NIMBioS News
 Bi-Monthly News from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
July/August  2010 - Vol 2, Issue 4
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Support Available for Activities at NIMBioS
We are actively seeking organizers 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. The next deadline for requests is September 1, 2010 for NIMBioS support for Working Groups, Investigative Workshops, Postdoctoral Fellows, Sabbaticals and Short-term Visitors for activities beginning in early 2011.
Featured Science: Model Explains Rapid Transition
The transition from colonies of individual cells to multicellular organisms can be achieved relatively rapidly, within one million generations, according to a new mathematical model that simplifies our understanding of this process. The mathematical approach applies not only to cells within an organism but is expandable to the emergence of multiple cell types, complex organs, or casts of eusocial insects. The results, published June 10 in the journal PLoS Computational Biology, help answer many questions for evolutionary biologists working toward understanding the major transitions in the evolution of complexity.
Citation: Gavrilets S. 2010. Rapid transition towards the division of labor via evolution of developmental plasticity. PLoS Computational Biology 6(6)
Education Spotlight: Summer Research Program Called "Life-Changing"
REU Thirteen undergraduates, three veterinary students and two high school teachers from 16 different institutions across the United States recently completed the 2010 summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experience for Veterinary Students (REV). During the eight-week long program, participants lived on campus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT), and worked in teams with UT faculty to conduct research at the interface of mathematics and biology. Click here to read what the participants had to say about their experience.
Video Feature: Can Ants, and the Plants That Rely On Them, Take the Heat?
bewick Ants are one of nature's most efficient and ecologically important creatures. More than one third of all herbaceous plants in eastern deciduous forests rely on ants for seed dispersal. Dr. Sharon Bewick, a postdoctoral fellow NIMBioS, studies how different ant species interact and how their interactions affect forest plant composition. She focuses particularly on how ant communities might be affected by disturbances in the global climate. In the video, Bewick discusses her research and how temperature changes might affect the delicately balanced ecosystems in which ants live. Bewick joined NIMBioS in August 2009. Click here for more information about Dr. Bewick's work with ants. 
Upcoming Research and Education Opportunities at NIMBioS
NIMBioS is now accepting applications for the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop on Mathematical Modeling of Wildlife and Virus Zoonoses to be held Nov. 8-10, 2010, at NIMBioS. The focus of the workshop is to define, discuss, and develop approaches to collaboratively address critical gaps that remain in mathematical modeling of the ecology and natural history of zoonotic viruses, Application deadline: August 6, 2010. For more information about the workshop and how to apply, click here.
A phylogenetic analysis can take a long time to run. Why not run it on someone else's computer? NIMBioS is now accepting applications for the NIMBioS Tutorial: High Performance Computing for Phylogenetics to be held Oct. 13-15, 2010, at NIMBioS. This tutorial is designed to teach participants how to use TeraGrid, CIPRES Portal, iPlant Discovery environment and other free HPC resources for phylogenetic analysis. Application deadline: August 27. For more information about the tutorial and how to apply, click here.
This interactive webinar to be held Sept. 8, 2010 focuses on math and computational education for ecology undergrads and illustrates how a large field dataset can be used to motivate hypothesis formulation and assessment by undergraduates. The webinar is organized by NIMBioS and the Ecological Society of America as one of several events prior to ESA's 2010 Ecology and Education Summit. Registration deadline: September 1, 2010. For more information about the webinar and how to register, click here.
The second annual undergraduate research conference to be held Nov. 19-20, 2010, at the Univ. of Tennessee Conference Center provides opportunities for undergraduates to present their research at the interface of biology and mathematics. Student talks and posters will be featured as well as a plenary speaker. Faculty, students and Tennessee teachers are invited to attend. Funding Request Application Deadline: October 1. For more information about the conference and details about the funding request, click here.
NIMBioS is now accepting applications for the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop on Solid Tumor Modeling to be held Jan. 19-21, 2011, at NIMBioS. Current achievements and challenges in modeling solid tumors in the human body will be discussed, and areas that could improve our understanding of tumor development and treatment will be identified. The main focus will be on modeling tumor level cancer progression. Application deadline: October 15. For more information about the workshop and how to apply, click here.
With more than two-thirds of adults considered overweight and more than one-third categorized as obese, understanding the mechanisms behind weight gain, loss and maintenance is a major national goal. NIMBioS is now accepting applications for the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Mathematical Models of Metabolism and Body Weight Regulation to be held July 12-15, 2011, at NIMBioS. Application deadline: March 14, 2011. For more information about the workshop and how to apply, click here.
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