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Spring 2018


Winter 2018

Monday, Feb. 5, 4:10-5 PM Leading and Breaking Barriers Seminar:

Prof. Talithia Williams will be giving a talk titled “No Longer Hidden Figures: Encouraging Diverse Mathematical Talent” in the Leading and Breaking Barriers seminar at the MPR Community Center. Check out the seminar website. https://urc.ucdavis.edu/events/barriers.html


Spring 2017

Wednesday, May 31, invited talk:

Alyssa Gottshall from the National Security Agency will give a talk on Wednesday, May 31 from 11:00-11:50am in MSB 2112. See her abstract below.

“The Secret Lives of Mathematicians”

Mathematics can be more than just a subject in school, it can be a career. The government is the number one single employer of mathematicians in the country. Many of those mathematicians end up at the National Security Agency, where they find job careers in research, information assurance, and cryptanalysis. This talk will be an introduction to the roles of mathematicians at NSA, as well as basics of cryptography.

Friday, May 19, invited talk:

Dr. Habib Najm from Sandia National Lab will give a research talk on Friday, May 19th, from 4:10-5:00pm in MSB 2112. See abstract below.

“Uncertainty Quantification in Computational Modeling of Physical Systems”

Models of physical systems typically involve inputs/parameters that are determined from empirical measurements, and therefore exhibit a certain degree of uncertainty. Estimating these uncertainties, and their propagation to computational model output predictions, is crucial for attaining truly predictive computations, and for purposes of model validation, design optimization, and decision support. Recent years have seen significant developments in probabilistic methods for efficient uncertainty quantification (UQ) in computational models. These include advances in inverse UQ methods, relying on Bayesian inference methods for estimation of model inputs/parameter given data on model observables, and forward UQ methods, relying on functional representations of random variables and fields. In this talk, I will give an introduction to the current landscape of UQ for computational models. I will cover both inverse and forward UQ methods, highlighting both data and computational challenges, and illustrating specific demonstrations in select computational models.


Winter 2017

Friday, March 10, invited talk:

Associate Professor Dr. Miriam Nuño from the Departments of Biostatistics and Public Health Sciences. Dr. Nuño will give a research talk as well as speak about her experiences in these fields. Friday 3/10 at 12:10pm in MSB 1147. See abstract below.

“Math, Statistics, and My Personal Experiences”

Miriam Nuño is an Associate Professor in Biostatistics and Associate Professor In Residence in the School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences. Her research focuses on surgical outcomes, methodological development of metrics aimed to improve patient outcomes and comparative effectiveness studies. Dr. Nuño completed her Ph.D. at Cornell University, postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard School of Public Health and University of California Los Angeles prior to co-directing the Center of Neurosurgical Outcomes Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Nuño has more than 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals, in addition to chapters in major textbooks. Recent studies include the identification of factors associated with response to inpatient rehabilitation treatment among traumatic brain injury patients and the overtreatment of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia in surgical ICU patients.

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