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The Society for Mathematical Biology Annual Meeting and Conference, July 25-28, 2012

SMB 2012 Minisymposia

MS1: Electrostatics: Numerical algorithms and biological applications (1) - July 25, 9:40-11:20 a.m.   SESSION A
Organizers: Yongcheng Zhou (Mathematics, Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO, USA);   Weihua Geng (Mathematics, Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA)
Presenters: Lorena Barba, Jaydeep Bardhan, Xiaolin Cheng, Weihua Geng

Summary. Electrostatics, as long rang interactions with abundant presence, are critical in determining structures and functions of biomolecules. Structural biologists inevitably consider the effect of electrostatics in studying protein folding, protein interaction, ion-­‐channels etc. Meanwhile, attracted by electrostatics related scientific significances and computational challenges, numerical analysts actively seek numerical methods for accurate and efficient computation. These methods include fast algorithms in evaluating N-­‐body electrostatic interactions, as well as numerical techniques in solving the Poisson-­‐Boltzmann model governing electrostatics. This minisymposium aims to bring together diverse experts, whose research areas are tightly connected with electrostatics, to present work, exchange ideas and establish potential collaboration.