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Mathematical Biology: Beyond Calculus

Raina Robeva, Terrell Hodge, Robin Davies, Timothy Comar
June 13-18, 2010
Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar, Virginia

Registration Fee: $175 per person/$250 per team of two by April 30, $250/$400 after

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. Those who have attended prior Mathematical and Computational Biology workshops by the organizers are welcome, as the primary focus this time will be on methods beyond calculus. We encourage attendance by Mathematics-Biology faculty teams from the same institution.

General undergraduate-level background in calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, elementary probability, graph theory, Boolean logic, and Boolean algebra, is assumed. No specific background in biology, mathematical biology, or computational algebra systems will be required.

Workshop participants should plan on arriving on Sunday (June 13) morning or afternoon and departing on Friday afternoon (June 18). The workshop activities will begin on Sunday evening around 6 pm and end on Friday around noon. Room and board from Sunday night through Friday noon are covered by the workshop budget and included in the registration fee. A tentative schedule for the workshop can be fond here. Please note that until the schedule is finalized in mid-May, some of the topics, presenters, and scheduled times may be changed without further notice.

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

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

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