NIMBioS News
 Bi-Monthly News from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
May-June 2012 - Vol 4, Issue 3
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According to the latest annual report, more than 2,600 participants have attended NIMBioS events since NIMBioS was established in September 2008. Participants came from 47 countries, including all 50 states in the U.S., as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. A total of 626 different institutions were represented, primarily colleges and universities (88%). What have we accomplished during this time? NIMBioS has hosted 46 Working Group meetings, 19 Investigative Workshops, 8 Tutorials, 103 short-term visitors, and 22 long-term visitors (postdoctoral and sabbatical fellows). NIMBioS research activities have led to more than 100 publications and 300 presentations across a vast array of different areas of science and education. Interested in pursuing support for your research at NIMBioS? Apply here.
Featured Science: Female choice key to pair-bonding

In early human evolution, when faithful females began to choose good providers as mates, pair-bonding replaced promiscuity, laying the foundation for the emergence of the institution of the modern family, a new study finds. The study helps answer long-standing questions in evolutionary biology about how the modern family, characterized by intense, social attachments with exclusive mates, emerged following earlier times of promiscuity. In addition to the establishment of stable, long-lasting relationships, the transition to pair-bonding was also characterized by a reduction in male-to-male competition in favor of providing for females and providing close parental involvement. 

Citation: Gavrilets S. 2012. Human origins and the transition from promiscuity to pair-bonding. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [Online]   

Education Spotlight: Adventures in STEM Camp
NIMBioS postdoctoral fellows and faculty answered questions from middle school girls about their research at the Adventures in STEM day camp, held this week on the University of Tennessee (UT) campus. Co-hosted by NIMBioS and CURENT at UT, the girls worked on a variety of projects related to renewable energy, electricity and engineering concepts, and visited various laboratories on campus. The week was geared toward students who are interested in expanding their knowledge of engineering, math and biology. For more information about NIMBioS education and outreach programs, click here.
Video Feature: Interview with Dr. David Schimel
In an interview at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, David Schimel, chief science officer at the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), explains why math is essential in environmental biology and why it matters to the work of NEON. NIMBioS periodically conducts video interviews with visiting scientists to hear their views on the value of mathematics in biology. To hear interviews with other visiting scientists, click here. NIMBioS' other videos include interviews with our postdoctoral fellows and informational videos on various science topics.
Book Corner: Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology
The new Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology, edited by Alan Hastings (NIMBioS Advisory Board Member and former Board Chair) and Louis Gross
(NIMBioS Director), is a major new resource for those interested in the development and application of theory in ecology. Published by the University of California Press, it includes articles by over 160 leading researchers in ecology, many of whom have been involved in NIMBioS activities. The articles provide a broad conceptual overview and are accessible to students with little prior knowledge of theory and methods. Click here to read more. 
Upcoming Research and Training Opportunities at NIMBioS
The 2012 Annual Meeting and associated research and education conference for the Society for Mathematical Biology is still accepting submissions of poster presentations, and strongly encourages undergraduates involved in summer research projects to submit a poster. The conference, with its theme of Mathematics and Biology: Interdisciplinary Connections and Living Systems, will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee, July 25-28, 2012. Deadline for Contributed Poster Sessions: June 15. For more information, click here.
The NSF math institutes and NIMBioS are pleased to offer three concurrent sessions before the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) annual meeting, Oct. 11-14, 2012, in Seattle, WA. The sessions, one for graduate students and recent PhDs, and two for undergraduate students, aim to invigorate the research careers of minority mathematicians and mathematics faculty at minority-serving institutions. Application deadline: July 1, 2012. For more information, click here.
September 1 is the 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 is also available on our website for Postdoctoral Fellows,  Sabbaticals and Short-term Visitors for activities beginning spring 2013.

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. NIMBioS will pair teachers with an interest in mathematics and biology with active researchers in the math biology community. For more information about the program and an online application to request a collaborator, 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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