John Wilkins

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The climatic fluctuations of the Quaternary have influenced the distribution of numerous plant and animal species. Several species suffer population reduction and fragmentation, becoming restricted to refugia during glacial periods and expanding again during interglacials. The reduction in population size may reduce the effective population size, mean(More)
The phosphoprotein phosducin (Pd) regulates many guanine nucleotide binding protein (G protein)-linked signaling pathways. In visual signal transduction, unphosphorylated Pd blocks the interaction of light-activated rhodopsin with its G protein (Gt) by binding to the beta gamma subunits of Gt and preventing their association with the Gt alpha subunit. When(More)
Heterotrimeric GTP-binding proteins (G-proteins) serve many different signal transduction pathways. Phosducin, a 28-kDa phosphoprotein, is expressed in a variety of mammalian cell types and blocks activation of several classes of G-proteins. Phosphorylation of phosducin by cyclic AMP-dependent protein kinase prevents phosducin-mediated inhibition of(More)
In this article we explore techniques to detect and visualize features in data from molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Although the techniques proposed are general, we focus on silicon (Si) atomic systems. The first set of methods use 3D location of atoms. Defects are detected and categorized using local operators and statistical modeling. Our second set(More)
In this application paper we explore techniques to classify anomalous structures (defects) in data generated from Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations of Silicon (Si) atom systems. These systems are studied to understand the processes behind the formation of various defects as they have a profound impact on the electrical and mechanical properties of(More)
Numerical simulation is replacing experimentation as a means to gain insight into complex physical phenomena. Analyzing the data produced by such simulations is extremely challenging, given the enormous sizes of the datasets involved. In order to make efficient progress, analyzing such data must advance from current techniques that only visualize static(More)
Multi-dimensional integrals of products of several arrays arise in certain scientiic computations. To optimize the performance of such computations on parallel computers, the total number of arithmetic operations and the total amount of communication need to be minimized. This paper addresses the operation minimization sub-problem and the communication(More)
Phosducin (Pd) is a widely expressed phosphoprotein that regulates G-protein (G) signaling. Unphosphorylated Pd binds to Gbetagamma subunits and blocks their interaction with Galpha. This binding sequesters Gbetagamma and inhibits both receptor-mediated activation of Galpha and direct interactions between Gbetagamma and effector enzymes. When phosphorylated(More)
" The very few existing time-series stations paint a compelling picture of important oceanic changes in physics, chemistry and biology. Yet these stations capture the time domain at only a single point. New strategies for observing the appropriate spatial correlation are required. " Ocean Sciences at the New Millennium, Ocean Sciences Decadal Committee 2001(More)