NIMBioS News

NIMBioS Study: What Makes a Leader? Clues from the Animal Kingdom


As the American media continues to buzz over who is more or less likely to secure the Republican and Democratic nominations for US President, experts from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) explore some interesting perspectives on the nature of leadership in a new study.

WUOT: UT’s Gavrilets Discusses Evolution of Human Warfare


Sergey Gavrilets recently spoke with WUOT 91.9 FM about human warfare and how it has evolved over time. Gavrilets, distinguished professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is one of the organizers of a three-day workshop that will explore warfare in human societies and how it has potentially acted as a source of natural selection for biological and cultural evolution.

NIMBioS Receives National Grant to Assess Student Learning in Mathematics


The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis has been awarded a two-year, $299,990 grant from the National Science Foundation to assess whether using real-world biology examples in college-level mathematics courses enhances student understanding of quantitative concepts.

NIMBioS Students Create Tool to Stop Invasive Pests


Invasive species, from plants like the kudzu vine to animals like the red scale insect that chomps through citrus crops, threaten the health of vital agricultural and natural lands. Three undergraduate students have developed a new tool to help fight these pests. Their work was done with UT faculty mentors during a summer research program at NIMBioS.

Students Conduct Research to Control Canine Distemper


Undergraduates from across the country and their research mentors at UT are investigating ways to manage and control outbreaks of canine distemper virus, a devastating disease affecting dogs—particularly those in animal shelters—and other wildlife.

In the News: NIMBioS Tuberculosis Vaccine Study

Knoxville News Sentinel

A team of UT researchers is working with undergraduate students from across the country to better understand how the human body responds to tuberculosis infection by linking mathematical and biological studies.

Professor Publishes First Book on Emerging Pathogen Ranavirus

Thousands of dead wood frog tadpoles associated with a ranavirus die-off in Maine (photo credit, Nathaniel Wheelwright)

A genus of emerging pathogens Ranavirus is thought to be the potential new culprit causing the decline and extinction of amphibians around the world. A new book by a UT professor provides insight on the viruses and guidance on urgent research directions to address them.