University of Minnesota Math Club

Math Club meetings have started for Spring 2015. Please join us for seminars and lectures at 12:20 on Thursdays in Vincent Hall 570, and join our Facebook group, UMN Math Club! All majors are welcome to join and attend.


Date: February 26, 2015
12:20 pm
Vincent Hall 570

Title: Modelling Containment Strategies in Epidemiology
Speaker: MCM Teams

Abstract: The recent outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa has killed nearly 10,000, prompting a reinvigoration of research efforts pertaining to infectious diseases. As novel treatments become available, rationalized deployment strategies must be considered that can contain existing epidemics as well as prevent future cases. We have developed a compartmental model capable of predicting disease transmission and progression and applied the macroscopic behavior to discrete spatial landscapes. This scheme allows the analysis of medicinal strategies to contain future outbreaks, whether through vaccination, antiviral medication, or public education. Various campaigns were considered and simulated for each mechanism to determine efficacious tactics. Lastly, we used existing statistics on the Ebola cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to assess appropriate strategies for the current epidemic.
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The Math Club meets most Thursdays of the semester at 12:20 pm in Vincent 570.

The Math Club is open to all undergraduate students in mathematics; students from other programs are also welcome. The goal of the club is to provide a forum for students to meet and discuss issues of common interest, such as careers in mathematics, research, graduate school, academic concerns, internship opportunities, scholarships, special lectures and summer programs.


The Math Club is very grateful to Professor Willard and Mrs. Jane Miller for their generous donations to promote student activities.

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