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Visitors at NIMBioS in 2019

NIMBioS supports short-term visitors to NIMBioS for periods up to one week to assist their efforts in carrying out research that conforms to the mission of NIMBioS to foster research at the interface between mathematics and biology. NIMBioS no longer provides financial support for Sabbatical Fellows, but is open to requests for self-supported visits not needing financial support lasting up to several months duration, with the length of stay determined by the objectives of the proposed project.

Click here for a calendar listing of NIMBioS visitors for the year.

Visitor/Sabbatical Archive


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Jason Bintz (Mathematics, Houghton College)

Jason Bintz is working on two projects with Suzanne Lenhart. One project involves the use of optimal control theory for resource allocation in population models with spatial and temporal features. Partial differential equations are used to represent the movement and growth of the populations. The second part is the construction and analysis of a model for the infectious disease, Clostridioides difficile, in setting with a hospital and a community. This modeling may help to design better management and vaccination policies. Bintz is a former NIMBioS Graduate Research Assistant.

Visit dates: May 29-June 3, 2019


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Irina Vortkamp (Mathematics & Computer Science, Osnabrück Univ.)

Irina Vortkamp is collaborating on a project with Suzanne Lenhart to investigate optimization methods for discrete time models in agricultural land use.

Visit dates: May 28-31, 2019


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Noa Pinter-Wollman (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of California, Los Angeles)

Project Title: Developing topological tools for multiscale feedback in collaborative behavioral systems

Noa Pinter-Wollman is collaborating on a project with Nina Fefferman to develop a topological model for multiscale feedback in collaborative behavioral systems.

Visit Dates: May 6-9, 2019


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Brielle Kwarta (Mathematics, Univ. of Washington)

Brielle Kwarta participated in the 2018 Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. She is working on extensions of the SRE project on economic modeling of free-roaming cats in Knox County. Charles Sims, Suzanne Lenhart and Kwarta are collaborating on this project to design management strategies to balance the benefits and the costs of control programs. Kwarta begins a graduate program in fall 2019 at the University of Washington.

Visit dates: May 1-June 30, 2019


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(L to R): S. Gavrilets, S. Lenhart, B. Brinkman, L. Gross

Baba Brinkman (Rap artist and playwright)

Performance: New York based rap artist and playwright Baba Brinkman performed the world premiere of his Rap Guide to Culture on April 23. Baba is best known for his "Rap Guide" series of science-based hip-hop albums and theater shows, now playing off-Broadway. He also performed one of his signature "rap-ups" as a part of the DySoC/NIMBioS Investigative Workshop on Social Norms.

Visit Dates: April 23-24, 2019


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Krithi K. Karanth (Executive Director, Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bangalore; Assoc. Conservation Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society, New York; Adjunct Asst. Professor, Duke Univ.)

Project Title: Resolving human-wildlife conflict with innovative social-ecological solutions

Collaborator: NIMBIoS Postdoctoral Fellow Charlotte Chang

Visit Dates: April 10-14, 2019

Seminar: Living with Wildlife: Insights from conservation research, technology and education programs in India, April 11, 1-2:30 p.m., Toyota Auditorium (room 103), Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, 1640 Cumberland Ave.


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(L to R): B. Chen, M. Leite, F. Agusto. Not pictured: O. Gaoue

Maria Leite (Mathematics and Statistics, Univ. of South Florida), Benito Chen (Mathematics, Univ. of Texas Arlington), Folashade Agusto (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Kansas)

Project Title: Sustainability of harvesting non-timber forest products in fragmented landscape: A mathematical framework

Maria Leite, Benito Chen, and Folashade Agusto are collaborating on a project with Orou Gaoue to develop a mathematical framework for the sustainability of harvesting non-timber forest products in a fragmented landscape.

Visit Dates: February 8-11, 2019



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