NIMBioS News

UT, NIMBioS Study Finds Bullies Squelched When Bystanders Intervene


A new national anti-bullying ad campaign urges parents to teach their kids to speak up if they witness bullying. One UT researcher has found that in humans’ evolutionary past, at least, helping the victim of a bully hastened our species’ movement toward a more egalitarian society.

UT to Host Math Biology Conference; Topics to Include Babies, Bees, and Bieber


Breast milk, bumble bees, and even “Bieber Fever” will undergo mathematical analyses at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology, July 25–28, at the Knoxville Convention Center. About 400 scientists and undergraduate students from twenty-three countries and thirty-five US states are expected to attend the annual meeting.

WBIR: Positively Schwall – Science Girls

WBIR’s Ken Schwall put on his science thinking cap and joined middle school girls at science camp. Hosted by CURENT and NIMBioS research centers, the fun and educational day camp for middle school-aged girls features activities and tours that have been planned by faculty and education staff at each center.

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 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.