NIMBioS News
 Bi-Monthly News from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
May-June 2014, Vol 6 Issue 3
Application Deadline: June 6
Modern Math Workshop at SACNAS
Application Deadline: July 15
Heart Rhythm Disorders Investigative Workshop
Application Deadline: August 1
NIMBioS Support Requests, Sept. 1:
Report Your Results
Working Group on Habitat for Migratory Species

During the annual reporting period from September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014, NIMBioS will have hosted 19 meetings of 14 different Working Groups, eight Investigative Workshops, and five Tutorials, bringing the total projected number of participants in NIMBioS-hosted activities to over 1,050. During this period, NIMBioS has hosted 20 Postdoctoral Fellows, five Sabbatical Fellows, and 72 Short-term Visitors. NIMBioS research activities have led to more than 300 publications across a vast array of different areas of science and education. Interested in pursuing support for your research at NIMBioS? The next deadline to submit requests for support for Working Groups, Investigative Workshops, Postdoctoral Fellowships and Sabbatical Fellowships is September 1. Supports for short-term visits are considered four times a year with deadlines of March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1. 
Featured Science: Howling for Peace
Sara Waller, an associate professor of philosophy at Montana State University Bozeman, recently visited NIMBioS to collaborate on the "Social Predator Vocalization Project," which involves developing theoretical and computing tools for understanding the vocal behavior of wolves and coyotes. The research could lead to new non-violent tools for farmers trying to keep predators away from livestock or for people wishing to enjoy the natural environment while staying out of danger. In an interview with NIMBioS, Waller elaborated on the goals of the project and its potential for helping coyotes and wolves live peaceably with humans. Waller's collaborator at NIMBioS is postdoctoral fellow Arik Kershenbaum. To read the full interview, click here.
On Camera: Computation for Chagas
NIMBioS postdoctoral fellow Clemente Aguilar is interested in understanding disease at its molecular level. Dr. Aguilar develops mathematical models that can be used for vaccine development for Chagas disease and southern cattle fever. In this video, Dr. Aguilar explains how he is designing an algorithm to identify the epitopes of two parasites, which are capable of eliciting an immune response in the body, and causing Chagas disease and southern cattle fever. You can read more about Dr. Aguilar's research here, which includes a link to his seminar on the topic.
Education Spotlight: Modern Math Workshop
Applications are now being accepted for the Modern Math Workshop to be held Oct. 15-16, 2014, preceeding the 2014 SACNAS National Conference in Los Angeles, CA. NIMBioS is among nine mathematics institutes co-sponsoring this pre-conference event intended to encourage minority undergraduates to pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and to assist undergraduates, graduate students and recent PhD's in building their research networks. Application Deadline: July 15, 2014. For more information and the online application, click here
Upcoming Research and Training Opportunities at NIMBioS
Applications are now being accepted for the NIMBioS/BioQUEST Workshop: Biology by Numbers: Bringing Math to the High School Biology Classroom, July 23-25, 2014, at NIMBioS. Focusing on the quantitative side of biology, the program will feature hands-on experience with inquiry activities that use real data, tools for graphing and modeling. It will be led by the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium. Application deadline: June 6, 2014. For more information and how to apply, click here. 
Applications are now being accepted for the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Heart Rhythm Disorders, to be held December 3-5, 2014, at NIMBioS. The goal of this workshop is to unite researchers from different disciplines, including clinicians, mathematicians, and industrial practitioners - in order to better understand the existing mathematical challenges and to explore new directions in modeling of cardiovascular dynamics. Application deadline: August 1, 2014. For more information and how to apply, click here. 
September 1 is the next deadline for submitting requests for new scientific and educational activities at NIMBioS, including Working Groups, Investigative Workshops, Postdoctoral Fellowships and Sabbatical Fellowships. All areas at the interface of mathematics and biology are acceptable, but Working Groups and Investigative Workshops in areas of molecular biology, cell biology, network biology, and systems biology are particularly encouraged. Click here for details.

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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