General Consortium Discussions
IMAG Special Presentation
NIMBioS: a National Institute fostering Research and Education at the interface of Mathematics and Biology
Louis J. Gross - Director, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS.org) Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Thursday July 7, 2011 Media:NIMBioIMAGTalk2011.ppt
Tuesday Jan 17, 2012 Media:NIMBioSNIHTalkJan2012.ppt
A unique collaboration of federal agencies is sponsoring a national center that is fostering new research that applies mathematics and computational science to diverse problems in the life sciences. The National Science Foundation, US Department of Homeland Security and US Department of Agriculture are formal sponsoring agencies, with additional support from the National Center for Medical Intelligence. I will describe the variety of methods used at NIMBioS to foster interdisciplinary research to address fundamental as well as applied questions in biology, with a particular focus on efforts in animal infectious diseases. Research activities at NIMBioS are chosen through a community-driven process whereby requests for NIMBioS support are submitted by the broad scientific research community and vetted through an external advisory board. Project requests are assessed based upon their potential for developing transformative science, responding to national needs, and incorporation of an interdisciplinary perspective requiring expertise across the mathematical and life sciences. Activities supported include Working Groups which meet several times over the course of two years, Investigative Workshops, Tutorials focused on quantitative topics of interest to biologists, and short-term visits to support collaborations with NIMBioS resident scholars and others. NIMBioS sponsors an array of educational activities from K-12 projects through postdoctoral and sabbatical fellowship opportunities, and I will provide a glimpse of these as well.
National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee report on Modeling and Simulation
Though the report is focused on manufacturing and materials modeling, the modeling issues and challenges are the same as those we discuss in IMAG, MSM and the POPMOD SIG for biomedical, biological, and behavioral systems. The report is still open for public input on a range of issues including barriers, opportunities, education and training, supply chain capabilities etc.
Feedback Site: http://opennstc.ideascale.com/
National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA)
Description: At the request of Congressman J. Randy Forbes and the Congressional Modeling & Simulation Caucus, NTSA has created “A Primer on Modeling and Simulation: The World of M&S,” a 25-page booklet intended to give the average layperson an understanding of Modeling & Simulation and its history, applications, value and potential.
More Information: http://www.trainingsystems.org/