Siam student Chapter at Williams



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SIAM Student Chapter at Williams

Organizational Meeting!


Thursday, September 17, 4p.m., Math/Stats Library

The department of Mathematics and Statistics at Williams College invites students to an organizational meeting to discuss the creation of a SIAM (Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics) chapter. If you are interested in the application of Mathematics to real-world problems, this is the event for you!c:\users\jcb5\documents\williams\activities\siam\tsunami2.jpgc:\users\jcb5\documents\williams\activities\siam\bats.jpghttp://chadsmithmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/gypsy-moth-caterpillar.jpg



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What is SIAM?
SIAM is an international community of over 13,000 individual members. It fosters the development of applied and computational mathematical tools needed in solving real-world problems. Through community and research, the mission of SIAM is to build cooperation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology.
What do SIAM chapters do?


  • Host career discussion panels in applied mathematics

  • Field trips to science-related sites and SIAM sectional meetings

  • Lectures by guest speakers

  • Social functions such as lunches, dinners, picnics

About the Faculty
Julie Blackwood

Originally from the great city of Buffalo, NY (a.k.a the best place in the world), I am currently an Assistant Prof. in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Williams College.photo of julie c. blackwood


My research interests lie in the intersection of mathematics and ecology, and broadly speaking I use mathematical models to help understand ecological dynamics. This can be a powerful tool in identifying drivers of observed spatio-temporal dynamics, testing hypotheses that cannot be directly tested in the field, and as a means of guiding experimental work. My research has ranged from modeling invasive insect dynamics and evaluating management strategies by capitalizing on Allee effects to integrating models, data, and statistical inference to understand the transmission dynamics of rabies in vampire bats.
Lauren Childs

I will be joining the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Williams College as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Winter and Spring 2016. Currently I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.laurenm


I use mathematical models and quantitative analysis to address biologically motivated questions such as the impact of pathogen-host interactions on disease transmission. Applications of my research include the immune system, infectious disease, bacteriophage-host interactions, and coupled oscillators.
Alejandro Sarriaphoto of alejandro sarria

A native of Colombia, I recently joined the department of Mathematics and Statistics at Williams College as Visiting Assistant Professor. Prior to Williams, I spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


I am interested in the qualitative analysis of Partial Differential Equations from fluid dynamics. More particularly, I study how a fluid's initial configuration affects the long-time behavior of solutions to the fluid model. This is an active and important field of research given that such models are widely used, among other things, in designing/modeling aircraft, automobiles, ships, pipe flow, exploding supernova, and ocean currents.


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