VisionScienceList: Announcing New Program

From: Elin Grimes (
Date: Fri Dec 08 2000 - 07:41:13 PST

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    Please post the following job openings announcement.

    Many thanks,

    Elin C. Grimes
    Assistant Director
    Center for BioDynamics
    Boston University


    Program in Mathematical and Computational Neuroscience
                     (PMCN) at Boston University
    Co-Directors: Howard Eichenbaum and Nancy Kopell

    The Program in Mathematical and Computational
    Neuroscience will begin January 1, 2001, under the auspices
    of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The goal of PMCN is to
    facilitate the transition of a small and outstanding set of pre-
    doctoral and postdoctoral fellows from the mathematical and
    physical sciences to a range of areas in neuroscience. Financial
    support for both PhD candidates and postdoctoral fellows is
    available. The program features special seminars, mentoring by
    faculty and advanced trainees, and a dynamic and well
    networked intellectual life provided by multiple supporting
    institutional modules. These include a new degree-granting
    Program in Neuroscience: Experimental and Computational
    Neuroscience (PIN-ECN;, the
    graduate program of the Biomedical Engineering department
    (BME; and the Center for BioDynamics

    Pre-doctoral fellows will enroll in one of two PhD programs
    (PIN or BME) that focus on the combination of experimental
    and computational neuroscience. Burroughs Wellcome
    Postdoctoral Fellows will design individualized programs that
    include neuroscience courses and one or more research projects
    that emphasize combined computational and experimental
    approaches to neuroscience. In addition, all fellows may
    participate in the CBD, which helps physical scientists and
    engineers to address research problems at the interfaces among
    mathematics, physics, biology and engineering.

    The senior faculty of the PMCN and their research interests are:

    Laurel Carney (BME). Computational modeling,
        neurophysiology and behavioral studies of the auditory system
        with an emphasis on issues of temporal coding.

    Jim Collins (BME). Application of nonlinear dynamics to
        experimental work in human postural control, genetic
        engineering, and neurophysiology.

    Steve Colburn (BME). Computational modeling and
        psychophysical studies on sound localization.

    Paul Cook (Biology). Cellular electrophysiological properties
        of the retina, focusing on its ability to identify important
        spatial and temporal cues using multiple intra- and inter-
        cellular mechanisms.

    Howard Eichenbaum (Psychology). Physiology of cortical and
        hippocampal networks involved in memory processing, with
        a focus on building models of the fundamental cognitive
        mechanisms and coding properties of neural networks in
        these areas and their interactions.

    Kristen Harris (Biology). Cellular physiology and synaptic
        ultrastructure of the hippocampus, with computational issues
        arising from the impact of different types of synapses
        interacting on a particular cell or within a network.

    Michael Hasselmo (Psychology). Neuromodulatory regulation
        of dynamical states in cortical networks.

    Tasso Kaper (Math). Application of singular perturbation to
        problems arising in pattern formation, fluid mechanics,
        systems of mechanical oscillators, and neurophysiology.

    Nancy Kopell (Math). Dynamics of the nervous system,
        especially rhythmic networks of neurons and their functions
        in cognition and motor control.

    David Somers (Psychology). Functional MRI, psychophysical,
        and computational modeling studies of visual perception and

    Chantal Stern (Psychology). Functional magnetic resonance
        imaging (fMRI) studies of cognition, with a focus on
        computational problems related to MR signal processing,
        image analysis, cortical modeling and surface reconstruction.

    Gene Wayne (Math). Qualitative solutions of partial
        differential equations arising in neurobiology John White
        (BME). Computational modeling and electrophysiology of
        cortical cells and networks.

    For further information see our website at or
    email Our mailing address is Program in
    Mathematical and Computational Neuroscience, C/o E.
    Grimes, Department of Mathematics, Boston University, 111
    Cummington St., Boston MA 02215.

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