Spring 2018 Biomathematics Graduate Seminar
MAP 6939-05

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

Email: mhurdal@math.fsu.edu
Webpage: www.math.fsu.edu/~mhurdal

Office Hours

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 one presentation in class. A maximum of 3 absences will be allowed in order to receive a passing grade.


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 investigated.

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

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