January 11 2012

12:00 LSB 2320

Louis Gross
NIMBioS, & Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology & Mathematics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Mathematics and Life Science Education: Promoting Interdisciplinarity


Biology continues to become ever more quantitative. Students who wish to comprehend current theory, design and analyze new experiments, and utilize with understanding new technological tools require more quantitative training than most obtain through formal quantitative courses. At the same time, students with strong interests in mathematics may not be exposed early in their education to the plethora of exciting opportunities to apply the quantitative methods they are learning about. How can we improve our curricular offerings to enhance the opportunities for all our students to develop an interdisciplinary perspective? How can we reinforce the importance of quantitative approaches for life science students, so that they don't see math courses as simply a hurdle to get over? What methods can we use to help students to become "fearless users" of the new technologies that have allowed us to much more readily carry out quantitative analysis in biology? In concordance with the Bio2010 Report and the recent NSF/AAAS Conference on Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education, we will explore possibilities of a multi-pronged approach to integrate quantitative ideas throughout the curriculum.











































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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