SMB Digest Volume 18 Issue 4

January 23, 2018
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Issue’s Topics:
SMB Subgroup: Developmental Biology
Course: Infectious Disease Modelling, 18-29 Jun, London
Workshop: Bio-acoustic Structure, Jun 25-27, NIMBioS
Summer: Research Fellowship for Undergraduates…, U Michigan
Summer: Undergraduate Research Program, Multi-Institution, MBI
Conference: SIAM, Life Sciences, Deadline Extension to Jan 29
Conference: Multiscale Biology, Deadline Extension to 6 Feb
ToC: Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience
NSF: Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural &… (NCS)
NSF: Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation…
SMBnet Reminders


From: Alexander G Fletcher <>
Date: Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 6:32 AM
Subject: SMB Subgroup: Developmental Biology

We are pleased to announce the formation of the SMB Subgroup on
Developmental Biology. We hope that this will provide a useful forum for
all those interested in understanding developmental biology phenomena
using quantitative approaches.

We will hold our next events during the SMB Annual Meeting in Sydney in
July ( We have
submitted a proposal for a mini-symposium focused around quantitative
approaches to developmental biology, and will also hold our subgroup
annual meeting and a social event.

If you are interested in joining this subgroup, please email Ruth
( or Alex ( We have
created a Google Group (SMB_devBio_subgroup) as a means for
communication, and we will send you details to join.

From the co-chairs
Ruth Baker and Alex Fletcher


From: Emilia Vynnycky <>
Date: Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 2:25 PM
Subject: Course: Infectious Disease Modelling, 18-29 Jun, London

organized jointly between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical
Medicine and Public Health England
Venue: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Course dates: 18th -29th June 2018
Cost: £2,490

Summary: Mathematical modelling is increasingly applied to predict the
future incidence and control of infectious diseases. Applications
include predicting the impact of control strategies, such as vaccination
or treatment, against pandemic influenza, Ebola, zika, measles, HIV,
vector-borne diseases and veterinary problems. Modelling was used
extensively in the UK during the swine flu pandemic to monitor the
extent of ongoing transmission and the potential impact of interventions
such as school closures and vaccination.

This two week intensive course introduces professionals working on
infectious diseases in human or animal populations to this exciting and
expanding area. The emphasis of the course is on developing a
conceptual understanding of the basic methods and on their practical
application, rather than the manipulation of mathematical equations. The
course provides numerous practical examples, including real-time
modelling of outbreaks, pandemic influenza, sexually transmitted
infections, HIV, Ebola, vector-borne and animal diseases, as well as
tuberculosis, measles and rubella, and health economics.

By the end of the course, participants will have deepened their current
understanding of infectious disease epidemiology and have gained an
understanding and practical experience of the basics of infectious
disease modelling, which will be important in their future work.

Further details about the course content and an application form are
available at:
or contact one of the course organizers:
Emilia Vynnycky or Richard White (e-mail:
or or or the LSHTM
Registry (email: )


From: Catherine Crawley <>
Date: Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 8:35 AM
Subject: Workshop: Bio-acoustic Structure, Jun 25-27, NIMBioS

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop,
“Bio-acoustic Structure,” to be held June 25-27 at NIMBioS.

Co-Organizers: Frederick Archer and Shannon Rankin, Southwest Fisheries
Science Center, La Jolla, CA

For information about the workshop and a link to the online application
form, go to

Participation in NIMBioS workshops is by application only. Individuals
with a strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and
successful applicants will be notified within two weeks after the
application deadline. If needed, financial support for travel, meals,
and lodging is available for workshop attendees.

Application deadline: March 5, 2018

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) ( 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: Santiago Schnell <>
Date: Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 9:54 PM
Subject: Summer: Research Fellowship for Undergraduates…, U Michigan

The Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology at the University
of Michigan is pleased to offer Summer Fellows under the Short Term
Education Program towards Digestive and Metabolic Physiology to support
undergraduate students from engineering, computational sciences,
mathematics or other quantitative backgrounds to apply their expertise
to research relevant to digestive and metabolic physiology and
associated diseases.

