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NIMBioS Tuesday Seminar Series

In conjunction with the interdisciplinary activities of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), a seminar series will be hosted at NIMBioS every other Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the NIMBioS Lecture Hall on the 4th floor of 1534 White Ave., Suite 400 Seminar speakers will focus on their research initiatives at the interface of mathematics and many areas of the life sciences. Light refreshments will be served starting at 3 p.m.

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Time/Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2011. 3:30 p.m.*
Location: Room 403, Blount Hall, 1534 White Ave., Suite 400
Speaker: Fred Adler, Depts. of Mathematics and Biology, Univ. of Utah, and NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellows Invited Distinguished Visitor.
Topic: The virtues of waiting, procrastinating and avoiding conflict
Abstract: Ants are among the most successful organisms on Earth, not least because they have created an impression of being hard-working automatons who put even graduate students to shame. I will show that ants might in fact succeed in part through waiting for other individuals to make the hard decisions and by avoiding stressful situations. Unfortunately, I have not quite gotten around to proving these results, but will give a sketch of how they could be demonstrated.

*Join us for refreshments in the NIMBioS Lobby on the 4th floor at 3 p.m.

If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Adler during his visit, please email NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellow Xavier Thibert-Plante at

Seminar Flyer (pdf)

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