Body of Numbers: Inaugural Conference on Quantitative Approaches in Biology brings together interdisciplinary scholars to explore the rules of life

By Roger Anderson

“Mathematics is poised to change the way we study biology,” said Richard Carthew, director of Northwestern’s new NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology. He delivered opening remarks November 16 at the inaugural Conference on Quantitative Approaches in Biology in Evanston.William Kath, co-director of Northwestern’s NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology and a professor of engineering sciences and applied mathematics, introduces attendees to Bennett Goldberg, Denise Dran, and Fruma Yehiely, who led a workshop on team science.

Just six months after Northwestern received one of four highly competitive $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund research that uses mathematics to describe and analyze the development of living organisms, the University hosted more than 200 scholars for a two-day summit. The conference featured a guest speaker series, a workshop on collaboration in team science, a roundtable discussion, networking opportunities, a poster session, and an undergraduate research competition.

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