Students currently enrolled at any degree granting university or college
are eligible to apply, with preference give to those students interested
in a career in research. Each student will be matched, based on their
interests, to a laboratory led by a faculty member of the University of
Michigan Medical School. This collection of laboratories is involved in
nationally recognized research, in topics such as obesity and diabetes,
endocrine and metabolic diseases, kidney and urologic diseases,
nutrition and weight control.

The stipend for 2018 will be $4,200, pre-tax, for twelve weeks of
full-time work from May 29 to August 17. The start and end date of the
fellowship may be change to accommodate overlap with academic year at
home institution, if necessary.

Further details and application materials are available from the
fellowship website:

The deadline for applications is February 2, 2018.

This summer fellowship program is partially funded by the National
Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (Grant No.
R25 DK088752)


From: Tony Nance <>
Date: Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 8:42 AM
Subject: Summer: Undergraduate Research Program, Multi-Institution, MBI

2018 MBI Undergraduate Summer Research Program
(June 11 – August 9, 2018)

The Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) will host a
multi-institution REU program in the mathematical biosciences,
facilitated by the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) located on
the campus of The Ohio State University, consisting of three parts. For
details, see

The online registration form will require:
-Two letters of reference
-A one-page statement indicating your reasons for wanting to participate
in this program
-A transcript (unofficial versions are fine)
-A ranked list of the top five projects that you want to participate in
(listed on the website)

In addition, students can be reimbursed up to $500 for related travel

Due to NSF funding restrictions, eligibility for the REU program is
limited to undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent

The deadline to submit your application for the REU Program is Tuesday,
February 13th. Applications for the Capstone Conference ONLY will be due
later in the summer.


From: Samuel Isaacson <>
Date: Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 8:47 AM
Subject: Conference: SIAM, Life Sciences, Deadline Extension to Jan 29

SIAM Conference on the Life Sciences (LS18)

Radisson Blu Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

August 6-9, 2018

Plenary Speakers
Rob de Boer, Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands
Nina Fefferman, The University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA
J. Nathan Kutz, University of Washington, USA
Alison Marsden, Stanford University, USA
Benjamin Ribba, F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Switzerland
Matthew Simpson, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Kim Sneppen, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Dominik Wodarz, University of California, Irvine, USA

The Call for Presentations for this conference is available at: .

DEADLINE EXTENDED January 29, 2018: Minisymposium Proposal Submissions
February 5, 2018: Contributed Lecture, Poster and Minisymposium
Presentation Abstracts

January 26, 2018: SIAM Student Travel Award and Post-doc/Early Career
Travel Award Applications

Please visit for
detailed submission information.

For additional information, contact the SIAM Conference Department (


From: Reuben O’Dea <reuben.o’>
Date: Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 6:17 AM
Subject: Conference: Multiscale Biology, Deadline Extension to 6 Feb

UK Conference on Multiscale Biology, Nottingham, 16th – 18th April 2018
hosted by the Centre for Mathematical Medicine and Biology (CMMB) at the
University of Nottingham

Due to popular demand, the deadline for abstract submission for the UK
Conference on Multiscale Biology (16-18 April 2018) is extended by two
further weeks to Tuesday 6th February.

This international meeting is part of, and supported by, the
BBSRC-funded UK Multi-Scale Biology Network
( and aims to bring together
scientists addressing multiscale phenomena across a range of biological
systems, and crossing spatial scales from molecules to populations of
organisms. Confirmed plenary speakers:
Trevor Graham (Barts Cancer Institute, UK)
Dagmar Iber (ETH Zürich, CH)
Oliver Jensen (University of Manchester, UK)
Kasia Rejniak (Moffitt Cancer Center, US)
Shayn Peirce-Cottler (University of Virginia, US)
James Wood (University of Cambridge, UK)

Interested researchers at all levels are encouraged to attend.
Registration for PhD students is free, and there is substantial funding
available to support attendance (via the generous support of the UK
Multiscale Biology Network, and the London Mathematical Society). Any
questions should be directed to

Full details at:;


From: Stephen Coombes <>
Date: Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 7:55 AM
Subject: ToC: Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience

The Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience publishes research articles on
the mathematical modeling and analysis of all areas of neuroscience. The
current list of journal articles is available at :

Sparse Functional Identification of Complex Cells from Spike Times and
the Decoding of Visual Stimuli
Aurel A. Lazar, Nikul H. Ukani and Yiyin Zhou

Robust Exponential Memory in Hopfield Networks
Christopher J. Hillar and Ngoc M. Tran

A Rate-Reduced Neuron Model for Complex Spiking Behavior
Koen Dijkstra, Yuri A. Kuznetsov, Michel J. A. M. van Putten and
Stephan A. van Gils

The Dynamics of Neural Fields on Bounded Domains: An Interface Approach
for Dirichlet Boundary Conditions
Aytül Gökçe, Daniele Avitabile and Stephen Coombes

Fundamental Limits of Forced Asynchronous Spiking with Integrate and
Fire Dynamics
Anirban Nandi, Heinz Schättler, Jason T. Ritt and ShiNung Ching

All articles are Open Access.


From: Whang, Kenneth C. <>
Date: Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 4:01 PM
Reply-to: CRCNS Community <>
Subject: NSF: Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural &… (NCS)

NSF has published the FY18-20 solicitation for Integrative Strategies
for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems (NCS; NSF 18-533 As
summarized below, the program calls for proposals to advance the
foundations of one or more of the following focus areas:
Neuroengineering and Brain-Inspired Concepts and Designs; Individuality
and Variation; Cognitive and Neural Processes in Realistic, Complex
Environments; and Data-Intensive Neuroscience and Cognitive Science.
NSF’s Directorates for Computer & Information Science & Engineering
(CISE), Education & Human Resources (EHR), Engineering (ENG), and
Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE) are participating.
Proposals for new research projects, as well as supplements to existing
projects (managed by the CISE, EHR, or ENG directorates) will be

The new solicitation extends the program for three years (FY 2018
through FY 2020). The FRONTIERS proposal class, for larger projects, is
offered in the FY 2019 competition. The FOUNDATIONS proposal class now
includes proposals for smaller projects, as described further in the

Letters of intent for FY 2018 FOUNDATIONS proposals are due February 20,
2018, and are required for submission of a full proposal. Full proposals
will be due April 17. Please see the links and summary below for further

In case of any disruptions to NSF operations in the coming days or
weeks, please look out for general guidance on the NSF and FastLane home
pages about whether and how due dates may be affected. Please note that
the NSF website will become unavailable if we have a lapse in


From: Henry Warchall <>
Date: Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 4:14 PM
Reply-to: dmsnews <>
Subject: NSF: Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation…

A new NSF program solicitation (NSF 18-531) is now available:
Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) – Data
and Software: Elements and Frameworks

Please see for

Full Proposal Deadline Date: April 18, 2018

Excerpts from the program solicitation of specific relevance to the
mathematical sciences:

The goal of the integrated CSSI program is to create a CI ecosystem that
spans all levels of the data and software stack and scales from
individual or small groups of innovators to large community resources.

A competitive proposal will:
-Identify science and engineering challenges where the proposed
cyberinfrastructure enables fundamental new science and engineering
advances, and describe how the proposed project fosters partnerships and
community development that will have a significant impact on science and
engineering research;
-Indicate how the proposed cyberinfrastructure builds capability,
capacity and cohesiveness of a national CI ecosystem; and
-Provide a compelling discussion of the cyberinfrastructure’s potential
use by a wider audience and its contribution to a national

Successful proposals are expected to be of interest to multiple
directorates/offices participating in the CSSI program, and are expected
to be responsive to programmatic areas of interest for these
participating directorates/offices.

The Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) welcomes proposals that
either (a) build computational and graphical tools that have broad
application in mathematical sciences and related areas, or (b) translate
significant and recently-developed mathematical and statistical models,
algorithms, and methods into software tools that address substantial
problems or data sets in fields outside the mathematical sciences.

Any prospective PIs should consult with program officers from the list
of Cognizant Program Officers in the relevant research area(s) prior to
submitting a proposal, to ascertain that the focus and budget of the
proposed work are appropriate for this solicitation.


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