Sweet Briar Professors’ Biomathematics Paper Stands Out

| February 7, 2011
A paper co-written by biology professor Robin Davies and mathematical sciences professor Raina Robeva has been selected for inclusion in the “Highlights of 2010” issue of CBE-Life Sciences Education.

Robeva and Davies wrote the paper, “Mathematical Biology Modules Based on Modern Molecular Biology and Modern Discrete Mathematics,” with co-authors Terrell Hodge, formerly of Sweet Briar and now of Western Michigan University, and Alexander Enyedi, also of Western Michigan. The paper was originally published in the Fall 2010 issue; Volume 9, Issue 3 (pp. 227-240).

Editor-in-chief Erin L. Dolan wrote to the authors included in the Highlights issue, noting in the letter that because space is limited, the competition for inclusion is keen. “We consider many factors in selecting the articles for this issue, and you should be proud that your work is being featured,” Dolan said.

The paper describes an ongoing collaborative curriculum development project between Sweet Briar and Western Michigan, which is supported by a National Science Foundation grant awarded to Sweet Briar. In addition to presenting “modules under development that can be used with existing mathematics and biology courses,” the authors “address a critical national need to introduce students to mathematical methods beyond the interface of biology with calculus,” according to the abstract.

Read the full text here.

The paper is the second publication to result from research funded by the grant, which focuses on the need for “educational material demonstrating applications of modern discrete mathematics and algebraic statistics to pressing problems in molecular biology.”

CBE-Life Sciences Education is a publication of the American Society for Cell Biology.

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