Working Hard and Playing Hard: NIMBioS REU is Halfway

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We’re at the mid-point of this summer’s 2013 NIMBioS REU program, and already the 2013 class has created some fun memories while working hard. Pool parties with other REU groups, trips to see synchronous fireflies in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Knoxville Zoo, and field trips to collect audio recordings of birds and information about cattle movement on a farm are some highlights captured in pictures so far. Plus, the Automatic Detection of Rare Birds from Audio Recordings project elicited some nice media attention from the local public radio station (WUOT), newspapers (Knoxville News Sentinel, Daily Beacon) and television (WBIR).

Off camera, the students have been working hard pouring over literature and computer code. Significant progress is apparent. Last week the students gathered to workshop drafts of posters showing the preliminary results of their research, which they will be presenting to the public on July 19 during the UT STEM REU Symposium (Baker Center Toyota Auditorium, 10am-12pm). Please plan to attend and support our hardworking undergraduates!

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