SMB Digest Volume 18 Issue 10

March 8, 2018
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From: Mary Myerscough <>
Date: Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 9:23 PM
Subject: Reminder about talk and poster abstracts for SMB2018

This is a reminder that abstracts for talks and posters at SMB2018
close on 24 March. Abstracts for talks include both talks at
minisymposiums and for contributed talks. If you have agreed to give a
minisymposium talk and are not sure whether the minisymposium has been
accepted, please contact the minisymposium organiser.

To ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to
present, SMB2018 in implementing a policy where each person can only
present once, either at a minisymposium, or a contributed talk or a
poster. (This does not prohibit researchers being a non-presenting
co-author on others’ talks or posters.) Please bear this in mind when
planning what abstracts you will submit.


From: Amina Eladdadi <>
Date: Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 6:38 PM
Subject: Conf: Midwest Mathematical Biology, WI, May 19-20

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is excited to host the 3rd
biennial Midwest Mathematical Biology Conference from May 19-20, 2018
in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The conference will feature three outstanding
plenary speakers:

Dr. Marissa Baskett, University of California, Davis
Dr. Stephen Ellner, Cornell University
Dr. John Pastor, the University of Minnesota – Duluth

In addition, the meeting will provide ample opportunity for presenting
and sharing new ideas from all areas of mathematical biology research
and education. As part of the registration process, individuals may
select one of two concurrent workshops with the following themes:

1. R-Bootcamp: A gentle introduction to the R programming language
and its uses in mathematical biology. Lead by Dr. Eric Eager, UW-La

2. Ecological Data Science: Increasingly, ecologists require data
science to study their interactions and guide natural resource
management. Participants will be introduced to data science skills and
how these skills can be applied to ecological systems. Lead by Dr.
Richard Erickson, U.S. Geological Survey Upper Midwest Environmental
Sciences Center

Abstracts are due by March 15th.

Further details about the conference, abstract submission instructions,
and registration information can be found at

Questions or inquires can be directed to James Peirce


From: Anmar <>
Date: Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 9:39 PM
Subject: CAMBAM/NSERC-CREATE in Complex Dynamics Summer School, McGill, June 18-29

The Centre for Applied Mathematics in Bioscience and Medicine
(CAMABM:, in collaboration with
NSERC-CREATE in Complex Dynamics of Brain and Behaviour
(, will be hosting the 12th joint summer
school entitled “Nonlinear Dynamics in Life Sciences with Applications
to Neuroscience and Psychology” between June 18th and 29th 2018. The
summer school is funded by the generous support of William K. and
Katherine W. Estes Fund and the Psychonomic Society.

For further information, please visit the website:

The summer school aims to prepare undergraduate, graduate and
postdoctoral trainees to the field of mathematical and computational
biology with a focus on two current topics; namely, neuroscience and
psychology. For two weeks the participants will have the opportunity
to benefit from the instruction of international experts in the field
of mathematical modeling and nonlinear dynamics as well as leading
experimental scientists in neuroscience and Psychology. Participants
will apply their knowledge and skills through the various lab
activities, and also through the presentation of their research

The summer school will prepare participants to the increasing demand
in academia, government, and industry for people with
cross-disciplinary training who, with various degrees of competence,
can speak the languages of the mathematical, physical and biological

The summer school is completely free. Financial support to cover meals
and lodging will be provided for participants that are accepted into
the summer school. Furthermore, limited travel awards will be also
available for few selected students. To apply, please visit:

For the full program of the summer school please visit:


From: C-M Svensson <>
Subject: 4th Int. Symposium “Image-based Systems Biology”, Jena, Sep 6-7
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:30:28 +0100

We cordially invite you to participate in the 4th International
Symposium “Image-based Systems Biology (IbSB 2018)”, which will be
held September 6-7, 2018 in Jena, Germany.

