Bi-Monthly News from NIMBioS
March-April 2017
New Ideas Incubating at NIMBioS

NIMBioS hosted its first ever Synthesis Incubator on the theme of "Emerging Risks, Measured Responses" last month. Through roundtable discussions and an evening of networking, participants addressed a diverse set of problems representing "emerging risks" with goals to forge new collaborative networks and new paths to "measured responses. " The event brought together researchers and various local, state and federal stakeholders to discuss the topics and generate ideas for collaboration and partnership. Roundtable discussions covered topics related to STEM education, conservation and natural resource management, big data in spatial biology, and host-pathogen interactions. The day ended with networking over hors d'oeuvres, dinner and music, as well as a keynote address from James LeDuc, director of the Galveston National Laboratory, University of Texas Medical Branch. Read more.

New! NIMBioS Tutorial
RevBayes: Bayesian Inference of Phylogeny
This tutorial features RevBayes, an exciting new program for Bayesian inference of phylogeny that succeeds the popular program MrBayes. Instruction is based on a combination of carefully tailored lectures introducing the theoretical and conceptual basis of each inference problem and hands-on computer tutorials demonstrating how to explore these questions using RevBayes. Application deadline: May 14. Apply today!
Featured Science
Power of Shared Pain
New science from NIMBioS is generating media attention in several outlets worldwide. The study, published in Scientific Reports, finds that sharing negative experiences can enable extreme cooperation in a group, and under some circumstances, cause in individuals a willingness to die for the sake of the group. The study lends insight into the causes of self-sacrifice in violent conflicts around the world from holy wars to gangland violence. Read more.
Postdoctoral Spotlight
Food Webs & Species Invasions
NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellow Lauren Smith-Ramesh investigates invasive plants in a food-web context and the direct and indirect effects to native communities and ecosystems. Her research into the interaction of garlic mustard and web-building spiders led to new insights about competition and predation. In this video, she explains her interest in invasion ecology and how network properties can be used to describe food webs and make predictions about species invasions.
Education Spotlight
Summer Research Experience
NIMBioS is pleased to announce the 16 participants selected for its highly competitive 2017 Summer Research Experience program. The participants, which this year include one middle school math teacher, were selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants. The program runs for eight weeks, from June 5-July 28. Participants will come to NIMBioS on the UT-Knoxville campus to work in teams with postdocs and faculty on research at the interface of mathematics and biology.
Evaluation Resources
Post-Conference Wrap-up
Everything you wanted to know about how to evaluate your STEM program is now available from the NSF-INCLUDES Conference on Multi-scale Evaluation in STEM Education, held Feb. 22-24, at NIMBioS. Post-conference resources include videos of conference presentations, tutorial hand-outs, slide decks, and more. The pre-conference webinar introducing  key concepts and vocabulary of program evaluation methods, originally broadcast on Feb. 9, is also available.
More News & Announcements
  • Live Streaming! NIMBioS Interdisciplinary Seminar next Thursday at 3:30 p.m. with Suzanne Alonzo, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, on "The social side of sex: Male/female coevolution and social plasticity affect reproductive patterns." (link)

  • Blackwell-Tapia Conference Receives High Marks (link)
Recent NIMBioS Publications
An G et al. 2017. Optimization and control of agent-based models in biology: A perspective. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology. doi:10.1007/s11538-0160225-6


Rasmussen M et al. 2016. Transit times and mean ages for nonautonomous and autonomous compartmental systems. Journal of Mathematical Biology. doi:10.1007/s00285-016-0990-8

Siepielski AM et al. 2017. Precipitation drives global variation in natural selection. Science. doi:10.1126/science.aag2773

Smith-Ramesh LM, Reynolds HL. 2017. The next frontier of plant-soil feedback research: unraveling context dependence across biotic and abiotic gradients. Journal of Vegetation Science. doi:10.1111/jvs.12519

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How to Acknowledge NIMBioS
 NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation through NSF Award #DBI-1300426, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.