Bi-Monthly News from NIMBioS
January-February 2016
New Recipients of Support
NIMBioS congratulates its newest recipients of support, including new Investigative Workshops on algebraic mathematical biology for undergrads and on next generation genetic monitoring. New Working Groups include Caulobacter cell-cycle modeling, produce contamination modeling, and prediction and control of cardiac alternans. March 1 is the deadline for submitting applications for support for new scientific and educational activities at the interface of mathematics and biology. Find out how. 
NIMBioS Features
New Science:
Commonality in the Rainforest
A new study, published in the journal Science, reveals striking new findings about the structure of tropical rainforests and how the trees in them interact with one another. The study's findings have significant implications for how tropical rainforests are modeled. NIMBioS postdoc Caroline Farrior is lead author. Read more.
Working Group Spotlight:
Climate Change and Vector-borne Diseases 
This interdisciplinary group of modelers, ecologists and epidemiologists recently concluded its series of productive meetings, resulting in several publications, notably a number in a special issue of the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. The group has made significant contributions to the global effort to find effective ways to combat the spread of vector-borne diseases in animal and human populations. Read more.  
Education Spotlight:
Summer Research Experience
The application deadline for the 2016 NIMBioS Summer Research Experiences (SRE) for Undergraduates and Teachers is fast approaching. SRE will be held June 6-July 29, 2016 at NIMBioS on the UT-Knoxville campus. This year's projects are human emotion modeling, modeling of hantavirus spread, analysis of organelle movements in plant cells, among others.  Application deadline is February 12, 2016. Read more and apply today!
Visiting Scholars
The following four sabbatical fellows are in residence at NIMBioS:
  • Ben Fitzpatrick (Mathematics, Loyola Marymount Univ.)
  • Glenn Ledder (Mathematics, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln)
  • Charles Price (Biology, Univ. of Western Australia)
  • Richard Schugart (Mathematics, Western Kentucky Univ.)
Visit our Sabbatical Fellows page to learn about their projects.
Upcoming Opportunities at NIMBioS
NIMBioS Tutorial: Game Theory
The deadline for the NI MBioS Tutorial: Game Theoretical Modeling, to be held April 25-27, 2016, at NIMBioS, is also fast approaching. This tutorial is appropriate for both mathematics and biology faculty as well as advanced graduate students. For more information and the online application, click here.  February 15 deadline.
Requests for Support
March 1 is the next deadline for submitting requests for new scientific and educational activities at NIMBioS, including Working Groups , Investigative Workshops and Sabbatical Fellowships . For information on what NIMBioS funds and does not fund as well as application requirements, click here .
Graduate Summer School 
Graduate students from the mathematical and life sciences, public health, and related fields are encouraged to apply to the 2016 Graduate Summer School on Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Disease Spread , to be held June 13-22, 2016, at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute in Columbus, Ohio.  Applications accepted until capacity is reached. Read more.
NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Algebraic Mathematical Biology
The NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Alegbraic Mathematical Biology will be held July 25-27, 2016 at NIMBioS. The workshop aims to investigate and further algebraic and discrete mathematical biology in the undergraduate biology and mathematics curriculum. April 25 deadline. Read more.
Opportunities in NIMBioS Evaluation Services
NIMBioS Evaluation Services is currently accepting applications for two positions:
  • Full-time Evaluation Associate to assist with a variety of evaluation projects
  • A Postdoctoral Fellowship in Science Education Research and Evaluation starting in May 2016. 

For complete details, click here.

NIMBioS Tutorial: Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics
For evolutionary biologists interested in how quantitative genetics theory can be tested with data, this successful five-day tutorial, offered in 2014 and 2015, will be offered again in 2016, from August 8-12. The tutorial will review the basics of theory in the field of evolutionary quantitative genetics and its connections to evolution observed at various time scales. For more information and the online application (coming soon!), click here.
NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation through NSF Award #DBI-1300426, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.