Breast milk, bumble bees, and even “Bieber Fever” will undergo mathematical analyses at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology, which begins tomorrow and runs through Saturday, at the Knoxville Convention Center.
About 400 scientists and undergraduate students from 23 countries and 35 US states are expected to attend the annual meeting and associated research and educational conference, co-hosted by UT and NIMBioS.
Some of the scheduled talks include the following:
- “A mathematical model of Bieber Fever: The most infectious disease of our time?” (pdf)
- “Death of the bees: A mathematical model of colony collapse disorder in Apis mellifera“ (pdf)
- “Bugs, babies, and breast milk: A mathematical model” (pdf)
- “Data-driven computational modeling of breast tumor aggressiveness” (pdf)
- “Measles vaccine refusal and its effects on communities” (pdf)
The conference includes talks from six plenary speakers, including Michio Kondoh from Ryukoku University in Japan. Kondoh won the society’s prestigious Akira Okubo Prize last year.
“SMB 2012 provides an excellent opportunity for researchers and educators at all levels of experience to share their enthusiasm for addressing important biological problems through the use of mathematics,” said NIMBioS Director Louis Gross.
For more information and abstracts of speakers’ topics, visit the SMB 2012 website.