NIMBioS News
Bi-Monthly News from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
July/August  2009 - Vol 1, Issue 2
In This Issue
Ecology of Niche Variation
REU/REV Profiles
Bovine Tuberculosis
White-Nose Syndrome in Bats
Video: Biology by Numbers!
New Faculty
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We have had a busy and productive summer at NIMBioS. Biologists and mathematicians met to find innovative ways to manage such problems as white-nose syndrome in bats and bovine tuberculosis. Another group studied the ecological value of niche variation. Students and teachers worked alongside faculty to build mathematical models for biological research as a part of NIMBioS' REU/REV Program. Elementary students studied math and biology in a new hands-on class, and NIMBioS welcomed four new faculty members.
Scientists Assess the Value of Variation
Understanding the ecological causes and consequences of ecological variation was the focus of a working group of biologists and mathematicians from across North America and Europe who met July 27-29 at NIMBioS.
Students, Teachers Participate in Research
reuveu NIMBioS sponsored a research program in mathematics and biology for undergraduates, veterinary students, and teachers for eight weeks this summer on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus. Click here to read about some of the participants and their research projects and experiences.
Workshop Report: European Modeling Efforts Considered for Bovine Tuberculosis
bovineU.S. authorities working to eradicate the spread of tuberculosis in cattle might benefit from predictive modeling approaches developed for European agricultural systems where more detailed animal movement data are available, according to summary findings from the first NIMBioS Investigative Workshop on Modeling Bovine Tuberculosis held July 7-9. 
 Workshop Report: Where and  When Will WNS Strike Next?
A primary concern for wildlife managers tackling white-nose syndrome in bats is the ability to predict when and where in the United States the killer fungus will strike next, according to summary findings from the first NIMBioS Investigative Workshop on Modeling White Nose Syndrome (WNS) held June 30- July 2. The focus of the workshop was to understand and mitigate WNS, which is now recognized as the major threat to bats in North America.
Education Focus: Biology by Numbers!
NIMBioS offers numerous educational opportunities, including fun classes for budding young scientists. NIMBioS paired with the University of Tennessee's Kids U program to offer a week-long class called Biology by Numbers! Students in grades four through seven met each morning on UT's campus to learn about biology using mathematics. The approach to learning was hands-on and inquiry-based. Click here to view the video.
Staffing News: NIMBioS Welcomes Four New Faculty Members
As part of a major initiative associated with NIMBioS, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville will recruit at least six new faculty members over the next three years whose research interests are at the interface of mathematics/computation and biology. Beginning this academic year, we welcome four new faculty members, including two who will join the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, one who will join the Department of Microbiology, and one who will join the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Click here to read about their research.
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