SMB Digest Volume 19 Issue 28

SEPTEMBER 19, 2019
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Issue’s Topics:
         Webinar: How to Write a Modelling Paper, Sep 27, 1 PM EDT
         Workshop: Integrated Mathematical Oncology, Nov 3-8, Tampa
         Special Session: Discrete Dynamic Modeling…, Feb 6-9, Sharjah
         Newsletter: AIBS, Sep 2019
         NIH Update: Research Integrity, Refreshed Grants & Funding…
         PhD Position: Modelling for Cancer Invasion, Queen’s U Belfast
         Post-docs: Cancer-Translational Nanotechnology Training Program
         Post-docs: Nonlinear Dynamics in Cell Biol., U Szeged, Hungary
         University Assistant with Doctorate: Institute of…,U Graz
         Tenured/Tenure-Track: Infectious Disease Modeling, UW-Madison
         NSF: Graduate Research Fellowship Program Reviewer Registration
         SMBnet Reminders


from: Christina Cobbold <>
date: Sep 18, 2019, 6:49 AM
subject: Webinar: How to Write a Modelling Paper, Sep 27, 1 PM EDT

SMB webinar 27th Sept 1pm EDT: How to write a modelling paper
The Society of Mathematical Biology Mentoring task force are pleased to
announce a new series of live webinars on academic training for
mathematical biologists.

The first live webinar will be given by Robert Smith? (U Ottawa) whom
many of you know from the Early Career Workshops held at the annual
society meeting. There will be opportunities to ask questions during the
live webinar, which is generously hosted by the MBI.

There will be opportunities to ask questions during the live webinar.
Full details are below. We look forward to meeting you all online at the
webinar on the 27th September.

TIME AND DATE: Friday 27th September 2019, 1pm EDT

Webinar location:

(We will also be adding a direct link from the events page on the MBI
website and from the SMB website – mentoring page)

Title: How to write a modelling paper

Speaker: Robert Smith?

Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Faculty of Medicine,
The University of Ottawa

Abstract: Publications are the currency of academia. And yet many people
in the sciences, and especially mathematics, are never actually taught
how to write. This webinar will go through the detailed process of all
the stages, from first drafts to revision to responding to reviewers,
illustrating with multiple versions of a worked example. Participants
will also be given access to all versions. The presenter is an
award-winning author of 17 books on both math and pop-culture, as well
as approximately 100 academic articles.


from: Alexander Anderson <>
date: Sep 16, 2019, 4:41 PM
subject: Workshop: Integrated Mathematical Oncology, Nov 3-8, Tampa

We are currently organizing the 9th Integrated Mathematical Oncology
(IMO) workshop that will run from Nov 3rd-Nov 8th at Moffitt. The IMO
workshop is designed to motivate and facilitate a hands-on modeling
experience focused on the development and implementation of the next
generation of tumor board: Tumor Board Evolution. The workshop is
comprised of both an educational event and competition and divides
participants into multiple teams combining clinical, experimental and
theoretical members. These teams integrate their energies to develop and
implement a mathematical model focussed on facilitating treatment
decisions for individual patients across a range of different cancers.
Each team consists of around 10-12 participants from mixed disciplines
and career stages, chosen to provide complimentary skills to help the
3 team co-leaders achieve success. The teams are expected to come up
with a question, build a model, solve it and give a presentation all
within 4.5 intense days. The morning of the 8th is dedicated to
presentations and judging.

As with last years workshop there will be a “speed dating for
scientists” to break the ice among diverse group of participants on the
3rd. The opening presentation on the 4th will summarise what is expected
of the teams and serve to motivate the subsequent hands on model
development sessions. We also plan to have a separate poster session on
the evening of the 4th to allow participants to showcase their own
research. To facilitate integration and motivate participation we are
offering an Amazon gift voucher to active participants of the winning
team and to the runner up team. I am also pleased to say that the
leaders of the winning team will be awarded a $50K pilot grant, that
will be administered primarily by the IMO but most likely will
facilitate experimental and clinical validation.
We are also pleased to announce that we are offering deluxe travel
awards, these are extremely limited and competitive – not a first come
first served basis. Each award will cover flight + accommodation + meals
for up to 6 nights and allow for both national and international
scientists to participate in this unique hands on educational event.
If you are a Postdoc, PhD student or junior faculty interested in
participating in the workshop as a team player, please register asap at and follow instructions. Time is very tight,
so please don’t wait to register for this exciting opportunity.

