HHMI Quantitative Biology Conference

June 11 – 14, 2013  

Emory University  


Tuesday June 11, 2013

12-2:00 pm Quantitative Biology (QB) Registration – Math and Science Center  #1131 on Campus Map Room E 208

Note: See all building locations on campus map below.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm  Welcome Pat Marsteller, Emory University – MSC E 208

HHMI Quantitative Biology Past and Future: Lessons Learned, Progress, and Prospects  Panelists include:

  • Pat Marsteller, Emory University
  • Gilberto Schleiniger, University of Delaware
  • Dave Usher, University of Delaware
  • Joe Watkins, University of Arizona

5:00 Dinner   Cox Hall #3210 on Campus Map  Cox Ballroom


On our way to the Cox Hall dinner and the BioQUEST problem spaces presentations, Pat poses by delphiniums!

6:00 – 8:00 Powerpoint Poster Session BioQUEST Faculty Workshop (Quantitative Biology Conference participants welcome!) Cox Ballroom

Group posters include a section on data and quantitative reasoning skills used in exploring the problem space.

Wednesday June 12, 2013 HHMI Quantitative Biology

7:30 -8:30 am Breakfast  White Hall #1380 on Campus Map (WH) Lobby



8:30 am QB Conference Fostering Figuring and Fascination: Engagement in Aesthetic Appreciation of Biology and Mathematics – John R. Jungck, University of Delaware WH 205

9:30 am – 11:00 am  QB Panel Overview of Session Workshops  Math and Science Building #1131 on Campus Map (MSC) E 208

11:30 pm  Lunch  MSC Atrium



1:30 – 3:30 pm QB Session A

1. Case-IT – Mark Bergland & Karen Klyczek, University of Wisconsin – River Falls  MSC W 501

2. MathBench – Kaci Thompson and Kären Nelson, University of Maryland  MSC W 502

4:00 pm  Dine Out (Emory Village and Emory Point)

Thursday June 13, 2013


8:00 – 8:45 am Breakfast  School of Medicine (James B Williams Medical Education Building) #1020 on Campus Map SOM Atrium


Sharing a few van der Waals equations for protein folding.

9 – 11:00 am Session B Workshops


1. Crowdsourcing Games for  Biological Research–  Pravin Muthu, Emory University  MSC W 501


2. Searching for New Antibiotics Using Digital Images of Infected Worms [Cell Profiler] – Mark-Anthony Bray, Imaging Platform, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard  SOM 313

3. Quantifying the Flu (ppt)– Pat Marsteller & Drew Kohlhorst, Emory MSC W 502


Group Projects:

Links to datasets

DASL (pronounced “dazzle”) is an online library of datafiles and stories that illustrate the use of basic statistics methods. Stories are classified according to statistical methods and major topics of interest.

http://biostat.mc.vanderbilt.edu/twiki/bin/view/Main/DataSets?CGISESSID=10713f6d891653ddcbb7ddbdd9cffb79 Mostly medical or epidemiological datasets. Includes the Titanic survival data set. The data are mostly in R format, although some are in excel. Frank Harrell, Vanderbilt Medical Center.

11:30 am Lunch MSC Atrium
1:00 – 3:00 pm Session C Workshops

1. ESTEEM: Excel Simulations and Tools,  Tony Weisstein, Truman University MSC W 501

2.  Molecular Malaria: Plasmodium Problem Space – Sam Donovan, University of Pittsburgh MSC W 502


3. Shaping the Future of the PKAL Atlanta Regional Network –  Panel Discussion led by Pamela Gore, Georgia Perimeter College  MSC E 208

3:30-4:30 pm HHMI QB Poster Session; Dobbs University Center #1010 on the Campus Map  (DUC) Winship Ballroom

5:00 Dinner  Dine Out – Emory Village and Emory Point

Tornado warning in Atlanta provides special bonding time for BioQUEST and Quantitative Biology participants in the womens bathroom on Thursday night!

Friday June 14, 2013

8:30 am Breakfast  MSC Atrium
9 – 11:00 am QB Session D

1.  Be the Match: Excel Simulation for Exploring HLA Donors   – Claudia Neuhauser, University of Minnesota Rochester   SOM 313

2.  Gapminder – Drew Kohlhorst, Emory University and Ethel Stanley, BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium  MSC W 501 & MSC W 502

3. PULSE Fellows Moving from Vision to Change – Nitya Jacob, Oxford College; Judy Awong-Taylor, Georgia Gwinnett College and Karen Klyczek, UW – River Falls  MSC E 208

11:30 – 12:30 pm Lunch  MSC Atrium


12:45 pm – 2:15 pm   QB Keynote –Putting It All Together: An Integrated View of Life Science Curriculum  Lou Gross, NIMBioS, University of Tennessee MSC E 208 


2:15 -2:30  Closing and Evaluations


Emory Campus Map showing conference locations: Dorm, SOM, and DUC in upper center and WH and MSC in the lower left.