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All future news to be posted at blogspot

Posted by Paul Macklin

7 September 2011 at 12:45 PM PDT (GMT -7h)

This is my last news posting here; all future news posts can be found at

After tinkering with my own custom PHP / XML code to write news posts over the years, I've found that it's just too much of a pain to write, debug, and maintain on my own. So I'm hoping that this migration to a simpler interface will help me to post more frequently.

Be on the lookout for a postdoc position in the near future. :-)

New Position at the University of Southern California

Posted by Paul Macklin

14 August 2011 at 11:59 PM GMT (UTC +0h)

Text coming soon.

Quick Update - Spring/Summer 2011

Posted by Paul Macklin

5 June 2011 at 11:45 PM GMT (UTC +0h)

I had a great trip to the US in March/April. I had a few days with the family in Nebraska, flew on to visit some new colleagues at the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine (CAMM) at the University of Southern California, attended the second annual PS-OC investigators' meeting (NIH / NCI), and wrapped up with a short visit to Vittorio Cristini's group at the University of New Mexico. A hectic itinerary, but you really have to make the most of these international flights.

Simply put, the visit to CAMM was fantastic. Not only to they have the expected (and cutting-edge) proteomics work ongoing, but also some very impressive in vitro work, ranging from cell force measurements to simulated ECM structures, not to mention some great signaling work. I was also happy to see them working on multiple cell lines from breast and prostate cancer. I gave a talk (which unfortunately ran far too long), but it did help facilitate discussion with the group on future possibilities for collaboration. There is also great access to clinical prostate cancer data through the associated Westside Cancer Center. I'm very excited on the multidisciplinary work that we can accomplish. Many thanks to David Agus and his group for the invitation and the fantastic hospitality!

The PSOC meeting was also a tremendous success. I gave a short talk on our patient-calibrated DCIS modelling, which went pretty well. I also got to meet James Sethian (somebody I'd been dying to meet since my level set work at Minnesota and Irvine) and Daniel Hillis (the über-leader of the USC PSOC network). I'm really thrilled by the work going on in the broader PSOC network, and I am more and more convinced that California is a great place to do physics/mathematics-based, multidisciplinary cancer modeling. I look forward to further collaborations in the region! I greatly appreciate Parag Mallick's role in facilitating my attendance of the meeting, and I am grateful for the travel grant that really made it possible.

The visit to Vittorio's group was nice, too. Yao-Li Chuang is doing some great work as always, and Arnaud Chauviere is charging forward on new stem cell ideas in breast cancer. I got to meet James Freyer, who has of course done some fantastic tumour spheroid work; I had a great time in our discussions! I'd like to give a special thanks to Vittorio and Jennifer for the hospitality during my short stay.

On the publications front, I'm steadily chipping away at revisions on my JTB agent model paper. I'm merging Parts I and II into a single manuscript, and trying to cut at least 30% of the total content. Nearly there! I also wrapped up a modeling review with Vittorio's group, although Arnaud tells me they're expecting more revisions ...

I've been slowly rolling out updates to this website, particularly on better presenting the ongoing and planned projects. I plan to improve the "news" functionality soon so that it's easier for me to post (and more frequently).

News is nearly converted

Posted by Paul Macklin

22 February 2011 at 12:28 PM GMT (UTC +0h)

Okay, I've scrounged up all the old news posts I could find since 2005. Hopefully, they've all be fully converted. I'm not entirely sure how I want to handle the various time zones, etc. It may not really be worth the full generality.

I just registered for the next ten years, in the hopes of creating a more stable web presence in the longer term. Hopefully, Google and the other search engines will catch on soon enough.

I see a big "dark spot" for most of 2009 and 2010. Ah, the Facebook era--I made most of my posts there. To sum up: 2009 was the year of writing huge grant proposals with Vittorio Cristini. (Submitted two PSOC centre grants, both approved. Submitted a few U01's, not approved. Submitted two or three ICBP centre grants, one approved. A few I've forgotten in the healing process. :-) About $1.8 million in new funding to the University of Texas.)

2010 was primarily the year of moving to Dundee and settling in. I did finish a few book chapters (Chapters 2, 6, and 10 of Cristini and Lowengrub, Cambridge University Press 2010), and wrapped up simulation and validation work for my current preprints under review at the Journal of Theoretical Biology (here and here).

So, that's my long absence of posts in 2009 and 2010. :-)

I hope to be more active in developing my content this year. I'm off to a great start with my preprints, and hope to roll out more information on my open source work in the next couple of months.

Tomorrow, I'm meeting with a great group at Ninewells Hospital to start up a new DCIS modelling project. More on that tomorrow, I hope.

Website Update

Posted by Paul Macklin

15 February 2011 at 0:01 PM (UTC +0h)

I don't have much here yet.

I have most of the basics up and running. Publications are processes based upon XML, and can dynamically generate bibtex and Endnote entries. I'd appreciate any tips for improving the cross-references for bookchapters, for cases where it's a chapter in a non-edited book (book authors differ from chapter authors).

Next up, more proofreading of current state, some better graphics / presentation, separate pages for individual projects, etc.

I'm working on some news-like functionality, similar to my old sites. Hopefully, it will be a little more robust than in the past. We'll see ...

I'd refer you to my old news page at SHIS, but those guys broke all the old links (and redirects) when they renamed their school.

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