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Mathematics Meets Biology

Mathematics Meets Biology: Epidemics, Data Fitting, and Chaos

Azmy Ackleh, Sophia Jang
May 26 - 29, 2004
May 25 - 28, 2005
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette, LA

Co-sponsored by the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI)

Mathematical biology is a fascinating and fast growing area of mathematics. It is an active research area of great potential using the power of mathematics to study challenging biological problems. Students can find many applications of mathematics in biology accessible even with familiarity only with calculus. The workshop provides great opportunities for the participants to learn more about mathematical biology. A boat trip to the Louisiana swamps will allow participants learn about plant and animal invasive species and experience the beauty and adventure of mathematical biology.

The workshop is designed to intrigue and introduce college mathematics teachers to the world of mathematical biology. There is no technical background needed. However, a familiarity with difference and differential equations will make your workshop experience more productive and memorable. The primary goal of the workshop is to allow the participants to engage in academic activities in the area of mathematical biology, including teaching an undergraduate course and pursuing and directing student research. Each day of the workshop consists of a morning and an afternoon session. Lecturers will be given primarily on the first and the third day of the workshop. The second day is comprised of a problem session in the morning and an exciting outdoor activity in the afternoon. During the last day, the participants will explore interesting research projects with the aid of computers. For more information, please visit the workshop webpage at

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