NIMBioS News
 Bi-Monthly News from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
November - December 2012, Vol 4, Issue 6

Systems and Synthetic Microbiology Investigative Workshop

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Summer Graduate Program

Modeling Blood Cell Interactions Investigative Workshop

Short-term Visits

NIMBioS Tutorial: Mathematical Modeling for the Cell Biology Researcher and Educator
April 8-10, 2013
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NIMBioS 2012 At-a-Glance
Working Group on Modeling Anthrax Exposure
2012 was a busy year for NIMBioS. We hosted three new Working Groups, four Investigative Workshops, and numerous education and outreach events in our new, larger facility on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus. We also hosted the annual meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology. We welcomed 10 new postdoctoral fellows, bringing our current total to 17 postdocs. We also bid fond farewell to five postdocs who moved to new positions at the University of Manchester, Feng-Chia University, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Uppsala University. We also hosted 18 undergraduates in the summer REU program and more than 100 participants in the 4th annual Undergraduate Research Conference.

NIMBioS postdocs, short-term visitors, and other NIMBioS collaborators have collectively added to our growing list of publications, presentations, and other productsThe 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.

We look forward to another productive year in 2013. Applications are now open for the March 11-13 Investigative Workshop on Systems and Synthetic Microbiology; the June 5-7 Investigative Workshop on Modeling Blood Cell Interactions, and the June 17-28 Summer Graduate Program on Connecting Biological Data with Mathematical Models.  


Don't forget upcoming deadlines to request support for: 

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

Featured Science: Managing Epidemics in Information Blackouts
When foot-and-mouth disease swept through England in 2001, more than 10 million animals were slaughtered to control the disease. Yet, the disease was contained quickly owing to the availability of finely detailed farm data, which enabled mathematical modelers to make accurate predictions about the spread of the disease. Should foot-and-mouth disease occur in the United States where privacy laws restrict certain data, making predictions about the disease might not be so easy, according to a new study that weighs the costs of privacy in preventing disease outbreaks.
Education Spotlight: Research Experiences for Undergraduates 2013 Program
The 2013 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) will be held June 10 - August 2, 2013, at NIMBioS on the University of Tennessee, 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 biomedical engineering to ecology and more. Stipend and housing are provided. Applications open next week. Application deadline: February 15, 2013.
Video Feature: Interview with Baba Brinkman
A new branch of the hip-hop family tree has emerged with the recent release of Baba Brinkman's new Infomatic EP, which takes its inspiration from Brinkman's 2012 songwriting residency at NIMBioS. In this video, Brinkman talks about what it's like to be the bard of modern biology as resident songwriter at NIMBioS. The video also includes clips from his excerpted performance of his award-winning Rap Guide to Evolution. Brinkman's latest theatrical mash-up, "Ingenious Nature," about dating and Darwinian evolution is currently running at the Soho Playhouse in New York through January.
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 September 1. For an online application,  click here.
Applications are now being accepted for the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Systems and Synthetic Microbiology, to be held March 11-13, 2013, at NIMBioS. The workshop's goal is to bring together researchers in modeling and experimental analysis of microbial systems in order to create a dialogue for sharing insights and theoretical approaches. Application deadline: December 9, 2012. For more information about the workshop and how to apply, click here.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Summer Graduate Workshop on Connecting Biological Data with Mathematical Models to be held June 17-28, 2013, at NIMBioS. The workshop is co-sponsored by NIMBioS, MBI and the Centre for Applied Mathematics in Bioscience and Medicine (CAMBAM). The workshop will include lectures on techniques and modeling using specific data sets. Application deadline: January 15, 2013. For more information about the workshop and how to apply, click here.
Applications are now being accepted for the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Modeling Blood Cell Interactions, to be held June 5-7, 2013, at NIMBioS. The MBCI. The workshop will bring together experts from disciplines such as cell biology, physiology, biophysics, engineering, and mathematics to share their recent progress in the investigation of blood cell interactions. Application deadline: February 25, 2013. For more information about the workshop and how to apply, click here.
March 1 is the deadline for submitting proposals for new scientific and educational activities at NIMBioS. Although all areas at the interface of mathematics and biology are acceptable, potential organizers are particularly encouraged to submit requests for Working Groups and Investigative Workshops in areas of molecular biology, cell biology, network biology, immunology and systems biology. Information is also available on our website for other categories of requests for support.

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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