We are a decade into the twenty-first century and 2010 has arrived. What progress has been made in addressing the challenges laid down in the National Research Council of the National Academies’ call to action: BIO2010: TRANSFORMING UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION FOR FUTURE RESEARCH BIOLOGISTS?
This conference will celebrate significant progress made by the mutual effort of biologists and mathematicians in the development of new curricular materials, majors, collaborative research initiatives, national institutes, professional development workshops, journals, national science digital libraries, awards, etc. These initiatives have been funded by grant agencies such as NSF, HHMI, NIH, and Sloan as well as by professional societies including: AAAS, AIBS, MAA, SMB, ASM, BSA, and ASCB. In addition to celebrating the progress and investment of considerable resources, we want to plan how should we address recent reports: AAAS Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education (2010), A New Biology for the 21st Century (2009), Towards 2020 Science (2006), Stoichiometry and the New Biology: The Future Is Now (2007), Fostering Learning in the Networked World: The Cyberlearning Opportunity and Challenge; A 21st Century Agenda for the National Science Foundation. Report of the NSF Task Force on Cyberlearning (2008), Math and Bio 2010: Linking Undergraduate Disciplines (2005), The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery (2009), Linking Big: The Continuing Promise of Evolutionary Synthesis (2009), and Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians: Report of the AAMC-HHMI Committee (2009). Educators and scientists are invited to attend this celebration which will showcase some of the best collaborative initiatives to have emerged over the past seven years and chart a path for the future.
Adam P. Fagen, Senior Program Officer, Board on Life Sciences, National Research Council of the National Academies
John R. Jungck, Vice President, International Union of Biological Sciences, Chairperson, NRC/NAS U.S. National Committee of IUBS, and Mead Chair of the Sciences, Beloit College
Holly Gaff, Chairperson, SIGMAA Bio section of the Mathematics Association of America, and Assistant Professor, School of Community and Environmental Health, College of Life Sciences, Old Dominion University
Financial support for the conference is from the Society for Mathematical Biology, the National Institute for Mathematical Biology Synthesis Center (NIMBioS), and numerous agencies and institutions supporting the work of individual presenters.
Registration and information: http://bioquest.org/beyondbio2010/