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WhAM! A Research Collaboration Workshop for Women in Applied Mathematics: Dynamical Systems with Applications to Biology and Medicine
September 9-13, 2013

   Organizers
Trachette JacksonUniversity of Michigan
Ami RadunskayaPomona College
  Description
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Many questions about biological processes can be phrased in terms of dynamical systems. The evolution of these processes and the stability of long term their behavior can be studied in terms of dynamical systems theory. In this workshop we will pose problems from a range of biological and medical applications that can be interpreted as questions about system behavior or control. The overarching goal is to help build a strong collaboration network of women working on dynamical systems in biology by facilitating the formation of new collaborative research groups and encouraging them to continue to work together after the workshop. This workshop will have a special format designed to maximize the opportunities to collaborate. 

  • There will be up to eight senior women researchers working in Mathematical Biology, each will present a problem and lead a research group.
  • They will each choose a more junior co-leader, preferably someone with whom they do not have a long-standing collaboration, but who has enough experience to take on a leadership role.
  • Other team members will be chosen from applicants and invitees. We anticipate five people per group.
  • It is expected that each group will continue their project together and obtain results to write into a submission to the Proceedings volume for the conference.

The benefit of such a structured program with leaders, projects and working groups planned in advance is based on the successful WIN, Women In Numbers, conferences and is intended to be in both directions: senior women will hopefully meet, mentor, and collaborate with the brightest young women in their field on a part of their research agenda of their choosing, and junior women and students will develop their network of colleagues and supporters and encounter important new research areas to work in, thereby improving their chances for successful research careers.

The IMA gratefully acknowledges Microsoft Research for their support of this workshop.

Projects

  • Anti-Cancer Drug Resistance: A Pre-existing or Emerging Phenomenon?

  • Clustering in Neural Networks

  • Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPT) and the Spread of Drug Resistance to Malaria

  • Mathematical Modeling of Evolutionary Diversification

  • Modeling Anti‐coagulation Therapy

  • Modeling Autoregulation in the Kidney

  • Modeling Fluid Flow Induced by Bacterial Carpets

  • Modeling the dynamics of REM sleep

  • Stochastic Modeling of the Phototransduction Cascade for Melanopsin

Teams and Mentors

  • Team 1: Anti-Cancer Drug Resistance: A Pre-existing or Emerging Phenomenon?
    • Mentor Jana Gevertz, The College of New Jersey
    • Mentor Katarzyna Rejniak, Moffitt Cancer Center
    • Zahra Aminzare, Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey
    • Judith Cerit (Perez-Velazquez), Helmholtz Zentrum München
    • Kerri-Ann Norton, Johns Hopkins University
    • Alexandria Volkening, Brown University
  • Team 2: Modeling Fluid Flow Induced by Bacterial Carpets
    • Mentor Lisa Fauci, Tulane University
    • Mentor Karin Leiderman, University of California
    • Amy Buchmann, University of Notre Dame
    • Eva Strawbridge, James Madison University
    • Longhua Zhao, Case Western Reserve University
  • Team 3: Modeling Autoregulation in the Kidney
    • Mentor Julia Arciero (Sparks), Indiana University-Purdue University
    • Mentor Anita Layton, Duke University
    • Laura Ellwein, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Ashlee Ford Versypt, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Elizabeth Makrides, Brown University
  • Team 4: Modeling Anti‐coagulation Therapy
    • Mentor Lisette de Pillis, Harvey Mudd College
    • Mentor Erica Graham, North Carolina State University
    • Mentor Ami Radunskaya, Pomona College
    • Kaitlyn Hood, University of California, Los Angeles
    • Yanping Ma, Loyola Marymount University
    • Julie Simons, Tulane University
  • Team 5: Mathematical Modeling of Evolutionary Diversification
    • Mentor Jasmine Foo, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    • Mentor Natalia Komarova, University of California
    • Cymra Haskell, University of Southern California
    • Shishi Luo, Los Alamos National Laboratory
    • Rebecca Segal, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Team 6: Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPT) and the Spread of Drug Resistance to Malaria
    • Mentor Zhilan Feng, Purdue University
    • Mentor Miranda Teboh-Ewungkem, Lehigh University
    • Katharine Gurski, Howard University
    • Carrie Manore, Tulane University
    • Angela Peace, Arizona State University
    • Olivia Prosper, Dartmouth College
  • Team 7: Stochastic Modeling of the Phototransduction Cascade for Melanopsin
    • Mentor Kathleen Hoffman, University of Maryland Baltimore County
    • Mentor Hye Won Kang, University of Maryland Baltimore County
    • Erika Camacho, Arizona State University
    • Christina Hamlet, Tulane University
    • Katherine Williams, University of Arizona
  • Team 8: Clustering in Neural Networks
    • Mentor Victoria Booth, University of Michigan
    • Mentor Sue Ann Campbell, University of Waterloo
    • Jennifer Miller, Trinity College
    • Hwayeon Ryu, Duke University
    • Zeynep Teymuroglu, Rollins College
    • Xueying Wang, Washington State University
  • Team 9: Modeling the dynamics of REM sleep
    • Mentor Janet Best, The Ohio State University
    • Mentor Gemma Huguet, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
    • Selenne Banuelos, University of Southern California
    • Pamela Fuller, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    • Alicia Prieto Langarica, Youngstown State University
    • Shelby Wilson, Morehouse College
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