# BioMath Circle

# Purpose

The Biomath Circle facilitates collaborations between life science and mathematics faculty members by providing a forum to discuss teaching approaches, projects, and course materials that can help improve the quantitative training of life science undergraduates.

# Nature of the Circle

Life science and mathematics faculty members come together for lunch-time discussions and presentations that help identify ways to integrate mathematics content into upper-division life science courses and curricula. BioMath Circle meetings are facilitated by a mathematics Teaching Postdoc and a life science faculty member.

# Context

The BioMath Circle is part of an effort to make the undergraduate biology curriculum at the University of Arizona more quantitative. The need for such an intervention is described in many recent publications, including those quoted below.

- Recommendation #2 from BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for
Future Research Biologists:
"Concepts, examples, and techniques from mathematics, and the physical and information sciences should be included in biology courses, and biological concepts and examples should be included in other science courses. Faculty in biology, mathematics, and physical sciences must work collaboratively to find ways of integrating mathematics and physical sciences into life science courses as well as providing avenues for incorporating life science examples that reflect the emerging nature of the discipline into courses taught in mathematics and physical sciences."

- Overarching competency for students entering medical school, from a recent report by the AAMC-HHMI Committee, entitled
Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians:
"Competency E1: Apply quantitative reasoning and appropriate mathematics to describe or explain phenomena in the natural world."

# Project team

The BioMath Circle is organized by the BioMath Committee and the Institute for Mathematics and Education at the University of Arizona, with funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Faculty members in charge of Circle activities are listed below.

- Andrew Hausrath (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
- Joceline Lega (Mathematics)
- Lynne Oland (Neuroscience)
- Joe Watkins (Mathematics)
- Esther Widiasih (Mathematics)

# Past Programs

Meetings are typically held from noon to 2pm, at the Institute for Mathematics and Education, Gould-Simpson building, Room 849.

## Spring 2012

**Biochemistry**

Thursday, March 8th

Thursday, April 19th

**MATLAB GUIs**

Thursday, March 3rd**Neuroscience**

Wednesday, March 9th

Wednesday April 6th

## Fall 2012

**Undergraduates with a major or minor in quantitative biology**

Friday, November 30th

## Spring 2013

**Wednesday, February 13th****Wednesday, March 20th****Wednesday, March 27th****Wednesday, April 3rd****Wednesday, April 10th****Wednesday, April 17th****Wednesday, April 24th**