Past Seminars

Spring 2011

Date Title Speaker Abstract/Reading material
Week 1 (1/19) organizing meeting
Drew Lamar

How to be a winner: advices for students starting into research (Andre DeHon)
Advice for undergraduates considering graduate schools (Phil Agre)
Does one have to be a genius to do mathematics? (Terry Tao)
The importance of stupidity in scientific research (Martin Schwartz)
Week 2 (1/26) Complex systems: Ecology for bankers, Robert M. May, Simon A. Levin & George Sugihara, (2008) Nature, 451, 893-895.
Systemic risk in banking ecosystems, Andrew G. Haldane & Robert M. May, (2011), Nature, 469, 351-355.
Can ecological models explain global financial markets and make them more stable?, Katherine Harmon, (Jan 19, 2011), Scientific American.
Week 3 (2/2) Synchronization of Biological Oscillators Drew LaMar Coupled oscillators and biological synchronization, Steven Strogatz and Ian Stewart, Scientific American (1993).
Scale-free networks, Albert-Laszlo Barabasi and Eric Bonabeau, Scientific American (2003).
Week 4 (2/9) Maximizing algebraic connectivity on graphs with a given degree distribution David Phillips (See Discussion Board on Blackboard for reading material)
Week 5 (2/16) Graph coloring Gexin Yu
Week 6 (2/23) Population dynamics in multipatch models Leah Shaw Chaotic desynchronization of multistrain diseases, Schwartz et al, Physical Review E (2005).
Asymmetry in the Presence of Migration Stabilizes Multistrain Disease Outbreaks, Simone Bianco and Leah B. Shaw, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology (2011).
Week 7 (3/2) Dynamics via computational topology Sarah Day Three examples of applied and computational homology, Robert Ghrist, Nieuw Archief voor Wiskunde 5/9 no. 2 (2008).
Week 8 (3/9) Spring Break (no class)
Week 9 (3/16) Computational Biology Greg Smith Theoretical Neuroscience Rising, L.F. Abbott, Neuron 60 (2008).
Why Are Computational Neuroscience and Systems Biology So Separate?, Erik De Schutter, PLoS Computational Biology (2008), no. 4 (5).
Intracellular Signaling: Spatial and Temporal Control, Ion I. Moraru and Leslie M. Loew, Physiology 20: 169-179 (2005).
Bringing cartoons to life, John Tyson, Nature Vol 445 (2007).
Week 10 (3/23) Patterns in Extinction in a Coupled Ricker Model Ben Holman
Week 11 (3/30) Sophomore registration (no class)
Week 12 (4/6) Digraph Sampling Drew LaMar
Week 13 (4/13) Ecosystem Modeling in Marine Science Mark Brush Introduction to the special issue of Ecological Modelling: "Advances in Modeling Estuarine and Coastal Ecosystems: Approaches, Validation, and Applications", Mark Brush & Lora Harris, Ecological Modelling 221 (2010).
Week 14 (4/20) Computational Probability Larry Leemis
Week 15 (4/27) Predator-Prey Junping Shi


Spring 2009

Date Speaker Affiliation Title Time Location Host
2/6 Chi-Kwong Li William and Mary Preserver problems 3pm Jones 302 n/a
2/13 Gexin Yu William and Mary Graphs containing every 2-factor 3pm Jones 302 n/a
2/23 Ashok K. Singh University of Nevada at Las Vegas Statistics in Environmental Remediation 3pm Jones 302 Iaci
3/20 Yiu-Tung Poon Iowa State University Joint Higher Rank Numerical Range in Quantum Computation 3pm Jones 302 Li
3/27 Bree Aldridge Harvard University On the edge of life and death: cell fate mapping with direct Lyapunov exponents 3pm Jones 302 Phillips
4/3 Paul Brooks Virginia Commonwealth University L1 Projection 3pm Jones 302 Phillips
4/24 Dan Cranstan DIMACS, Rutgers University

Coloring and List-coloring of Graphs

3pm Jones 302 Yu


Fall 2008

Date Speaker Affiliation Title Time Location Host
9/12 Hyunju Ban William and Mary A biofilm and yeast colony, and its modeling and computational approach 3-4pm Jones 302 N/A
9/19 Sarah Day William and Mary Braids and connecting orbits in parabolic PDEs 3-4pm Jones 302 N/A
9/26 Jin Wang Old Dominion University Numerical and Asymptotic Study of Viscous Interfacial Flow 3-4pm Jones 302 Tian
9/29 Rafael Frongillo University of California at Berkeley 3-4pm Jones 131 Day
10/3 Daniel Vasiliu Christopher Newport University On a sufficient condition for compensated compactness and beyond 3-4pm Jones 302 Shi
10/10 David Phillips William and Mary Scheduling Patients in a Radiology Department 3-4pm Jones 302 N/A
10/24 Ken Kawarabayashi National Institute of Informatics, Japan Coloring and list-coloring planar graphs and graphs on a fixed surface 3-4pm Jones 302 Yu
10/31 Tanujit Dey William and Mary Fully Nonparametric Bayesian Analysis in Regression Model with Serially Correlated Errors 3-4pm Jones 302 N/A
11/7 Jie Zheng National Center for Biotechnology Information, NIH Population Genomics Approaches to finding regulators of meiotic recombination hotspots 3-4pm Jones 302 Tian
11/14 Konstantin Mischaikow Rutgers University Databases for Multiparameter Nonlinear Systems 3-4pm Jones 302 Day
11/17 Garud Iyengar Columbia University Robust Portfolio Selection 3-4 Jones 302 Phillips
11/21 Alexander Meadows St. Mary's College Spinning Soap Film Surfaces, Symmetry, and Singularities for Differential Equations 3-4pm Jones 302 Vinroot
12/6 Lynne Seymour University of Georgia Probability Maps for Brain Activity Via fMRI 3-4pm Jones 302 Dey


Spring 2008

Date Speaker Affiliation Title Time Location Host
3/20 David Phillips College of William and Mary Some prorblems on graph optimization 3:30-5pm Morton 203 Day
4/11 Xiaofeng Ren George Washington University Analysis and computation of some pattern formation problems 3-4pm Jones 131 Shi
4/18 Michael Trosset Indiana University Locally Linear Embedding is a Laplacian Eigenmap 3-4pm Jones 131 Lewis
4/24 Laura Sheppardson University of Mississippi Exploiting structural aspects of graph models 3:30-5pm Morton 203 Day
4/25 Zlatko Drmac University of Zagreb Subspace gap residuals for Rayleigh--Ritz approximations 1-2pm Jones 131 Li

Fall 2007

Date Speaker Affiliation Title Time Location Host
10/19 Bill Kalies Florida Atlantic University Computational dynamics from a topological point of view 3–4 p.m. Jones 131 Day
11/12 Tom Wanner George Mason University Homological analysis of complicated random patterns 2–3 p.m. Jones 131 Day
11/16 Evelyn Sander George Mason University Pattern formation in reaction diffusion models 3–4 p.m. Jones 131 Day
12/3 Chris Siefert Sandia National Laboratories Introduction to multilevel solvers for the physical sciences 2–3 p.m. Jones 131 Torczon