NIMBioS News
 Bi-Monthly News from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
January-February 2015, Vol 7 Issue 1

NIMBioS Support Requests: March 1

Many-cell System Modeling Investigative Workshop: March 22


Evolution and Warfare Investigative Workshop: May 17 


Bringing Math to the High School Biology Classroom: A BioQuest Workshop: June 5


Postdoctoral Fellowships: Sept. 1


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New NIMBioS Recipients of Support
The causes and consequences of vector movement and plant disease, evolutionary approaches to the understanding of decentralized warfare, and understanding species' spatial distributions are among the many topics to be studied in 2015 at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis. The range of topics promote the Institute's mission to foster new collaborative efforts to address biological questions using mathematical and computational methods. NIMBioS congratulates its newest recipients of support. March 1, 2015, is the deadline for submitting proposals for new scientific and educational activities at NIMBioS. All areas of research at the interface of biology and mathematics will be considered, but we are especially interested in activities that expand 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 of Working Groups and Investigative Workshops. March 1 is also the deadline for Sabbatical Fellowships. The application deadline for Postdoctoral Fellowships is September 1. Requests for Short-term Visits are considered at any time, but applications should be submitted a minimum of six weeks prior to the proposed visit date. For full details, click here.
Featured Science: Coral Decay

The coverage of living corals on Australia's Great Barrier Reef could decline to less than 10 percent if ocean warming continues, according to a new study that explores the short- and long-term consequences of environmental changes to the reef.

Environmental change has caused the loss of more than half the world's reef-building corals. Coral cover, a measure of the percentage of the seafloor covered by living coral, is now just 10-20 percent worldwide. The Great Barrier Reef, once thought to be one of the more pristine global reef systems, has lost half of its coral cover in only the last 27 years. Overfishing, coastal pollution and increased greenhouse gas emissions leading to increased temperatures and ocean acidification, as well as other human impacts are all affecting the delicate balance maintained in coral reef ecosystems. Read more

Education Spotlight: Summer Research Experiences for Undergrads and Teachers
The deadline for applying to this year's Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Teachers (SRE), June 8-July 31, 2015, is fast approaching. This eight-week summer program is geared toward undergraduates and teachers interested in research at the interface between mathematics and biology. 2015 projects include mathematical modeling of canine distemper, kidney function, host-pathogen interactions, tuberculosis in mice, and invasive species movements via shipping. Application deadline: February 13. For more information, click here.
Upcoming Research and Training Opportunities at NIMBioS
Frustrations with R got you down? Join us for an introductory, half-day tutorial on R, the most popular software package for data analysis. Topics will include debugging, profiling and performance analysis, optimization, foreign language API's, and parallel programming. The tutorial will be live streamed but registration is required. Registration deadline: Feb. 25, 2015. This is a joint training between the University of Tennessee, NIMBioS, XSEDE, and NICS. For more information and the registration link, click here.
Applications are now being accepted for the "Research Collaboration Workshop for Women in Mathematical Biology," to be held June 22-25, 2015, at NIMBioS. This collaborative workshop aims to help build a strong collaboration network of women working on problems in mathematical biology by facilitating the formation of new collaborative research groups and encouraging them to continue to work together after the workshop. Application deadline: March 1 2015. For more information, click here.
Applications are now being accepted for the joint NIMBioS-MBI-CAMBAM Summer Graduate Program to be held June 1-12, 2015, on the campus of McGill University in Montreal. This year's focus is "Nonlinear Dynamics in Biological Systems." Through lecture, group projects and presentations, a new generation of trainees will have the opportunity to learn more about the basics of the field of quantitative bioscience. Application deadline: March 1 2015. For more information, click here.
Applications are now being accepted for the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Many-cell System Modeling, to be held July 7-9, 2015, at NIMBioS. This workshop will bring together modelers and computer scientists to discuss modeling and simulation of many-cell living systems. The workshop will address the challenges of moving from small-scale multicellular models to modeling whole organisms. Application deadline: March 22, 2015. For more information and how to apply, click here.
September 1 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. To read more about our current postdoctoral fellows and their research, click here. To apply, click here. We also have a few tips on what makes a successful application. 
See NIMBioS Live!

Can't make it to NIMBioS in person? NIMBioS offers free live streaming of many of its events, including Investigative Workshops, Tutorials and Seminars. Simply entering your name, organization, and email address takes you to the live stream and the live chat. A designated hashtag is used to curate and archive the conversation. For more information about the NIMBioS Live Stream and how to participate, click here. Finally, if you've also missed the Live Stream, you can watch the recorded event housed in the NIMBioS Video Library Other videos include interviews with visiting scientists and science features.


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, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


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