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The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop, 
"Animal Social Networks," to be held March 6-8, 2014, at NIMBioS. 
*Objectives: *The structure and functioning of social networks is of 
rapidly growing interest in evolutionary biology. While modern network 
analysis offers many sophisticated techniques, most were developed for 
extremely large networks, not for the smaller networks most commonly 
found in non-human social systems. Furthermore, biological systems 
change through time, and many questions of fundamental importance 
involve network dynamics. Thus, there is currently a need for modern 
network analysis techniques that are specific to these systems and 
issues. This workshop will explore problems and opportunities raised by 
small (tens to hundreds of individuals) social networks as they develop 
over time, with special focus on three issues: 1) how temporal dynamics 
affect network function and emergent properties, 2) the response of the 
network to perturbations such as births, deaths, immigration and 
emigration from the social group, 3) the tension between a focus on 
network structure (e.g., importance of roles and network centrality) and 
process (e.g., flow of information, disease transmission). The workshop 
will bring together empiricists interested in a diversity of animal 
social groups (ants, fish, birds, mammals) and quantitative scientists 
(network scientists, mathematicians, computer scientists, physicists) 
interested in the special problems posed by the dynamics of small social 
networks. *Location: *NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
*Co-Organizers:* David B. McDonald, Zoology & Physiology, Univ. of 
Wyoming; Tanya Berger-Wolf, Computer Science, Univ. of Illinois; 
Jennifer Fewell, Life Sciences, Center for Social Dynamics and 
Complexity, Arizona State Univ.; Amiyaal Ilany, NIMBioS; Bryan Shader, 
Mathematics, Univ. of Wyoming; and Tina Wey, Biology, New Mexico State 
Univ. For more information about the workshop and a link to the online 
application form, go to http://nimbios.org/workshops/WS_socialnet 
Participation in the workshop is by application only. Individuals with a 
strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and successful 
applicants will be notified within two weeks of the application 
deadline. If needed, financial support for travel, meals, and lodging is 
available for workshop attendees. *Application deadline:* December 2, 
2013 The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) ( http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from 
around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to 
investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life 
sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the 
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture with additional support from The University of Tennessee, 
Knoxville. -- Dr. Amiyaal Ilany Postdoctoral Fellow National Institute 
for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)

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