Faculty Research: Mike Mesterton-Gibbons
Among questions of interest to biologists who study animal behavior are these: When should an animal - for example, a fiddler crab - intervene to help a neighbor having a territorial dispute with an intruder? Does eavesdropping - for example, by green swordtail fish - increase or reduce the overall frequency of aggressive behavior in a population? How widespread in nature is mutual assessment of fighting abilities? To be sure, humans do it, but what about hermit crabs or sea anenomes? And if strength is indeed being assessed, when does it pay for a threat to be a bluff?
15th Annual Financial Math Festival
FSU's Financial Math Department welcomed students, faculty, alumni and industry practitioners to their annual Financial Math Festival, March 1-2, 2013. The event kicked off on Friday afternoon with a reception and a talk given by Dr Lisa Goldberg from the University of California, Berkeley, titled "In Search of a Statistically Valid Volatility Risk Factor." The first day concluded with a catered reception in the Chemistry Building lobby, during which attendees had the chance to network and learn more about the state of the industry in a casual environment.
Mariel Vazquez Alumni Profile
Mariel Vazquez, who earned her Ph.D. in math at FSU, has received a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for her research. She applies pure math to the biological mysteries of DNA, studying its entanglement as it packs tightly into living cells. Born and raised in Mexico City, Vazquez became fascinated with math and biology in high school. "I found pure mathematics to be absolutely beautiful but I didn't know how I could apply it to biology," Vazquez said. That changed when she became an undergraduate at the National Autono- mous University of Mexico and attended a series of talks about DNA topology - the application of knot theory to the study of DNA.
Alumni Profile: Caroline Maher-Boulis, Associate Professor at Lee University
Caroline Maher-Boulis got her Ph.D. in Mathematics at Florida State University in Spring 2004, under the direction of Professor Wolfgang Heil. Her first job was as Assistant Professor at Lee University, where she continues today as an Associate Professor.
Faculty Profile: Harsh Jain
When new faculty member Dr. Harsh Jain was attending high school in India, he had no idea he would go on to flourish in an exciting career in biomathematics. Dr. Jain describes his career choice as a "happy accident"-during high school he showed a strong dislike for mathematics but didn't know what other major to declare in college. Advised that with a mathematics degree he could pursue anything he chose, he passed his qualifiers for pure math and then stumbled into biomathematics, thinking, "Who had ever heard of biomath?"