The list of invited IbSB 2018 speakers (all confirmed) includes:

Jari Hyttinen, Tampere, Finland
Dagmar Iber, Zürich, Switzerland
Pavel Tomancak, Dresden, Germany
Michael Unser, Lausanne, Switzerland
Matthias Weiss, Bayreuth, Germany

For more information, have a look at our website:

Looking forward to welcoming you in Jena,
Marc Thilo Figge
(on behalf of the organizing committee)


From: Gabriel Kreiman <>
Date: Sat, Mar 3, 2018 at 1:24 PM
Subject: Brains, Minds and Machines Summer Course, Woods Hole, Aug 9-30

Brains, Minds and Machines Summer Course 2018
A Special Topics Course at MBL Woods Hole, MA
Directors: Gabriel Kreiman, Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School;
and Tomaso Poggio, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Course Dates: August 9 – August 30, 2018

Application Deadline: April 9, 2018

More information:


From: Bústia Difusions <>
Date: Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 11:58 AM
Subject: School on Mathematical Modelling of Tumour Growth…, CRM, April 3-6

We would like to inform that we are organizing the forthcoming
Advanced Course as part of the Intensive Research Programme Recent
Progress in Mathematical Biology: School on Mathematical Modelling of
Tumour Growth and Therapy,​ to be held from April 3rd to 6th, 2018 at
the Centre de Recerca Matemàtica (CRM).

Recent years have witnessed a renewed interest in mathematical
modelling of tumour growth and therapy. This increase in activity in
this area has been boosted by enhanced access to data (OMICS, medical
imaging) and recent developments in the area of multi-scale modelling.
This course is aimed at introducing recent progress in the field of
mathematical modelling applied to tumour growth and oncology,
particularly focused in the emergence of new modelling and analytical
multi-scale techniques and the new opportunities for model validation
based on increased availability of data. The course is particularly
aimed at an audience composed of graduate students and postdocs in
mathematics with an interest in the applications of mathematics to

Information about grants, poster presentations, and registration
is available here:

Program’s Scientific Organizers:
Tomás Alarcón​ (​ICREA- CRM)
José Antonio Carrillo (​Imperial College London)
Sílvia Cuadrado (​UAB)
Toni Guillamon (​UPC)


From: Jochen Prehn <>
Date: Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 10:47 AM
Subject: PhD Position: Marie Curie ETN GLIO-TRAIN, Dublin

Applications are invited from candidates of excellence wishing to
pursue a PhD degree in the field of cancer precision medicine.
Students will receive training within a pan-European academic/private
sector research training network, specifically focused on brain
tumour research.

Further details are available here:

Closing date for applications is March 30th 2018.


From: Thomas Pfeiffer <>
Date: Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 1:50 AM
Subject: PhD Position: Collective decision-making, Auckland

A PhD student scholarship is currently open for application in Thomas
Pfeiffer’s group at Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand. The
successful applicant will contribute to a project on collective
decision-making through decision markets that is supported by the
Marsden Fund, New Zealand’s leading funding agency for scientific
research. The project is done in collaboration with researchers from
Harvard University, the Stockholm School of Economics, and the
University of Auckland.

Further details are available here:

Closing date: 2nd April, 2018.


From: GRIMA Ramon <>
Date: Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 6:11 PM
Subject: PhD Position: Modelling cell movement and interaction, Edinburgh

EPSRC funded PhD studentship: Developing realistic mathematical models
of cell movement and interaction

The student will be co-supervised by Dr. Ramon Grima
( and Dr. Nikola Popovic
and will be part of the Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology
(SynthSys) at the University of Edinburgh.

Further details are available here:

Closing date: 14 March 2018

To apply please contact Dr. Ramon Grima (


From: Canavier, Carmen C. <>
Date: Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 3:37 PM
Subject: Postdoc: Hippocampal information processing, New Orleans

A Postdoctoral Researcher position is available in the computational
neuroscience lab of Carmen Canavier in the School of Medicine,
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at LSU Health Sciences Center
in New Orleans. The position is to study cholinergic contributions to
hippocampal information processing in close collaboration with
electrophysiologist Sonia Gasparini. The successful candidate will
construct a morphologically and biophysically realistic model of a
hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neuron to explain the observed frequency
selectivity of different dendritic regions for slow versus fast gamma
band inputs. Some network modeling will also be required for the

Further details are available here:

Closing date: March 31.

