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Nov. 12, 2003

UI Offers Math Lecture Series, Biomathematics Conference Nov. 17-20

The mathematics department in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will present a series of four lectures in applied mathematics and an Iowa Biomathematics Conference Nov. 17-20. All sessions are free and open to the public.

The lectures will be delivered by Carlos Castillo-Chavez (left), Cornell University professor of biomathematics in the department of biological statistics and computational biology and the department of theoretical and applied mechanics. He is a member of the graduate faculty in the fields of applied mathematics, biometry, ecology and evolutionary biology, epidemiology, statistics, theoretical and applied mechanics and Latin American studies. He has received numerous awards, including two White House Awards (1992 and 1997), and he holds the position of 2003 Ulam Scholar at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

 

The lectures include:

--Monday, Nov. 17, 3:30 p.m., Room W151, Pappajohn Business Building, "Bioterrorism: Mathematical Modeling Applications in Homeland Security."

--Tuesday, Nov. 18, 3:30 p.m., Room 214, MacLean Hall, "Mathematics Meets Epidemiology: The Case of Tuberculosis (TB)."

--Wednesday, Nov. 19, 3:30 p.m., Room 214, MacLean Hall, "Disease Evolution in Dynamic Landscapes."

--Thursday, Nov. 20, 3:30 p.m., Room 214, MacLean Hall, "Epidemics in Complex Landscapes: The impact of demography, social and network structure on disease dynamics."

For more details on the lectures, see: http://www.math.uiowa.edu/events/DistVist111703.htm.

The Iowa Biomathematics Conference will include:

--Monday, Nov. 17, Room W151 Pappajohn Business Building: 4:30 p.m., Sara Del Valle, Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory and University of Iowa graduate student, "Effects of Behavioral Changes in A Smallpox Attack Model;" 5 p.m., Gerardo Chowell, Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Cornell University researcher, "SARS outbreaks in Ontario, Hong Kong and Singapore: the role of diagnosis and isolation as a control mechanism."

--Tuesday, Nov. 18, Room 214, MacLean Hall: 4:30 p.m., Miriam Nuno, Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Cornell University graduate student, "The Effects of Seasonal Variation in a Two-Strain Influenza Model;" 5 p.m., Linda Gao, North Central College, Naperville, Ill. and University of Iowa Visiting Scholar, "Simulations of Rubella Vaccination Strategies in China."

--Wednesday, Nov. 19, Room 3, MacLean Hall (Muhly Lounge): 4:30-5:30 p.m., Jose Fabian Candelaria, University of Iowa graduate student, "Parameterizing an Integro-Difference Equation Describing the Spread of the California Sea Otter;" David Murillo, Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Arizona State University graduate student, "Change in Host Behavior and its Impact on the Co-evolution of Dengue;" Omayra Ortega, University of Iowa graduate student, "Comparisons of Parametric and Nonparametric Estimations of Invasion Rates;" Karen Rios-Soto Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Cornell University graduate student, "Dispersal on Epidemics: Discrete in Time and Continuous in Space;" and Fabio Sanchez, Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Cornell University graduate student, "Models for Dengue Control and Transmission."

--Thursday, Nov. 20, Room 214 MacLean Hall: 4:30 p.m., Ariel Cintron, Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Cornell University graduate student, "A Mathematical Study for the Spread of Rumors;" 5 p.m., Wendi Wang, Southwest China Normal University, Chongqing, China and University of Iowa Visiting Scholar, "Bifurcations in Epidemic Models with Nonlinear Incidence."

For more details on the Iowa Biomathematics Conference, see: http://www.math.uiowa.edu/events/IABiomathConf03.htm.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact the department of mathematics at 335-0714.

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CONTACTS: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu.