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[Molecular-modelling] Call for Applications: Algebraic and Discrete Biological Models for Undergraduate Courses, a NIMBioS Tutorial

Catherine Crawley via molmodel%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Thu Dec 19 11:02:50 EST 2013

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Tutorial, "Algebraic and
Discrete Biological Models for Undergraduate Courses," to be held June
18-20, 2014, at NIMBioS.

*Objectives: *This workshop will bring together faculty from both
mathematics and biology to learn algebraic and discrete approaches to
problems from modern biology including gene regulation, gene
identification, RNA folding, phylogenetics, and metabolic pathway
analysis. The objectives are three-fold:

    (i) Participants will be introduced to the importance of algebraic
and discrete methods and models in modern biology, as an alternative to
classical continuous methods based on calculus and differential
equations. They will learn how to use such methods and/or build and
analyze models in the context of the tutorial's topics and will work in
small groups to experience how to use the methodology to describe,
simulate, and analyze the relevant biological systems.
    (ii) Participants will be exposed to software that implements the
mathematical methods, aids visualization, and facilitates the
computations and analyses.
    (iii) Participants will learn of existing curricular resources
related to the tutorial's topics, including exercises, projects,
solution guidelines, and/or computer code and data. They will receive
guidance on how the tutorial materials may fit into mathematics and
biology courses or be used as an introduction to independent studies or
undergraduate research.

Interactive lectures with quick exercises on each topic will be followed
by structured hands-on activities. In addition, participants will be
able to customize their tutorial experience by opting for lectures and
activities at two different levels: introductory and advanced.

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

*Co-Organizers: *Raina Robeva, Mathematical Sciences, Sweet Briar
College; Robin Davies, Biology, Sweet Briar College; Terrell Hodge,
Mathematics, Western Michigan Univ.; and Matthew Macauley, Mathematical
Sciences, Clemson Univ.

For more information about the tutorial and a link to the online
application form, go to http://nimbios.org/tutorials/TT_mathbio

There are no fees associated with this tutorial. Tutorial participation
in the tutorial is by application only. Individuals with a strong
interest in the topic, including post-docs and graduate students, 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 tutorial attendees.

*Application deadline:* February 28, 2014

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, the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of
Agriculture with additional support from The University of Tennessee,

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
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