NIMBioS News
 Bi-Monthly News from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
January-February 2012 - Vol 4, Issue 1
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Congratulations to New NIMBioS Recipients of Support
oceanwave Ocean viral dynamics, inhalation anthrax exposure, non-human social networks, and Johne's disease are among the new topics to be studied in 2012 at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis. The range of topics to be investigated promote the Institute's mission to foster new collaborative efforts to address biological questions using mathematical and computational methods. NIMBioS congratulates its newest recipients of support. March 1, 2012, is the next deadline for submitting proposals for new scientific and educational activities at NIMBioS. 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. Application information for NIMBioS support for Working Groups, Investigative Workshops, Postdoctoral Fellows, Sabbaticals, and Short-term Visitors for activities beginning summer/fall 2012 can be found on our website
Featured Science: Solving malaria mathematically
Credit: UNICEF

Growing up in Cameroon, Africa, Dr. Calistus Ngonghala witnessed firsthand the devastation that poverty and diseases like malaria and HIV/AIDS can bring to a community. His personal experiences have inspired his research in developing mathematical models to help fight malaria and other pandemics and his research in investigating how health interventions can alleviate vicious cycles of poverty and disease. "Nobody can be more motivated or inclined to this fight than somebody who has a full understanding of the processes and systems involved, and who has felt the impact personally or is connected to people who are currently facing the impact," Ngonghala says. Click here to read more. 

Education Spotlight: Video Highlights Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program
REU video You might call it the "Nerd Superbowl," but it is lots of fun. In this new video about the NIMBioS REU program, find out what REU participant Alice Bugman (left) means when she describes one of the extra-curricula REU activities as kinda nerdy. For eight weeks each summer, undergraduates in math, biology and related fields work on teams to conduct original research as a part of our Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). The video includes interviews with several past participants. The deadline for applying to the 2012 REU is February 17. For more information and an online application, click here.
Upcoming Research and Training Opportunities at NIMBioS
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. For more information about the workshop and how to apply, click here.
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. For more information about the workshop and how to apply, click here.
NIMBioS and the University of Tennessee are 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. Abstract submissions for minisymposia and contributed oral and poster presentations will begin February 13, with a deadline of March 30. Visit the conference website and follow conference details on Twitter @MathBio2012.
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