IUBio Biosequences .. Software .. Molbio soft .. Network News .. FTP

[Bionews] Call for Applications: Algebraic Mathematical Biology, a NIMBioS Investigative Workshop

Catherine Crawley via bionews%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Fri Jan 15 16:22:52 EST 2016

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop, 
"Discrete and Algebraic Mathematical Biology: Research and Education," 
to be held July 25-27, 2016, at NIMBioS.

*Objectives: *Over the past fifteen years, modern biology has been 
transformed by new mathematical methods that have complemented and 
driven biological discoveries. Problems from signaling, gene regulation, 
genomics, RNA folding, infectious disease dynamics, drug resistance 
modeling, phylogenetics, neuroscience, and ecological networks such as 
food webs, have increasingly benefited from the application of discrete 
mathematics and computational algebra. While the use of modern algebraic 
methods is now in mainstream mathematical biology research, this trend 
has been slow to influence the undergraduate math and biology curricula, 
where classical difference and differential equation models still 
dominate. Students interested in mathematical biology have relatively 
easy access to courses that utilize these classical analytic methods, 
and they generally have adequate exposure to such methods before 
deciding upon a graduate program. However, students interested in 
algebraic and discrete mathematical approaches have fewer doors visibly 
open to them, and indeed may not even know that they exist. There is a 
general lack of awareness in the academic community for the critical 
impact of such approaches on contemporary biology and there is an urgent 
need to develop educational resources highlighting this growing trend. 
Our 2.5-day workshop will bring together a diverse group of faculty from 
the field of algebraic and discrete mathematical biology to address this 
need by: 1) surveying existing educational resources in discrete and 
algebraic mathematical biology; 2) identifying topics appropriate for 
undergraduates not yet featured in the existing literature; 3) 
identifying target courses in the mathematics and biology curricula that 
would benefit most from featuring those topics; 4) initiating the 
development of new curricular materials and ultimately publishing the 
materials for those topics; 5) facilitating the growth of a community of 
faculty actively involved in creating and using curricular resources for 
algebraic mathematical biology.

*Location: *NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

*Co-Organizers: *Raina Robeva, Mathematics, Randolph-Macon College, VA; 
Matthew Macauley, Mathematical Sciences, Clemson Univ., SC; and John 
Jungck, Biological Sciences, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational 
Biology, Univ. of Delaware

For more information about the workshop and a link to the online 
application form, go to http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/WS_mathbio

Participation in the workshop is by application only. Individuals with a 
strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and successful 
applicants will be notified within two weeks of the application 
deadline. If needed, financial support for travel, meals, and lodging is 
available for workshop attendees.

*Application deadline:* April 25, 2016

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from 
around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to 
investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life 
sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, with 
additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


////////***************************** //
////Catherine Crawley, Ph.D. //
////Communications Manager//
////National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) //
////University of Tennessee //
////1122 Volunteer Blvd, Ste. 106//
////Knoxville, TN 37996//
////e ccrawley from nimbios.org //
////t +1 865 974 9350 <tel:+1%20865%20974%209350> //
////f +1 865 974 9461 <tel:+1%20865%20974%209461> //
////http://www.nimbios.org //
////http://www.facebook.com/nimbios //
////http://twitter.com/nimbios //
////To receive email notifications of blog updates, click here 
<http://www.nimbios.org/wordpress/subscribe2updates/> //
////To subscribe to our bi-monthly newsletter, click here 

More information about the Bionews mailing list

Send comments to us at biosci-help [At] net.bio.net