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History of Proposal Calls, Awards, and Accomplishments of the Joint Theory Institute

Fall, 2008

Joint Theory Institute Call for Proposals

The Joint Theory Institute (JTI), a multi-disciplinary research institution jointly at Argonne and the University of Chicago, is currently accepting a third round of proposals in the broad area of theory that strengthen collaborations between staff at the two institutions.  This call is for proposals that require one-year of funding.

The JTI embraces problems in theory of condensed matter, chemistry, high energy physics, nuclear physics and interdisciplinary topics involving nanoscience, biology, economics, sociology, archeology, and computing.  Proposals will be accepted from members of the University and Argonne communities.  Successful proposals could include joint research programs with shared students and post-docs, programs for joint conferences and workshops, and thematically driven visitor programs.  Other innovative joint activities will be seriously considered.  Successful proposals from the previous calls can be found at our web-site at JTI.anl.gov. 

Proposals should not be longer than five pages in length (with standard format) with a brief description of the project, an indication of why it should be funded by the JTI, and a budget.  Funding levels may vary substantially with the largest awards in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Proposals will be reviewed and awards selected by the JTI advisory board.  Key factors in selection are interactivity and innovation.  It is critical that joint efforts at both the university and the laboratory be represented in the proposal.  In this third call, some preference will be given to proposal authors not already in funded JTI programs.

Proposals should be sent to JTI@anl.gov.  The deadline for this third round of proposals is October 21.  Notification of those proposals JTI will recommend for funding will be made within two weeks from the end of the call.

Summer, 2007

Joint Theory Institute Call for Proposals

The Joint Theory Institute (JTI), a multi-disciplinary research institution jointly at Argonne and the University of Chicago, is currently accepting a second round of proposals in the broad area of theory that strengthen collaborations between staff at the two institutions.  The JTI embraces problems in theory of condensed matter, chemistry, high energy physics, nuclear physics and interdisciplinary topics involving nanoscience, biology, economics, and computing.  Proposals will be accepted from members of the University and Argonne communities.  Successful proposals could include joint research programs with shared students and pos-docs, programs for joint conferences and workshops, and thematically driven visitors programs.  Other innovative joint activities will be seriously considered.  Successful proposals from the previous call can be found in the history section of this website. 

Proposals should not be longer than five pages in length (with standard format) with a brief description of the project, an indication of why it should be funded by the JTI, and a budget.  Funding levels may vary substantially with the largest awards in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Proposals will be reviewed and awards selected by the JTI advisory board.  Key factors in selection are interactivity and innovation.  It is critical that joint efforts at both the university and the laboratory be represented in the proposal.  In this second call, some preference will be given to proposal authors not already in funded JTI programs.

Proposals should be sent to JTI@anl.gov.  The deadline for this second round of proposals is July 5.  Notification of those proposals JTI will recommend for funding will be made within two weeks after the end of the call. 

For further information see our web-site at JTI.anl.gov.


Titles and Authors of Funded Proposals:

Calculations of Fundamental Processes at Hadron Colliders
E. Berger (ANL) and J. Rosner (UC)

Strong Dynamics and Dynamical Chiral Symmetry Breaking
C. Roberts (ANL), D. Sinclair (ANL), C. Zachos (ANL), J. Harvey (UC), D. Kutasov (UC), C. Wagner (ANL/UC)

High-harmonic generation from Molecules
R. Santra (ANL), D. Mazziotti (UC)

Nanoconfined Chemistry and Spectroscopy
S. Gray (ANL), L. Harding (ANL), S. Rice (UC)

Lateral Segregation of copolymers in biomimetic membranes
P. Zapol (ANL), K. Freed (UC)

Mastering the Dynamics on the Energy Landscape
J. Jellinek (ANL), S. Berry (UC)

Combining solution scattering data with protein folding simulations
L. Makowski (BIO), K. Freed (UC)

Progress and achievements from funded proposals:

Fall, 2006

Joint Theory Institute Call for Proposals

The Joint Theory Institute (JTI), a multi-disciplinary research institution jointly at Argonne and the University of Chicago, is currently accepting proposals in the broad area of theory that strengthen collaborations between staff at the two institutions.  The JTI embraces problems in theory of condensed matter, chemistry, high energy physics, nuclear physics and interdisciplinary topics involving, for example, nanoscience, biology, economics, and computing.  Proposals will be accepted from members of the University and Argonne communities.  Successful proposals could include joint research programs with shared students and post-docs, programs for joint conferences and workshops, and thematically driven visitors programs.  Other innovative joint activities will be seriously considered. Preference will be given to those theory projects that complement the scientific programs of ANL and UofC.  Funding levels may vary substantially with the largest awards in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Proposals will be peer reviewed, and awards will be selected by the JTI advisory board.  Key factors in selection are interactivity and innovation.

