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Visitors at NIMBioS in 2017

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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(L to R) Hilker, Burton, Lenhart, Franco

Frank Hilker (Univ. of Osnabruck, Germany) and Daniel Franco (ETSI Industriales, Madrid)

Hilker and Franco are collaborating on a project with Suzanne Lenhart and Danielle Burton on analysis and control management for harvesting strategies in population models.

Visit Dates: December 14-17, 2017

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Scott Nuismer (Biological Sciences, Univ. of Idaho)

Seminar Title: Evaluating the promise of a transmissible vaccine

Visit Dates: November 14-15, 2017

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Fola Agusto (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Kansas)

Project Title: Game Theory for Zika Control Coordination

Fola Augusto is collaborating with Christina Edholm and Nina Fefferman to build models to explore the impacts of Zika virus control efforts that respond to epidemiological risk and/or community level risk perception.

Visit Dates: November 8-10, 2017

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Anna Fiedler (Institute of Computational Biology, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen)

Project Title: Modeling of the interplay between tuberculosis bacteria and immune response

Anna Fiedler will visit to collaborate on a project with Vitaly Ganusov to model the interplay between tuberculosis bacteria and immune response.

Visit Dates: August 16 - September 22, 2017
Summary Report

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Oyita Udiani (Postdoctoral Fellow, National Science Foundation)

Project Title: Learning in models of animal behavior: A novel game-theoretical approach

Oyita Udiani (Applied Mathematics for the Life & Social Sciences, Arizona State Univ.), a Visiting Scholar at NIMBioS, is using colony founding behavior in paper wasps (Polistes spp.) to develop a framework for the study of learning in games with stochastic payoffs. He will be collaborating with Nina Fefferman.

Visit Dates: September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018

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Tony Jhwueng (Statistics, Feng-Chia Univ.)

Project Title: On the condition of phylogenetic trees for comparative analysis

Tony Jhwueng is collaborating with Brian O'Meara to investigate a numerical parameter estimation issue in phylogenetic comparative methods.

Visit Dates: August 7-29, 2017

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Calistus Ngonghala (Mathematics, Univ. of Florida) and Olivia Prosper (Mathematics, Univ. of Kentucky)

Project Title: The impact of human movement on bednet programs for malaria control

Ngonghala and Prosper collaborated on a project to evaluate the impact of human movement on the success of bednet programs for malaria control.

Visit Dates: June 26-30, 2017

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Fan Bai (Postdoctoral Fellow, Mathematics & Statistics, Texas Tech Univ.)

Bai visited NIMBioS to mentor the Summer Research Experiences (SRE) project, Modeling the Immune System Battleground in Host-Virus Conflict. He was supported by NSF Collaborative Research Awards #1516011 and #1517719, Allen LJS, Trindade A, Jonsson C, Kosiewicz M, Modeling Immune Dynamics of RNA Viruses In Reservoir and Nonreservoir Species.

Visit Dates: June 4 - July 3, 2017

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Tiago Yuzo Miyaoka (Applied Mathematics, University of Campinas, Brazil)

Tiago Yuzo Miyaoka is a self-supported Visiting Graduate Fellow collaborating on a project with Nourridine Siewe and Suzanne Lenhart on applying control techniques to Zika models.

Visit Dates: May – December 2017

View video about Tiago's research: Understanding Zika

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Ward Wheeler (Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, NY)

As a NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellows Invited Distinguished Visitor, Wheeler gave a seminar and visited with postdoctoral fellows.

Seminar Title: Improvements in tree and network alignment algorithms

Visit Dates: April 17-18, 2017

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Eric Lofgren (Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State Univ.)

Seminar Title: The patient-patch: Recasting hospital epidemiology as an ecology problem

Visit Dates: April 12-13, 2017

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Suzanne Alonzo (Inst. of Marine Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz)

As a NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellows Invited Distinguished Visitor, Alonzo gave a seminar and visited with postdoctoral fellows. Host: Sarah Flanagan.

Seminar Title: The social side of sex: Male/female coevolution and social plasticity affect reproductive patterns

Visit Dates: April 10-12, 2017

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Brad Greening (National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Disease)

Brad Greening gave a seminar.

Seminar Title: Simple models for public health decision making and emergency response

Visit Dates: April 7, 2017

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(L to R) Tarasov, Miko, Yoder)

Istvan Miko (Entomology, Pennsylvania State Univ.); Matthew Yoder (Entomology, Univ. of Illinois)

Project Title: New ontology-informed approaches for analyzing evolution of discrete morphological traits

Miko and Yoder are collaborating on a project with Sergei Tarasov to develop new ontology-informed methods for modeling the evolution of discrete morphological characters as well as a new trait enrichment approach for summarizing the dynamics of morphological evolution in phenotype.

Visit Dates: March 31 - April 3, 2017

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Richard Rebarber (Mathematics, Univ. of Nebraska)

Richard Rebarber gave a seminar.

Seminar Title: Feedback control approaches to population management

Visit Dates: March 23-23, 2017

Dina Fonseca (Entomology, Rutgers Univ.), Alin Coman (Psychology, Princeton Univ.), Agnesa Redere (Ecology & Evolution, Rutgers Univ.) and Samantha Schwab (Ecology & Evolution, Rutgers Univ.) collaborated with Nina Fefferman on a project to model Zika control effectiveness with feedback in risk perception and associated demand across scales of intervention.

Visit Dates: March 4-6, 2017

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