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Mathematics and the Life Sciences: Initiatives, programs, curricula

Special issue

Interested in contributing an article

 The journal PRIMUS announces a special issue to showcase innovative instructional ideas at the interface of mathematics and the life sciences at the undergraduate level. Raina Robeva (Sweet Briar College), Carrie Eaton (Unity College), and Timothy Comar (Benedictine University) will guest edit the special issue. This special issue will be aligned with the Contributed Paper Sessions on this topic at MathFest 2018 and the Joint Mathematics Meetings in 2019.

This PRIMUS Special Issue will highlight initiatives, programs, and curricula at the interface of mathematics and the life sciences that have been implemented and tested successfully at institutions across the United States. Contributions from large research-oriented universities, small liberal arts colleges, and any other public or private institutional types are welcome. The Issue will feature a variety of curricular materials and ideas available to faculty who seek to initiate curriculum reforms at their schools by adopting or adapting existing examples. Special emphasis will be placed on scalability and portability of ideas and programs across institutions.

This PRIMUS Special Issue is sponsored by the Special Interest Group on Mathematical and Computational Biology of the Mathematical Association of America (BIO SIGMAA).

Although papers dealing with any aspect of incorporating, assessing, and documenting an interdisciplinary instruction at the interface of mathematics with the life sciences are welcome, the editors particularly encourage papers that address one or more of the following themes:

  1. Theoretical and/or pedagogical frameworks and examples for integrating life sciences research in the mathematics curriculum;
  2. Theoretical and/or pedagogical frameworks and examples for integrating mathematical models and approaches in the life sciences curriculum;
  3. Ways of integrating in the undergraduate classroom, and their educational effects, preferably with conclusions based on classroom experiments;
  4. Design, use, and/or assessment of teaching and learning materials at the interface of mathematics and the life sciences;
  5. Comparison of educational effects for life sciences majors from traditional mathematics courses vs. interdisciplinary variants involving the life sciences;
  6. Results from adopting innovative approaches to teaching mathematics material to students majoring in the life sciences;
  7. Surveys on existing uses of curricula, textbooks, and/or classrooms at the undergraduate level that blend mathematics with the life sciences.

Submissions will be accepted until September 30, 2019

Papers submitted to this Special Issue must underscore curricula centered on the symbiosis of mathematics and the life sciences and meet the journal’s standards of excellence.  All papers will go through the usual journal referee process and only those recommended by the referees and selected by the guest editors may be published in the Special Issue.  Papers for Special Issues are normally about 10 pages long, although there is some flexibility. Supplementary materials, such as appendices and color illustrations, may be published in the online version. All papers must be submitted through the online submission system.  The main journal website at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/upri20/current has a link for authors and submissions on the lefthand side, and the direct link to the online submission system is: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/upri. During the upload process, please indicate that the paper is to be considered for the Special Issue Mathematics and the Life Sciences: Initiatives, programs, curricula.

We also extend a call for referees for the special issue, especially those who have significant interest and experience in the themes provided.

For more information, please contact:

Special Issue Guest Editors:

PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, is a refereed journal published by Taylor and Francis.  See http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/10511970.asp for more information.

PRIMUS Editors-in-Chief

*Note: The deadline for this Special Issue has been extended to September 30, 2019. We welcome your manuscripts!