Bi-Monthly News@NIMBioS, May-June 2015

Welcome New Scientists
We?re excited to announce our new postdoctoral and sabbatical fellows who will bring their research to NIMBioS this summer and fall. Read all about them.  

Featured Science

Spotted hyenas are affected by the structure of their social network when forming and maintaining social bonds, according to a new study on the long-term dynamics of hyena social networks.  Read more.

Postdoc Spotlight

Caroline Farrior's latest publication, which appeared last week in PNAS, describes how plant competition amplifies forest carbon sinks. Find out more about her research in this  video and Q&A .

Education Spotlight

Their lives once converged here for a summer research experience at NIMBioS, but now our undergraduate alumni study pipets at Stony Brook University, viral evolution at UCLA, and computational ecology at the University of Oregon, among many other experiences. Read more about our summer undergraduates.

Upcoming Research, Training & Outreach Opportunities at NIMBioS
Biology By Numbers Tutorial
Bringing Math to the High School Biology Classroom, A NIMBioS/BioQUEST Tutorial will be held July 20-22. The program features hands-on experience with inquiry activities that use real data, tools for graphing, modeling, and more. Application deadline: June 6, 2015. For more information, click here.
Morphological Plant Models Workshop
The NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Morphological Plant Models will be held September 2-4.  The workshop aims to set new frontiers in combining plant phenotyping with recent results from shape theory at the interface of geometry and topology. Application deadline: June 29, 2015. For more information, click here.
Synthesis Center Reception at ESA
Heading to annual Ecological Society of America meeting in August? Join the national synthesis centers for a meet-and-greet reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. August 11. Hosted by: NIMBioS, SESYNC, NCEAS, USGS Powell Center. #ESA100  For more information, click here.
Modern Math Workshop
The 2015 Modern Math Workshop will be held Oct. 28-29, preceding the 2015 SACNAS National Conference in Washington, DC. Application deadline: July 31, 2015. For more information, click here.
Mathematics of Planet Earth Workshop
The Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013+ Workshop: Education for the Planet Earth of Tomorrow will be held Sept. 30 - Oct. 2. The workshop focuses on planning for the multidisciplinary education of students. Applications accepted until all slots are filled.  For more information, click here.
Requests for Support
September 1 is the next deadline for submitting requests for new scientific and educational activities at NIMBioS, including Working GroupsInvestigative WorkshopsPostdoctoral Fellowships and Sabbatical FellowshipsClick here for details.
The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) brings together researchers from around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life sciences.  NIMBioS is funded by the National Science Foundation, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.