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Mathematical Biology Education: Beyond Calculus

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Science  31 Jul 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5940, pp. 542-543
DOI: 10.1126/science.1176016

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In 2003, the National Research Council's BIO2010 report recommended aggressive curriculum restructuring to educate the “quantitative biologists” of the future (1). The number of undergraduate and graduate programs in mathematical and computational biology has since increased, and some institutions have added courses in mathematical biology related to biomedical research (2, 3). The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health are funding development workshops and discussion forums for faculty (4, 5), research-related experiences (6, 7), and specialized research conferences in mathematical biology for students (8, 9).