Bi-Monthly News from NIMBioS
March-April 2016
Evaluating Science
What works in science and what doesn't and how do we know? As the academic community faces greater scrutiny from external funders as to how and why research or education programs work, the need for external evaluation has never been more apparent. NIMBioS Evaluation Services  (pictured) provides external evaluation services for STEM research and education projects.  In collaboration with departments across the UT-Knoxville campus, NES has developed a portfolio of six grants totaling more than $1.1 million dollars. Read more.
NIMBioS Features
New Science
Ocean Viral Dynamics
Viruses infect more than humans or plants. For microorganisms in the oceans, including those that capture half of the carbon taken out of the atmosphere every day, viruses are a major threat. But a paper in the journal Nature Microbiology shows that there's much less certainty about the size of these viral populations than scientists had long believed. Read more.
Education Spotlight
Summer Research Experience
NIMBioS is pleased to announce the 16 undergraduates selected for its highly competitive 2016 Summer Research Experience program. Participants were selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants. The program runs for eight weeks, from June 6-July 29. For information about this year's projects and the complete participant roster, click here.
Upcoming Opportunities at NIMBioS
NIMBioS Investigative Workshop Algebraic Mathematical Biology
The NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Algebraic 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. For more information and the online application, click here. April 25 deadline
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 held Aug. 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, click here. May 1 deadline
NIMBioS Investigative Workshop
Next Generation Genetic Monitoring
Apply now for the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Next Generation Genetic Monitoring, to be held Nov. 7-9, 2016, at NIMBioS. This workshop focuses on i mproving statistical approaches for genetic resource monitoring. For more information and the online application, click here.  July 24 deadline.
Requests for Support
September 1 is the next deadline for submitting requests for new scientific and educational activities at NIMBioS, including Working Groups and  Investigative Workshops . For information on what NIMBioS funds and does not fund as well as application requirements, click here .
NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation through NSF Award #DBI-1300426, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.