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Invited Paper Sessions

Please note: All sessions are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT = UTC-4:00)

Invited Paper Sessions are organized by professionals in the mathematical sciences and designed to provide substantial mathematical content in the MAA program. Four to six speakers are invited by the organizers to present on a designated topic for twenty-minute segments. MAA MathFest participants who tune in to these sessions will get the chance to hear from a diverse set of speakers on current or emerging topics in various areas of mathematics.

Trends in Mathematical and Computational Biology

Thursday, August 4, 8:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m., Salon B

Mathematical and computational biology encompasses a diverse range of biological phenomena and quantitative methods for exploring those phenomena. The pace of research at this junction continues to accelerate and substantial advancements in problems from gene regulation, genomics, phylogenetics, RNA folding, evolution, infectious disease dynamics, neuroscience, growth and control of populations, ecological networks, drug resistance modeling, and medical breakthroughs related to cancer therapies have increasingly ensued from utilizing mathematical and computational approaches. Our session on current trends will sample from this diversity of important questions from biology and medicine and their mathematical treatments, with a goal of maximizing the range of topics and research methods presented at the session. Mathematical approaches will include deterministic and stochastic continuous dynamical models, as well as finite dynamical systems and combinatorial and algebraic methods.

Timothy Comar, Benedictine University
Anne Yust, University of Pittsburgh


Behind Enemy Lines: How Neutrophil Dynamics Affect Mycobacterium tuberculosis Granuloma Outcomes and Dissemination
8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
Caitlin Hult, Gettysburg College
Joshua T. Mattila, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health
Jennifer J. Linderman, University of Michigan
Denise E. Kirschner, University of Michigan Medical School

Effects of Optimally-Performed Healthcare Measures on Clostridioides difficile Infection Rates
8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
Cara Sulyok, Lewis University

Modeling Frameworks that Integrate Disease and Ecosystem Ecology
9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
Rebecca Everett, Haverford College

Dynamical and Structural Specializations of Temporally-Precise Auditory Neurons
9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Joshua H. Goldwyn, Swarthmore College

Bayesian Information-Theoretic Calibration of Radiotherapy Sensitivity Parameters for Informing Effective Scanning Protocols in Cancer
10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Katie Storey, Lafayette College

(Canceled) Gut Instincts: A Data-Driven Dynamical Model of Mouse Colons
10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Andrea J. Welsh, University of Pittsburgh


Rethinking Number Theory

Thursday, August 4, 1:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m., Salon B

Rethinking Number Theory is a new workshop series intended to broaden access to mathematical research communities and improve equity within the subject. Project leaders and participants from a wide range of Number Theory subfields participated in research projects as well as discussions about how to reimagine the number theory community. This invited paper session will simultaneously highlight the research done during the workshop as well as bring the equity and inclusivity conversations to a broader mathematics community by intertwining mathematical research and social justice.

Heidi Goodson, Brooklyn College
Allechar Serrano Lopez, Harvard University
Christelle Vincent, University of Vermont
Mckenzie West, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire


Counting Fields Generated by Points on Plane Curves
1:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Allechar Serrano López, Harvard University

Rethinking Research Workshops
1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Heidi Goodson, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Local Data of Rational Elliptic Curves with Specified Isogeny Graphs
2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Alex Barrios, University of St. Thomas

(Canceled) A Family of Thue Equations
2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Eva Goedhart, Franklin & Marshall College

BIKE Decoders and Error Detection
3:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Tyler Raven Billingsley, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Current Research in Math Biology

Friday, August 5, 8:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m., Salon B

Mathematical biology investigates biological phenomena using mathematical techniques. This encourages collaborations between mathematicians and biologists, requiring mathematicians to learn relevant biology before applying mathematical techniques to the problem. Research in this area illustrates how biology and mathematics can work together to advance both fields. In this session, we showcase current research in mathematical biology, with an undergraduate audience in mind. With a wide variety of biological applications and mathematical techniques that can be applied to investigate biological research questions, our session will demonstrate the breadth of this research area for undergraduates and other interested researchers.

Rebecca A. Everett, Haverford College
Nicholas A. Battista, The College of New Jersey


Social Dilemmas of Sociality due to Beneficial and Costly Contagion
8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
Daniel Cooney, University of Pennsylvania

Modeling Seasonal Malaria Transmission: A Methodology Connecting Regional Temperatures to Mosquito and Parasite Biology
8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
Katharine Gurski, Howard University

Multiple Feeding Attempts by Mosquitoes - A Mathematical Study
9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
Miranda Teboh Ewungkem, Lehigh University

Topological Data Analysis Reveals Insights into Blood Vessel Development and Disease
9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
John Nardini, The College of New Jersey

Connecting the Dots between Math Modelers and Clinical Oncologists
10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Allison Lewis, Lafayette College

Exploring the Predictive Abilities of a Mathematical Oncology Model
10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Jana Gevertz, The College of New Jersey

Recent Advances in Harmonic Analysis and Partial Differential Equations

Friday, August 5, 3:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m., Salon B

The proposed invited paper session has as focus the dissemination of recent developments in the area at the confluence between the fields of Harmonic Analysis and Partial Differential Equations. Particular themes of emphasis are: Integral Equations, Elliptic Boundary Value Problems, PDEs in periodic media.

Irina Mitrea, Temple University
Nsoki Mamie Mavinga, Swarthmore College
Shari Moskow, Drexel University


Asymptotic Analysis of Resonances of Periodic Scatterers
3:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Alexander Furia, Drexel University

Singular Integral Operators Associated with Second Order Elliptic Systems in Two Dimensions
3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Jeongsu Kyeong, Temple University

Logarithmic Sobolev Inequalities on Non-isotropic Heisenberg Groups
4:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.
Liangbing Luo, University of Connecticut

Electroconvection in Porous Media
4:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Elie Abdo, Temple University

Fredholm Theory for Boundary Value Problems Associated with Powers of the Laplacian
5:00 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.
Artur Henrique de Oliveira Andrade, Temple University

Shape-Perturbation of Steklov Eigenvalues in Nearly-Spherical Domains
5:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
Robert Viator, Swarthmore College