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NIMBioS Seminar Series

Species montage. In conjunction with the interdisciplinary activities of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), a seminar series on topics in mathematical biology will be hosted at NIMBioS every other Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Seminar speakers will focus on their research initiatives at the interface of mathematics and many areas of the life sciences.

NIMBioS and the Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity (DySoC) host a series of seminars on topics related to social complexity. DySoC/NIMBioS seminars are monthly on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

The Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL) at NIMBioS hosts a series of seminars focusing on the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) at UTK. The format is a casual brown bag lunch (12:15-1:15 p.m.) with a short talk, followed by a question and answer period.

Location: Hallam Auditorium, Room 206, Claxton Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd. Light refreshments will be served in Room 206 beginning 30 minutes before each talk (with the exception of SAL lunch-time seminars). Faculty and students from across the UT community are welcome to join us. The schedule will be supplemented as additional speakers are added.

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Archived Seminar Calendars:   2018   2017   2016   2015   2014   2013   2012   2011   2010   2009

Date Speaker Topic
Upcoming Seminars
  March 2019
Mar 25
Mon 3:30
Stephanie A. Bohon, Assoc. Director of the Center for the Study of Social Justice; Sociology, Univ. of Tennessee DySoC/NIMBioS Seminar. Structural conditions of police-involved killings in the United States
  April 2019
Apr 11
Thu 1-2:30
Krithi K. Karanth, Executive Director, Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bangalore; Assoc. Conservation Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society, New York; Adjunct Asst. Professor, Duke Univ. Topic: TBA
Location: Toyota Auditorium (room 103), Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, 1640 Cumberland Ave.
Apr 16
Tue 12:40
Mary Ann Horn, Mathematics, Case Western Univ. Topic: TBA
Apr 22
Tue 12:40
Michele Gelfand, Psychology, Univ. of Maryland DySoC/NIMBioS Seminar. Topic: TBA. Location: TBA
  Past Seminars – Spring 2019
  January 2019
Jan 22
Tues 3:30
Oleg Manaev, Political Science, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville; DySoC Video icon. DySoC/NIMBioS Seminar. Reshaping social structure for legitimation of power in resurgent autocracy: The case of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine
  February 2019
Feb 1
Fri 12:15
Shuai Li, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UTK. Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL) at NIMBioS Brown Bag Seminar Series UAS@UTK: Drones for Research: Drones for civil engineering
Feb 14
Thu 3:30
Frans B. M. de Waal, Living Links, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory Univ., Atlanta, USA, and Utrecht Univ., the Netherlands DySoC/NIMBioS Seminar: Animal emotions and empathy
Location: Strong Hall Auditorium 101

Seminar Abstracts:



F. de Waal photo. Time/Date: 3:30 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2019
Location: Strong Hall Auditorium 101
Speaker: Dr. Frans de Waal, Living Links, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory Univ., Atlanta, USA, and Utrecht Univ., the Netherlands
Topic: Animal emotions and empathy
Abstract: Emotions suffuse much of the language employed by students of animal behavior — from "social bonding" to "alarm calls" — yet are still regularly avoided as explicit topic in scientific discourse. Given the increasing interest of human psychology in the emotions, and the neuroscience on animal emotions such as fear and attachment, the taboo that has hampered animal research in this area is outdated. The main point is to separate emotions from feelings, which are the subjective experiences that accompany the emotions. Whereas science has no access to animal feelings, animal emotions are as observable and measurable (face, voice, physiology, neural activity) as human emotions. They are mental and bodily states that potentiate behavior appropriate to mostly social situations. I will discuss early ideas about animal emotions and draw upon research on empathy and the perception of emotions in primates to make the point that the study of animal emotions is a necessary complement to the study of behavior. Emotions are best viewed as the organizers of adaptive responses to environmental stimuli. Click here for more information. Seminar flyer (pdf).
This seminar will not be streamed live or recorded for later viewing.

S. Li photo. Time/Date: 12:15 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2019
Location: Hallam Auditorium, Room 206, Claxton Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd.
Speaker: Shuai Li, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UTK.
Topic: Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL) at NIMBioS Brown Bag Seminar Series UAS@UTK: Drones for Research: Drones for civil engineering
Abstract: The horizontal nature of civil engineering leads to some practical and creative applications of drones in the industry. Nearly all the life cycle stages of a construction project can benefit from deploying drones in the field. In this presentation, we will discuss two applications of drones in civil engineering. In the first application, the geo-referenced image acquired by a drone is aligned with virtual image generated from a three-dimensional building information model to expedite the facility inspection process. In the second application, ground penetrating radar is integrated with drones to survey a concrete bridge deck to detect, locate, and characterize structural defects. The challenges of using drones in these applications will also be discussed. Click here for more information. Seminar flyer (pdf).
This seminar will not be streamed live or recorded for later viewing.

O. Manaev photo. Time/Date: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 22
Location: Hallam Auditorium, Room 206, Claxton Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd.
Speaker: Dr. Oleg Manaev, Political Science, DySoC, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville
Topic: Reshaping social structure for legitimation of power in resurgent autocracy: The case of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine
Abstract: This presentation provides a comparative analysis of reshaping that took place in the social structure of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine (the "Slavic triangle") following the Soviet collapse, with a particular focus on issues of inequality and polarization between the state and society. It argues that while purposeful change of social stratification became an effective mechanism used by the authorities to strengthen their own legitimacy (represented as natural social evolution), it also leads to growing corruption, poor governance, social tensions and conflict. In addition, the talk details both the similarities and significant differences that exist in the nature of inequality and its public perception in these countries. Click here for more information. Seminar flyer (pdf).
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