If you have questions, please email Dr. Canavier at


From: Lofgren, Eric <>
Date: Thu, Mar 1, 2018 at 7:32 AM
Subject: Postdoc: Modeling the dynamics of healthcare associated infections, WSU

The Lofgren Lab in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health
at Washington State University is seeking a Postdoctoral Research
Associate to support an ongoing CDC-funded research project on the
dynamics of healthcare-associated infections. Two such positions are
available. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will have access to an
extensive infection surveillance database and will be working with a
diverse team of biomedical and computer science researchers working to
understand how the stochastic dynamics of infections within hospitals
impacts surveillance, intervention evaluation, and clinical care.

Responsibilities of the position include the mentoring of graduate and
undergraduate students in the lab; the analysis of datasets; the
design, implementation, and analysis of mathematical models of disease
transmission; and the preparation of manuscripts and conference
abstracts. The specific focus of the Postdoctoral Research Associate
can be tailored to their interests and expertise but will likely
include the implementation and analysis of stochastic network models
of disease transmission addressing a broad range of clinically-driven
questions, including surface decontamination, hand hygiene,
antimicrobial stewardship, and active surveillance.

Review of applications begins March 15, and the positions will remain
open until filled.

Interested applicants should visit or email Eric Lofgren
( for more information.


Date: Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 7:44 AM
Subject: Jobs: Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases, ISPM Bern

We have one or two vacant positions in Mathematical Modelling of
Infectious Diseases (80-100%) to contribute to projects about the
scale up of antiretroviral therapy in sub-Saharan Africa, including
the spread of drug resistance to HIV and tuberculosis, and about the
effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of new methods of partner
notification for chlamydia infection. Other relevant ISPM projects
include studies of the spread of antimicrobial resistance in bacterial
sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhoea and Mycoplasma
genitalium projects, and the (sexual) transmission of Zika virus.

The projects are funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH),
UK National Institute of Health Research and/or the Swiss National
Science Foundation (SNSF).

The posts are initially offered for 2 years, with flexible starting
dates. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please send your application, including curriculum vitae, and letter
of motivation as soon as possible by e-mail to, with copy to at
Institute of Social- and Preventive Medicine, Finkenhubelweg 11,
CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland.


From: Rodrigo Labouriau <>
Date: Sun, Mar 4, 2018 at 3:53 PM
Subject: Assistant Professor Positions in Applied Statistics, Aarhus

Two assistant professor positions in applied statistics are available
at the Department of Mathematics, Aarhus University, Denmark, in the
Applied Statistics Laboratory (aStatLab). The positions are for 2
years with the possibility of an extension of one year.

Official job advert:

Online applications:

Application Deadline: May 14th 2018.


From: AIBS Public Policy Office <>
Date: Mon, Mar 5, 2018 at 6:21 PM
Subject: Science Policy News from AIBS

Science Policy News from AIBS


From: Henry Warchall <>
Date: Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 8:42 PM
Subject: New NSF funding opportunity: Partnerships between Science…
Dear Colleagues,

A new NSF program solicitation (NSF 18-542) is now available:
Partnerships between Science and Engineering Fields and the NSF
TRIPODS Institutes (TRIPODS + X)

Please see
for details.

Full Proposal Deadline Date: May 29, 2018


From: Henry Warchall <>
Date: Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 8:42 PM
Subject: Updated NSF funding opportunity: MSII

An NSF funding opportunity update is now available: Mathematical
Sciences Innovation Incubator (MSII)

Please see
for details.


From: Henry Warchall <>
Date: Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 10:56 PM
Subject: NSF Webinar: TRIPODS+X: Partnerships between Science and…

The National Science Foundation will hold a webinar (teleconference
seminar) to outline the goals of, and proposal-submission requirements
for, the new program Partnerships between Science and Engineering
Fields and the NSF TRIPODS Institutes (TRIPODS+X). There will be a
question and answer session following the presentation.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 2:00 to
4:00 pm, EDT (Eastern Daylight Time; UTC/GMT -4 hours). To participate,
please see the information on the NSF Event page for the webinar:


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