NIMBioS News

Wanted: UT’s NIMBioS Needs Scientists and Science Lovers to Analyze Howls

Scientists and citizen scientists are needed to help researchers at UT’s National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis analyze the howls of wolves, coyotes, dogs, and other canid species. NIMBioS brings together researchers from around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life sciences. For the Canid Howl Project, volunteers are needed to log in to a website, listen to howls, and plot them on a graph according to specific directions. Volunteers are also needed to donate their own recordings of howls from domestic dogs.

UT Study Explains New Twist in Group Cooperation

High-rank individuals bully their group-mates to get what they want, but their contribution is key to success in conflict with other groups, according to a new study.

A joint study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis and the University of Oxford sheds new light on the evolutionary roots of group cooperation. Researchers say that leaders in group-living species may bully their own to get what they want, but they also bully outsiders for the overall betterment of their own group.

UT Professor Tapped to Lead National STEM Education Effort

Lou Gross

Part of a national effort to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics undergraduate education is being directed by a UT professor. Three five-day National Science Foundation Ideas Labs —one for biology, one for engineering, and one for geosciences—are being held this month through April 4 in the Washington, D.C., area. Louis Gross, director of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT, will serve as director of the Biology Ideas Lab.

NIMBioS Names Associate Director of Postdoctoral Activities

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis welcomes Paul Armsworth as associate director for postdoctoral activities. Armsworth, an associate professor in ecology and evolutionary biology, has been affiliated with NIMBioS as one its senior personnel since 2009 when he was hired as an NIMBioS-affiliated faculty member at UT.

Research Finds Method to Help Understand Dolphin Communications

The same algorithm used to find tunes in music retrieval systems has been successfully used to identify the signature whistles of dolphins, according to research done at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT.

Study Finds Climate Change Threatens Northern American Turtle Habitat

Although a turtle’s home may be on its back, some North American turtles face an uncertain future as a warming climate threatens to reduce their suitable habitat. A new study conducted at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT reconstructs the effects of past climate changes on fifty-nine species of North American turtles.

Research at UT May Improve Treatment of Acetaminophen Overdose Victims

Acetaminophen, or Tylenol, is commonly used in the United States to eliminate aches and pains and reduce fever with few side effects. However, the drug is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States, and if liver damage is severe enough, the only lifesaving treatment is a liver transplant. A novel method developed at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT helps determine which patients will benefit from transplantation.

UT Professor Uses Math to Explain History

A study by Sergey Gavrilets, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and associate director for scientific activities at National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, has found that intense warfare is the evolutionary driver of large complex societies.