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 Bi-Monthly News from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
March/April  2011 - Vol 3, Issue 2
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Best Practices for Working Groups, Workshops
mtgNIMBioS is supporting several new Working Groups and Investigative Workshops in the coming months. Organizers (and potential organizers) of Working Groups and Workshops will want to know what it takes to have a successful and productive meeting. We have created two helpful web pages: Best Practices for Working Groups and Best Practices for Investigative Workshops. Each page describes what Working Group organizers and Workshop organizers can do before, during, and after meetings to make them successful. Working Groups at NIMBioS focus on well-defined scientific questions at the interface between biology and mathematics that require insights from diverse researchers. Investigative Workshops focus on a broad topic or set of related topics at the interface of biology and mathematics and have between 30-40 participants.
Featured Science: Social Behavior and Infectious Disease
Influenza pandemics can mean that schools close and travelers stay home. But is severing social and business interactions really better than taking a chance on getting sick? "Infectious disease can mean making trade-offs between the risks and rewards of meeting others," says Eli Fenichel, Arizona State University assistant professor and co-organizer of a transdisciplinary working group at NIMBioS that has developed a better model for understanding the role human decisons play in the spread of disease. A study describing the group's work appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Click here for the rest of the story.
Education Spotlight: Postdocs Reach Out to Campus Communities Far and Wide
postdocs NIMBioS postdoctoral fellows have been busy in recent months visiting campuses across the country to talk about NIMBioS and their research. Dr. Folashade Agusto shared a flu (model!) with students at Fisk University with her talk on avian flu. Dr. William Godsoe found a "niche" at Howard University with his talk on species' niche and its distribution. Dr. Yi Mao discussed protein structure and function in a talk at the University of Texas-El Paso. If you are interested in having a NIMBioS postdoc talk to students at your institution, contact Dr. Suzanne Lenhart at 
Video Feature: Songwriters-in-Residence Mix Music and Science
video Several professional singer-songwriters have begun spinning tunes from their month-long residency at NIMBioS. RB Morris, Jay Clark, and now currently, Timothy Sellers have served as Songwriter-in-Residence. Supported by NIMBioS in conjunction with the Univ. of Tennessee's James R. Cox Endowment Fund, the residency encourages the creation and production of songs involving ideas of modern biology and the lives of scientists who pursue biological research. Click here to read more about the program, listen to the songs, and view video performances.
Upcoming Research and Training Opportunities at NIMBioS
Failure of the kidneys in individuals with hypertension, diabetes, and reduced nephron number begins with deregulation of the renal microvasculature. NIMBioS is now accepting applications for the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Mathematical Modeling and Experimental Investigations in Renal Hemodynamics, to be held August 1-3, 2011, at NIMBioS. Application deadline: May 2, 2011. For more information about the workshop and how to apply, click here.
September 1 is the deadline for submitting proposals for new scientific and educational activities beginning in 2012 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. Supported activities are Working Groups, Investigative Workshops, Postdoctoral Fellows, Sabbaticals and Short-term Visitors. More information can be found on our website at
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