Here is where you can get information on what the IBA sponsors, e.g., academic journals, super-computer access, community courses. Some of these are available only to members.
Peer-Reviewed Academic Journals
The IBA publishes two open-access journals. Both employ a rigorous review process by experts in the field of mathematical biology, and IBA members received reduced article publication charges for both.
- Letters in Biomathematics uses a double-blind review process.
- Spora is focused on encouraging faculty-student collaborations to help foster young scientists.
Undergraduate Research Grant – BEAM
The IBA sponsors an undergraduate research grant program called Project BEAM (Biomathematics Education with Applications and Methods). Project BEAM provides funds to cultivate undergraduate research at member institutions. There are two funding tracks: one that requires institutional matching funds and one that supports faculty with no access to institutional research funding. Additionally, there is funding designated specifically for CURE participants that work with institutional member faculty mentors.
Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration – PEER
Partners in Extending Education and Research (PEER) is an interdisciplinary scholarly support service program that the Center for Collaborative Studies in Mathematical Biology and Intercollegiate Biomathematics Alliance (IBA) is offering to educators, researchers, and scholars of cross-disciplinary fields. The PEER Program matches you with a data scientist, statistician, applied mathematician, or computer scientist who will collaborate with you on completing your project with a higher level data-science expertise than what may be common in your own field.
Community Course Offerings
The IBA is proud to offer courses to all students at member institutions. These courses are shared across the IBA community and are recognized as credit-bearing towards the biomathematics degree at the member institution. An updated list of available courses can be found on the IBA Courses page.
Letters in Biomathematics (LiB) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles that describe mathematical and statistical techniques to solve problems in biological settings or that address the study of the teaching and learning at the intersection of mathematics and biology. LiB is published by the IBA, which sponsors its members who publish in LiB at substantially reduced publication fees. Visit LiB for more information on the journal’s content, manuscript submission information, and journal policies.
Spora: A Journal of Biomathematics is an open-access, refereed research journal dedicated to publishing high-quality manuscripts, written by graduate or undergraduate researchers during their time as students, that describe mathematical and statistical techniques to solve problems in biological settings. The IBA sponsors its membership to publish in Spora at reduced publication fees.
The IBA houses a high performance computer, “CLOUD for Layering, Organizing, and Utilizing Data” (IBA-CLOUD). Each node sports a 32-core/64-thread AMD EPYC™ 7551P processor and RAID array with full-disk encryption for maximum performance and reliability. IBA offers access to members for their research-level computing needs. Passwordless SSH access using Ed25519 keys ensures that members can enjoy the highest level of security, even on the most insecure networks. For detailed information on how to connect to IBA-CLOUD, click here.
The IBA-CLOUD, with its eight times as many cores as my research computer, has saved my research group time. Not only that, it also has allowed us to investigate questions that would have been computationally prohibitive to answer otherwise. What’s more, the IBA-CLOUD has been surprisingly easy to use.J. Peirce, Ph.D.
The IBA has a distance-learning enabled classroom. IBA members use this space for class meetings, seminars, workshops, research collaborations, and colloquia. (Note: You will need access code to enter a session.)
The IBA maintains a repository for data, codes, and resources to be shared among biomathematics researchers and educators.
Resources for Public Consumption
- Code used in Particle Swarm Optimization in ODE Modeling via particle swarm optimization