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​The Department of Mathematical Sciences hosts a regular series of seminars and colloquia in the mathematical sciences and in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Schedules for each seminar series may be found by following the links to the left.

Upcoming Colloqium: 

  1.  Rees Lectures Speaker: Michael Shelley, The Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences New York University 
    1. Date: 2nd November 2017 
    2. Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
    3. Location: 123 Memorial Hall
    4. Title: Computational Methods and Models for Biomechanics Problems in the Cell 
    5. Abstract: Pronuclear centering and spindle positioning is a fundamental dynamics problem in organismal development, and constitutes a very complex fluid-structure interaction problem involving bodies being moved by immersed biopolymers and motor-proteins. I will discuss specialized computational methods, based on singularity and boundary integral methods, we have developed for efficiently studying such problems, as well as coarse-graining methods for evolving suspensions of microtubules. I'll end by discussing open areas and problems. 
  2. Rees Lectures Speaker: Michael Shelley, The Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences New York University 
    1. Date: 3rd November 2017
    2. Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
    3. Location: 127 Memorial Hall
    4. Title: Active structures and active matter models 
    5. Abstract: Many biological structures, like the mitotic spindle and nucleus within a cell, are self-assembled and only maintained by the activity of its constituents. These aspects of assembly and maintenance of coherent structures by activity are the hallmarks of problems in the field of "active matter", which also encompasses the study of active assemblies like bird flocks and fish schools, and, increasingly, designed and synthesized active fluids and materials. I'll discuss active structures in cellular biophysics, as well as simpler "bio-synthetic" active materials, which are helping us (hopefully!) build the needed mathematical tools to study more complex biological phenomena. 
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