20072009 Programs
The 20072008 IMA thematic program is "Mathematics of Molecular
and
Cellular Biology." This program provides a setting for
mathematicians
and cellular biology. One of the goals of the program is to
advance the
development of a quantitative body of theory for biology
created by people
with strong backgrounds in both biology and the mathematical
sciences,
with the same sort of expected impact on biology as it math had
on the
sciences of physics, chemistry and engineering in the 20th
century. In
keeping with its mission of fostering interdisciplinary
research, the IMA
is offering several intensive workshops as part of this
program. In the
Fall quarter we will begin with nucleic acid (DNA and RNA)
organization,
structure, function, and the interaction between DNA and RNA in
the
production of proteins and the orchestration of cellular
metabolism. In
the Winter quarter we will devote our attention to the study
of protein
structure and function. The new science of proteomics aims to
understand
how proteins are produced and how they function and
malfunction. We need
to understand how protein production is controlled, and the
cascade of
interaction among families of proteins. The spring quarter will
focus
on the mathematics of cellular physiology, a highly complex
biological
system, with structures from molecular to macroscopic scale,
and
processes with critical time scales from nanoseconds to hours.
Modeling
cellular behavior poses significant challenges to the
mathematical
sciences. The speakers and the audience at these workshops will
be a mix
of mathematicians, biologists,physicists and engineers
including young
people interested in work at the math/bio interface. Limited
financial
support is available for the workshops. Detailed information
about this
program can be found at http://www.ima.umn.edu/20072008/.
The 20082009 IMA thematic program will be on "Mathematics and
Chemistry."
Computational chemistry has reached a stage of development
where many
chemical properties of both simple and complex systems may now
be
computed more accurately, more economically, or more speedily
than
they can be measured. Further advances in accuracy and
practicality
will depend on the development of both new theory and new
algorithms,
and mathematical techniques will play an important role in both
of these
areas. The advances in chemical theory and computations have
built on
interfaces with a number of areas of mathematics, including
differential
equations, linear and nonlinear algebra, optimization theory,
probability
theory, stochastic analysis, sampling theory, complex analysis,
geometry,
group theory, and numerical analysis. Further progress in
computational
chemistry will require that the ties between chemistry and
mathematics be
strengthened. This IMA program will provide a setting for the
chemistry
and mathematics communities to examine some of these problems
together.
The year will focus on issues in electronic structure,
dynamics, and
statistical mechanics, including both the mathematical
underpinnings
of modern molecular modeling and simulation and practical
issues
in stateoftheart applications. Applications areas will
include
organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, solidstate
chemistry,
nanochemistry, advanced materials, photochemistry, catalysis,
and environmental chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on
mingling
applied mathematicians with theoretical and computational
chemists in
each workshop. Opportunities for the participation in the
20082009
program include New Directions research professorships for
established
mathematicians seeking to branch into new interdisciplinary
research
directions, regular and industrial postdoctoral fellowships
(application
deadline is January 15, 2008 for all these), and general
memberships
(visits of a month or more, no application deadline).
