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From: The Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience blog

New book - Neural Fields: Theory and Applications

Stephen Coombes on June 24, 2014 at 18:24 - 0 Comments
Neural Fields: Theory and Applications Written by leading scientists in the field Includes contributions from two of the founding-fathers of neural field theory:  Shun-ichi Amari and Jack Cowan The first comprehensive collection of results in the research area of neural field theory
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From: Evolution: Education and Outreach blog

Blog carnival!

z_californianus on May 31, 2014 at 23:01 - 10 Comments

The blog posts for this month’s carnival address fundamental problems in evoluitionary biology in novel and controversial contexts.

Hunan evolution Mechanisms of evolution Conduct of science and its representation in the media Human evolution

Evolution and human races. A recent book by Nicholas Wade focuses controversy on the issue of whether human beings can be organized into races: Wade argues that they can be, and that people in the same race share behavior and other capacities because they share a common racial inheritance. Bradly Alicea challenges Wade by discussing the nature and interpretation of genetic variation and population differentiation in our species. Jennifer Raff, a postdoc at UT Austin with graduate level training both anthropology and genetics, challenges readers to identify...

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From: Journal of Interaction Science blog

Poem of (not just) Interaction Science

GSB on March 18, 2014 at 13:53 - 0 Comments

Imagine…

Now make it.

Test it.

Evaluate.

Review.

Allow for doubts.

Challenge your doubts.

Test it again.

Innovate.

Opt for the best.

Nothing is impossible.

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Spread the word.

Criticize.

Interact.

Enjoy.

New ideas?

Circle of magic:

Evolution.

 

 

by Sandi Ljubic, JoIS Board Member

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From: The Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience blog

Changes in the JMN Editorial Board

Olivier Faugeras on March 6, 2014 at 12:49 - 0 Comments

We are pleased to announce that three renowned scientists in the field of Mathematical Neuroscience have accepted to join the Editorial Board of the JMN: Sue Ann Campbell from the University of Waterloo, Canada, Wilhelm Stannat from the Technische Universität, Berlin, Germany, and Stephan A Van Gils from the Universiteit Twente, Netherlands. We thank the four members of the Editorial Board, Romain Brette, Wulfram Gerstner, Vincent Hakim, and Hinke Osinga, who decided to step down from the Board, for their efforts in promoting the Journal.

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From: The Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience blog

International Workshop on Neurodynamics

Stephen Coombes on February 10, 2014 at 15:54 - 0 Comments
International Workshop on Neurodynamics, Castro-Urdiales, Spain, July 14 – 17, 2014.

The aim of this workshop is to present an overview of successful achievements in this rapidly developing collaborative field by putting together different types of applications of nonlinear dynamics (geometrical tools in dynamical systems, numerical methods, computational schemes, dynamical measures, …) to different problems in neuroscience (mononeuronal dynamics, network activity, cognitive problems, …). Registration deadline is 31st March 2014.

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From: Robotics and Biomimetics blog

Robotics and Biomimetics: A collaboration of the future

Dalmeet Singh Chawla on January 16, 2014 at 15:02 - 1 Comment

Solar forest designed by Neville Mars. Photo taken from bURB

Biomimetics is a growing discipline, where engineers and designers ask themselves how nature would solve a problem before opting to find a solution. Janine Benyus, who has written six books on biomimetics, describes biomimics as ‘Nature’s apprentices’ in one of her TED talks. The above photo is of a solar forest designed by Neville Mars. The solar forest consists of solar tree that contain panels that rotate throughout the day, absorbing maximal sunlight throughout the day and providing shading for the cars. The idea is to power up the electric cars, which are parked in the car parking underneath as well as providing an area for overworked cars

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From: The Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience blog

3rd International Conference on Neural Field Theory

Stephen Coombes on December 20, 2013 at 13:58 - 0 Comments

3rd International Conference on Neural Field Theory
University of Reading, June 16 – 18, 2014

Organised by Ingo Bojak, Stephen Coombes, Peter beim Graben, Bashar Hasan, Roland Potthast, Etienne Roesch, Douglas Saddy and Kelly Sloan

Neural Mass Modelling and Neural Field Theory is a growing and very active area of research with important applications in medicine and technology. Activities range from the simulation of neural populations to the analysis of neural field equations, from neural modelling of cognitive and psychological processes to controlling artificial devices. The connection between these models and measurement data, including large-scale data assimilation tasks, is of growing interest to many researchers. The community includes researchers from medicine, psychology, physics, mathematics and engineering. The International Conferences on Neural Field Theory at the University of Reading contribute to the further development...

