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Congratulations to the newest NIMBioS recipients of support

Coral reef photo. The sustainability of coral reef ecosystems, the cycling of nutrients in food webs, and the effect of cattle movements on the transmission of bovine tuberculosis are among the topics to be studied in 2010 at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis. The range of topics to be investigated advance the Institute's mission to foster new collaborative efforts to address biological questions using mathematical and computational methods. Newly formed Working Groups and Investigative Workshops for 2010 comprise researchers who will engage in creative and collaborative connections across multiple disciplines. NIMBioS congratulates the new recipients of support, including new Working Groups, Investigative Workshops, short-term visitors and long-term sabbatical scholars.

Investigative Workshops:

Mathematical modeling of life cycle, stage conversion, and clonal expansion of Toxoplasma gondii
Organizers: Xiaopeng Zhao, Chunlei Su, Jitender P. Dubey, and Michel Langlais

Modeling sustainability of coral reef ecosystem services under multiple interacting stressors
Organizers: Susan H. Yee and Jerald S. Ault

Working Groups:

Food web dynamics and stoichiometric constraints in meta-ecosystems
Organizers: Mathew Leibold, Robert W. Sterner, Francois Massol, and Chris Klausmeier

Modeling the impact of cattle movements on transmission dynamics of bovine tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis) in the United States at local and national scales
Organizers: Colleen Webb and Agricola Odoi

Multi-scale analysis of cortical networks
Organizers: A. Ravishankar Rao and Ehud Kaplan

Long-term sabbatical scholar:

Using Models to Investigate Patterns, Process, and Climate Change in Savannas
Brian Beckage

Short-term visiting scholars:

Production Economics of Mutualism: Rhizobial Bail-outs to the Domatia Bubble
Jason Hoeksema, Erol Akçay, James Umbanhowar, Sarah Richardson, Ellen Simms, Antonio Golubski, and Miro Kummel

Modeling nodulation dynamics of legumes
Ellen Simms

Using GIS to inform spatial epidemic models of disease transmission among US farms
Sadie Ryan and Michael Tildesley

Modeling the effects of habitat fragmentation and biotic resistance on biological invasions
Richard Hall, John Lambrinos, Gregory Schrott, and Hiroyuki Yokomizo

Optimal viral immune surveillance evasion strategies
Yoram Louzoun

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