Implementing Biology Across The Mathematics CurriculumA TwoDay Short Course: Wednesday and Thursday, August 12, 2007Many mathematics educators are faced with the challenge that the majority of students enrolled in their classes are from the life sciences writ broadly (biology, allied health, environmental sciences, agriculture, etc.), while most mathematicians have very little background in the life sciences themselves. Therefore, the MAA has chosen to meet this year in combination with the joint meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology and the Japanese Society for Mathematical Biology. This short course, while preceding MathFest, is concurrent with those joint meetings and has the advantage that participants will not only be able to be involved in the short course, they will also be able to attend the plenary lectures of those societies during those days as guests of those societies at no additional cost. Besides the Society for Mathematical Biology and the SIGMAA on Mathematical Biology, the individual lecturers in the short course also represent several organizations committed to the inclusion of much more mathematics in biology education and much more biology in mathematics education: the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium (in particular, several of its projects: NUMBERS COUNT! (Numerical Undergraduate Mathematical Biology Education: exploRing with Statistics, Computation, mOdeling, and qUaNtitative daTa); the Biological ESTEEM Project (Excel® Simulations and Tools for Exploratory, Experiential Mathematics); the BEDROCK Project (Bioinformatics Education Dissemination: Reaching Out, Connecting, and Knittingtogether) ); and CoMBiNe (the Computational and Mathematical Biology Network). Biological subjects will include evolution, ecology, epidemiology, biometrics, genetics, bioinformatics, microbiology, and biochemistry. Mathematical subjects will include probability and statistics, linear algebra, differential equations, combinatorics, number theory, graph theory, and geometry. The examples employed will be appropriate for inclusion in courses aimed at the first two years of the undergraduate curriculum and will serve as an entrè for introducing mathematicians to many current avenues of research in mathematical biology as well. 

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