NIMBioS News
 Bi-Monthly News from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
July - August 2012, Vol 4, Issue 4
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research September 1 is the deadline for submitting requests for support for new scientific and educational activities at NIMBioS beginning spring 2013. 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 here
Featured Science: Measures of Movement

Does the way an organism moves through an ecological community affect its survivability? The question is one that NIMBioS postdoctoral fellow  Daniel Ryan is trying to answer as a part of his research in the field of movement ecology, a discipline that considers all aspects of movement behavior in organisms. From sea turtles to salmon who return home after swimming thousands of miles, from roaming elephants, migrating birds, spreading bacteria and dispersing seeds, the research attempts to answer why, how, where and when organisms move. Ryan uses mathematical models to investigate how movement affects the way species are distributed in time and space. Click here to read more. Click here for a video interview with Dr. Ryan.  

Conference Report: 2012 Society for Mathematical Biology Annual Meeting
More than 400 researchers from 23 countries and 35 U.S. states attended the annual meeting and associated research and educational conference of the Society for Mathematical Biology held July 25-28 at the Knoxville Convention Center. Co-hosted by NIMBioS and the University of Tennessee, the conference included 31 minisymposia, 58 poster presentations, and a plenary talk from Akira Okubo Prize winner Michio Kondoh. Attendees also enjoyed a barbecue banquet and contra dancing. For full details including photos from the conference and the archived twitter feed for #smb2012, click here.
NIMBioS Welcomes New Postdoctoral and Sabbatical Fellows 
postdocs NIMBioS welcomes new postdoctoral fellows in the coming months to continue their research at the interface of mathematics and biology. Jiang Jiang arrived at the end of July, and in August, we welcome Julia Earl, Arik Kershenbaum and Keenan Mack. More postdocs will begin later in 2012. New sabbatical visitors will be David Gurarie and Matthew Spencer. Research topics will range from modeling vocalization syntax in dolphins and whales to exploring coastal vegetation regime shifts related to climate change, among many other topics.  Click here to read more about the new researchers and their projects.
Education Spotlight: Undergraduate Research at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics
Applications for financial support are now being accepted to attend the fourth annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Mathematics and Biology, to be held Nov. 17-18, 2012, at the University of Tennessee Conference Center. A limited amount of support is available to cover the cost of registration and lodging. General registration for the conference will be available soon on our website. Student talks and posters are featured as well as a panel discussion on career opportunities. The deadline for requesting NIMBioS funding is October 5. Click here for more information.
Video Feature: Interview with Dr. Andrew Kanarek
NIMBioS postdoctoral fellow Andrew Kanarek investigates how individual trait variation influences the dynamics and persistence of small populations. In this video interview at NIMBioS, Dr. Kanarek explains how his research explores the ecological and evolutionary consequences of the relationship between individual fitness and population size. He is developing spatially explicit mathematical models that incorporate eco-genetic trait dynamics and account for individual phenotypic variation. NIMBioS' video library includes interviews with other postdoctoral fellows, visiting scientists and other scientific topics.
Upcoming Research and Training Opportunity at NIMBioS
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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