NIMBioS News

Study Finds Female Choice Key to Evolutionary Shift to Modern Family

It is a question that has puzzled evolutionary biologists for years: Why did we stop being promiscuous and decide to settle down to start families? Sergey Gavrilets, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, may have found the answer, and it lies in the power of female choice.

TIME: The Ancient Sexual Revolution That May Have Spurred Human Monogamy

A mathematical model by Sergey Gavrilets, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is getting a lot of media attention. It has found that monogamous, romantic love — or, more prosaically, pair-bonding — may have evolved in a sexual revolution that could have laid down the roots of the modern family.

UT Announces New Songwriter-in-Residence: Baba Brinkman

Baba Brinkman

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis is pleased to announce that educational hip-hop artist Baba Brinkman will be joining NIMBioS as its new songwriter-in-residence in April and May.

UT Researcher’s Math Model Finds Biodiversity Can Protect Species from Climate Change

Whether a species can evolve to survive climate change may depend upon other plants and animals living in its community. That is according to a new mathematical model developed by Tucker Gilman, a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The model simulates the effect of climate change on plants and pollinators.

WIGGIO, NIMBioS announce new partnership for cloud collaboration

Wiggio.com and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) just announced a partnership to spearhead the Wiggio Premium application, which offers groups and organizations a private-labeled collaboration tool. This application combines Wiggio’s existing services with new, advanced features within a closed community. NIMBioS will use this advanced toolkit to connect biological researchers from around the world to collaborate on projects.

Workshop on Engaging the Army Research Office for Funding

The Office of Research is sponsoring a two-part workshop on how to seek funding from the Army Research Office. ARO serves as the Army’s premier extramural basic research agency and sponsors research primarily at academic institutions in following areas: electrical, environmental, materials, and mechanical engineering; computer and network sciences and mathematics; chemistry, physics, life sciences, and social/behavioral sciences. Part I of the workshop will be held Friday, September 2.

New Tool Reveals Mutations That Cause HIV-drug Resistance

A researcher at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has uncovered one of the reasons why a popular HIV drug is short on effectiveness.

Students Conduct Research at UT to Control Spread of E.coli

This Thursday, undergraduate students from all over the country will visit a beef herd at UT’s East Tennessee Research & Education Center as a part of their summer research project to understand and help control the spread of E.coli bacteria in cattle. The students will learn about the management of a beef (cow-calf) operation so they can incorporate farm management factors into mathematical models and evaluate how changing management affects the spread of E. coli 0157 at the farm level.

NPR: Scientists And Musicians Compare Notes

The songwriter-in-residence program at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, or NIMBioS, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”