NIMBioS News

New Textbook Introduces Undergraduates to Mathematics for the Life Sciences

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.

NIMBioS Students Study Aggressive Ants at UT

Aggressive Argentine ants have been spotted in Knoxville. Fortunately they’re not popping up in places we need to worry about. WBIR-TV interviewed students with a research group from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, or NIMBioS, studying the aggressive species of ants.

News Sentinel: UT Professors Lead Facial Analysis Project

Undergraduates from across the country and their research mentors, Jeff Larsen and Chuck Collins, are conducting research to better understand how positive and negative emotions are expressed on the face. The research was featured by the News Sentinel, WATE-TV, and WBIR-TV. The project is part of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis’s Summer

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Study Predicts Ranavirus as Potential New Culprit in Amphibian Extinctions

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.

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

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.