Women In Mathematics In New England

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Smith College

A one-day 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, self-limiting growth: a look at stochastic difference equations"


    Many biological and physiological processes involve self-regulating 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 well-defined average? In more technical terms, we want to know if the system is ergodic. How does this long-term average compare to the long-term 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"

    Computer (in silico) experiments in this area have given researchers invaluable insights and in some cases re-directed 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.

Students are invited to give a 15 minute talk.

Please register here to let us know you're coming.

Funding for this conference is provided by
The Center for Women in Mathematics at Smith, NSF grant DMS-1143716,
The Smith College Lecture Committee and
The Smith College Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Last update: 9/22/14