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NIMBioS Upcoming Tutorials

Game Theoretical Modeling of Evolution in Structured Populations

NIMBioS is now accepting applications for its Tutorial, "Game Theoretical Modeling of Evolution in Structured Populations."
Date/location: April 25-27, 2016, at NIMBioS
Application process now closed
Objectives: Participants will be introduced to the discrete graph theory methods and models of structured population as well as classical continuous models based on differential equations. They will learn how to use such methods and/or build and analyze models in the context of the tutorial's topics and will work in small groups to experience how to use the methodology to describe, simulate, and analyze the relevant biological systems. Participants will be exposed to software that implements the mathematical methods, aids visualization, and facilitates computations and analyses. Participants will learn how the tutorial materials may fit into mathematics and biology courses or be used as an introduction to independent studies or undergraduate research.
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Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics 2016

NIMBioS is now accepting applications for its Tutorial, Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics 2016, co-sponsored by the American Society of Naturalists.
Date/location: Aug 8-12, 2016, at NIMBioS
Deadline to apply: May 1, 2016
Objectives: 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, both from single species and with multiple- species phylogenies. Participants - graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty – will learn how to use R to build and test evolutionary models.
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For more information about the tutorial and how to apply, click here.


NIMBioS Past Tutorials

Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics 2015

NIMBioS hosted a tutorial Aug 10-15, 2015: Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics 2015, co-sponsored by the American Society of Naturalists.

NIMBioS/SAMSI/ESA Graduate Workshop:

NIMBioS hosted a workshop/tutorial April 15-17, 2015: Current Issues in Statistical Ecology, designed to introduce and teach participants how to use computational resources for mathematical modeling and simulation of kinetic networks and networks in a spatial context.

Using R for HPC

NIMBioS hosted a tutorial Feb 27, 2015: An In-depth Introduction to Using R for HPC This tutorial was a joint training between the University of Tennessee, NIMBioS, XSEDE, and NICS.

Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics

NIMBioS hosted a tutorial Aug 4-9, 2014: Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics, co-sponsored by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and the American Society of Naturalists.

A BioQUEST Workshop at NIMBioS - Biology by Numbers: Bringing Math to the High School Biology Classroom

NIMBioS hosted a BioQUEST workshop/tutorial July 23-25, 2014 - Biology by Numbers: Bringing Math to the High School Biology Classroom.

Algebraic and Discrete Biological Models for Undergraduate Courses

NIMBioS sponsored a tutorial June 18-20, 2014: Algebraic and Discrete Biological Models for Undergraduate Courses.

Computing in the Cloud

NIMBioS sponsored a tutorial April 6-8, 2014: Computing in the Cloud: What Every Computational Life Scientist Should Know.

Parameter Estimation for Dynamic Biological Models

NIMBioS sponsored a tutorial May 19-21, 2014: Parameter Estimation for Dynamic Biological Models. This tutorial was designed for biologists interested in doing statistics with more complex non-linear models of their data and for mathematicians interested in learning how to apply their modeling skills to the unique demands of real dynamic biological data.

Mathematical Modeling for the Cell Biology Researcher and Educator

NIMBioS sponsored a tutorial April 8-10, 2013: Mathematical Modeling for the Cell Biology Researcher and Educator designed to introduce and teach participants how to use computational resources for mathematical modeling and simulation of kinetic networks and networks in a spatial context.

Using Bioinformatics Data and Tools to Engage Students in Problem Solving: A Curriculum Development Workshop

NIMBioS and Scalable Computing and Leading Edge Innovate Technologies (SCALE-IT) co-sponsored a workshop/tutorial Jan 7-10, 2013: Using Bioinformatics Data and Tools to Engage Students in Problem Solving: A Curriculum Development Workshop. The tutorial was co-presented by BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium and European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI).

Curriculum Development Faculty Workshop

NIMBioS and Scalable Computing and Leading Edge Innovate Technologies (SCALE-IT) co-sponsored a Curriculum Development Faculty Workshop/Tutorial, January 12-14, 2012, at NIMBioS, designed to support participants in the development of problem-based interdisciplinary computational biology courses in a curriculum that integrates cyber-learning strategies and data intensive activities into the classroom.

Multi-cell, Multi-scale Modeling

NIMBioS hosted a tutorial on Multi-cell, Multi-scale Modeling, May 18-21, 2011, at NIMBioS. This tutorial introduced and taught a novel, state-of-the-art approach to multi-cell multi-scale modeling using the Glazier-Graner-Hogeweg (GGH) and reaction kinetics network models and the CompuCell3D (CC3D) and Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML) simulation environments.

Migration from the Desktop: HPC application of R and other codes for biological research

NIMBioS hosted a tutorial on Migration from the Desktop: HPC application of R and other codes for biological research, May 9-11, 2011, at NIMBioS. The goal of this workshop was to introduce participants to the skills, strategies, and techniques necessary for them to make the jump from desktop computing to HPC environments.

Stochastic Modeling in Biology

NIMBioS hosted a tutorial on Stochastic Modeling in Biology, March 16-18, 2011, at NIMBioS. This tutorial was designed to introduce selected topics in stochastic modeling with an emphasis on biological applications.

Fast, Free Phylogenies: HPC for Phylogenetics

NIMBioS hosted a tutorial on High Performance Computing for Phylogenetics, Oct. 13-15, 2010, at NIMBioS. This tutorial was designed to teach participants how to use TeraGrid, the CIPRES Portal, the iPlant Discovery environment, university clusters, and other typically free HPC resources for phylogenetic analysis.

Graph Theory and Biological Networks

NIMBioS hosted a tutorial on Graph Theory and Biological Networks August 16-18, 2010, at NIMBioS. This tutorial was designed to teach participants how graph theory can inform their understanding of many common biological patterns that are graphs.

Computational Biology Curriculum Development

NIMBioS hosted a tutorial on Computational Biology Curriculum Development July 6-9, 2010, at NIMBioS. This tutorial focused on strategies for including computational biology and cyber-learning in the development of interdisciplinary modules for teaching undergraduate biology.

Optimization for Biologists

NIMBioS hosted a tutorial on Optimal Control and Optimization for Biologists Dec. 15-17, 2009, at NIMBioS. The tutorial introduced selected topics in optimal control and optimization with an emphasis on biological applications and included lectures and interactive computer lab sessions.

Training the Trainers

NIMBioS hosted a tutorial on High-Performance Computing for Computational Science Professionals Collaborating with Biologists March 16-18, 2009.



A goal of NIMBioS is to enhance the cadre of researchers capable of interdisciplinary efforts across mathematics and biology. As part of this goal, NIMBioS is committed to promoting diversity in all its activities. Diversity is considered in all its aspects, social and scientific, including gender, ethnicity, scientific field, career stage, geography and type of home institution. Questions regarding diversity issues should be directed to Dr. Ernest Brothers, the NIMBioS Associate Director for Diversity Enhancement (diversity@nimbios.org). You can read more about our Diversity Plan on our NIMBioS Policies web page. The NIMBioS building is fully handicapped accessible.