18 January, 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/worksho
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.
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