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Nature Paper Sheds Light on Human Brain Evolution

Why did the human brain evolved to its unusually large size? Former NIMBioS GRA Mauricio González-Forero has some answers in a new Nature publication that develops a mechanistic model showing brain expansion was likely driven by ecological, not social, processes. … Continue reading

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French Connection: NIMBioS, CESAB Discuss New Collaborations Across the Pond

New collaborations and conversations about future directions took place last week at NIMBioS with a visit from Alison Specht, the director of the Centre for the Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity (CESAB) in Provence, France. Specht met with NIMBioS Director … Continue reading

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Landmark Collaborations Lead to UT Successes via NIMBioS

In recent years, NIMBioS has developed productive partnerships with faculty in many units at the University of Tennessee, collaborating on and helping manage a variety of sponsored projects. Totaling more than $3.2 million, these grants, contracts and cooperative agreements span … Continue reading

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US Defense Department Supports New DySoC Research on Political Instability

KNOXVILLE—The Arab Spring, the collapse of democracy in Turkey, civil wars in Africa, and continued violence in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq—imagine the possibilities if we could truly understand the socio-political forces at play, make better predictions about when violent outbreaks … Continue reading

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New Center at NIMBioS Explores Dynamics of Social Complexity

NIMBioS officially rolled out the new Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity (DySoC) this week. The Center promotes connections and collaborations between researchers focused on human social behavior. Combining system thinking, modeling tools, and big data, DySoC-associated researchers develop … Continue reading

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Working Groups Tour SAL@NIMBioS

Synergy is the name of the game at NIMBioS, where visiting researchers from a variety of different backgrounds come together to learn from one another and produce great science. Hence, the combined effect is indeed greater than the sum of … Continue reading

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A Predator-Prey Model of Poverty Traps, New Paper from Ngonghala

Former NIMBioS postdoc Calistus Ngonghala has published a new paper that draws on economic, ecological and epidemiological models to examine the underlying drivers of rural poverty. “General ecological models for human subsistence, heath and poverty,” published this month in Nature … Continue reading

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Synthesis Centers Provide the ‘Special Sauce’

Synthesis centers like NIMBioS provide the special sauce that make the research magic happen. But you already knew that, didn’t you, dear reader? A new paper published this week in BioScience argues that synthesis centers provide the critical research infrastructure … Continue reading

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Grizzlies Feel the Heat

A short term visit to NIMBioS two years ago has resulted in a study showing the effect of climate change on the diets of grizzly bears in Yellowstone. Lead author Jack Hopkins, an assistant professor of wildlife biology at Unity … Continue reading

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2017 Summer Research Program Begins

Sixteen undergraduates and a middle school math teacher began their summer research with NIMBioS on Monday. The Summer Research Experience (SRE) program runs for eight weeks, from June 5-July 28. Participants come from across the United States to work in … Continue reading

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