Mathematical Modeling Faculty Working Group

Funded by a Mellon Foundation Tri-College grant.


Interesting BMC student report on the Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management program (aka QERM) at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle that involves modeling.

Meeting Schedule:

1. Initial Organizational Meeting: Friday Sept. 19, 4-6pm , Rm. 328 Park Science Building

2. Tuesday, Oct 7, 4:10 - 5:45, Room to be announced in Park Science Building, Bryn Mawr.

Part 1: "Different Approaches to Modeling Fossil Data"; participants will share their ideas on how to model the a fossil data problem suggested by Steve Wang of the Swarthmore Statistic dept. Click here for the problem.

Part 2: Rick Davis of the BMC Anthropology Dept will give a short presentation on a modeling in archaeology, specificially population movements from Asia to the Americas. Click here for more details.

3. Friday Nov 7 from 4-6pm, in Rm. 354 (computer lab).

Part 1: We will contue our discussion of modeling in Anthropology . Rick's powerpoint presentation will be available on the web (when I figure out how to do it).

Part 2: Don Barber of the BMC Geology department will speak on the use of modeling in weather prediction (particularly hurricanes) and climate change.

4. Friday Dec 12 from 3:30 - 5:30 pm in Rm. 354 (computer lab): Doug Norton, Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Villanova, will discuss math modeling and AIDS: specifically differential equation models of HIV infection at the immune level. This information helps give a better idea of how HIV progresses within an individual. Doug has done summer workshop with high school students on diseases modeling (with a HHMI grant) as well as environmental modeling.