In the age of Big Data, students in biology must grapple with mathematical models, tools, and insights as they engage in the study of biological science. As science and technology advance, the rapid acquisition of biological data at scales previously unimagined frames an evolving intersection between mathematics and biology. The use of data in our courses must be accompanied by opportunities to develop quantitative reasoning and familiarity with mathematical models.
This workshop is for faculty interested in addressing the gap between mathematics and its application in biological problem solving.
To support the observation, experimentation and modeling of data, the Numbers Count workshop will provide an introduction to data, tools, and curricular materials for use with undergraduates. We will also address the lack of context that impedes student learning—students rightfully ask themselves why should they need to integrate arcsin x if they want to become a physician?
Join us as we work in small groups to explore mathematical modeling and visualization with data at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in May 2009!