeting will open in early April 2016. The following 
registration fees will apply: PhD students & Postdocs - £50. Academic - 
£100. Industrial - £250. Industrial (Organisation supporting the QSP 
network) - £150.


From: Lourdes Estrada <lourdes.estrada@Vanderbilt.Edu>
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 10:45 AM
To: "SMBnet@smb.org" <SMBnet@smb.org>
Subject: Conf.: 10th Annuela q-bio Conference, July 27-30, USA

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to open registration and abstract submission for the 10th 
Annual q-bio Conference to be held at Vanderbilt University. Please consider 
joining us in Nashville and sending your trainees to this meeting! Specific 
conference information, abstract submission, and registration can be found 
at http://vu.edu/qbio2016

Submit your abstracts now - there is no fee for abstract submission. 
You will be notified of your acceptance in late May. Abstracts must be 
formatted correctly to be accepted. Templates and guidelines for formatting 
can be found on our website or at 

The q-bio conference goal is to enrich the connection between modeling and 
quantitative experimentation in biology. This year's conference features 
invited speakers doing innovative work in neuroscience, systems biology, 
cell and tissue biology, and synthetic biology.

We welcome tutorials, contributed talks and poster abstracts from all 
researchers taking or in need of quantitative approaches to biological 

WHEN:  July 27th, 2016-July 30th, 2016
WHERE:  Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Opening Banquet - Terence Sejnowski, Salk Institute
Closing Banquet - James J. Collins, MIT
* Gregoire Altan-Bonnet, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
* Amy Caudy, University of Toronto
* Otto Cordero, MIT
* Angela DePace, Harvard
* Marileen Dogterom, TU Delft
* Rachel Dutton, Harvard
* Margaret Gardel, University of Chicago
* Jeff Gore, MIT
* Thomas Gregor, Princeton
* KC Huang, Stanford
* Marta Luksza, Princeton
* Thierry Mora, ENS
* Tom Shimizu, AMOLF
* Wenying Shou, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
* Takashi Suzuki, Osaka University
* Jie Xiao, Johns Hopkins
* Qiong Yang, University of Michigan

We hope to welcome all of you here in Nashville!

The q-bio 2016 Local Organizing Committee


From: Leonid Chindelevitch <leonid@sfu.ca>
Date: Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 12:20 AM
Subject: Conf: RECOMB Comparative Genomics, Oct 11-14, Canada

The annual RECOMB Comparative Genomics Satellite Conference (RECOMB-CG) 
brings together leading researchers in the mathematical, computational and 
life sciences to discuss cutting edge research in comparative genomics, with 
an emphasis on computational approaches and the analysis of novel 
experimental results. The program will include keynote talks, contributed 
talks, and a poster session.

The 14th RECOMB-CG conference will be held in Montréal, Canada, October 
11-14 2016. With this Call for Papers we invite high-quality original full 
papers on topics related to the conference theme. The conference will also 
have a poster session. A detailed call for posters will be published later 
on the conference web page.

Papers are solicited on, but not limited to, the following topics:
- genome evolution
- genome rearrangements
- genome variation, diversity and dynamics
- phylogenomics
- comparative tools for genome assembly
- population genomics
- comparison of functional networks
- comparative epigenomics
- paleogenomics
- cancer evolution genomics
- epidemiology
- gene identification and/or annotation

Paper Submission Deadline: June 6, 2016
Author Notification: July 8, 2016
Final Version Due: July 22, 2016
Conference: October 11-14, 2016

For further details, see: http://www.crm.math.ca/Genomics16


From: Giuseppe Nicosia <nicosia@dmi.unict.it>
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2016 16:06:01 +0200
Subject: Summer School: Synthetic & Systems Biology, July 9-13, Italy

The Synthetic and Systems Biology Summer School (SSBSS) is a full-immersion 
five-day residential summer school at the Volterra Learning Center (Pisa - 
Tuscany, Italy) on cutting-edge advances in systems and synthetic biology 
with lectures delivered by world-renowned experts. The school provides a 
stimulating environment for students (from Master students to PhD students), 
Post-Docs, early career researches, academics and industry leaders. 
Participants will also have the chance to present their results (with Oral 
Talks and Posters), and to interact with their peers, in a friendly and 
constructive environment.

Early Application: April 26, 2016
Notification Acceptance: from 2 to 28 April 2016

Late Application: from May 1st, to July 4th 2016
Notification Acceptance: from May 6th 2016 according to registration time

Early Short Talk/Poster Submission: April 26, 2016
Notification Acceptance: from 2 to 28 April 2016

Late Short Talk/Poster Submission: from May 1st, to July 4th 2016
Notification of Decision for Oral/Poster Presentation: from May 6, 2016 
according to submission time


ssbss.school@gmail.com <mailto:ssbss.school@gmail.com>
Social event(s): social tour and dinner in Florence.

See you in Tuscany in July!
 Ludovico Montalcini - SSBSS 2016 Organizing Committee Chair


From: Carolien Pinkster <carolien.pinkster@wur.nl>
Date: Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 12:41 PM
Subject: Postdoc: Dynamic Modelling in Systems Biology

Further details can be found at: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Jobs/Vacancies/Show/Postdoc-Position-in-Dynamic-modelling-in-Systems-Biology.htm


From: National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
Date: Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 3:11 PM
Subject: Bi-Monthly News from NIMBioS

The newsletter for Mar/Apr 2016 can be found at: 


From: American Institute of Biological Sciences <membership@aibs.org>
Date: Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 11:15 AM
Subject: AIBS Newsletter: Building a More Networked System for Communicating 
about Natural History Collections

Dear AIBS Members and Friends,

The American Institute of Biological Sciences is leading a national 
initiative - the Biodiversity Collections Network - with the Natural Science 
Collections Alliance and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History 
Collections. The Biodiversity Collections Network is working to build a 
sustainable community of practice that is able to advance national goals 
related to the digitization of biological specimens and their associated 

Yesterday, the Biodiversity Collections Network released a report, "Building 
a More Networked System for Communicating about Natural History Collections." 
This report includes overarching recommendations for how the biodiversity 
sciences community can improve communication within the community and with 
key decision-makers. I invite you to read this important report.

If you would like to contribute to an on-going effort to refine and 
implement these recommendations, I encourage you to apply to participate in 
the volunteer Collections Communications Working Group that is being 
established by the Biodiversity Collections Network. For more information, 
please visit https://bcon.aibs.org/working-groups/.

Robert Gropp, Ph.D.
Interim Co-Executive Director

For further details, see: 


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