Bi-Monthly News from NIMBioS
May-June 2016
NIMBioS Welcomes New Researchers
New Postdoctoral Fellows
NIMBioS welcomes several new postdoctoral fellows starting in the summer and fall. New fellows are Sarah Flanagan, Nourridine Siewe, Lauren Smith, and Sergei Tarasov. Andy Rominger and Oyita Udiani will join in early 2017. Game theory in animal behavior models, the evolution of anatomy ontologies, and new predictive approaches for empirical population genomics studies are among the research topics.  Robin Taylor joined as a fellow in May for NIMBioS Evaluation Services. More.
New NIMBioS-Associated Faculty
NIMBioS welcomes two new NIMBioS-affiliated assistant professors to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, beginning in January 2017. Tian Hong will join the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology as assistant professor of computational biology. Monica Papes will join the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology as an assistant professor in spatial biology. More.
Vazquez to Receive Blackwell-Tapia Prize
The 2016 Blackwell-Tapia Prize will be awarded to Mariel Vazquez, a professor in the departments of mathematics and of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of California, Davis. The prize will be presented at the Ninth Blackwell-Tapia Conference and Awards Ceremony on October 28-29 at the University of Knoxville, Tennessee. NIMBioS co-hosts the event. Priority deadline to apply to attend is August 29.  More.
New Science
Shale Gas Development
Extracting gas from shale rock not only causes environmental disturbances below ground, the surface infrastructure required to drill the wells can cause a variety of problems above ground, from fragmenting fragile habitats, eroding soil, degrading freshwater systems to displacing rare species. Minimizing the environmental consequences above-ground is possible, but at a cost to the developers. However, a new study suggests that the additional cost to developers is far smaller than the savings made to the environment. More.
Education Spotlight
Undergraduate Research Conference
The 8th annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Mathematics and Biology will take place Oct. 8-9 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Applications are now being accepted to cover the cost of registration, lodging, and travel. Student talks and posters are featured as well as a panel discussion on career opportunities, a graduate school showcase, and networking opportunities. Deadline to request funding is August 20. More.
Postdoctoral Research
Plants and Their Microbes
NIMBioS postdoc Megan Rúa uses advanced statistical modeling to investigate the evolutionary dynamics of plants and their mutualistic fungi. In this videoRúa explains how some plant pathogens threaten the world's food supply, but in some cases, pathogenic fungi can boost a plant's ability to withstand certain stressors. For more information about Rúa's research including a Q&A, click here.
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. Application deadline is July 24. For more information and the online application, click here. 
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.