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Unity College Professor to Share in $2.9 million NSF Grant

UNITY, Maine - A Unity College professor, and collaborators from five other colleges and universities across the country, have been awarded $2.9 million from the National Science Foundation to promote and facilitate the use of mathematical biology in classrooms.

Unity College Associate Professor Carrie Diaz Eaton, who's one of the principal investigators, says as researchers reason through complex problems in sustainability science they've found mathematics to be important for testing theories on how things work in biology and ecology.

"And so this is a multifaceted grant to try to give faculty both access to the tools really easily, and also to support using them in the classroom," Diaz Eaton says.

For example, students and faculty would have access to online tools to create simulations for how diseases, such as ebola, progress through a population.