Spring 2018 Biomathematics Graduate Seminar
This class now meets on Thursdays from 9:30-10:45am in LOV 200.
Occasional meetings may occur on Wednesdays from 3:35-4:50pm in LOV 107.
Please see the schedule below.
Instructor: Dr. Monica K. Hurdal
This course is designed to be an introductory seminar for graduate
students wishing to learn about the field of biomathematics, including
different applications of mathematics in
biology and medicine.
This class is graded S/U. Advanced graduate students will be expected to give
in class. A maximum of 3 absences will be allowed in order to receive a
Jan 10: Syllabus Discussion
Jan 18: Organizational Meeting
Jan 25: Dr. Monica Hurdal
Title: Conformal Mapping and Brain Mapping
Abstract: My reearch uses conformal maps to create "flat" maps of the brain.
I will discuss some of the mathematics of circle packing and how it can
be used to create quasi-conformal maps of the brain.
Feb 1: Dr. Monica Hurdal
Title: The Things Every Graduate Student Should Know But No One Tells You
Abstract: I will discuss some topics that every graduate student
should know (but often know one tells you!), including
mathematics societies, conferences, travel funding, research databases, etc.
Feb 8: Dr. Monica Hurdal
Title: Applications of Conformal Mapping in Brain Mapping
Abstract: I will discuss some of the results and research questions
regarding conformal mapping and brain mapping that I am working on.
Feb 15: Virginia Parkman
Title: Canine distemper outbreak modeled in an animal shelter
Abstract: Canine distemper virus (CDV) is a highly contagious virus
that can cause outbreaks, specifically in crowding situations, such as an
animal shelter, in which a large number of susceptible dogs are brought
together. Introduction of this virus into a shelter can have devastating
effects, potentially resulting in shelter canine depopulation. Motivated
by recent outbreaks in Tennessee, a mathematical model was constructed to
find relevant factors that could assist in preventing or reducing
outbreaks. A system of ordinary differential equations was derived to
represent the spread of CDV through susceptible, exposed, infected, and
recovered (S-E-I-R) classes as well as a vaccinated (V) class. Our model
was adapted to represent a local Knoxville shelter. The effects of various
control methods, both preventative and corrective, on disease spread were
Feb 22: Carolyn Eady
Wednesday Feb 28: Sepideh Ebadi in LOV 107
Thursday Mar 8: Canlin Zhang in LOV 200
Mar 15: No Classes - Spring Break
Mar 29: Ahmet Kilinc
Apr 5: Virginia Parkman
Apr 12: Carolyn Eady
Apr 19: Canlin Zhang
Apr 26: Ahmet Kilinc
Copyright 2018 by Monica K.
Hurdal. All rights reserved.