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Now at NIMBioS

Week of April 14 - April 20

Tues: Seminar Canceled: Michael Lynch
Friday is "Spring Recess" on the UT campus; NIMBioS administrative offices will be closed.
Visitors: Jonathan Forde, Yang Cao, Anupam Priyadarshi

Week of April 21 - April 27

Mon-Wed: Working Group: Hierarchy and Leadership
Thu-Fri: Investigative Workshop: Modeling Contamination of Fresh Produce
Visitors: Jonathan Forde, Yang Cao, Anupam Priyadarshi

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.


An overview of the utility of population simulation software in molecular ecology
Spatial genetic structure in 21 populations of butternut, a temperate forest tree (Juglans cinerea L.), is correlated to spatial arrangement, habitat, and land-use history
Competition for antigen between Th1 and Th2 responses determines the timing of the immune response switch during Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis infection in ruminants
Three keys to the radiation of angiosperms into freezing environments
Effects of subsidy quality on reciprocal subsidies: How leaf litter species changes frog biomass
An image processing based paradigm for the extraction of tonal sounds in cetacean communications
Water stress strengthens mutualism among ants, trees, and scale insects
Behavioral refuges and predator-prey coexistence
Mighty small: Observing and modeling individual microbes becomes big science
The encoding of individual identity in dolphin signature whistles: how much information is needed?
Entropy rate as a measure of animal vocal complexity
Evaluation of the "Iceberg Phenomenon" in Johne's Disease through mathematical modeling
Evaluating the significance of paleophylogeographic species distribution models in reconstructing quaternary range-shifts of Nearctic Chelonians
Carryover effects in amphibians: How much complexity is needed to predict survival?
Demographic network and multi-season occupancy modeling of Rana sylvatica reveal spatial and temporal patterns of connectivity
War, space, and the evolution of Old World complex societies
Strong species-environment feedback shapes plant community assembly along environmental gradients
Modeling the forest
Latent tuberculosis: Models, computational efforts and the pathogen's regulatory mechanisms during dormancy
Cellular and population plasticity of helper CD4(+) T cell responses
Defoliaton and bark harvesting affect life history traits of a tropical tree
Homosexuality via canalized sexual development: A testing protocol for a new epigenetic model
Asymmetric selection and the evolution of extraordinary defences. Nature Communications
Analysis and simulation of propagule dispersal and salinity intrusion from storm surge on the movement of a marsh–mangrove ecotone in south Florida
Evolution of mate choice and the so called magic traits in ecological speciation
Demographic network and multi-season occupancy modeling of Rana sylvatica reveal spatial and temporal patterns of population connectivity and persistence
The ability of landowners and their cooperatives to leverage payments greater than opportunity costs from conservation contract
Structural balance in the social networks of a wild mammal
Spatial subsidies, trophic state, and community structure: Examining the effects of leaf litter input on ponds
The impact of bed-net use on malaria prevalence
Understanding TB latency using computational and dynamic modelling procedures (Infec. Genet.Evol.)
Species tree inference by the STAR method and its generalizations
Understanding TB latency using computational and dynamic modelling procedures (SACEMA)
Global mapping of infectious disease
Optimal control in individual-based models: Implications from aggregated methods
Behavioural changes and the adaptive diversification of pigeons and doves
On the role of screening and educational campaigns on controlling HCV in correctional institutions
Fatal or harmless: Extreme bistability induced by sterilizing, sexually transmitted pathogens
Identifying Transmission Cycles at the Human-Animal Interface: The Role of Animal Reservoirs in Maintaining Gambiense Human African Trypanosomiasis
Homosexuality as a consequence of epigenetically canalized sexual development
Mathematical modeling of viral zoonoses in wildlife
Stochastic models for competing species with a shared pathogen
Understanding TB latency using computational and dynamic modelling procedures
Incentives in the family II: Behavioral dynamics and the evolution of non-costly signaling
Communicating science through music: A case study from mathematics and biology
Multiple merger genes genealogies in two species: Monophyly, paraphyly, and polyphyly for two examples of Lambda coalescents
Modeling stabilizing selection: Expanding the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck model of adaptive evolution
Coevolution in multidimensional trait space favors escape from parasites and pathogens
Human origins and the transition from promiscuity to pair-bonding
On the evolutionary origins of the egalitarian syndrome
Using optimal control theory to identify network structures that foster synchrony
How facilitation may interfere with ecological speciation
Genetic evidence for hybridization in red oaks (Quercus sect. Lobatae, Fagaceae)
Beyond Lyme: Aeitology of tick-borne human diseases with emphasis on the south-eastern United States
How a hurricane disturbance influences extreme CO2 fluxes and variance in a tropical forest
Optimal control of integrodifference equations with growth-harvesting-dispersal order
Data-driven models for regional coral-reef dynamics

