The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $18.6 million to UT for the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) to continue its interdisciplinary efforts in developing new mathematical approaches to problems across biology, from the level of the genome to individuals to entire ecosystems.
WUOT featured a workshop for undergraduates students at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBios) which are assembling equipment that will record hundreds of hours of bird calls. Their aim is to find rare birds in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. A digital waveform of the recordings will be loaded into a computer program
Undergraduates from across the country and their research mentors, David Buehler at UT and Arik Kershenbaum at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), will try to find rare birds in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a part of a project to help protect and maintain species’ biodiversity in the park.
The brighter the colors, the more popular the butterfly will be with the females. A new study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis finds that a female’s mating decisions are largely based on traits that reflect fitness or those that help males perform well under the local ecological conditions.
CURENT hosted its second annual Adventures in STEM summer camp which brought twenty middle school girls from all around the state to UT. The week was filled with science, technology, mathematics, and engineering projects.
Three UT students have been selected for the highly competitive Research Experience for Undergraduates program currently underway at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis taking place on campus. Samuel Estes, Brittany Hale, and Jacob Lambert, are among nineteen students from acrross the country participating in the eight-week, research-intensive program.
A new study finds that animals use the same level of sophistication as humans in judging social configurations. The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis study brings a new understanding of the structure of animal social networks. The researchers analyzed the relationships between three individuals by analyzing longstanding behavioral data.
The current Supreme Court may be criticized for its lack of diversity on the bench, but according to a study conducted by UT law professor Ben Barton, the Court is actually more diverse overall today than ever in history. The study, published in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, borrows statistical methods from ecology to reveal a more precise picture of diversity.
Today’s global mapping of infectious diseases is considerably unreliable and may do little to inform the control of potential outbreaks, according to a study produced at a NIMBioS workshop held on UT’s campus. Social media could help. Using crowdsourcing techniques to gather data, such as analyzing the content and frequency of Twitter messages about disease, predicted outbreaks sooner than traditional disease surveillance methods.
Is homosexuality genetic? It’s a long-running debate. Now researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, say they’ve found a clue that may unlock the mystery. It lies in something called epi-genetics. The research is getting media attention worldwide.