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Colloquium- April 3, 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015 (3:00 p.m. in Yost 306)
Title: Channel Capacity of Biological Signal Transduction Systems
Speaker: Peter Thomas (Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics)
Abstract: Shannon’s mathematical theory of communication quantifies the information that can be transmitted by a given communication channel. Biological signal transduction systems operate through a coupled ensemble of chemical reactions — a signal transduction network —  […Read more]

Colloquium- April 17, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015 (3:00 p.m. in Yost 306)
Title: Most Probably Intersecting Families of Subsets
Speaker: Gyula Katona (Renyi Institute, Budapest, and Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
Abstract: Let F be a family of an n-element set. It is called intersecting if every pair of its members have a non-disjoint intersection. It is well- known that an intersecting family satisfies the inequality |F| ≤ 2^(n-1). Suppose that |F | = 2^(n-1) + i. […Read more]

Mathematics of Life Sciences Seminar (MLSS) March 30, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015 (3:15 p.m. in Yost 306)
Title: Efficient Control of Schistosomiasis in Endemic Communities: Modeling In-Host Biology, Demographics, Diagnostics and Interventions
Speaker: Nara Yoon (Graduate Student, Case Western Reserve University MAMS Department)
Abstract: Schistosome is a parasitic worm that circulates between human and snail hosts through intermediate larval stages. Conventional modeling of Schistosomiasis transmission and control employs a “mean worm burden” (MWB) formulation. There is a need however, […Read more]

Spring 2015 Tutoring Sessions- MATH 223, MATH 224, and STAT 201 (Revised 3/26/15)


Yost Hall 335
3-4 p.m.

Yost Hall 343
11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Yost Hall 335
3-4 p.m.

Yost Hall 343
11 a.m.-3 p.m.


Yost Hall 343
3-4:30 p.m.

Yost Hall 347
1-3 p.m.

Yost Hall 343
3-4:30 p.m.

Yost Hall 343
1-4 p.m.

Yost Hall 343
12-2 p.m. […Read more]

Analysis and Probability Seminar Mar. 20, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015 (12:45 p.m. in Yost 306)
Title: Markov Processes With Linear Regressions and Quadratic Conditional Variances
Speaker: Wlodzimierz Bryc (University of Cincinnati)
Abstract: This talks is about “quadratic harnesses,” which are Markov processes with linear regressions and quadratic conditional variances under the two-sided conditioning. Such processes generically have polynomial conditional moments, and the transition probabilities are uniquely determined by the orthogonal martingale polynomials. Examples include Lévy-Meixner processes, […Read more]

Colloquium- March 27, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015 (3:00 p.m. in Yost 306)
Title: Graphical and Network Models in Bioinformatics
Speaker: Sujay Datta (Associate Professor, University of Akron, Statistics Department)
Abstract: In recent years, graphical and network models have become increasingly useful in certain areas of the biomedical sciences including genomics, proteomics, genetic epidemiology and systems biology. This has been facilitated by a number of new developments in structure learning algorithms and their evolution from constraint-based to score-based and hybrid algorithms. […Read more]

Imaging Seminar March 24, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (3:00 p.m. in Yost 306)
Title: Cellular Telephone Games:  How Biological Networks Cope With Noisy Signal Transmission
Speaker: Michael Hinczewski (Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University Physics Department)
Abstract: Living cells make crucial decisions — whether to grow, divide, die — based on external signaling molecules in their environment.  The biochemical networks which transmit and amplify these signals from receptors on the cell surface are like an elaborate game of telephone:  with each stage of the transmission, […Read more]

Mathematics of Life Sciences Seminar (MLSS) March 18, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 (3:15 p.m. in Yost 306)
Title: Mathematical Model of Volume Phase Transition in Polyelectrolyte Gels
Speaker: Lingxing Yao (Lecturer, Case Western Reserve University MAMS Department)
Abstract: It is well known that hydrogels are made of cross linked polymer networks that are capable of absorbing large amounts of water; they can be present in a swollen or a collapsed state. Under carefully designed physical and chemical conditions, […Read more]

Analysis and Probability Seminar Mar. 6, 2015

Friday, March 6, 2015 (12:45 p.m. in Yost 306)
Title: Matrix Inequalities and Applications II
Speaker: Ben Li (Graduate Student, Case Western Reserve University MAMS Department)
Abstract: We continue to present classical matrix inequalities. In this talk we show the Fuchs-van de Graaf inequalities, which relatetwo “distances” measuring the closeness of twoquantumstates (or of two probability densities): fidelity and the 1-norm. Next, combining with Rotfeld’s inequality, we sketch some of their applications to the geometry of Schatten spaces and to quantum information theory. […Read more]

WHIG Seminar- March 20, 2015

Center for Global Heath and Diseases, CWRU Medical School
Friday, March 20, 2015 (9:00 a.m. in Biomedical Research Building 433)
Title: Needle in the Haystack: Combining Intravital Imaging and Mathematical Modeling to Understand How Vaccine-Induced T Cells Find Malaria-Infected Cells in the Murine Livers
Speaker: Vitaly V. Ganusov (Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee)
Abstract: After Plasmodium-infected mosquito transmits the malaria parasite to the mammalian host, parasites (called sporozoites) travel to the liver and infect hepatocytes. […Read more]