NIMBioS News

‘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

Fossilized sloth dung is a special fossil find in the new computer simulation game Fossil Finder!

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

Knoxville News Sentinel

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.

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.

NIMBioS Study: Constructing Shale Gas Sites

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A new study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) finds that developing shale gas wells that have less impact on the environment, at least at the surface, is not as costly as presumed.

NIMBioS: Study Shows Large Variability in Abundance of Viruses That Infect Ocean Microorganisms


Viruses infect more than humans or plants. For microorganisms in the oceans—including those that capture half of the carbon taken out of the atmosphere every day—viruses are a major threat. But a paper published Monday in the journal Nature Microbiology shows that there’s much less certainty about the size of these viral populations than scientists had long believed.