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Bart Borek: Note on 2012 q-Bio Conference

Posted on behalf of Bartłomiej Borek, at the Biocircuits Institute, University of California, San Diego since Oct. 1, 2012


I am writing this to share my experience of the 2012 q-Bio Conference, and to thank CAMBAM and its people for helping me get there. (more…)

“Empty Sets” art show@The Plant, 18 August, 2012

Ellwood Epps playing at Empty Sets, while a guest takes over an installation (bottom left and projection).

Ellwood Epps playing at Empty Sets, while a guest takes over an installation (bottom left and projection).

“Lennart, what do you think we do an art show with CAMBAM?”
“But Grace, we are scientists.”
“Some great art has been done by simple minds.”
Lennart, clearly out of arguments: “Ehhhm, I guess we do an art show then?!” (more…)

Area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve – A versatile tool, by Jackson Smith*

The method used in classic studies [1, 2] to quantify the discrimination sensitivity of middle temporal (MT) neurones in a two-alternative, forced-choice (2AFC) task has since become an important technique of behavioural neurophysiology. The key question is whether a neurone fired more spikes in one condition than in another. However, traditional parametric methods for answering this question place restrictive assumptions on the statistics of neural activity; for example, neurones do not always resemble a Poisson process [3].


How to navigate a (SIAM) conference

A one page flyer how to navigate a conference – succinct, but spot on as far as my experience is concerned. Blogging about talks or a conference? I should probably get started on that then… (more…)

Mathematical Modeling in Your Bone

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Are you studying math or physics and would be interested to know some aspects of interdisciplinary research in math/physics and biology/physiology? Are you curious about the picture above? If you answered “yes” to either of the questions, read on!


A Review of the 3rd CAMBAM Annual Meeting

Participants gathering together for the round table with Sensorica

Past Friday, June 8, 2012, it was time for the 3rd CAMBAM Annual Meeting. The past Annual Meetings both created a little bit of a magical atmosphere, befitting such a day that only happens once a year, and only once. Participants were invited to the McGill Faculty Club, its wooden interior speaking of prestige and privilege. Being served an excellent four course meal, I wondered if our contribution can justify such privilege, or in the end displaces little more air than the beat of a butterfly’s wing. After all, this day was primarily about scientific progress in CAMBAM, a day to rest and review our accomplishments and progress – which often takes the form of small steps, taken one at a time – so let’s focus not on dinner courses and ambiance, but on students’ and corporate guests’ contributions to a day full of progress made, interdisciplinary perspectives, and new connections.


Workshop June 22, 2012

On June 22, 2012 from 10h-16h in McIntyre Medical Building, room 1101 the CAMBAM Student Chapter will be holding a workshop given by Gabriel Provencher-Langlois and Namdar Homayunfar. Gabriel will talk about Geometric Singular Perturbations and Namdar will present Bifurcation Analysis of DDEs (please see abstracts below).

From 10h-12h, each will host a workshop
A light lunch will be provided from 12h-13h (please let us know if you have any particular food concerns)
The day will conclude with another workshop from both Gabriel and Namdar

Hope to see everyone there!

Commentary: 1 year CAMBAM student chapter – past, present, future.

We CAMBAM students always were lucky: part of a network of renegade mathematicians, engineers, physicists etc., with a keen interest in thrilling BioMedical applications. Situated inside Montreal’s universities and institutes, headed by acclaimed head researchers, our aptitude meets the necessary environment. We are in the best company possible, backed up by some of the arguably most potent resources out there.

Could we be proud? (more…)

Society for Mathematical Biology Newsletter

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Society for Mathematical Biology

An article by the CAMBAM student chapter appeared in the latest Society for Mathematical Biology Newsletter (Vol 25, #2, http://www.smb.org). In this article, Tom, Morgan, Fred, and me give a quick tour of the history of the student chapter and break down our strategies and a couple of tricks from along the way. We obtained permission to publish the manuscript here on our blog. This is a thorough look under the hood of our community building effort, enjoy. (more…)


Here’s my little story about how I got involved in CAMBAM. I have joined CAMBAM somewhere around June last year. At the time, I was interested in knowing more about non-linear dynamics, dynamical system theory and their applications, because I had ran into some papers analysing neural networks behavior with these tools. I thought that hanging with the people who play with these mathematics on a daily basis would be helpful and informative. (more…)

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