Fall 2008, Thursdays, Milner 216, 4:00-4:50 PM

Date: October 16

"  Mini-Talk "

* Prof. Jay Walton

* Prof. David Kerr


Prof. J. Walton: "Using Mathematical Models to Aid the Understanding and Possibly the Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease"

: Atheroscelrosis is an immensely complex, chronic disease. The task of deriving mathematical models capable of capturing its salient features, quantitatively as well as qualitatively, would seem hopeless. However, relatively simple models can be constructed that lead to enhanced understanding of how the disease is triggered, provide intriguing insight into how it can be treated or reversed, and give rise to interesting mathematial questions to explore. This talk will provide a glimpse into recent developments on these issues.

Prof. D. Kerr: "The complexity of classification"

: There is a sense in which many types of objects in functional analysis and other areas of mathematics cannot be classified in any reasonable way. I will explain how this sense can be made precise using the tools of descriptive set theory.