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Visitors at NIMBioS in 2009

Short-term visitors to NIMBioS are supported for periods up to one week to assist their efforts in carrying out research that conforms to the mission of NIMBioS to foster research at the interface between mathematics and biology.

Visitor/Sabbatical Archive

Group photo. Leite et. al.
Project Title: Coupling within- and between-host dynamics in HIV
Maria Leite (Univ. of Oklahoma), Zhilan Feng (Purdue Univ.), and Jorge Velasco-Hernandez (Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo) are modeling disease dynamics of Dengue and HIV.
Visit Dates: July 13-24, 2009
(From left) Jorge Velasco-Hernandez, Zhilan Feng, and Maria Leite


Publication: Christen JA, Capistran-Ocampo MA, Velasco-Hernandez JX. 2012. Towards uncertainty quantification and inference in the stochastic SIR epidemic model. Mathematical Biosciences, 240(2).

Presentation: Velasco-Hernandez JX. January 2012. Mathematical epidemiology: Examples, data and associated models. II Reunion Conjunta de la Real Sociedad Matematica Espanola y la Sociedad Matematica Mexicano.

Publication: Hsieh YH, Ma S, Velasco-Hernandez JX, Lee VJ, Lim WY. 2011. Early outbreak of 2009 influenza A (H1N1) in Mexico prior to identificatino of pH1N1 virus. PLoS ONE, 6(8): e23853. [Online]

Publication: Carrillo-Valenzo E, Danis-Lozano R, Velasco-Hernandez JX, Sanchez-Burgos G, Apluche C, Lopez I, Rosales C, Baronti C, de Lamballerie X, Holmes EC, Ramos-Castaneda J. 2010. Evolution of dengue virus in Mexico is characterized by frequent lineage replacement. Archives of Virology, 155(9): 1401-12. [Online]

Publication: Velasco-Hernandez JX, Leite MCA. 2010. A model for the A(H1N1) epidemic in Mexico, including social isolation. Salud Publica de Mexico, 53(1): 1-8. [Online]

Presentation: Velasco-Hernandez JX. October 2010. Sobre las enfrermedades infecciosas recurrentes: Patrones observados y modelacion. XII EOBM, UAEH.

Presentation: Velasco-Hernandez JX. March 2010. Un modelo matematico SEIR con aislamiento social. XX ENOAN, Universidad de San Nicolas de Hidalgo.

Presentation: Velasco-Hernandez JX. November 2009. Un modelo matematico SEIR con aislamiento social. VI Congreso Latinoamericano de Biologia Matematica Acapulco Guerrero.

Celine Devaux photo.
Céline Devaux (Imperial College, UK)
Project Title: Spatial ecological model of sympatric speciation of palm trees
Céline Devaux is collaborating with Sergey Gavrilets (Univ. of Tennessee) to develop and test ecological and neutral models of speciation that can describe the emergence of two sympatric species of palms trees endemic to Lord Howe Island.
Visit Dates: Oct. 15 - Nov. 15, 2009

Eti Dwi Wiraningsih photo.Eti Dwi Wiraningsih (Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia)
Project Title: Competing species model with an infectious disease and time delay
Eti Dwi Wiraningsih is receiving further training in mathematical and computational modeling while visiting NIMBioS. Her research focuses on mathematical modeling of infectious disease.
Visit Dates: Nov. 2009 - Feb. 2010

Jean Michel Tchuenche (Univ. of Guelph, Canada)
Project Title: Optimal Vaccination Strategies for Malaria in an AA-AS Population
Jean Michel Tchuenche is collaborating with Suzanne Lenhart (Univ. of Tennessee) and Folashade Agusto (NIMBioS) to formulate a deterministic model for malaria transmission in individuals with dominant homozygous gene (AA-cell) and individuals with sickle-cell trait (AS-cell), in order to theoretically assess the benefit of the control strategies on the transmission dynamics of malaria in individuals with AA-cell against individuals with AS-cell natural resistance.
Visit Dates: Dec. 12-20, 2009

Brian Beckage photo. Brian Beckage (Univ. of Vermont)
Project Title: Using models to investigate patterns, process, and climate change in savannas
Brian Beckage's research focuses on dynamics of forests, including disturbance and dynamics in savanna communities, climate change and ecological communities, tree invasions, and forest diversity.
Visit Dates: Dec. 13-19, 2009


Publication: Beckage B, Gross L, Kauffman S. 2011. The limits to prediction in ecological systems. Ecosphere, 2(11): article 125. [Online]

Publication: Tang G, Beckage B. 2010. Projecting the distribution of forests in New England in response to climate change. Diversity and Distributions, 16(1):144-158. [Online]

Media Coverage: Crawley, C. 2009. Trees facilitate wildfires as a way to protect their habitat. EurekAlert

Media Coverage: 2009. Trees facilitate wildfires as a way to protect their habitat. US News & World Report

Media Coverage: 2009. Trees that like fire. New York Times Science Slides

Jason Miller photo. Jason Miller (Truman State Univ.)
Project Title: Training in multi-scale modeling for research and teaching
Jason Miller is receiving further training in mathematical and computational modeling for the purpose of advancing personal research and teaching in an undergraduate program in mathematical biology. The training objective is to acquire skills in multiscale modeling of biological phenomena with direction from professional modelers at NIMBioS.
Visit Dates: Dec. 13-19, 2009

R. Salinas photo.
René Salinas(Appalachian State Univ.)
Project Title: Using dynamic model feedback for optimization of individual-based models
René Salinas is collaborating with Suzanne Lenhart (Univ. of Tennessee) and Frank Van Manen (USGS). The research focuses on using dynamic model feedback for optimization of individual-based models as applied to existing models of black bears in the Southern Appalachians.
Visit Dates: Three visits of several days from mid-May to early August

Visitors work on-site at NIMBioS and may link the visit with a Working Group or other activity at NIMBioS. Visitors receive reimbursement for travel and housing expenses as well as a per diem.

Applications can include any type of interdisciplinary synthesis project, but NIMBioS particularly welcomes collaborative projects. Such collaborations might involve NIMBioS resident researchers or staff or local researchers; joint applications from two or more researchers to spend time together at NIMBioS; or applications from participants in other NIMBioS activities to work on their project with NIMBioS computational science staff.

Applications are considered four times a year, with deadlines on March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1. Applications are evaluated in terms of both the scientific value of the project and the qualifications of the applicant. Particular priority is given to students and junior researchers.

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