Explore ways to integrate undergraduate course material in mathematics into analytical biological laboratory and field activities using computer-based models, simulations, databases, and tools.

Biological Aftermath: Weaving Mathematical Modeling into Biology Major Programs

University of Chicago

September 6-9, 2001
Conference begins Thursday evening and ends early Sunday afternoon

Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Biological
Sciences Learning Center

924 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Workshop Organizers are mathematical biologists:

John R. Jungck, Beloit College (Biology)
Jennifer Foss, University of Chicago (Biology)

Preliminary workshop schedule is now available!

Collaborate with other biologists, mathematicians, and curriculum reformers to develop mathematical biological problem solving experiences for students and field test new learning strategies that build upon:

- Biological applications of mathematics
- Interaction between undergraduate reform in both mathematics (C-ODE-E) and biology ( BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium)
- Problem solving approaches
- Real time data acquisition, modeling, bioinformatics, and digital video microscopy to introduce quantitative analysis into your classroom
- Investigative, case-based learning
- Bioinformatics, Neurobiology
- Ecological modeling; Chaos
- Calculus, Discrete Math, Statistics
- Software simulations

Workshop Speakers also include:

Danny Kaplan, Macalester College(Mathematics)
John Milton, University of Chicago (Medicine)
Janet Anderson, Hope College (Mathematics)
Bill Wimsatt, University of Chicago (Philosophy)
Arnie Ostebee, St. Olaf College (Mathematics)
Ethel Stanley, BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium
Sam Donovan, BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium

Software, books, course materials, private campus rooms and all meals will be provided. This workshop is funded by a grant from the Pew Midstates Colleges Science and Mathematics Consortium.

Modest travel support is available. If you are not driving and you want travel support, please make all travel arrangements through Jan Kaput at Hamilton Travel (1-800-348-7285) in Grinnell, Iowa. They have an account directly with the Pew Midstates Colleges S & M Consortium office.


To apply for the Pew Midstates Workshop in Mathematical Biology and arrange housing, please address the following questions in a brief letter or email to:

Dr. Jennifer Foss
University of Chicago
Biological Sciences Collegiate Division
924 E. 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

We prefer electronic submissions to: <foss@midway.uchicago.edu>
and please cc: <bioquest@beloit.edu>


 1. What objectives for your biology or mathematics curricula do you hope to address at this workshop? Please share any specific concerns and/or resources that you feel would help you meet your students' educational needs at this workshop.
 2. What courses have you taught or are you currently teaching?
 3. What kinds of open-ended or problem-solving activities do you currently include in your courses?
 4. Have you participated in curriculum reform efforts? If so, in what way?
 5. How do you anticipate sharing what you will learn at this workshop with your colleagues?

A collaborative workshop approach by:

BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium

Biological Sciences Collegiate Division, University of Chicago


updated 8/28/01