Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute
The Challenges in Computational Neuroscience program will develop mathematical and statistical methods in neuroscience to meet this critical need. Key problems include understanding the mechanisms that bridge multiple spatial and temporal scales, linking the activity of individual components (e.g., molecular biology, genetics, and neuron networks) and their interactions to the overall complex dynamic behavior of the brain and nervous system.
The 2009 NRC report Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward makes a clear case for a needed statistical underpinning for forensic procedures, including fingerprints, patterns and impressions (footprints and tire tracks), toolmarks and firearms, hair, fibers, documents, paints and coatings, bloodstains, and fire debris.
The central goal of this program is to strengthen the statistical and applied mathematical bases of forensic science.
SAMSI annually conducts a national Education and Outreach Program for undergraduate and graduate students interested in statistics and applied mathematics and their application in the disciplinary sciences. During the 2014-15 academic year, students have various opportunities to participate.
SAMSI is a partnership of Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the National Institute of Statistical Sciences, in collaboration with the William R. Kenan, Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science.
SAMSI is a partnership with NISS in the Affiliates Program for industries and universities.
SAMSI is also a partner in VI-MSS, an initiative among two U.S. institutes and five institutes in India to foster research exchanges between the two countries.
Videos Now Available
SAMSI has video taped the tutorials from the opening workshops on Beyond Bioinformatics and Mathematical and Statistical Ecology, and other lectures, which can be found here.