Public Lecture 2023
Mathematical Models: a World of Insight
Lisette de Pillis (Norman F. Sprague Professor of Life Sciences and Professor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College)
May 5, 2023 (6:00 pm CST), in the Reynolds Center Auditorium, Registration is Not Required.
Mathematical models hold the keys to understanding some of the most interesting and complex phenomena in the natural world! In this talk, we will explore how to harness the power of mathematical modeling to answer challenging questions that may at first seem unsolvable. Can an overflowing bathtub help us figure out how to achieve herd immunity in a pandemic? Can the behavior of a lynx help us understand how human immune cells fight cancer? By making a few simplifying assumptions, we can draw parallels between natural systems that may appear radically different on the surface to unlock new levels of understanding the world around us.