National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis News

Students Invited to Learn About Twists, Turns and Knots in Math October 27

UT students are invited to learn about topology—the twists, turns and knots in mathematics—and how it can be applied in real-life situations on Thursday, October 27. The 5:30 to 7 p.m. session will be in the Hallam Auditorium of the Claxton Education Building. It is free and open to undergraduates. Free pizza will be provided.

‘Doctor Bugs’ of the Smithsonian to Speak at UT October 11

A noted entomologist, nature photographer and explorer will speak at UT on Tuesday, October 11. Mark Moffett, also known as Doctor Bugs, will present a lecture exploring the connection between social identity and the evolution of societies. He is a research associate in entomology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.

New UT-Based National Institute Explores Evaluation Science

A new national institute has been established at UT to provide independent evaluations of research and education programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The institute also will generate new knowledge about the ways in which integrated STEM programs function successfully.

NIMBioS: New Fossil Computer Game Teaches Science, Math Fundamentals

Dig for fossils and learn about geologic time with a new computer game developed by undergraduate students at the UT-based National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). Three students developed the computer simulation game under the co-leadership of Susan Riechert, Distinguished Service Professor in the UT Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

News Sentinel Talks to Jonsson about Deadly Mouse Virus

The Knoxville News Sentinel recently interviewed UT’s Colleen Jonsson who this summer is overseeing a group of undergraduate students from across the country who are using mathematical modeling to study how hantavirus spreads.

Study: Tails Might Have Helped Vertebrates Evolve from Sea to Land

When early terrestrial animals began moving about on mud and sand 360 million years ago, the powerful tails they used as fish may have been more important than scientists previously realized. That’s one conclusion from a new study by a multidisciplinary team from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Clemson University, Carnegie Mellon University and the UT-based National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis.

NIMBioS: Mathematical Simulation of Open-heart Surgery Lends Clues to Kidney Failure

Nearly a third of all patients undergoing heart surgery experience kidney failure, yet little is known about why kidney injury occurs or how to prevent it. Now, for the first time, a team including NIMBioS researchers have investigated the causes of kidney injury, using a mathematical model that simulates typical open-heart surgery and the effects on a rat kidney.