Calculus, Zombies, Community, and QUBES

By Carrie Diaz Eaton

Unity College

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At the interface of mathematics and biology emerges not only new research, but also a resurging call for education to meet the demands of this research.  Reports suggest foundational courses in both statistics and calculus for the biology of the 21st century, as well as quantitative integration into the curriculum. I will discuss some approaches to determining the content and delivery structure.  Then I will discuss the support those who might teach it.  QUBES (Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis) hosted a recent summit of mathematical biology educators and representatives from institutions and professional societies to identify urgent areas of need to move quantitative biology education forward - continuous faculty support.  QUBES is an NSF funded project designed to advance quantitative biology education, primarily by offering a community of integrated faculty support.  I will discuss the context of the issues facing both the mathematical and biology education community, and discuss QUBES, its founding, and its mission to address the needs of today’s faculty at the interface of biology and mathematics.

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