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 Bi-Monthly News from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
May/June 2011 - Vol 3, Issue 3
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Annual Report: NIMBioS Tops More Than 1,200 Visitors
NIMBioSSince its inception in September 2008, more than 1,200 different participants have attended NIMBioS-sponsored events, including 35 Working Group meetings, 10 Investigative Workshops, 8 Tutorials and approximately 75 Outreach and Education activities. Participants came from 36 countries, including 49 different states in the U.S., as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. A total of 464 different institutions were represented, primarily colleges or universities (88%). Research efforts supported by NIMBioS have led to more than 60 publications on research ranging across many areas of applied mathematics, epidemiology, evolution, ecology and conservation biology. Find these details and more in our 2011 Annual Report to the National Science Foundation.
Featured Science: Species Reemergence After Collapse
Species pairs that disappear through hybridization after human-induced changes to the environment can reemerge if the disturbance is removed, according to a new mathematical model that shows the conditions under which reemergence might happen. The findings, published in the journal Evolution, are important for conservationists and ecosystem managers interested in preserving, or even restoring, systems that have been disturbed by human activity. By simulating environmental disturbances that reduce the ability of individuals to identify and select mates from their own species, the model explores the mechanisms that cause hybridization between closely-related species. Click here for the rest of the story. Citation: Gilman RT, Behm JE. 2011. Hybridization, species collapse, and species reemergence after disturbance to premating mechanisms of reproductive isolation. Evolution. Article first published online: 29 APR 2011. DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01320.x
Education Spotlight: Summer Research for Undergrads, Vet Students Begins
REU Summer research projects are underway for the 16 undergraduates, five veterinary students and one high school science teacher participating in the eight-week long Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Research Experiences for Veterinary Students programs at NIMBioS. Projects for the 2011 program are modeling feral cat populations, modeling E. coli in cattle, investigating the maternal investment in bird species, modeling intracellular movements in plants, modeling the effect of essential oils on a biocontrol fungus, and modeling the early dynamics of simian immunodeficiency virus. 
Upcoming Research and Training Opportunities at NIMBioS


Advances in live cell microscopy have resulted in time-lapse observations revealing a high degree of motility inside cells. Quantitative analysis of these movements is needed to gain full understanding of intracellular dynamics. NIMBioS is now accepting applications for the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Mathematical Modeling of Intracellular Movements, to be held October 24-26, 2011, at NIMBioS. Application deadline: July 24, 2011. For more information about the workshop and how to apply, click here.
Between 32 to 53 million cats are estimated to roam freely in the U.S. The population dynamics of free-roaming cats and the ways in which they transmit infectious disease are not fully understood. NIMBioS is now accepting applications for the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Modeling Free-Roaming Cats and Rabies, to be held November 9-11, 2011, at NIMBioS. Application deadline: July 31, 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
The great majority of humans today live in complex societies, which can exist only on a basis of extensive cooperation among large numbers of individuals. Ultrasociality presents a puzzle to both evolutionary and social theory. NIMBioS is now accepting applications for the NIMBioS-NESCent Investigative Workshop: Modeling Social Complexity, to be held Feb. 6-8, 2012, at NIMBioS. Application deadline: Sept. 30, 2011. For more information about the workshop and how to apply, click here.
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