March 5, 2016


The SIAM student chapters of Colorado are hosting their 12th annual regional student conference on applied mathematics for all schools along the Front Range. This event will allow students from different universities in the area to see what is being done in this field and promote interest in applied mathematics in general. This event is open to both undergraduates and graduate students.


University of Colorado at Denver
Check the page here for directions.

Call for Presentations

All students (undergraduate and graduate) are invited to submit abstracts on any research topic in applied mathematics. Please submit your title and abstract as soon as possible, but no later than February 26, 2016. All titles and abstracts should be submitted to See the call for presentations page for more information.

You can view this year's poster and brochure. You can also view the program of presentations.


2016 SIAM Conference Keynote Speaker


Prof. Chun Liu, Penn State


An energetic variational approach for Ionic Fluids and Ion Channels


The interactions of ions flowing through biological systems has been a central topic in biology for more than 100 years.  Flows of ions produce signaling in the nervous system, initiation of contraction in muscle, coordinating the pumping of the heart and regulating the flow of water through kidney and intestine.

Ion concentrations inside cells are controlled by ion channel proteins through the lipid membranes. In this talk, a continuum model  is derived from the energetic variational approach which include the coupling between the electrostatic forces, the hydrodynamics, diffusion and crowding (due to the finite size effects).  The model provides some basic understanding of some important properties of proteins, such as the ion selectivity and sensor mechanism.

Transport of charged particles and ions in biological environments is by nature a multiscale and multiphysics problem. I will also discuss the roles of other important ingredients such as those of general diffusion and also the connection between kinetic description and continuum approaches.