[Acmsmajors] MathAcrossCampus Colloquium
miller at math.washington.edu
Mon Nov 10 07:59:06 PST 2008
> MathAcrossCampus Colloquium
> Evolutionary trees, coalescents, and gene trees:
> can mathematicians find the woods?
> JOE FELSENSTEIN
> Genome Sciences, UW
> Thursday, November 13, 2008, 3:30 Kane Hall 210
> Reception to follow
> The evolutionary genealogy of life is not just an evolutionary tree,
> but a bunch of different tree-like diagrams. All of these trees are
> interrelated and they exist in strange and difficult spaces,
> entangled with each other. Biologists now realize that we need
> mathematics and statistics to think clearly about inferring these
> trees. Can the mathematicians help us do that?
> About the speaker:
> Joe Felsenstein is a world-leader in evolutionary genetics and
> phylogenies. He received a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of
> Chicago in 1968 and currently holds positions at UW in the
> Departments of
> Genome Sciences, Biology, Statistics, and Computer Science &
> He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American
> Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has won numerous prestigious awards,
> among which are the 1993 Sewall Wright Award, the 2000 Weldon Memorial
> Prize, and the Darwin-Wallace Medal in 2008. He has published over
> 100 articles and is the author of the book "Inferring Phylogenies"
> which reviewers have called an "instant classic".
> Discussion session:
> There will be an informal discussion session with the speaker on
> Friday, Nov 14 between 12:30-1:20pm in Miller 302-A. This is an
> opportunity for interested students and faculty to ask more questions
> and talk about open problems and research directions.
> MathAcrossCampus is a new activity at UW whose main offering is a
> quarterly colloquium on applications of mathematics. These talks are
> meant to be widely accessible. See http://www.math.washington.edu/mac/
> for more details and other activities under this umbrella.
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