NIMBioS News

NIMBioS: Mathematical Biology Tackles Destructive Plant Virus

Plant diseases pose a serious threat to global food security, especially in developing countries, where millions of people depend on consuming what they harvest. In sub-Saharan Africa, one plant disease in particular – maize lethal necrosis – is ravaging one of the region’s preferred crops for food, feed and income. A team of researchers at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), based at UT, has used mathematical modeling to better understand the dynamics of the disease and how to manage it.

New Test Detects Early Stage of Wasting Disease in Cattle

NIMBioS researchers have identified a more sensitive test for detecting the early stages of paratuberculosis, a fatal disease that plagues dairy and beef herds and causes an estimated annual loss of up to $250 million to the US dairy industry.

NIMBioS Study: Power of Shared Pain Triggers Extreme Self-Sacrifice

The extreme self-sacrificial behavior found in suicide bombers and soldiers presents an evolutionary puzzle: how can a trait that calls for an individual to make the ultimate sacrifice, especially in defense of a group of non-family members, persist over evolutionary time?

NIMBioS Study: Male Pipefish Pregnancy, It’s Complicated

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In the upside-down world of the pipefish, sexual selection appears to work in reverse, with flashy females battling for males who bear the pregnancy and carry their young to term in their brood pouch. But new research from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) shows even more factors appear to play a role in determining mating success.

NIMBioS Study: Human Groups Key to Preserving Natural Resources

Learning between human social groups may be key to sustaining the environment, according to a new study that uses mathematical modeling to understand what factors most influence societies to conserve natural resources. Researchers at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), based at UT, conducted the research.

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.