NIMBioS News

The ABCs of Animal Speech: Not So Random After All

The calls of many animals, from whales to wolves, might contain more language-like structure than previously thought, according to a study that raises new questions about the evolutionary origins of human language.

New Textbook Introduces Undergraduates to Mathematics for the Life Sciences

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Today’s students now have a new textbook, Mathematics for the Life Sciences, published this month by Princeton Press and co-authored by scientists at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT. It teaches readers about basic mathematical and statistical methods that can be used to explore and explain biological phenomena.

NIMBioS Study Finds Saving Seeds the Right Way Can Save the World’s Plants

Conservationists establish one-size-fits-all seed collections to save the seeds in banks or botanical gardens in hopes of preserving some genetic diversity. But a National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis study has found that more careful tailoring of seed collections to specific species and situations is critical to preserving plant diversity.

Study Predicts Ranavirus as Potential New Culprit in Amphibian Extinctions

Wood frog tadpole hemorrhage from a die-off in Brunswick, Maine, in which it is estimated more than 200,000 tadpoles died in less than twenty-four hours due to ranavirus. Photo credit: Nathaniel Wheelwright

Amphibian declines and extinctions around the world have been linked to an emerging fungal disease called chytridiomycosis, but new research from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis and the Center for Wildlife Health at UT shows that another pathogen, ranavirus, may also contribute.

UT, NIMBioS Research Sheds Light on Marine Viruses Role in Phosphorus Cycle

A study on marine viruses and their implication for marine biogeochemical cycles by a group of UT- and NIMBioS-associated researchers holds promise for further understanding the quantitative role that marine viruses play in the storage and recycling of dissolved organic carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus.

UT Conference to Look at How Women in STEM Can Thrive in Industry, Academia

Women comprise less than a quarter of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) workforce in the United States, and they are most likely to leave those jobs compared to men. A workshop to familiarize women in the mathematical sciences with professional opportunities in academics, industry, and government labs and help them thrive in mathematics-related fields, will be held April 9–11 at UT.