Distinguished Professor of Mathematics
Simple Mathematical Models Can Provide New Insights into Stopping Epidemics
Public health workers are reaching out to mathematical scientists to use disease models to understand, and mitigate, the spread of emerging diseases. Mathematical and computational scientists are needed to create new tools that can anticipate the spread of new diseases and evaluate the effectiveness of different approaches for bringing epidemics under control. That is, these models can provide an opportunity for the mathematical scientists to collaborate with the public health community to improve the health of our world and save lives. The talk will provide an overview, for general audiences, of how these collaborations have evolved over the past decade. I will describe some recent advances in mathematical models that are having an impact in guiding pubic health policy, and describe what new advances are needed to create the next generation of models. Throughout the talk, I will share some of my personal experiences in used these models for controlling the spread of HIV/AIDS, SARS, malaria, foot and mouth disease, and the novel H1N1 (swine) flu.
Sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the UTD/SMU SIAM Student Chapter
Host: Sue Minkoff
There will be a lunch reception for Professor Hyman from 1-2pm in the Second Floor Atrium at the east end of the Founders Building.
Speaker Bio: Mac Hyman is the Philips Professor of Mathematics at Tulane University, the past president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and former leader of the Mathematical Modeling and Analysis Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He received his BS in mathematics and physics from Tulane University and his PhD in mathematics and computer science from the Courant Institute of Mathematics Sciences at NYU. His research interests include mathematical biology, nonlinear dynamical systems, and the numerical solution of differential equations.