Lecture Series Explores the Connection
Between Quantitative Reasoning and Biology
September 16, 2005
fall, “Celebrating QR Connections,” the Ellen Genat Hoffman ’68
and Stephen G. Hoffman Series, will celebrate the connections between
quantitative reasoning and biology with four special lectures, each
held from 5-6:15 pm in Pendleton West Hall, room 212, on the Wellesley
College campus, 106 Central St., Wellesley, Mass. The lectures are
free and open to the public.
on Tuesday, Sept. 27, is titled “Linked: Networks
from Biology to the World Wide Web,” by Notre Dame physics
professor Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, author of Linked: How Everything
is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business,
Science, and Everyday Life. “Barabasi will explore the
relationships of complex networks from neurons and epidemics to
the World Wide
Web, with a little ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’ in
between,” noted Corrine Taylor, director of Wellesley’s
QR Program. [Barabasi's
lecture is available online, in both podcast
and streaming format, via Wellesley's partnership
with the WGBH Forum Network. Click
here to access the lecture.]
Oct. 12, the second lecture, “Evolutionary
Game Theory: Essential for a Computational Approach to Biology,” will
be presented by Martin Nowak, professor of organismic and evolutionary
biology and mathematics at Harvard. Nowak will describe how evolutionary
game theory is used to model the dynamic interactions among genes,
viruses, cells and humans.
Oct. 18, Dale Purves, M.D., professor of neurobiology at Duke,
will present “The
Neurobiology of Perception.”
“Dr. Purves will talk about and demonstrate the nature of
perception and its statistical bases, focusing on visual perceptions
of form, brightness and color, and touching on perceptions of music
as well,” Taylor said.
fall QR lecture, Wednesday, Nov. 2, is “QR and
Networks at the Forefront of Genomics Research” by Aviv Regev,
research fellow at the Harvard’s Bauer Center for Genomics
Research. “Regev relies on her understanding of biology,
network inference systems, Bayesian models, and other quantitative
tools to explore a variety of genomic data,” said Taylor.
For more information, call 781-283-2152.
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