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UT Professor Tapped to Lead National STEM Education Effort

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Part of a national effort to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics undergraduate education is being directed by a UT professor. Three five-day National Science Foundation Ideas Labs —one for biology, one for engineering, and one for geosciences—are being held this month through April 4 in the Washington, D.C., area. Louis Gross, director of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT, will serve as director of the Biology Ideas Lab.

Tennessee High School Students’ Work at UT Published in Top Science Journal

Hayes Griffin (left) and Dalton Chaffee (right) present their award-winning research at the international meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology. Photo credit: NIMBioS

Tennessee high school students Dalton Chaffee and Hayes Griffin have now done what many scientists strive for: publishing their research in a top science journal. Chaffee and Griffin worked with mentor R. Tucker Gilman, a former postdoctoral research fellow at UT’s National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) to study mate choice. Their work was published this week in the journal Evolution.

NIMBioS Wins $18 Million Renewal Award from National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $18.6 million to UT for the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) to continue its interdisciplinary efforts in developing new mathematical approaches to problems across biology, from the level of the genome to individuals to entire ecosystems.

Workshop on Engaging the Army Research Office for Funding

The Office of Research is sponsoring a two-part workshop on how to seek funding from the Army Research Office. ARO serves as the Army’s premier extramural basic research agency and sponsors research primarily at academic institutions in following areas: electrical, environmental, materials, and mechanical engineering; computer and network sciences and mathematics; chemistry, physics, life sciences, and social/behavioral sciences. Part I of the workshop will be held Friday, September 2.

NIMBioS Celebrates First Year With More Than 400 Participating Scientists, Scholars

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at UT Knoxville celebrates its one-year anniversary this month, and thus far, more than 400 individuals from 15 countries and 43 states have participated in various research and educational activities. NIMBioS focuses on advancing research and education at the interface of biology and mathematics. Programs for visitors to NIMBioS facilities began in March 2009, including working groups, investigative workshops, tutorials, and educational opportunities.

UT’s Pregame Faculty Showcase Examines Computational Problem-solving

The UT Knoxville College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Faculty Showcase continues Saturday, Sept. 12, with a presentation by Louis Gross, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and mathematics. The presentation, “Computational Ecology: Environmental Problem-solving for the 21st Century,” will include information on Gross’s research and will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday in the University Center Ballroom before the Vols’ home game against the UCLA Bruins.