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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 and associated research and educational conference, co-hosted by UT and its National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS).

Some of the scheduled talks include the following:

The conference includes talks from six plenary speakers, including Michio Kondoh from Ryukoku University in Japan. Kondoh won the society’s prestigious Akira Okubo Prize last year.

“SMB 2012 provides an excellent opportunity for researchers and educators at all levels of experience to share their enthusiasm for addressing important biological problems through the use of mathematics,” said NIMBioS Director Louis Gross.

For more information and abstracts of speakers’ topics, visit the SMB 2012 website.

NIMBioS brings together researchers from around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life sciences. It is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Agriculture, with additional support from UT. For more information, visit

C O N T A C T :

Catherine Crawley (865-974-9350, ccrawley@nimbios.or

Whitney Heins (865-974-5460,