We learn modeling by creating models for physical settings. Whereas real world settings have confounding factors that make modeling difficult, virtual world settings are governed by a limited set of individual-based rules, an example being the zombie-vs-human games whose modeling has become a popular area for undergraduate research. In addition to virtual worlds based on human activities, we can also create in silico virtual worlds using agent-based models that can be conveniently implemented in NetLogo. Students watch a NetLogo simulation and use their observations to build a mechanistic model; an example of this is my BUGBOX-predator program, which implements C.S. Holling's forager experiment. Additional challenges occur when we want to study the effect of a parameter on a system. Standard NetLogo includes the BehaviorSpace facility, which automates the choice of experiments but not the data analysis. In this talk, we illustrate how to write NetLogo code that automates the data analysis as well as the choice of experiments.
Education Subgroup (EDUC)
Ad hoc subgroup meeting room(reserved for subgroup activities):Suzanne M. Scharer Room in The Ohio Union
MS03-EDUC-1: Mathematical-biology education in a post-COVID world
Organized by: Stacey Smith? Note: this minisymposia has multiple sessions. The other session is MS04-EDUC-1.
- Glenn Ledder University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Mathematics) "Using NetLogo for Modeling of Virtual Worlds"
- Dmitry Kondrashov University of Chicago (Biological Sciences Collegiate Division) "Comparison of assessment and teaching modalities for a quantitative biology course"
- Stacey Smith? The University of Ottawa (Mathematics) "How getting cheaters to reflect on their actions turned my worst course into my best course"
MS04-EDUC-1: Mathematical-biology education in a post-COVID world
Organized by: Stacey Smith? Note: this minisymposia has multiple sessions. The other session is MS03-EDUC-1.
- Reginald McGee College of the Holy Cross (Mathematics and Computer Science) "Teaching reflections after five years on the tenure track"
- Suzanne Lenhart University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Mathematics) "Teaching Discrete Time Modeling in Mathematics for the Life Sciences course"
- Elissa Schwartz Washington State University (Math/Biol Sci) "Creating a watershed for mathematical biology education: Recent outreach in Nepal"
- Kathleen Hoffman UMBC (Department of Mathematics and Statistics) "Integrating Quantitative Skills into Biology Courses"