MBBM – Creating Case Based Curriculum at the Intersection of Biology and Mathematics
Creating Case Based Curriculum at the Intersection of Biology and Mathematics
Group – Pat Marsteller, John Pelesko, John Jungck, Margaret Waterman
History – Builds on two prior HHMI sponsored meetings (ETSU 2007 and HHMI 2008) See http://wikifuse.pbwiki.com/HHMIQuantBioMiniGrant
Goal – Bring together teams of biologists and mathematicians to develop case based and PBL-like exercises for education in biology, mathematics, and quantitative biology. Hidden goal – help students see the connections between mathematics and biology. Attract students to the area of
mathematical or quantitative biology.
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Format – 3 1/2 day workshop
Participants – Approximately 24 attendees, organized into groups of 4. Each team will contain two biologists, two mathematicians, and representatives from at least two different institutions.
Sponsors – Emory, UD, HHMI, SMB, Southeast’s Godwin Center, BQ, Others???
Two Project Model – Adopt & Adapt, New Project Participants will both see materials that exist and create new materials for their needs.
Special Features – Meeting will include talks by researchers working at the intersection of mathematics and biology. (Try to get Alain Goriely – http://math.arizona.edu/~goriely/)
Tentative Schedule –
daily goals | Tues 7/15What’s out there, learning about cases and linking math and bio, adapt and adopt | Wed 7/16Reporting on early work, group formation, project definition, sharing current work from home | Thur 7/17Work on projects, planning for assessment and implementation | Fri 7/18Reporting on second project, planning for implementatino, planning for ongoing communication |
8:30 | Introductions | Work time | Discussion: assessment issues (30-45 minutes) | Big presentations |
10 ish (includes break of 30 min) | Try it out: Do a case and use a math tool (TBA) to investigate that case (case and tool given) | 10:30 Small presentations on first project | Work time and consultative interviews with groups | Wrap up and closure |
12-1:30 | Lunch | Lunch | Lunch | |
1:30-2:30 | Talk: John PeleskoMath-bio | Speaker (maybe Alain G?) | Discussion: Implementation issues | |
2:30-5 (includes break of 30 min) | Adapt and Adopt: Choose one of 8 cases and one of 8 tools and develop an application | Long intros: Who we participants are and what we hope to accomplishStart second project: choose own math and biology projct to develop.Help groups form | Work time and technical assistance as needed | |
4 or 5 – 6 pm | Talk: John JungckBio-math | 4:30-6 Reception and posters to share of what doing at own institution in QB | Work time |
Local Arrangements – Pat Marstellar
Key things to do –
- Develop a menu of at least 10 cases for adopt & adapt
- Invite speakers/participants
- Review outcomes from prior meetings
- Find other sponsors?
Cases for Adopt & Adapt
Case area ideas |
Math area ideas |
Ecology |
SIR model |
Evolution |
Logistic growth |
Developmental bio |
Logarithms |
Molecular biology |
Calculus/ rates |
Cell biology |
Statistics/ hypothesis testing |
Organismal biology |
Discrete mathematics |
Physiology |
Geometry |
Genetics |
Transcendentals |
Note – We need cases that span a wide range of mathematics, for example, transcendental functions, discrete mathematics, statistics, etc. and that focus on different parts of biology
Subgoal for SCOPE 2009 – Develop at least one case for the adopt/adapt portion of the meeting. As a nucleus we’ll use a case developed by John P. involving invasive species.
How about including linear algebra (vectors, matrices, etc.) in the Math area ideas?
08 Jan 2009 at 11:25 am
Quantitative biology live! (As in SNL)
09 Jan 2009 at 12:56 pm
If you are interested in biology areas where to apply math then I would certainly suggest/support neuroscience.
09 Jan 2009 at 1:04 pm