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Published on March 30, 2008

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A talk on Truman's Mathematical Biology Program at the 2004 meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology
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Mathematical Biology at Truman Jason Miller, Ph.D. Division of Mathematics & Computer Science Truman State University 26 July 2004 [email_address] http://mathbio.truman.edu Society for Mathematical Biology, 2004

Jason Miller, Ph.D.

Division of Mathematics & Computer Science

Truman State University

26 July 2004

[email_address]

http://mathbio.truman.edu

Outline State two goals of Truman’s Mathematical Biology Initiative Describe Truman’s Mathematical Biology Initiative Detail our grant supported activities Speculate on our future

State two goals of Truman’s Mathematical Biology Initiative

Describe Truman’s Mathematical Biology Initiative

Detail our grant supported activities

Speculate on our future

Goal 2. Better prepare our undergraduates to seek careers and advanced degrees in this interdisciplinary area. 1. Create at Truman a self-sustaining community of faculty and students who are interested in “mathematical biology” Mathematics Statistics Computer Science Biology

Truman’s Mathematical Biology Initiative

Professional Societies

biweekly presentations by Truman faculty & some visiting speakers opened lines of communication revealed Capstone projects and opportunities for research collaboration began building a community MathBio Seminar

biweekly

presentations by Truman faculty & some visiting speakers

opened lines of communication

revealed Capstone projects and opportunities for research collaboration

began building a community

Professional Societies

 

mini-grant competition for summer interdisciplinary team research experiences course devel field trips (one per year) symposium in Summer ‘05 NSF UBM Supplement Generates excitement! + Mathbio Seminar

mini-grant competition for summer interdisciplinary team research experiences

course devel

field trips (one per year)

symposium in Summer ‘05

grant competition for interdisciplinary projects cross-disciplinary pair of mentors, cross-disciplinary pair of students project has potential for long-term cross-disciplinary collaboration submit substantial written proposal anonymous reviewers (local and external) summer funding (stipends, travel, supplies) Mini-grant Competition

grant competition

for interdisciplinary projects

cross-disciplinary pair of mentors, cross-disciplinary pair of students

project has potential for long-term cross-disciplinary collaboration

submit substantial written proposal

anonymous reviewers (local and external)

summer funding (stipends, travel, supplies)

Development of habitat suitability models to test how spatial scale influences predictions of occurrence patterns of the federally threatened, rare plant species, Missouri bladder-pod Lesquerella filiformis ( mini-grant ) Applications of Image Analysis to Cell Cycle Data Acquisition ( mini-grant ) Quantitative Identification of Bat Species via Acoustic Surveys Aerodynamic features of saccate pollen: Evolutionary implications for wind–pollinated plants Current Research Projects

Development of habitat suitability models to test how spatial scale influences predictions of occurrence patterns of the federally threatened, rare plant species, Missouri bladder-pod Lesquerella filiformis ( mini-grant )

Applications of Image Analysis to Cell Cycle Data Acquisition ( mini-grant )

Quantitative Identification of Bat Species via Acoustic Surveys

Aerodynamic features of saccate pollen: Evolutionary implications for wind–pollinated plants

Introduction to Modeling in Biology (Spring 2005) Bioinformatics (TBA) Research Practicum (Spring 2005) Programming for Scientists (TBA) Courses That following courses are under development:

Introduction to Modeling in Biology (Spring 2005)

Bioinformatics (TBA)

Research Practicum (Spring 2005)

Programming for Scientists (TBA)

9 undergrads + 4 faculty Kirksville to St. Louis, overnight Monsanto Donald Danforth Plant Science Center group discussions before and after Field Trip Next trip : Kansas City metro area

9 undergrads + 4 faculty

Kirksville to St. Louis, overnight

Monsanto

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

group discussions before and after

to share best practice in undergraduate mathematical biology (interdisciplinary) education to share and assess Truman’s efforts to sketch strategic plan for future Symposium (Summer ‘05) You’re invited!

to share best practice in undergraduate mathematical biology (interdisciplinary) education

to share and assess Truman’s efforts

to sketch strategic plan for future

MathBio Seminar: 100+ undergrads, 20+ faculty 9 faculty, 12 students engaged in mathbio research 8 faculty developing courses together stronger relationships with industry lots of faculty & student enthusiasm and “buy in” Successes

MathBio Seminar: 100+ undergrads, 20+ faculty

9 faculty, 12 students engaged in mathbio research

8 faculty developing courses together

stronger relationships with industry

lots of faculty & student enthusiasm and “buy in”

geographic isolation faculty are retooling “gentle” course reform & research based math courses (cf. Bio 2010 ; modules) sustainability Challenges

geographic isolation

faculty are retooling

“gentle” course reform & research based math courses (cf. Bio 2010 ; modules)

sustainability

use Truman’s new interdisciplinary major new biology faculty member (bioinformatics) support faculty to seek external funding for their own projects create a summer research community & program in the sciences Future

use Truman’s new interdisciplinary major

new biology faculty member (bioinformatics)

support faculty to seek external funding for their own projects

create a summer research community & program in the sciences

extended research experiences research projects generate course modules coordinated research community program (seminars & workshops) trips NSF UBM 2004 (Submitted last Spring.)

extended research experiences

research projects generate course modules

coordinated research community program (seminars & workshops)

trips

attract students to STEM fields through mathbio deeper curriculum reform (interdisciplinary) more serious assessment of undergraduate research program community colleges mathbio as a route to increase retention rate of women in CS NSF STEP 2004

attract students to STEM fields through mathbio

deeper curriculum reform (interdisciplinary)

more serious assessment of undergraduate research program

community colleges

mathbio as a route to increase retention rate of women in CS

Summary Truman is very actively pursuing the goal of preparing its students to work at the intersection of mathematics and biology using undergraduate research as a vehicle to get faculty to cross disciplinary boundaries works! the UBM program has provided resources and generated excitement You Can Do This!

Truman is very actively pursuing the goal of preparing its students to work at the intersection of mathematics and biology

using undergraduate research as a vehicle to get faculty to cross disciplinary boundaries works!

the UBM program has provided resources and generated excitement

Thank you

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