  • Proposals will be accepted from members of the University and Argonne communities.
  • Proposals should not be longer than five pages in length (with a minimum of 12 point font size) with a brief description of the project, an indication of why it should be funded by the JTI, and a budget.
  • In addition, a one or two page CV for each of the principal investigators is required. 
Proposals should be sent to JTI@anl.gov.  The deadline for the first round of proposals is November 15, 2006.  Notification of awards will be made by December 15, 2006.

 

Titles and Authors of All Proposals Received:

Effect of environment-induced non-Gaussian noise on superconducting quantum devices
Valerii Vinokur (ANL), Ilya Gruzberg (UofC)         
           
The physics of how people communicate
Victor H. Yngve (UofC)
           
Strong Dynamics and Dynamical Chiral Symmetry Breaking
Craig Roberts (ANL), Donald Sinclair (HEP), Cosmas Zachos (ANL), Jeff Harvey (UofC), David Kutasov (UofC), Carlos Wagner (ANL/UofC)
           
High-harmonic generation from molecules
Robin Santra (ANL), David Mazziotti (UofC)
           
Dynamics of mesoscopic superconductors
Ilya Gruzberg (UofC), Valerii Vinokur (ANL)
           
Tunable tunneling transport through nanostructures: effects of spin degrees of freedom on electronic transport in nanostructures in the quantum limit
Ilya Gruzberg (UofC), Valerii Vinokur (ANL)
 
Nanoconfined Chemistry and Spectroscopy        
Stephen Gray (ANL) Larry Harding (ANL) and Stuart Rice (UofC)
           
Computational modeling of language evolution in a historically based dynamic socioecological context
Jason Riggle (UofC), John Christiansen (ANL)
           
Fundamental properties of dense plasma and radiation defects in nuclear fuel materials
Zeke Insepov (ANL)      
 
SHULGI: A Geosimulation Tool for Modeling Human Movement and Interaction
Scott Branting (UofC) Mark Altaweel (ANL)
           
Mathematics for Systems Biology
Natalia Maltsev (ANL), J. Silverstein (UofC)
           
Combining solution scattering data with protein folding simulations
Karl Freed (UofC), Lee Makowski (ANL), Tobin R Sosnick (UofC)
           
The Complementarities of Interaction
David Sallach (ANL, Computation Institute), Michael North (ANL, CI), Charles M. Macal (ANL, CI)
           
Advanced Beam Theories for Microscopes and Accelerators
Albert Crewe (UofC), Bud Kapp (UofC), Kwang-Je Kim (ANL), Dean Miller (ANL)
           
Self-Assembly of Structures on Surfaces and Physics of Interfaces
V. M. Vinokour (ANL) H.M. Jaeger (UofC)
           
Calculations of Fundamental Processes at Hadron Colliders involving Joint Students, Postocs, and Visitors
E. Berger (ANL) Jonathan Rosner (UofC)
           
Extra mixing in asymptotic giant branch stars and consequences for pre-solar grains
Kenneth Nollett (ANL), Michael Savina (ANL), Andrew Davis (UofC), James Truran (ANL/UofC)
           
A Mechanistic Framework for Functional Transcription Factor Binding Site Variants
Wen-Hsiung Li (UofC), Jeffrey Rest (ANL), Joshua Rest (UofC)

Lateral segregation of copolymers in biomimetic membranes
Karl Freed (UofC) Peter Zapol (ANL)

Mastering Dynamics on the Energy Landscape
Julius Jellinek (ANL)  Stephen Berry (UofC)

A protein hyperfamily: Uniting the superoxide dismutase, cupredoxin, immunoglobulin, and tumor necrosis factor superfamilies on the basis of evolutionary tracks embedded within protein amino acid sequence data
Fred Stevens (ANL)

 

Titles and Authors of Funded Proposals:

Strong Dynamics and Dynamical Chiral Symmetry Breaking
Craig Roberts (PHY), Donald Sinclair (HEP), Cosmas Zachos (Argonne), Jeff Harvey (UC), David Kutasov(UC), Carlos Wagner (ANL/UC)
 
Computational modeling of language evolution in a historically based dynamic socioecological context
Jason Riggle (UC), John Christiansen (ANL)
 
