Bi-Monthly News from NIMBioS
September-October 2015
 NIMBioS Wins New Grant
The National Science Foundation has awarded NIMBioS a two-year, $299,990 grant to develop a new tool to assess whether using real-world biology examples in college-level mathematics courses enhance student understanding of quantitative concepts. And we need your help! We are recruiting expert reviewers. Read more. 
Featured Science
A study of aggression in monk parakeets suggests that where they stand in the pecking order is a function of the bird's carefully calibrated perceptions of the rank of their fellow-feathered friends. The study  sheds new light on how socially complex animal societies evolve and how dominance hierarchies are established.  Read more.
Postdoc Spotlight
Elizabeth Hobson mines data she has collected in the field to investigate the social complexity of monk parakeets as well as other species. She wants to know how animals think about their social worlds and what motivates their social interactions. Find out more about her research in this profile video and Q&A.
Education Spotlight
Did you know that nose picking is useful to science? Indeed, the nasal passages have been mined, so to speak, for new insights into pathogens and the microbiome. You can now view the dirty details about this topic and many others related to the fascinating world of the microbiome on the NIMBioS YouTube channel, which has the full line-up  of talks from our recent popular Investigative Workshop: Computational Advances in Microbiome Research.
Upcoming Opportunities at NIMBioS
Undergraduate Research Conference
The 7th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics will be held Nov. 21-22, 2015, in Knoxville, featuring talks by mathematicians and biologists, student presentations and posters, career panel discussion and more. Registration deadline: November 13. For more information, click here.
Call for Postdoctoral Fellowships
December 11 is the next deadline for submitting requests for postdoctoral fellowships at NIMBioS. We are especially interested in activities expanding beyond the research supported to date, including research in areas of molecular biology, cell biology, network biology, immunology and systems biology. For information on how to apply as well as tips for writing a successful application, click here.
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 proposal requirements, click here.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Science Education Research & Evaluation
NIMBioS is currently accepting applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship position in Science Education Research and Evaluation. Click here for details.
Apply for a Short-term Research Visit
NIMBioS hosts short-term supported visitors and self-supported visitors to assist their efforts in carrying out research that conforms to the mission of NIMBioS to foster research at the interface between mathematics and biology. Visit requests are considered at any time, but applications should be submitted a minimum of six weeks prior to the proposed visit date.
Interested in Graduate Studies?
Apply for a Visiting Graduate Student Fellowship. NIMBioS offers fellowships for visits to NIMBioS for up to several months by graduate students interested in pursuing research with NIMBioS senior personnel, postdoctoral fellows or working group participants.Visiting graduate students work on-site at NIMBioS.  
NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation through NSF Award #DBI-1300426, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.