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STEM Speaker Series Presents “Mathematical Biology: Modeling the Motion of Individuals and Populations”

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(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA)—Delaware County Community College’s STEM Speaker Series concludes the semester with a lecture by Dr. Allison Kolpas on “Mathematical Biology: Modeling the Motion of Individuals and Populations.” The lecture will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, from 11:10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 5 to 5:50 p.m. in the STEM Center, Room 1403 (901 S. Media Line Road, Media, PA). Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Mathematical biology is an interdisciplinary field of research involving the development of mathematical models to analyze biological systems. In this lecture, Kolpas will give a brief survey of her research in the area of population dynamics. She will show how mathematical modeling, simulation, and data analysis can be used to characterize collective motion in animal groups, the demography of drifting invertebrate populations in streams, and the turning capabilities of manta rays in the open ocean.

Kolpas is currently an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at West Chester University. She’s published articles on her research in a number of publications, including the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, Applied Mathematics Letters and Mathematical Biosciences. She holds both a master’s degree and doctorate in Mathematics from the University of California at Santa Barbara

The STEM Speaker Series features lectures on a range of topics covering the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Lectures are offered in the fall and spring semesters and are open to students, faculty and community members.

For more information, contact series coordinator and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Sidney Kolpas at [email protected]

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