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News from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
June 2009 - Vol 1, Issue 1
In This Issue
White Nose Syndrome in Bats
Funtion and Evolution of Biological Systems
Emerging Disease and Human Behavior
Binary Matrices in Biology
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In our inaugural issue of the NIMBioS bi-monthly newsletter, look for news about upcoming events at NIMBioS and for numerous research and educational opportunities. At NIMBioS, we are committed to fostering new cross-disciplinary approaches in mathematical biology and to providing educational and research opportunities that support the investigation of mathematical biology.
White Nose Syndrome in Bats
batLeading experts in the fields of bat physiology, fungal ecology, and environmental and disease modeling, among others, will gather at a NIMBioS interdisciplinary workshop, June 29-July 1, to explore the disease and develop ways to manage it. Read More

Function and Evolution
The Function and Evolution Working Group met at NIMBioS, June 10-12, to begin developing a new unified framework for evolutionary biology. The group's goal is to integrate the dynamics of how biological systems function and how these functional dynamics evolve. Read More
Threat of Disease, Human Behavior Focus of NIMBioS Working Group
disease As swine flu spread from Mexico to Texas and then fanned out farther in the
United States, Americans began to alter their behavior. Families kept children
home from school, postponed trips to the mall, and stayed home instead of
eating out. In so doing, the American population may have inadvertently altered the behavior of the pathogen itself. How human behavior changes the spread of emerging infectious diseases, and how the spread of disease simultaneously changes human behavior, were among the topics discussed by scientists at a meeting, June 7-9. Read More
Ecologists Consider New Mathematical Model in Research
For years, ecologists have struggled to answer some fundamental questions in ecology using certain statistical tests. Trying to measure the distribution of a species over time or geographical space, for example, poses a challenge, as does studying food webs and pollinator networks or investigating how ecological communities are comprised. A major goal of the NIMBioS Working Group on Biological Problems Using Binary Matrices is to develop improved statistical methods for inferring large-scale effects of ecological mechanisms. Read More
Education Focus: Research Experience for Undergrads and Vet Students
NIMBioS is sponsoring a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program and a Research Experience for Veterinary Students (VEU) program. Four veterinary students (DVM, VMD or MPH) and 12 undergraduate majors in math, biology, and related fields are currently living on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus while working in teams with UT professors on innovative research projects. For more information about educational opportunities at NIMBioS, click here.
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