The Search for Selection, Jun 3-7, 2019. Register now closed.
Mar 5-7, 2019. The Institute for Environmental Modeling (TIEM) team has been publishing online "risk" (cancer risk and hazard index) calculators for over twenty years; this training provided the participant with operational knowledge of all TIEM calculators. Additionally, the instruction delved into the ability of the calculators to address site-specific exposures, unique toxicity assessments, and complex risk characterizations.
Feb 4-6, 2019. This tutorial introduced students and interested faculty to the topic of complex networks. The field has grown tremendously over the last 20 years and network science has found numerous applications to fields such as biology, ecology, social sciences, physical sciences, computer science, technology, and urban planning. The tutorial reviewed in detail the main ideas and methods in network science with emphasis on both conceptual aspects and real-world applications. Hands-on activities helped the audience familiarize themselves with practical ways to potentially incorporate network analysis in their own research. No prior knowledge of networks or programming was required. The tutorial was appropriate for interested faculty, post-docs, and graduate students of any discipline.
Dec 3-5, 2018. The distribution of a species may be influenced by an array of factors. The set of conditions that allow a species to exist in a geographic area is a representation of the species ecological niche. However, defining these conditions is difficult, due to the complexity of natural systems. One approach to characterizing the ecological niche uses spatial data, GIS software, and modeling algorithms. The objectives of this tutorial were to teach participants the concepts of ecological niche modeling, introduce them to select analytical techniques (formatting GIS data; running maximum entropy – MaxEnt – models) and present how to interpret and apply spatial analyses. Participants were familiarized with several commonly-used and newly-available online spatial data resources. Instructors provided datasets to use in hands-on simulations, but participants could also bring their own data if desired. Applications of ecological niche modeling covered in this tutorial included biogeography, conservation biology, disease ecology, macroecology, and invasion biology.
June 18-22, 2018.
The NIMBioS Tutorial The Search for Selection
presented an integrated overview of the many approaches to searching for signatures of selection in organismal features, highlighting common themes and divergent assumptions.
It was applicable for population geneticists, genome biologists, evolutionary ecologists, paleontologists, functional morphologists, and just about any biologist who ponders on how to formally demonstrate that a feature (or features) of interest might have been shaped by selection.
May 16-18, 2018. NIMBioS hosted a tutorial
– Applications of Spatial Data: Ecological Niche Modeling.
The objectives of this tutorial were to teach participants the concepts of ecological niche modeling, introduce them to select analytical techniques (formatting data in GIS; running MaxEnt models), and present how to interpret and apply spatial analyses.
Aug 7-11, 2017.
NIMBioS hosted an Accelerator Tutorial
– Phylogenetic Analysis Using RevBayes .
This tutorial featured RevBayes, an exciting new program for Bayesian inference of phylogeny that succeeds the popular program MrBayes. The course focused on phylogenetic trees and comparative-phylogenetic methods, including divergence-time estimation, morphological evolution, lineage diversification, and historical biogeography.
June 26-28, 2017. NIMBioS hosted a tutorial –
Uncertainty Quantification for Biological Models.
This tutorial focused on uncertainty quantification in mathematical models in the life sciences and provided researchers with the basic concepts, theory, and algorithms necessary to quantify input and response uncertainties and to perform sensitivity analysis for simulation models.
Aug 8-12, 2016. NIMBioS hosted a tutorial on Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics 2016, co-sponsored by the American Society of Naturalists. This tutorial was 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 – learned how to use R to build and test evolutionary models.
April 25-27, 2016. NIMBioS hosted a tutorial on Game Theoretical Modeling of Evolution in Structured Populations, designed to introduce participants to the discrete graph theory methods and models of structured populations as well as classical continuous models based on differential equations.
Aug 10-15, 2015. NIMBioS hosted a tutorial on Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics 2015, co-sponsored by the American Society of Naturalists.
April 15-17, 2015. NIMBioS hosted a workshop/tutorial on 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.
NIMBioS hosted a BioQUEST workshop/tutorial July 23-25, 2014 - Biology by Numbers: Bringing Math to the High School Biology Classroom.
NIMBioS sponsored a tutorial June 18-20, 2014: Algebraic and Discrete Biological Models for Undergraduate Courses.
NIMBioS sponsored a tutorial April 6-8, 2014: Computing in the Cloud: What Every Computational Life Scientist Should Know.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read more about our Diversity Plan on our NIMBioS Policies web page. The NIMBioS building is fully handicapped accessible.