Category Archives: STEM

NIMBioS Helps Ignite Kids’ Interest in STEM at National Festival

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. What does math have to do with mushrooms? Hundreds of kids and their families found out by visiting the interactive NIMBioS and University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s “Fungus Among Us” booth at last month’s USA Science and Engineering … Continue reading

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Prizes for Young Scientists: Mold Growth and an App Predicting Seizures

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Junior and Senior NIMBioS Prizes for Research at the Interface of Mathematics and Biology, presented annually at the Southern Appalachian Science Engineering Fair, held at the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville. This year’s Junior … Continue reading

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Women in Math Focus of Workshop

Women comprise less than a quarter of the STEM workforce in the US, and they are most likely to leave those jobs compared to men. The story is not much different on the nation’s campuses, where more than half of STEM … Continue reading

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NIMBioS and University of Tennessee to Exhibit at ‘Superbowl of STEM’ in DC

NIMBioS and the University of Tennessee hopes to inspire the next generation of innovators at the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo and Book Fair, to be held April 26-27 in Washington, DC. The Festival Expo, which takes place … Continue reading

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NIMBioS Director Tapped to Lead National STEM Education Effort

Congratulations to NIMBioS Director Louis Gross who will lead the Biology Ideas Lab for the National Science Foundation, March 30-April 4, in Leesburg, Va. Three five-day NSF Ideas Labs —one for biology, one for engineering and one for geosciences—are being … Continue reading

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Biology in a Box Aligned to Mathematics Common Core

Teachers of K-12 looking for hands-on, memorable enrichment activities for teaching the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics need look no further — the alignment for Biology in a Box is now complete and published online. Forty-five states, the District … Continue reading

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Teaching Science in a Climate of Denial at Tennessee Teacher Conference

Social controversy surrounding certain scientific theories poses a great challenge for teaching science in the United States — up to 60 percent of U.S. high school biology teachers report capitulating in some way to antievolution pressure, reports one study. NIMBioS and … Continue reading

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Middle School Teachers Take STEM Thinking Outside the Box

Middle school science teachers from across East Tennessee were introduced to inquiry-based activities at the intersection of math and science during several training workshops this fall. NIMBioS Associate Director for Education & Outreach Suzanne Lenhart and Education & Outreach Coordinator … Continue reading

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NIMBioS Hosts SHADES Girls in STEM Workshop

NIMBioS hosted area middle school girls this month for SHADES, an interactive one-day workshop in science and engineering. Girls did many fun and interactive STEM activities including T-shirt chromatography, building model sinkholes, using Geiger counters, creating genetic code bracelets, and … Continue reading

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NIMBioS Celebrates Diversity in STEM at National Conference

NIMBioS researchers and staff shared their passion for science this month at the 2013 SACNAS Annual Conference, as well as the many opportunities available to diverse STEM students and faculty at NSF math institutes and biology centers. SACNAS, the Society … Continue reading

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