NIMBioS News
 Bi-Monthly News from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
July/August 2011 - Vol 3, Issue 4
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Support Available for Activities at NIMBioS
meetingSeptember 1 is the deadline for submitting requests for support for new scientific and educational activities at NIMBioS beginning spring 2012. 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 for Working Groups or Investigative Workshops. Application guidelines for NIMBioS support for Working Groups, Investigative Workshops, Postdoctoral Fellows, Sabbaticals, and Short-term Visitors can be found on our website. Following the September evaluation period, there will be another separate call for postdoctoral fellow requests, due December 11. NIMBioS, located at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, is an NSF-sponsored initiative to foster interdisciplinary research at the interface between mathematical and biological sciences. The institute's mission is to cultivate cross-disciplinary approaches in mathematical biology and to develop a cadre of researchers who address fundamental and applied biological problems in creative ways. Other NIMBIoS sponsors include DHS and USDA, with additional support from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Click here for a flyer describing support for working groups and investigative workshops. Click here for a flyer describing support for postdoctoral fellowships.
Featured Science: Mutations in HIV-Drug Resistance
Protease inhibitor drugs are one of the major weapons in the fight against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, but their effectiveness is limited as the virus mutates and develops resistance to the drugs over time. Now a new tool has been developed to help predict the location of the mutations that lead to drug resistance. In a new study, published in the journal BMC Structural Biology, NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellow Yi Mao used a mathematical modeling technique called elastic network modeling to examine the physical properties and interactions of the proteins. The model reveals where mutations are occurring during the evolution of the HIV-virus proteins and how these mutations help the virus survive. Click here for the rest of the story. Citation: Mao Y. 2011. Dynamical Basis for Drug Resistance of HIV-1 Protease. BMC Structural Biology. First published 8 July 2011.
Education Spotlight: Undergraduate Research at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics
conference Registration is now open for the third annual undergraduate research conference at the interface of mathematics and biology, to be held Oct. 21-22, 2011, at the Univ. of Tennessee Conference Center. The conference provides opportunities for undergraduates to present their research in talks and posters. Plenary speaker is Dr. Mariel Vazquez, assistant professor in mathematical and computational biology and DNA topology at San Francisco State University. Registration Deadline: Oct. 7. (Deadline to request funding for registration and lodging: Sept. 7). For more information, click here.
Video Spotlight: Changing Forests
Moran Postdoctoral Fellow Emily Moran studies how aspen forests respond to CO2 and ozone pollution. In this video, Moran explains how increasing CO2 levels affect inter-genotype competition and plant-insect interactions. Moran is developing a modeling framework that could be applied to other forest communities to help better understand how to manage forests under climate change. Click here to read more about Moran's research and how she became a slingshot pro in order to harvest leaves during field work. Click here to see the full line-up of NIMBioS videos. 
Upcoming Research and Training Opportunities at NIMBioS
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.
NIMBioS is now accepting applications from math and biology/science teachers for the Teacher Collaboration Program, which provides links between teachers, scientists and educators with an interest in making connections between mathematics and biology. To enhance the cross-disciplinary approach to mathematics and biology, NIMBioS will pair teachers with an interest in mathematics and biology with active researchers in the math biology community. For more information and how to apply, click here. 
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The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) brings together researchers from around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life sciences. NIMBioS is funded by the National Science Foundation in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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