John C. New, Jr., NIMBioS Associate Director for Postdoctoral Activities, passed away suddenly on Oct. 15, 2013. Dr. New will be deeply missed by the NIMBioS community. In addition to serving in his leadership role helping postdoctoral fellows at NIMBioS, Dr. New was deeply involved in NIMBioS activities from its inception in 2009, particularly NIMBioS Education and Outreach activities. NIMBioS was fortunate to have Dr. New as a colleague and friend. Click here to read more and view photos of Dr. New and his involvement in NIMBioS activities.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville requests nominations and applications of individuals to lead NIMBioS. We seek an internationally-recognized biologist or mathematician with extensive experience working at the interface of these two fields. For more information, click here.
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The same algorithm used to find tunes in music retrieval systems has been successfully applied in identifying the signature whistles of dolphins, affording a new time-saving device for research into the world of dolphin communication. A study, published Oct. 23 in the journal PLOS ONE, describes a new method. Read the full story.Citation: Kershenbaum A, Sayigh LS, Janik VM. 2013. The encoding of individual identity in dolphin signature whistles: how much information is needed? PLOS ONE. [Online]
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Applications are now being accepted for the "Spring Opportunities Workshop for Women in the Mathematical Sciences," to be held April 9-11, 2014, at NIMBioS. This workshop will familiarize women in the mathematical sciences with professional opportunities in academics, industry and government labs and help them thrive in mathematics-related fields. Graduate students and PhD's in the early stages of their post-graduate careers are invited to apply to attend. Application deadline: January 20, 2013. Click here for a descriptive flyer. For more information about the workshop and how to apply click here.
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NIMBioS Interdisciplinary Seminars will resume in the spring semester.
Applications are now being accepted for the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Interface Disease Models, to be held March 11-13, 2014, at NIMBioS. Given that many diseases of current and future concern have both wild and domestic animal components, a need exists to understand the strengths and weaknesses of current modeling frameworks to capture the dynamics both within and between wild and domestic hosts. This investigative workshop will enhance collaboration across institutions and among biologists, modelers, and veterinarians to reduce the risks posed by animal-related diseases. Application deadline: Dec. 16, 2013. Click here for a descriptive flyer. For more information about the workshop and how to apply click here.
Applications are now being accepted for the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Modeling Contamination of Fresh Produce, to be held April 24-25, 2014, at NIMBioS. This workshop aims to develop novel models that capture contamination and pathogen growth dynamics involved in sanitization, packaging and shipping; to develop multi-scale models that connect these supply chain links to form a global picture; to explore how these new models can aid in more relevant data collection for testing and informing model predictions at local and global levels; and to provide a venue for collaboration among a multi-disciplinary group in order to synthesize knowledge in a way that establishes modeling as an indispensable tool for pathogen surveillance and control in the fresh produce industry. Application deadline: Jan. 20, 2014. Click here for a descriptive flyer. For more information about the workshop and how to apply click here.
Applications are now being accepted for the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Predictive Models for Ecological Risk Assessment, to be held April 28-30, 2014, at NIMBioS. This investigative workshop will bring together a multi-disciplinary group to explore the challenges and opportunities for developing and implementing models that are specifically designed to mechanistically link between levels of biological organization in a way that can inform ecological risk assessment and ultimately environmental policy and management. Application deadline: Jan. 20, 2014. Click here for a descriptive flyer. For more information about the workshop and how to apply click here.
Applications are now being accepted for the NIMBioS Tutorial: Computing in the Cloud, to be held April 6-8, 2014, at NIMBioS. This workshop will bring together a diverse set of computational biologists and modelers to learn how to harness big data and computation using the R language. Participants will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of the wide range of available HPC/Cluster/Cloud computing resources and how to enable R to utilize them. Application deadline: January 26, 2014. Click here for a descriptive flyer. For more information about the tutorial and how to apply click here.
Applications are now being accepted for the NIMBioS Tutorial: Parameter Estimation for Dynamic Biological Models, to be held May 19-21, 2014, at NIMBioS. This tutorial is for biologists interested in doing statistics with more complex non-linear models of their data and for mathematicians interested in learning how to apply their modeling skills to the unique demands of real dynamic biological data. Application deadline: Jan. 31, 2014. Click here for a descriptive flyer. For more information about the tutorial and how to apply click here.
Applications are now being accepted for the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Modeling Leptospirosis, to be held June 3-5, 2014, at NIMBioS. This workshop will bring together experts in bacteriology, molecular biology, epidemiology, statistics, veterinary medicine, human medicine, ecology, hydrology, mathematical modeling, network dynamics, evolutionary dynamics, and nonlinear analysis to explore the state of knowledge of leptospirosis transmission in animal and human populations and the capabilities and limitations of existing techniques for explaining currently available empirical data. Application deadline: Feb. 10, 2014. Click here for a descriptive flyer. For more information about the workshop and how to apply click here.
Requests for NIMBioS support for Working Groups, Investigative Workshops, and Sabbatical Fellows are considered two times per year, with deadlines on March 1 and September 1. Applications for Short-term Visits are considered four times per year, with deadlines on March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1.
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 of
Working Groups or Investigative Workshops.
NIMBioS considers applications for postdoctoral scholarship two times per year, with deadlines on September 1 and December 11.
We are particularly interested in requests to support research that integrates diverse fields, requires synthesis at multiple scales, and/or makes use of or requires development of new mathematical/ computational approaches. Complete the online application and submit a brief project description, references, and CV following the guidelines available at
NIMBioS is pleased to begin offering fellowships for visits to NIMBioS for up to several months by graduate students interested in pursuing research with NIMBioS senior personnel, postdoctoral fellows or working group participants. The program is designed to facilitate graduate student training while fostering research at the interface of mathematics and biology. For more information about the fellowship and how to apply, click here.
Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE2013) is an initiative of mathematical sciences organizations around the world designed to showcase the ways in which the mathematical sciences can be useful in tackling our world's problems. This initiative has led to plans for many events to take place in 2013, including workshops, public lectures, art exhibits, an international open source competition and many other activities at institutes around the world. NIMBioS is a partner organization of MPE2013. Click here to view MPE2013-related activities at NIMBioS.