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A National Science Foundation grant renewal for a high profile national research center at UT, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis or NIMBioS, has been featured in hundreds of news outlets including Reuters, the AP, and Knoxville News Sentinel. The institute uses mathematics to study biological issues has received a second $18.6 million renewal grant. “We have a particular interest in livestock diseases in species of special concern, like there is a bat modeling group here that is looking at how to potentially monitor the spread of white-nose syndrome,” said Lou Gross, the center’s director.