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Bi-Monthly News from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
January/February  2010 - Vol 2, Issue 1
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Congratulations to New NIMBioS Recipients of Support
The sustainability of coral reef ecosystems, the cycling of nutrients in food webs, and the effect of cattle movements on the transmission of bovine tuberculosis are among the topics to be studied in 2010 at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis. The range of topics to be investigated promote the Institute's mission to foster new collaborative efforts to address biological questions using mathematical and computational methods. Newly formed Working Groups and Investigative Workshops for 2010 comprise researchers who will engage in creative and collaborative connections across multiple disciplines. NIMBioS congratulates its new recipients of support, including new Working Groups, Investigative Workshops, short-term visitors and sabbatical scholars.
March 1 Deadline for New Activities
March 1 is the deadline for submitting proposals for new scientific and educational activities at NIMBioS. All areas of research at the interface of biology and mathematics will be considered, but we are especially interested in activities expanding beyond the areas of research supported to date. Potential organizers of activities in areas of molecular biology, cell biology, network biology, immunology and systems biology are particularly encouraged to submit requests for support of Working Groups or Investigative Workshops. Application information for NIMBioS support for Working Groups, Investigative Workshops, Postdoctoral Fellows, Sabbaticals, and Short-term Visitors for activities beginning summer/fall 2010 can be found on our website at
Featured Science: A Mad Itch
swine Feral swine have been described as the most worrisome of non-native species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These free-roaming pigs not only root out native plants and destroy natural habitats, but can also carry disease, such as pseudo-rabies, which is often fatal if transmitted to other wild and domestic animals. The goal of the NIMBioS Feral Swine/Pseudo-rabies Working Group is to manage outbreaks of disease among feral swine and other wild animals in the Smokies as well as other natural areas.
Education Focus: REU/REV Summer Program
reurevFebruary 19 is the deadline to apply for NIMBioS' Research Experience for Undergraduates program (REU) and Research Experience for Veterinary Students program (REV) held June 7 - July 30 on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus. Participants live on campus and work in teams with UTK faculty to conduct research. Disease modeling, population dynamics, biodiversity and climate change are among this year's research topics. Stipend and housing are provided, along with some funding for travel support. Click here to read about the experiences of last year's participants.
Applications Open for Toxoplasma Workshop
gondiiToxoplasma gondii is considered as one of the most successful parasites for its unusual ability to infect a wide range of intermediate hosts, including all mammals and birds. Up to 11% of the human population in the US and 20% in the world are chronically infected. This workshop aims to explore mathematical tools and problems in describing the life cycle, stage conversion, and clonal expansion of T. gondiiClick here for more information and the application. Application Deadline: March 1.
Video Feature: An Interview with Gary An
An In an interview at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, Dr. Gary An, M.D., an associate professor of trauma and critical care at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, explains how mathematical tools can help one investigate how biological systems behave. Dr. An, whose specialty is trauma surgery, participated in the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Optimal Control and Optimization for Individual-based and Agent-based Models.
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