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From: Evolution: Education and Outreach blog

The cartoon periodic chart

z_californianus on November 11, 2013 at 03:29 - 0 Comments

The EE&O editorial staff is happy to reach out to our friends who teach chemistry. Zak Zych has recently published the The Cartoon Periodic Chart. In his artist’s statement, he says that “my ambition is for my art to engage the viewer and to illuminate topics related to health and science, [and] these dynamics are on display in much of my work, but especially with The Cartoon Periodic Chart,” which can be seen at cocobee.com, the chart’s distributor. Zak also created the Evolution Flipbook and Hazardous To Your Health. His artist’s statement continues.

I love popular culture and I seek for my work to offer all the enticements of a beautifully illustrated children’s book or animated movie while at the same time serving as a catalyst

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From: The Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience blog

March 10-12, 2014, University of Pittsburgh: Conference held in honor of G. Bard Ermentrout's 60th Birthday:

Olivier Faugeras on November 8, 2013 at 15:18 - 0 Comments

Nonlinear Dynamics and Stochastic Methods:From Neuroscience to Other Biological Applications

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From: The Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience blog

New important publication from one of our Editorial board members, Paul Bressloff:

Olivier Faugeras on November 6, 2013 at 10:16 - 0 Comments

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From: SpringerPlus blog

Statistics at SpringerPlus

Max Haring on October 4, 2013 at 08:43 - 0 Comments

Dear Colleagues,

I am Section Editor for the statistics section of SpringerPlus, and I would like to invite you to consider SpringerPlus for your next manuscript submission.

To let you know a little about me, I am an Associate Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania and am Co-Director (with Russel Localio) of a pediatric section of Biostatistics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I teach Linear Models for students in our PhD program and am also the principal investigator of a Renal & Urologic Biostatistics Training Grant (2T32DK060455) that is funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) in the National Institutes of Health. I am

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From: Evolution: Education and Outreach blog

Books under review

z_californianus on September 22, 2013 at 02:24 - 0 Comments

Evolution: Education and Outreach is fortunate to have an enthusiastic  and talented group of researchers who have volunteered to review books for us. Usually, books are claimed by reviewers within 48 hours of the announcement that they are available! In addition to reviewers all around the United States, we have a reviewer from Chile, three in Italy, and one in Panama, at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Pretty cool, huh?

Here are the books currently out for review.

[1] Baum, David A. and Stacey D. Smith. 2012. Tree thinking: An introduction to phylogenetic biology. Greenwood Village CO: Roberts.

[2] Boehm, Christopher. 2012. Moral origins: The evolution of virtue, altruism, and shame. New York: Basic Books.

[3] Bor, Daniel. 2012. The ravenous brain:

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From: Evolution: Education and Outreach blog

Bring Evolution To Your School/Community For Darwin Day 2014!

z_californianus on September 18, 2013 at 17:25 - 0 Comments

Interested in bringing cutting-edge evolutionary science to your school and community? Apply to be a stop on NESCent’s 2014 Darwin Day Roadshow.

NESCent (The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center) is an NSF-funded evolution research center. To celebrate Charles Darwin’s contributions to science and society, we send our scientists on the road every year around “Darwin Day” (the annual, world-wide celebration of Darwin’s birthday on Feb. 12th) to talk to students, teachers and the general public about their research and career opportunities in science. Our focus is on small, rural communities (i.e., places that wouldn’t likely have a Darwin Day celebration if they weren’t a stop on our Roadshow) and any schools with traditionally under-served students. There is no cost to you, the

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From: SpringerPlus blog

Peer-reviewed open access publications in Medicine

Max Haring on August 29, 2013 at 13:27 - 0 Comments

It was not so long ago that I had to search for a medical subject online and, after spending some time, I realized that the references I found were all restricted to the journal subscribers. Then two things came to my mind: 1- How economical it would be to have access to all articles, and 2-How this would attract larger audiences for the authors of those papers. Luckily the introduction of the first open access Journals started a movement of change and now, a few years later, well over a million articles are freely available to readers everywhere (1).

Medicine is an evolving science; every day new drugs become available, new procedures are introduced and new protocols or guidelines are prepared

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From: Journal of Interaction Science blog

Prepaid Processing Fees for Authors of Member Institutions

GSB on August 7, 2013 at 12:57 - 0 Comments

 

SpringerOpen now has 455 Members in 50 countries.

Your university/institution  may be one of them. You will be surprised !

Please check here: http://www.springeropen.com/inst/ ( paste or click 

If you have any question, please drop me a line at gbahr@fit.edu .

Best,

Your humble EiC

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