The planning committee for the Quantitative Biology Consortium held its second summer workshop, Quantitative Biology: Curriculum and Institutional at the Math/Biology Interface, July 21-24, 2008, at HHMI headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD. Thirty-two institutions each with a team consisting of a biologist and a mathematician participated in the workshop. Keynote speakers, A. Malcolm Campbell, Ph.D., Davidson College, addressed the vision of quantitative biology for the 21st century undergraduate; and, Mary Ann Horn, National Science Foundation (NSF), provided an overview of NSF's training opportunities from undergraduate education to retrain researchers involved in interdisciplinary research.
A major outcome from the first summer workshop in July 2007 was the establishment of three working groups. Each group was charged with preparing a white paper on an aspect of the integration of math and biology into undergraduate education. The groups presented the following white papers for discussion:
- Incorporating biological problems into mathematics courses
- Biology/mathematics interdisciplinary majors and minors
- Incorporating mathematics into biology courses
Additionally, four institutions were invited to present talks which highlighted educational websites and models; and, the development and implementation of pedagogical tools and resources. Concurrent sessions and posters were presented as well to explore ways to enhance quantitative skills.