Math modeling and disease are topics of April 28 presentation

April 26, 2011
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“Mathematical modeling and optimal control of transmission of avian influenza” is the topic of an April 28 joint seminar sponsored by the Maryville College Science Literacy Series and the Maryville College Math Club.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Lawson Auditorium of Fayerweather Hall.

Dr. Folashade Agusto, postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), will be presenting her research using mathematics to explore how infectious diseases are transmitted among populations of humans and animals and how best to keep such diseases under control.

“Many people do not realize that mathematics is an important tool for researchers in the life sciences and particularly in the study of infectious disease,” said Dr. Maria Siopsis, associate professor of mathematics, “but the truth is that there are mathematicians working on these problems at universities, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and even in industry.

“We are very excited that Dr. Agusto will be sharing some of her newest research with our students and the college community,” Siopsis added.

Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, Agusto joined NIMBioS from the Federal University of Technology Akure in Nigeria where she taught mathematics. Agusto earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Ilorin in Nigeria in 2008. She has also worked on mathematical models of bovine tuberculosis and malaria.

For more information, contact Siopsis at 865.981.8163 or

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