Bi-Monthly News from NIMBioS
September-October 2018
New Faces at NIMBioS: Targeted Postdocs
Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for specific research questions on projects directed by UT faculty. Current projects are modeling epidemiology and evolutionary game theory; spatial biology; and species distribution modeling. One position in biological systems modeling remains open. Meet Jing Jiao whose project focuses on predicting the evolution of vector-borne disease dynamics in a changing world.
Quantitative Skills Curriculum Wins Funding
A unique program developed by NIMBioS to bring quantitative education to graduate students in the life sciences has been awarded funding from the  Burroughs Wellcome Fund , one of only three awards to be made nationally. The curriculum prioritizes current research topics suggested by biology faculty as a focal point for teaching PhD students in biomedical science.
Working Group Publishes Results in Science
A new paper published in  Science  by the NIMBioS Working Group on Long Transients and Ecological Forecasting proposes a classification system for ecological dynamics that persist over long time scales. Using dynamical systems theory, the classification scheme categorizes mechanisms underlying transients. The systematic framework links empirical observations to simple prototypical models and could be useful for ecosystem management.
Applying for a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship?
Application deadlines for NSF's Graduate Research Fellowships occur in late October. What does it take to write a successful application? NIMBioS has hosted two panels on tips for successful proposals featuring fellowship recipients. The program supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing master's and doctoral degrees. The panels were streamed live and recordings are now available!
Understanding Human Behavior, Social Complexity
Catch the live stream of world renowned researcher in evolutionary dynamics Sergey Gavrilets when he presents "Modeling the evolutionary origins and dynamics of social complexity," at 3:30 p.m. EDT Monday, Oct. 15. Gavrilets is the Director of the Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity (DySoC) and NIMBioS Associate Director for Scientific Activities. The seminar is part of the DySoC/NIMBioS Seminar Series.
Research & Training Opportunities
Social Norms: Emergence, Persistence and Effects
DySoC is accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop, "Social Norms: Emergence, Persistence, and Effects," to be held April 23-25, 2019, at NIMBioS. The workshop aims to stimulate new synergies, insights and collaborations.  Application deadline: December 1
Mathematics of Gun Violence
Applications are now being accepted for the NIMBioS/DySoC Investigative Workshop: Mathematics of Gun Violence , to be held May 1-3, 2019, at NIMBioS.This workshop will bring together researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to examine and enhance the quantitative science of gun violence.   Application deadline: November 30
Transients in Biological Systems
Applications are now being accepted for the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Transients in Biological Systems , to be held May 29-31, 2019, at NIMBioS. The workshop aims to spur further research into transients, both from a mathematical standpoint and as a way to understand and analyze biological systems.  Application deadline: January 30
Coming Soon!
Check back on our website for the following opportunities:
  • NIMBioS Tutorial: Network Analysis, Feb. 4-6, 2019

  • Scientific Collaboration Enabled by High Performance Computing Workshop, May 13-15, 2019

  • NIMBioS Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates, June 3-July 26, 2019
Selected Recent NIMBioS Publications

Ivanek R, Wiedmann M, Allende A, Suslow T, and Munther D. 2017. FSMA agricultural-water die-off compliance provisions benefit from condition-specific modifiers. The Center for Produce Safety, $400,000, Awarded. [from NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Models of Produce Contamination]

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