Mathematics for Systems Biology
Natalia Maltsev (ANL), J. Silverstein (UC)
 
Combining solution scattering data with protein folding simulations
Karl Freed (Chemistry, JFI, JTI, UC), Lee Makowski (BIO, ANL), Tobin R Sosnick (Biochemistry & Mol. Biology, IBD, UofC)              
 
Extra mixing in asymptotic giant branch stars and consequences for pre-solar grains
Kenneth Nollett, Michael Savina (ANL), Andrew Davis (UC), James Truran (ANL&UC)       
 
High-harmonic generation from molecules
Robin Santra (ANL), David Mazziotti (UC)
 
Nanoconfined Chemistry and Spectroscopy
Stephen Gray (ANL) Larry Harding (ANL) and Stuart Rice (UC)
 
Calculations of Fundamental Processes at Hadron Colliders involving Joint Students, Postdocs, and Visitors
E. Berger (ANL), Jonathan Rosner (UC)
           
Mastering Dynamics on the Energy Landscape
Julius Jellinek (ANL) Stephen Berry (UofC)
 
Lateral segregation of copolymers in biomimetic membranes
Karl Freed (UofC) and Peter Zapol (ANL)
 
SHULGI: A Geosimulation Tool For Modeling Human Movement and Interactions
Scott Branting (UC) Mark Altaweel (ANL)

Progress Reports from Funded Proposals:


Seminars, Workshops and Meetings

1. Emergence in Complex Systems

Sponsored by

Joint Theory Institute (Argonne National Laboratory, University of Chicago)

Computation Institute, University of Chicago

Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory


The first seminar in the series “Mathematics for Systems Biology” will be held Thursday, February 22, 1–5 pm, at the University of Chicago Computation Institute, 5640 S. Ellis Avenue, auditorium RI 408 (4^th floor).
JTI Sponsored seminar on Mathematics for Systems Biology with links to video recording and talks

This seminar will focus on the phenomenon of Emergence in Complex Systems.

In 1999 Jeffrey Goldstein defined emergence as "the arising of novel and coherent structures, patterns and properties during the process of self-organization in complex systems”. An emergent behavior appears when a number of simple entities (e.g. cellular components) operate in an environment, forming more complex behaviors as a collective. Emergence occurring over disparate size scales is usually based on causal relations across different scales formed by top-down feedback in the systems with emergent properties.

The study of emergence in biology provides valuable information about the organization of cellular processes. Oscillations are the simplest case of emergent coherence found in complex systems. They can emerge as the collective dynamic behavior of an ensemble of interacting components in the cell. Genetic oscillators form the basis of circadian clocks [A. Winfree, 2002]. The key characteristics of this dynamic state can be quantitatively determined in experiments.

The emergence of oscillations in a complex system is subtle as it depends crucially on the dynamic properties of the interacting components and their collective behaviors.

We encourage the audience to participate in an open discussion. Three abstracts describing problems relevant to the topic of emergence in biology will be selected for a 10-minute informal presentation and a panel discussion. If you are interested in making such a presentation, please submit a short abstract to Natalia Maltsev (maltsev@mcs.anl.gov) by February, 19.

The seminar will feature three invited presentations:

Prof. Michael Berry, Physics Department, Bristol University
Emergence and Asymptotics in Physics: How One Theory Can Live inside Another

Prof. Evgeni Selkov (Encyclopedia Genomica, Austria; the University of Chicago). Metabolic Incompatibility and Square Waveform of the Cell Clock

Prof. Orly Alter (University of Texas at Austin)
Discovery of Principles of Nature from Mathematical Modeling of DNA Microarray Data


2. JTI Sponsored Workshop on Strong Dynamics and Dynamical Chiral Symmetry Breaking

Strong Dynamics and Dynamical Chiral Symmetry Breaking
which is multi-expertise collaborative project on Chiral Symmetry Breaking and mass creation in the strong interactions, relying on novel insights and methods: AdS/CFT duality of large Nc QCD to a gravity on AdS5, lattice QCD, Dyson-Schwinger equations, and deconstruction, focussing on the scales of chiral symmetry breaking and confinement as well as the viscosity/entropy ratio in the quark-gluon medium.

This Institute has arranged a two-day workshop:
June 4-5, 2007, Argonne National Laboratory, HEP,  Bldg 362, Rm F108


Questions

The current co-directors of the JTI are Gene Mazenko (UofC) and Al Wagner (ANL).  They can be reached via JTI@anl.gov concerning the goals and nature of the JTI.
 

 
Last updated September 30, 2008

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