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NIMBioS hosts a seminar series on topics in mathematical biology. The seminar for Tuesday, April 15, 3:30 p.m. has been canceled due to travel cancellations. The planned speaker was Michael Lynch, Biology, Indiana Univ., Bloomington. His topic: Mutation, Drift and the Origin of Subcellular Features. For a PDF flyer describing Dr. Lynch's talk, click here. NIMBioS seminars are available for viewing via live streaming during the seminar and are later archived as video on NIMBIoS' YouTube channel.

Seminars are held in Hallam Auditorium, Room 206, Claxton Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd. Light refreshments are served in Room 206 beginning 30 minutes before NIMBioS seminars.
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The altruistic side of aggressive greed

In many group-living species, high-rank individuals bully their group-mates to get what they want, but their contribution is key to success in conflict with other groups, according to a study that sheds new light on the evolutionary roots of cooperation and group conflict. In a series of mathematical models, researchers from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis and the University of Oxford uncovered a mechanism for explaining how between-group conflict influences within-group cooperation and how genes for this behavior might be maintained in the population by natural selection. Read the full story.

Citation: Gavrilets S, Fortunato L. 2014. A solution to the collective action problem in between-group conflict with within-group inequality. Nature Communications. [Open access online]
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Summer Research Participants Announced

NIMBioS is pleased to announce the 20 participants selected for the 2014 Summer Research Experience (SRE) for undergraduates and teachers program. The program will run for eight weeks this summer from June 9-August 1. Participants from all over the country will work in teams with NIMBioS postdocs and UT faculty on research at the interface of mathematics and biology. For more information about this year's projects and the complete roster of participants, click here.

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Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics

Applications are now being accepted for the NIMBioS Tutorial: Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics, to be held Aug 4-9, 2014, at NIMBioS, co-sponsored by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and the American Society of Naturalists. Quantitative genetic theory has been applied to a wide range of phenomena including the evolution of differences between the sexes, sexual preferences, life history traits, plasticity of traits, as well as the evolution of body size and other morphological measurements. This tutorial is for evolutionary biologists interested in how quantitative genetics theory can be tested with data. Application deadline: May 1, 2014. Click here for a descriptive flyer. For more information about the tutorial and how to apply click here.

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Biology by Numbers: Bringing Math to the High School Biology Classroom

Applications are now being accepted for the NIMBioS/BioQUEST Workshop: Biology by Numbers: Bringing Math to the High School Biology Classroom, to be held July 23-25, 2014, at NIMBioS. The program will feature hands-on experience with inquiry activities that use real data, tools for graphing, modeling, and much more. The University of Tennessee's popular Biology in a Box will supply some of the activities integrating math and science. The workshop will be led by the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium, a biology education reform community that focuses on helping faculty develop and implement innovative curricula. Application deadline: June 6, 2014. Click here for a descriptive flyer. For more information about the workshop and how to apply click here.

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Requests for NIMBioS Support

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. Requests for Short-term Visits are considered at any time, but applications should be submitted a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the proposed visit date.

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.

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Call for Postdoctoral Fellowships

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

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Apply for the Graduate Student Fellowship

NIMBioS is pleased to offer 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.


Watch NIMBioS Seminars Online

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Getting the most out of rivers Generalization of the central models of molecular evolution... Explaining the complex lives of malaria parasites

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