The extreme self-sacrificial behavior found in suicide bombers and soldiers presents an evolutionary puzzle: how can a trait that calls for an individual to make the ultimate sacrifice, especially in defense of a group of non-family members, persist over evolutionary time?
February 12 marks the 208th birthday of Charles Darwin, the biologist who shaped the way scientists study life on earth.
In the upside-down world of the pipefish, sexual selection appears to work in reverse, with flashy females battling for males who bear the pregnancy and carry their young to term in their brood pouch. But new research from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) shows even more factors appear to play a
Learning between human social groups may be key to sustaining the environment, according to a new study that uses mathematical modeling to understand what factors most influence societies to conserve natural resources. Researchers at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), based at UT, conducted the research.
UT students are invited to learn about topology—the twists, turns and knots in mathematics—and how it can be applied in real-life situations on Thursday, October 27. The 5:30 to 7 p.m. session will be in the Hallam Auditorium of the Claxton Education Building. It is free and open to undergraduates. Free pizza will be provided.
A noted entomologist, nature photographer and explorer will speak at UT on Tuesday, October 11. Mark Moffett, also known as Doctor Bugs, will present a lecture exploring the connection between social identity and the evolution of societies. He is a research associate in entomology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.
A new national institute has been established at UT to provide independent evaluations of research and education programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The institute also will generate new knowledge about the ways in which integrated STEM programs function successfully.
Dig for fossils and learn about geologic time with a new computer game developed by undergraduate students at the UT-based National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). Three students developed the computer simulation game under the co-leadership of Susan Riechert, Distinguished Service Professor in the UT Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
UT’s College of Engineering, the School of Art, JICS and NIMBioS have teamed with the National Park Service on a new app dedicated to mapping species.
The Knoxville News Sentinel recently interviewed UT’s Colleen Jonsson who this summer is overseeing a group of undergraduate students from across the country who are using mathematical modeling to study how hantavirus spreads.
When early terrestrial animals began moving about on mud and sand 360 million years ago, the powerful tails they used as fish may have been more important than scientists previously realized. That’s one conclusion from a new study by a multidisciplinary team from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Clemson University, Carnegie Mellon University and the
Analysis by NIMBioS researchers suggests that the majority of bacteria in mice subjects are actively replicating, challenging a widely held notion about a fatal animal disease.