NIMBioS News
 Bi-Monthly News from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
November-December 2011 - Vol 3, Issue 6
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What's New at NIMBioS?
NIMBioS 2011 was a busy year for NIMBioS. We hosted four new Working Groups, 10 Investigative Workshops, and three tutorials. We welcomed five new postdoctoral fellows, bringing our current total to 12 postdocs. We also bid fond farewell to four postdocs who moved to new positions at Princeton, University of Washington, University of Canterbury, NZ, and Austin Peay State University. We also hosted 22 participants in the summer research program and more than 100 participants in the Undergraduate Research Conference. NIMBioS postdocs, short-term visitors, and other NIMBioS collaborators have collectively added to our growing list of publications, presentations, and other products. The results produced from NIMBioS research activities are important in measuring our success. Please take a few minutes to report publications and/or other products that have resulted from your NIMBioS activities. Click here for an online form to report your research. Click here for information about how to acknowledge NIMBioS. We look forward to another productive year in 2012 with four new Investigative Workshops covering topics ranging from climate-carbon feedback to dengue fever, several new Working Groups covering topics ranging from ocean viral dynamics to low dose exposure to anthrax, and co-hosting the annual meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology in July.

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Short-term Visits are considered four times a year with deadlines on March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1.  

Featured Science: Biodiversity Can Promote Survival on a Warming Planet

Whether a species can evolve to survive climate change may depend on the biodiversity of its ecological community, according to a new mathematical model that simulates the effect of climate change on plants and pollinators. The findings, published in the early online edition of Evolutionary Applications, are important because some species that have survived large climatic change in the past might not be able to survive current and ongoing climate change. Researchers found that in some cases evolution can rescue plant-pollinator mutualisms that would otherwise become extinct due to climate change.  

Education Spotlight: Research Experiences for Undergraduates 2012 Program
REU The 2012 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) will be held June 11 - August 3 at NIMBioS on the University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville, campus. REU provides undergraduates in math, biology and related fields the chance to conduct research in teams with UT professors, NIMBioS researchers and collaborators on projects at the interface of math and biology. Projects are being finalized, but will cover topics ranging from evolution to viruses. Stipend and housing are provided. The application opens next week and the deadline is February 17. Visit our website for further details.
Video Feature: A Trio of Women on Mathematical Biology
In these videos, hear what three different women scientists have to say about the value of mathematical biology to their respective fields. Dr. Julia Arciero from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis uses math to understand circulation; Dr. Anita Layton from Duke University uses math to investigate renal dynamics; and Dr. Diana Thomas from Montclair State University uses math to help understand obesity. All three women participated in recent NIMBioS Investigative Workshops. To watch more interviews with top scientists, visit our video page
Upcoming Research and Training Opportunities at NIMBioS
December 11 is the next deadline for submitting requests for postdoctoral support. All areas of research at the interface of biology and mathematics will be considered. We are especially interested in activities expanding beyond the research supported to date, including research in areas of molecular biology, cell biology, network biology, immunology and systems biology. If you miss the December 11 deadline, your next chance to request postdoctoral support from NIMBioS is March 1. For an online application, click here
The Joint 2012 MBI-NIMBioS-CAMBAM Summer Graduate Workshop on Stochastics Applied to Biological Systems will be held June 18-29, 2012 at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute at Ohio State University. Featuring instructors from across North America, applications of stochastic processes will come from epidemiology, ecology, phylogenetics, microbiology, evolutionary biology, and genetics. Application deadline: January 13, 2012. For more information about the workshop and how to apply, click here. 
More than one-third of the world's population lives in areas at risk for the transmission of dengue, a vector-transmitted disease, that is one of the leading causes of death and illness in the tropics and subtropics. This workshop, to be held July 23-24, 2012, aims to identify important modeling issues and to establish possible new collaborations on modeling dengue disease dynamics and control. Application deadline: March 1, 2012. Online application will open soon. Visit the website for further details.
Collaboration across disciplines can spur major advances in scientific research. Yet, those involved in interdisciplinary research often confront obstacles to healthy collaboration. NIMBioS is now accepting applications for the Communication in Collaboration Workshop, to be held July 29-30, 2012. This hands-on, training workshop will teach the tools and techniques to foster effective collaboration. Application deadline: March 1, 2012. Online application will open soon. Visit the website for further details.
NIMBioS and the University of Tennessee is excited to co-host the 2012 Annual Meeting and Conference of the Society of Mathematical Biology (SMB), to be held July 25-28. This year's conference theme is Mathematics and Biology: Interdisciplinary Connections and Living Systems. A Call for Minisymposium Proposals is currently underway with a deadline of January 31. Conference registration will open in January. Visit the conference website and follow conference details on Twitter @MathBio2012.
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