Author Archives: Kelly Sturner

Tennessee Environmental Educators Connect Biodiversity & Probability

NIMBioS showcased its “Measuring Biodiversity with Probability” at the Tennessee Environmental Educators Association Conference last week in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The conference drew 114 environmental educators from across the state to a day and a half of sessions … Continue reading

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Meet Education & Outreach Intern Virginia Parkman

Virginia Parkman joined the NIMBioS team in the summer as Education & Outreach Intern and will be with us again for the fall semester. Virginia is a sophomore in mathematics at the University of Tennessee and also participating in the the teacher … Continue reading

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NSF Awards $2.9 Million to QUBES: Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education & Synthesis

The National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education has awarded a five-year, $2.9 million in grants to the project “Supporting Faculty in Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES).” This intiative “addresses the Nation’s growing need to better prepare undergraduate … Continue reading

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NIMBioS Undergrads Present Summer Research at MBI

Our 2014 Summer Research Experience students and teachers may have left NIMBioS for the summer, but friendships forged and research completed carry on! Four NIMBioS SRE undergraduates recently attended the week-long Math Biosciences Institute (MBI) Undergraduate Capstone Conference in Columbus, … Continue reading

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Summer Research STEM Symposium Largest Ever

Last week’s STEM Symposium for undergraduates, teachers and young scholars conducting summer research at the University of Tennessee featured a total of 53 projects, an all-time high for the event now in its third year. NIMBioS collaborates with three other NSF-supported research … Continue reading

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Girls in Science Campers Quantify Smokies Stream Biodiversity

For the fifth year, the NIMBioS Education and Outreach Team headed to the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont in June to help Girls in Science campers analyze stream biodiversity data using mathematical biology concepts. During the week-long resident camp, the 24 girls, … Continue reading

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Middle School Girls Have STEM Adventures!

In elementary school, 74 percent of girls say they are interested in math and science classes, but women make up only 26 percent of the STEM workforce. Finding ways to retain girls’ interest in STEM to close this gap is the … Continue reading

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Earl Talks Math Ecology to Fisk REU

NIMBioS postdoctoral fellow Julia Earl traveled to Nashville recently to present her work on movement ecology to undergraduates participating in Fisk University’s summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program. A rewarding experience, Earl said her talk, “Animals as ecosystem connectors: Does their movement path matter?” particularly … Continue reading

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Fireflies, Modeling, Programming & More: NIMBioS SRE is Underway!

NIMBioS Summer Research Experiences (SRE) for Undergraduates and Teachers is in full swing with abundant opportunities for learning and play. During the first week participants were oriented to NIMBioS, learned about university library services, math modeling, collaborating, and programming. Students … Continue reading

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Bender Receives Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Award

Congratulations to 2013 NIMBioS REU student Nicole Bender for receiving a 2014 Mathematical Association of America Outstanding Poster Award. Nicole, a senior at Marist College, presented her NIMBioS work “Automatic Detection of Rare Bird Species Using Neural Networks” at the … Continue reading

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