NIMBioS News
 Bi-Monthly News from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
July-August 2014, Vol 6 Issue 4

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September 1 is also the deadline for applying for Postdoctoral Fellowships and Sabbaticals.

Short-term Visit requests are considered at any time, but applications should be submitted a minimum of six weeks prior to the proposed visit date. We also have an application process for  "self-supported visitors."

Helpful links:
  • Instructions for organizers and a description of best practices for NIMBioS Investigative Workshops
  • Instructions for organizers and a description of best practices for NIMBioS Working Groups
Featured Science: Imperiled Frogs

Amphibian declines and extinctions around the world have been linked to an emerging fungal disease called chytridiomycosis, but new research from NIMBioS shows that another pathogen, ranavirus, may also contribute.

In a series of mathematical models, researchers showed that ranavirus, which causes severe hemorrhage of internal organs in frogs, could cause extinction of isolated populations of wood frogs if they are exposed to the virus every few years, a scenario that has been documented in wild populations. The study, published in the journal EcoHealth, investigates the effect of ranavirus on the entire life cycle of wood frogs in demographically isolated populations, where there is no movement of frogs into the population from surrounding areas.

NIMBioS Video Library Features Tutorials, Workshops
If you were unable to attend a NIMBioS tutorial or workshop and missed the live streams, you can now view the recorded tutorial and workshop sessions on the NIMBioS YouTube channel. The most viewed workshop is the Analyzing Animal Vocal Sequences Investigative Workshop with a total of seven videos and 402 views, while the most viewed tutorial is the Computing in the Cloud Tutorial with a total of 13 videos and 90 views. Other videos in our library include seminars, interviews with visiting scientists, and stories from our Education and Outreach efforts. The full library is available here.
Education Spotlight: Undergraduate Research Conference
Registration is underway to attend the sixth annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Mathematics and Biology to be held Nov. 1-2, 2014, at the University of Tennessee Conference Center. Student talks and posters are featured as well as a panel discussion on career opportunities. A limited amount of support is available to cover the cost of registration, lodging and travel. The deadline to request NIMBioS funding is September 10. Registration deadline for the conference is October 24Click here for more information and the online application forms.
Upcoming Research and Training Opportunities at NIMBioS
Applications will soon be open for the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Lymphoid Cells in Acute Inflammation to be held January 15-16, 2015, at NIMBioS. This workshop will survey the role of lymphoid cells in the Acute Inflammatory Response, how the role of lymphoid cells may differ in acute inflammation due to infection versus trauma, and efforts at computational modeling of the AIR. Online application coming soon. Application deadline: September 30, 2014. For more information, click here.
Applications are now being accepted for the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Information and Entropy to be held April 8-10, 2015, at NIMBioS. Information theory and entropy methods are becoming powerful tools in biology, from the level of individual cells, to whole ecosystems, to experimental design, model-building and biodiversity measurement. This workshop aims to synthesize ways of applying these concepts in biological systems. Application deadline: November 12, 2014For more information, click here. 
Applications will soon open for the NIMBioS Graduate Workshop: Current Issues in Statistical Ecology to be held April 15-17, 2015, at NIMBioS. Co-organized by the Ecological Society of America SEEDS program and the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, the workshop is for graduate students in ecology-related fields or statistics with an interest in ecological applications. Online application coming soon. Deadline: December 1, 2014For more information, click here. 

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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