Register for the workshop here:


from: Filippo Castiglione <>
date: Sep 16, 2019, 3:06 AM
subject: Special Session: Discrete Dynamic Modeling…, Feb 6-9, Sharjah

We are pleased to invite you to give a talk at the special session
titled “Discrete Dynamic Modeling of Biological Systems” of the third
International Conference on Mathematics and Statistics (AUS-ICMS’20) to
be held at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates on
February 6-9, 2020.

The special session will focus on recent advances in discreteorgan
level. All invited speakers like yourself are international experts in
the field and so we expect this session to be extremely stimulating and

Presentations discussing discrete modeling methods and models, at any
level of description (e.g., microscopic/intracellular, mesoscopic/
intercellular, macroscopic/tissue or organs), along with their
application in understanding the pathogenesis of specific diseases
(e.g., infectious diseases, cancers, hypersensitivities, autoimmune
disorders), are all welcome.
Please be informed that we are unable to provide any financial support.
For information about the registration fees, please see the conference’s
website. The registration fee will cover all lunches, transportation
from hotel to the meeting’s site, and Banquet.

We do hope you can make time in your busy schedule to attend the
conference and present at this special session.

If you are not willing to join us, we would appreciate it if you could
send someone from your research group to speak about your recent

Please let us know whether you can make it as soon as you can and no
later than October 15th. Thanks!

For more information about the conference, abstract submission, and
deadlines, please visit the conference website at


from: American Institute of Biological Sciences <>
date: Sep 12, 2019, 12:05 PM
subject: Newsletter: AIBS, Sep 2019



from: NIH Extramural Nexus (NIH/OD) <>
date: Sep 12, 2019, 8:15 PM
subject: NIH Update: Research Integrity, Refreshed Grants & Funding…

NIH Update: Research Integrity, Refreshed Grants and Funding Site,
Reference Letters vs. Letters of Support, and more at


from: Anna Zhigun <>
date: Sep 13, 2019, 5:05 AM
subject: PhD Position: Modelling for Cancer Invasion, Queen’s U Belfast

A fully funded PhD opportunity in developing and analysing models for
cancer invasion is available at the Queen’s University Belfast.

-Project description: please check at
-Start: October 2019 or as soon as possible;
-Funding covers: fees and a maintenance component which is around
£14,777 per annum.
-An applicant who did not undertake his/her first degree at QUB will be
eligible to apply for the Purser Studentship: extra £1,000 a year for
three years.
-The offered funding is tenable by any candidate who was ordinarily
resident in the UK throughout the three year period immediately
preceding the start of the studentship.
-The applicant should, normally, be expected to obtain a relevant first
class MMath/MSci degree.

If interested, please contact Dr. Anna Zhigun (


from: Billie Robles <>
date: Sep 11, 2019, 12:01 PM
subject: Post-docs: Cancer-Translational Nanotechnology Training Program

Cancer-Translational Nanotechnology Training

The Cancer-Translational Nanotechnology Training (Cancer-TNT) Program is
led by Drs. Jianghong Rao and Dean Felsher and funded by the National
Cancer Institute (NCI). The vision of this three-year postdoctoral
fellowship program is to train a new generation of scientists with the
skills and educational backgrounds from engineering, chemistry,
materials science, cancer biology and medicine. This program brings
together 28 faculty and 9 Departments from three schools to provide the
opportunity for talented scientists to learn the intricacies of merging
nanotechnology with the biological and medical sciences, specifically
for the use in cancer, in addition to becoming leaders for the rapidly
growing field of cancer nanotechnology. After graduating from this
program, trainees are expected to become interdisciplinary leaders and
pursue challenges in cancer research and clinical translation.

Support is provided for stipend, supplies and travel for up to three
years. Applicants must hold a PhD or MD degree and must be either a US
citizen or permanent resident. We are particularly interested in
recruiting trainees who are underrepresented minorities or come from
economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

To apply:
Application deadline: October 15, 2019


from: Gergely Röst <>
date: Sep 15, 2019, 3:16 PM
subject: Post-docs: Nonlinear Dynamics in Cell Biol., U Szeged, Hungary

2 Postdoctoral Fellowships in Nonlinear Dynamics in Cell Biology
(Szeged, Hungary)

Applications are welcome to 2 postdoctoral research fellowships in the
project Nonlinear Dynamical Systems in the Mathematical Models of Cell
Biology, funded by Hungary’s flagship research grant, the ‘Frontline’
Research Excellence Program.

