NIMBioS News
Bi-Monthly News from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
March/April  2010 - Vol 2, Issue 2
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Congratulations to the New NIMBioS Postdocs
NIMBioS congratulates its newest postdoctoral fellows, who will begin their research at NIMBioS later this year. R. Tucker Gilman is a Ph.D. candidate in zoology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Tom E. Ingersoll is a Ph.D. candidate in environmental science, policy, and management at the University of California, Berkeley. Shade T. Shutters earned a Ph.D. in biology in June 2009 from Arizona State University and is currently a postdoctoral research scientist in the Applied Economics Department at the University of Vigo, Spain. Xavier Thibert-Plante is a Ph.D. candidate in biology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Click here to read about their proposed research projects.
Featured Science: Toxoplasma Gondii
Toxoplasmosis is one of the most common parasitic infections throughout the world. According to one estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to one-quarter of Americans may be infected, and up to one-third of the world's population. At NIMBioS, Dr. Xiaopeng Zhao is co-organizer of a May 13-15 workshop in which a multi-disciplinary group of scientists will study Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite that causes infection. NIMBioS has produced a video about the disease and the purpose of the workshop. Click here to view the video.
Upcoming Research and Education Opportunities at NIMBioS
Coral reef ecosystems are highly valued but threatened by regional human population growth and over-exploitation. This workshop will evaluate the potential for development of a comprehensive coral reef systems model that links multiple interacting environmental stressors (e.g., water quality, exploitation, episodic events, climate changes, and vessel groundings) to the state and dynamics of reef ecosystems stretching from coastal bays to coral reefs. Application Deadline: May 3. Click here to apply.
NIMBioS is now accepting applications for the NIMBioS Tutorial: Computational Biology Curriculum Development to be held July 6-9, 2010, at NIMBioS. This tutorial focuses on strategies for including computational biology and cyber-learning in the development of interdisciplinary modules for teaching undergraduate biology. The tutorial is geared toward graduate students and faculty who teach undergraduate biology courses. Application deadline: May 7. Click here to apply.
NIMBioS is now accepting applications for the NIMBioS Tutorial: Graph Theory and Biological Networks to be held August 16-18, 2010, at NIMBioS. This tutorial invites participants to learn more about graph theory. The tutorial is geared toward biologists, mathematics and computer scientists who will learn how graph theory is useful in understanding biological phenomena ranging from molecular to cellular to population levels with ecological and medical applications. Application deadline: June 16, 2010. Click here to apply.
Video Feature: An Interview with Katie Portacci
portacci Dr. Katie A. Portacci is a veterinarian with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service. In an interview with the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, Dr. Portacci explains how mathematics helps in understanding and controlling the spread of animal diseases. Dr. Portacci participates in the Modeling Bovine Tuberculosis Working Group at NIMBioS. The goal of this working group is to develop network models of cattle movement and the spread of bovine TB that could be used to investigate alternative control and eradication strategies.
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