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IMA Special Workshop
Friday, January 14, 2000

Special Competition 2000
Opportunities in the Mathematical Science

The National Science Foundation has announced a new competition for proposals about biocomplexity in the environment. The URL for the announcement is http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf0022. The official title of the program is BIOCOMPLEXITY: SPECIAL COMPETITION Integrated Research to Understand and Model Complexity among Biological, Physical, and Social Systems.

This competition offers special opportunities for the mathematical and physical sciences. However, the proposal solicitation was posted only in December 1999 and proposals are due March 1, 2000, with letters of intent by January 31, 2000. There is a sketch of the guidelines and opportunities for this program, prepared by NSF program directors from the Mathematics and Physical Sciences Directorate.

Updated Selection Criterion as of 28 January 2000

The biocomplexity working group for the FY2000 competition has agreed on a broad understanding of the environmental connection needed for proposals to this competition. THIS IS BROADER THAN SOME READINGS OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT MIGHT SUGGEST.

The following points could be helpful in considering whether a topic is appropriate for the competition.

Competitive Biocomplexity proposals should:

     1. be multidisciplinary

     2. involve living organisms (including humans) or their components

    3. involve quantitative experts, i.e. statisticians, mathematicians, modelers, computational scientists

     4. take a systems approach

     5. have a conceptual or mathematical model that structures the research

     6. examine the complex behaviors of systems, i.e. non-linearities etc., not merely complex (defined as having many parts) systems, within an environmental context

     7. involve integration across spatial and/or temporal scales


A proposal will need to describe its system, its environment, the model, and so forth.

Letters of intent for Research Projects are strongly encouraged, even after the date of 31 January; send them as ordinary text to biocom@nsf.gov. Proposals for Research Projects and for Incubation Activities are due via FastLane by 1 March 2000.

Given the complexity and interdisciplinary nature of the solicitation and the short time for preparation of proposals, the IMA is offering a one-day workshop to describe in some detail to the mathematical and physical sciences community the scientific opportunities represented by the Biocomplexity Competition 2000. You may register on line here. The purpose of this workshop is to inform mathematical and physical scientists about the funding opportunities presented by the Biocomplexity Competition 2000 and, in particular, the mathematical research areas that are of greatest interest. Proposal preparation issues and issues of interdisciplinary collaboration will also be addressed. In addition, the meeting will provide a platform for people who are already working on proposals to exchange ideas and see whether there is enough overlap to combine proposals or at least to submit them in a more integrated way. The workshop will begin with a presentation by representatives of the NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences on the main issues of the workshop and will be followed by five talks by researchers working on projects that are highly relevant to the Biocomplexity Competition 2000, and conclude with a panel discussion/Q&A session. There will be time provided for informal interaction among the participants. A list of awards from last year's Biocomplexity competition may be found here, but please note that last year's competition did not have the environmental requirement that is an element this year.


All talks are in the IMA Lecture Hall EE/CS -180 unless otherwise note

8:45 am Coffee & Registration (Reception Room EE/CS 3-176)
9:30 am Willard Miller Workshop Introduction
9:35 am Jim Rosenberger and Mike Steuerwalt, NSF The NSF Biocomplexity Initiative   slides (pdf, 58KB)|Audio
10:05 am Michael Neubert
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Complexity In Ecological Invasions
10:50 am Break (Reception Room EE/CS 3-176)
11:15 am

Christopher Cosner
University of Miami

Models For Predator-prey Systems with Multiple Spatial and Temporal Scales

Material from IMA Talk

12:00 pm

Hans Othmer
University of Minnesota

The Mathematical and Computational Challenges Posed by Complex Biological Networks

Material from IMA Talk

12:45 pm Lunch (provided for registered participants, Lind Hall 400)
2:00 pm Louis J. Gross
University of Tennesee, Knoxville

Computational Ecology and the Everglades: New Modeling Approaches for Regional Environmental Assessment

Landscape Management Lecture Notes for the Beijer Institute Advanced Course on Ecological Modeling


2:45 PM

Richard Ewing
Texas A&M University

John Chadam
University of Pittsburgh


Material from IMA Talk    pdf (157KB)

3:30 PM Break (Reception Room EE/CS 3-176)
4:00 PM NSF Representatives, Speakers et al. Questions & Answers|Audio


as of 1/13/2000
Name Department Affiliation
Donald Alstad Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior University of Minnesota
Joan Bechtold   Midwest Orthopedic Foundation
John Carlis Computer Science University of Minnesota
John Chadam Mathematics University of Pittsburgh
Benito Chen-Charpentier Mathematics University of Wyoming
Hi Jun Choe Mathematics (KAIST) Seoul National University
Christopher Cosner Computer Science University of Miami
J. Matthew Davis Geology and Geophysics University of Minnesota
Mohamed B. Elgindi Mathematics University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Christopher Eliot Philosophy University of Minnesota
Richard Ewing Texas A&M University
Douglas Deutschman Biology San Diego State University
Louis J. Gross Ecology & Evolutionary Biology University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Daniel T. Kaplan Mathematics/CS Macalester College
David Levermore Mathematics University of Arizona
Douglas Meade Mathematics University of South Carolina
Jeff Morgan Mathematics Texas A&M University
Olivier Mouzin   Midwest Orthopedic Foundation
Michael Neubert Biology Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Claudia Neuhauser Mathematics University of Minnesota
Victor Nicholson Mathematics and Computer Science Kent State University
Nilima Nigam IMA IMA
Hans Othmer Mathematics/
Computational Biology
University of Minnesota
D. Dane Quinn Mechanical Engineering The University of Akron
Javier Rojo Mathematical Sciences University of Texas, El Paso
Robert G. Root Mathematics Lafayette College
Jim Rosenberger Statistics National Science Foundation
Ron Seigel Pharmacy University of Minnesota
Michael J. Semmens Civil Engineering University of Minnesota
John Stalvey Biological Sciences Kent State University
Mike Steuerwalt Mathematics National Science Foundation
Brian Suchomel Computer Science University of Minnesota
Gary William Theseira NRRI-Center for Water and the Environment University of Minnesota, Duluth
Dean T. Tsukayama Hennepin County Medical Center
Richard Tweedie Biostatistics University of Minnesota
Anthony Varghese IMA University of Minnesota
Suzanne Weekes Mathematical Sciences Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Vicki Whitledge Medicine The Paulsen Group
Bertram Zinner Discrete and Statistical Sciences Auburn University

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