UT Faculty Member Leads Scientific Society

KNOXVILLE — Dr. Louis Gross, University of Tennessee professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and mathematics, has been named president of the Society for Mathematical Biology.

Gross was inducted during the Society’s annual meeting held recently in Dundee, Scotland.

Mark Lewis, University of Alberta, president of the Society for Mathematical Biology, presents the society’s presidential stole to president-elect Lou Gross at the society’s annual conference in Scotland.

The Society for Mathematical Biology is the world’s leading organization supporting research and applications of quantitative methods in the life sciences, with members from more than 50 countries.

Gross is the director of the Institute for Environmental Modeling at UT, which is one of the world’s leading groups in mathematical and computational ecology. The institute is supported by more than $1 million annually in research funding from numerous federal agencies.

Dr. Suzanne Lenhart, a UT math professor and member of the society’s board of directors, also attended the meeting and presented her research supported by the National Science Foundation.

Rene Salinas, who recently completed a Ph.D. in mathematics at UT, was recognized at the meeting for his poster describing a black bear population dynamics model in the southern Appalachians.

For more information about the Society, see www.smb.org and for more information about mathematical and computational ecology at UT, see www.tiem.utk.edu.