The research covers a range of topics including collective cell
dynamics, pattern formation and cancer modelling, with special attention
to the role of time delays in cell biology.

The research fellows will join the group of Gergely Röst at the
University of Szeged, Hungary
( The University
is among the most prominent higher education institutions in Central
Europe, located in the downtown area of Szeged (often considered as one
of the best university towns in Europe).

The fellowships are offered initially for one year, with the possibility
of extension up to three years. There is some flexibility in the
starting date and the duration of the fellowships. Letters of interest
are to be sent to, accompanied with a
CV, list of publications and contact info of two reference persons.
Reviews of applications will continue until the positions are filled.


from: Weiß, Tanja <>
date: Sep 11, 2019, 7:16 AM
subject: University Assistant with Doctorate: Institute of…,U Graz

Institute of Mathematics and Scientific Computing is filling a
University Assistant with doctorate (40 hours a week; fixed-term
employment for the period of 6 years; position to be filled as of
March 2nd 2020)

For more information follow the link:

In case of equal qualifications, women will receive priority


date: Sep 16, 2019, 7:51 AM
subject: Tenured/Tenure-Track: Infectious Disease Modeling, UW-Madison

Assistant/Associate Professor, Quantitative Modeling of Infectious
University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary
Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks candidates for an
Assistant Professor or early-stage Associate Professor tenure-track
faculty position in the field of quantitative modeling of infectious
diseases. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a
nationally-recognized research program in the mathematical, statistical,
or computational modeling of infectious disease-associated processes at
any scale (molecular to population). Minimum requirements include a PhD
and at least 2 years of postdoctoral or equivalent experience in a
relevant field. Salary start-up will be commensurate with rank and
experience. For more information, refer to:


from: Erin Steigerwalt <>
date: Sep 12, 2019, 8:32 AM
subject: NSF: Graduate Research Fellowship Program Reviewer Registration

On behalf of the National Science Foundation (NSF), we invite you to
register as a potential reviewer for the 2020 Graduate Research
Fellowship Program (GRFP). GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding
graduate students pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees
in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and STEM
Education at accredited, non-profit US institutions of higher education.
See the Program Solicitation, NSF 19-590 for more details on GRFP. NSF
seeks a diverse mix of researchers and educators from a wide range of
institutions, geographic locations, and disciplinary and
interdisciplinary backgrounds to serve as reviewers.

Serving as a GRFP Reviewer is an excellent opportunity to apply your
research and career expertise to help identify future science and
engineering leaders. It is also a great opportunity to become familiar
with the NSF Merit Review process.

Following are key details of the 2020 GRFP application review process:
-The entire review process will be conducted online.
-Review of applications will begin late November/early December.
-Virtual review panels will be held January 13-31, 2020. (Exact panel
date will be specified in the formal invitation to serve as a reviewer.)
-Virtual panels are one-day, five-hour sessions. Reviewers will receive
a flat rate payment of $200 for participation in the virtual panel.
Reviewers who are Federal employees, citizens of foreign countries who
are not permanent residents, and special visa holders are not eligible
for this payment.
-Reviewers evaluate applications similar to graduate school admission
packages, that include a personal statement, graduate research
statement, educational background information, transcripts, and
reference letters.
-Each reviewer will initially be assigned 15-20 applications, with a
maximum of 25 applications.
-Reviewers must attend an orientation webinar and be familiar with all
reviewer training materials and requirements. This is required for both
new and returning reviewers. Multiple dates will be provided to choose
from for orientation participation.
-Reviewers agree to abide the terms and conditions of review service,
including maintaining confidentiality about the entire review process.

Please note the following:

Conflict of Interest Policy: You may serve on the same panel as an
application with which you have a conflict of interest (e.g., you are
the applicants advisor, wrote a letter of reference for the applicant,
etc.). However, you cannot participate in the evaluation or discussion
related to any applicant with whom you have a conflict of interest.
Inquiring about, or advocating for, any current GRFP applicant
regardless of review panel is considered a conflict of interest and will
result in immediate removal as a reviewer.

Invitation Status: Registering in the reviewer system or creating a
profile does not commit you to serve as a GRFP Reviewer or guarantee you
will be invited to serve. Invitations to serve will commence in October

If you would like to be considered as a 2020 GRFP reviewer, please visit to register in the reviewer system.

Please share this opportunity to review GRFP applications with your
We thank you in advance for your interest. If you have any questions,
please contact the GRF Operations Center at or
(866) 673-4737.


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