Center investigator Erik Andersen has been promoted with tenure to Associate Professor of Molecular Biosciences within Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Erik is currently collaborating on Project 2: Growth and Environment with center investigators Niall Mangan and JiPing Wang. This project aims to provide a rigorous and principled language with which to describe and explore the phenomenon of adaptive responses to the environment. The roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans is used to learn the emergent mathematical rules relating temperature and diet to growth. What are the genomic and metabolic underpinnings of these rules?