Math & Bio 2010: Linking Undergraduate Disciplines envisages a new
educational paradigm in which the disciplines of mathematics and biology,
currently quite separate, will be productively linked in the undergraduate
science programs of the twenty-first century. As a science, biology depends
increasingly on data, algorithms and models; in virtually every respect, it is
becoming more quantitative, more computational and more mathematical. While
these trends are related, they are not the same; they represent, rather, three
different perspectives on what many are calling the "new biology."
All three methods -quantitative, computational, mathematical-are spreading
across the entire landscape of biological science, from molecular to cellular,
organismic, and ecological. The aim of this volume is to alert members of both
communities-biological and mathematical-to the expanding and exciting challenges
of interdisciplinary work in these fields.
Math & Bio 2010 grew out of Meeting the Challenges: Education Across the
Biological, Mathematical, and Computer Sciences, a joint project of the MAA, the
American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Society
for Microbiology. It was funded by the National Science Foundation Division of
Undergraduate Education and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
Representatives from the biological and mathematical sciences interested in
strengthening interdisciplinary efforts in undergraduate education met to
discuss opportunities and challenges presented by recent changes in biology.
Discussion leaders at the initial project meeting wrote several of the articles
in this volume.
Pages: 161 pages
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