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SMB Digest      June 1, 2016   Volume 16  Issue 22
ISSN 1086-6566

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Issue's Topics:
    Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
    Workshop: Multilayer and Interconnected Networks, June 8, Spain
    Conf: Facing the Invasion of Alien Arthropods..., Nov 7-9, Italy
    Short course: Introduction to Neuroinformatics, Aug 31 - Sep 1, UK
    International Symposium on Models for Plant..., Sep 19-22, France
    Postdoc: Disease Ecology, University of Minnesota, USA
    News from NIGMS: Council Summary, BTRR Report, ...
    SMBnet Reminders


From: Santiago Schnell <schnells@umich.edu>
Date: Tue, May 31, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Subject: Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards at the Scientific Interface

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (CASI) 
provide 500,000 USD over five years to bridge advanced postdoctoral training 
and the first three years of faculty service. These awards are open to U.S. 
and Canadian citizens or permanent residents as well as to U.S. temporary 

The goal of the grants is to foster the early career development of 
researchers who have transitioned or are transitioning from undergraduate 
and/or graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or 
engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences, and who are 
dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research. Scientific advances 
such as genomics, quantitative structural biology, imaging techniques, and 
modeling of complex systems have created opportunities for exciting research 
careers at the interface between the physical/computational sciences and the 
biological sciences. Tackling key problems in biology will require 
scientists trained in areas such as chemistry, physics, applied mathematics, 
computer science, and engineering.

The deadline for application is deadline September 1st, 2016. For more 
details, please visit: 


From: Joan Saldana <joan.saldana@udg.edu>
Date: Wed, May 25, 2016 at 8:38 AM
Subject: Workshop: Multilayer and Interconnected Networks, June 8, Spain


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 

The workshop will be celebrated at the Universitat of Girona, Catalonia 
(Spain), June 8, 2016.  

Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order):  

 * Marián Boguñá (Univ. de Barcelona)
 * Gregorio D?Agostino (ENEA, Italy)
 * Sergio Gómez (Univ. Rovira i Virgili) 
 * 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)
 * Igor van Gemert (SIM-CI, The Netherlands) 

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

Extended registration deadline: June 3, 2016.

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


From: Andrea Pugliese <andrea.pugliese@unitn.it>
Date: Wed, May 25, 2016 at 4:32 PM
Subject: Conf: Facing the Invasion of Alien Arthropods..., Nov 7-9, Italy

SPECIES: ecology, modelling and control of their economic impact and public 
health implications" will take place in Trento (Italy) from 7th to 9th 
November 2016.

Contributions are welcome on any aspect of ecology, epidemiology and 
modelling related to the invasion of arthropod alien species and their 
economic impact on agriculture and public health.

Deadline abstract submission is June 30, 2016.
Registration and abstract submission are open on the web site 
http://events.unitn.it/en/lexem2016 where all information about the 
conference can be found.


From: Ingo Bojak <i.bojak@reading.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, May 27, 2016 at 11:58 AM
Subject: Short course: Introduction to Neuroinformatics, Aug 31 - Sep 1, UK

*INCF Short course 2016*
INCF is offering a two-day course "Introduction to Neuroinformatics"

*Who should attend*
The course is suitable for neuroscience researchers wishing to develop their 
interests in neuroinformatics as well as informatics researchers with a 
strong interest in neuroscience. A prerequisite for attending the course is 
a basic knowledge of neuroscience. The course is open to advanced students, 
postdoctoral researchers, and faculty members.

Registration is free, with lunch included.

*Topics covered*
 * data analysis and neuronal coding
 * databases and ontologies
 * multiscale modeling
 * neuroengineering
 * simulation/computation/workflows
 * visualization
 * dynamic field theory

 * David Willshaw (Edinburgh, UK)
 * GIacomo Indiveri (Zürich, Switzerland)
 * Hayriye Cagnan (Oxford, UK)
 * Yulia Sandamirskaya (Zürich, Switzerland)
 * Roberto Toro (Paris, France)
 * Gaute Einevoll (Ås, Norway)
 * Marja-Leena Linne (Tampere, Finland)

31 August ? 1 September

Penta Hotel, Oxford Road, Reading RG1 7RH, United Kingdom

Please submit your CV and brief motivation for taking the course to 

The deadline for application is 31 May 2016.


From: valentina baldazzi <valentina.baldazzi@paca.inra.fr>
Date: Thu, May 26, 2016 at 2:13 PM
Subject: International Symposium on Models for Plant..., Sep 19-22, France

V International Symposium on Models for plant growth, environment control 
and farming management in protected cultivation (HORTIMODEL2016) - Avignon, 
France, 19-22 September 2016

Dear collegues,

A few information about the forthcoming HORTIMODEL 2016:

- We are pleased to announce that a preliminary program is available on the 
symposium website:

- Early registration deadline has been extended to June 30, 2016. Take 
advantage of our low fares!

- Free registration grants are available for students. Applicants are 
encouraged to send a poster abstract, a CV and the name of a referee to 
hortimodel2016@paca.inra.fr before June 30, 2016

For more information about Hortimodel's scopes, keynotes and venue, please 
check out https://colloque.inra.fr/hortimodel2016

On behalf of the Organizing Commitee of Hortimodel2016, we are looking 
forward to welcome you in Avignon!


From: Allison Shaw <ashaw@umn.edu>
Date: Tue, May 31, 2016 at 10:51 PM
Subject: Postdoc: Disease Ecology, University of Minnesota, USA

Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; University of Minnesota

Our research group seeks to hire 2-3 motivated and conceptually driven 
post-doctoral associates to work collaboratively using empirical and/or 
theoretical approaches to test community ecology and behavioral ecology 
theory in pathogen communities. This work will focus on, but not necessarily 
be limited to
(i) investigating the role of vector behavior on pathogen dynamics,
(ii) testing the relevance of  resource competition and metacommunity theory 
       to pathogen communities, and
(iii) investigating the interactions between disease and movement broadly.

The successful applicant will work within a collaborative research team of 
faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students that includes 
expertise in using mathematical, statistical, and empirical approaches in 
behavioral, community, and disease ecology. We are particularly interested 
in applicants with strong skills in mathematics, statistical and analytical 
techniques, or molecular techniques relevant to the detection of 
phytoviruses using qPCR or metagenomics techniques. Demonstration of 
excellent writing skills are is an essential qualification for these 
positions. The appointment is initially for one year, but may be renewed 
annually. Starting date is negotiable and may begin as soon as possible.

Questions about this position should be addressed to Drs. Allison Shaw 
(ashaw@umn.edu), Elizabeth Borer (borer@umn.edu), or Eric Seabloom 

Review of applications will begin 15 June 2016 and positions will remain 
open until filled. 

Apply for this position (Job Opening ID: 310245) via the University of 
Minnesota Office of Human Resources website: 


From: Ann Dieffenbach <DIEFFENA@nigms.nih.gov>
Date: Wed, May 25, 2016 at 3:30 PM
Resent-from: Raymond Mejía <mejiar@helix.nih.gov>
Subject: News from NIGMS: Council Summary, BTRR Report, ...

--Advisory Council Open Session Summary
--Biomedical Technology Research Resources Program External Review Report
--Give Input on Data Annotation in Biomedical Core Research Facilities
--Funding Opportunities


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