WIMIN14
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Smith College
A oneday conference in mathematics and statistics.
Open to all
Click here for a detailed schedule and abstracts.

The Alice Dickinson Lecture in Mathematics:
Ami Radunskaya, Pomona College
"Noisy, selflimiting growth: a look at stochastic difference equations"
Abstract
Many biological and physiological processes involve selfregulating mechanisms that prevent too much growth while ensuring against extinction. The rate of growth is somewhat random (``noisy"), and the distribution of the growth rate depends on the current state of the system. Some questions that we'd like to answer are: does the system have a welldefined average? In more technical terms, we want to know if the system is ergodic. How does this longterm average compare to the longterm behavior of the deterministic (not random) system? What can we say about the distribution of "survival times", i.e. the distribution of times until the system reaches a particular value?

and the Dorothy Wrinch Lecture in Biomathematics:
Erika Camacho, Arizona State University
"Modeling Photoreceptor Death and Rescue"
Abstract
Computer (in silico) experiments in this area have given researchers invaluable insights and in some cases redirected experimental research and theory. With mathematics and in silico experiments, we will explore the experimentally observed photoreceptor death and rescue in retinal degeneration and provide a framework for future physiological investigations and potential ways to circumvent blindness.

plus short talks by students, 
lunch for everyone, a panel discussion on being a graduate student, 
and no registration fee.
Please register here to let us know you're coming.
Funding for this conference is provided by
Last update: 9/22/14