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Mathematical Biology: Beyond Calculus

Mathematical Biology: Beyond Calculus

Raina Robeva, Terrell Hodge, and Robin Davies

June 12 – 18, 2011
Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar, Virginia

Registration Fee: $175 per person or $250 per team of two people ($250 and $400 respectively for registrations received after May 1, 2011)

Problems from gene regulation, biochemical reaction networks, DNA sequencing, and phylogenetics constitute a cross-section of challenges in modern molecular and systems biology. This workshop will focus on such problems at levels appropriate for classroom projects and student research. Along with the underlying biology, participants will learn to build models using finite dynamical systems, Boolean networks, linear, polynomial, and abstract algebra, and probabilistic methods. We encourage attendance by mathematics-biology faculty teams from the same institution. No specific background in biology, mathematical biology, or computational algebra systems will be required. Biology faculty are not expected to have a specialized mathematical background beyond precalculus.

Sweet Briar College is a women’s liberal arts and sciences college with nationally recognized academic, study-abroad and equestrian programs.

About Sweet Briar' Campus

Sweet Briar College has one of the most beautiful campuses in the Nation, comprising of 3250 acres. In 2008 and 2009, Sweet Briar came in at No 1 and No 2 in the "Most Beautiful Campus" category of the Princeton Review's guide book, "The Best 368 Colleges." For more information, visit

Workshop Accommodations

Participants will be housed in private rooms in the Florence Elston Inn and Conference Center featuring cable TV, private baths, individual heating and air conditioning.  


Sweet Briar College is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia about 10 miles from the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The campus is on U.S. 29 12 miles north of Lynchburg and 45 miles south of Charlottesville. For more information, maps, and driving directions visit

Air Travel

The closest airport to Sweet Briar College is Lynchburg Regional Airport (LYH)


Most meals will be at the Sweet Briar's Prothro Dining Hall

All meals and lodging costs will be covered with registration for the workshop. Participants are responsible for their own travel.

Questions about PREP? Contact Olga Dixon at 202-319-8498 or

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