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Math Coffees

Math Coffees are weekly meetings of students and faculty to hear a local or visiting speaker. Check here frequently for updates!

Math Coffee flyer Nicholas Cain, DC'06
Sequence motif identification using artificial neural networks and distributed computing.
7:00--7:40 p.m., Thursday, April 26
Chambers 3084
Snacks at 6:45 p.m. in Mathematics Hall (Chambers 3rd floor, north end)
 
Many techniques in sequence motif recognition, such as MEME, rely on statistical analysis of biological information to identify conserved regions. Such techniques rely solely on primary structure information, and do not consider the more complicated molecular dynamics at work in a biological system. Often molecular secondary structure is essential to a motif's biological function. An algorithm that utilizes artificial neural networks to identify degenerate, conserved regions in mRNA molecules has therefore been developed, which exploits estimation of the molecule's secondary structure using MFOLD. A committee machine architecture is used, implemented in parallel with grid computing techniques. The CMMI algorithm successfully identifies a motif in mRNA sequences known to bind to the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 rev protein. The algorithm also successfully identifies a known single-stranded seven-basepair motif in mRNA strands known to locomote to the forming bud-tip during mitosis in S. cerevisiae, where the importance of secondary structure in motif function has been established.

(This presentation is the public portion of Nick's honors thesis defense.)

Spring 2006 Math Coffee Schedule     (click on an image at the left to view the Math Coffee announcement)
Math Coffee flyer January 19
4:00 p.m.
Michael Flake (DC '06)
Mathematical Fallacies and Misteaks
Math Coffee flyer January 26
4:00 p.m.
Sam Hotchkiss (DC '08)
Miscellaneous: the Endless Possibilities of Mathematica
Math Coffee flyer February 2
8:00 p.m.
Webcast: Prof. Michael Starbird, Univ. of Texas
To Infinity and Beyond!
Math Coffee flyer February 9
7:00 p.m.
The Bernard Society presents a ...
Mathematical Murder Mystery
Math Coffee flyer February 16
4:00 p.m.
Prof. Amy Langville, College of Charleston
An Introduction to the Use of Link Analysis by Search Engines
Math Coffee flyer March 9
7:00 p.m.
Bridget Cook (DC '06)
Get into the Zome
Math Coffee flyer March 23
4:00 p.m.
Brad Demeter, DC'06
Calculus over Coffee
Math Coffee flyer March 24
all day!
CarMa :
      Carolinas Mathematics Undergraduate Research Conference,
      this year at Furman University.
Math Coffee flyer April 6
4:00 p.m.
Peter Allison, DC'06, & Jordan Hauser, DC'06
Integers Incognito: Unusual Representations of Integers Derived from Cardano's Solution of the Cubic Equation
Math Coffee flyer April 13
7:00 p.m.
Martha Shott, DC'06
Super Size Me: An Optimization Problem
Math Coffee flyer April 21
3:30 p.m.
Prof. Sue Goodman, UNC-Chapel Hill
Can randomness leads to order? The chaos game.
Math Coffee flyer April 23
4:00 p.m.
Bernard Society Spring Picnic (Lake Campus)
(rsvp to Michael Flake so we can have a preliminary head count)
Math Coffee flyer April 24
12:30 p.m.
MAT 118 Poster Session
Exploring Mathematical Ideas
Math Coffee flyer April 27
7:00 p.m.
Nicholas Cain, DC'06
Sequence motif identification using artificial neural networks and distributed computing.
Fall 2005 Math Coffee Schedule     (click on an image at the left to view the Math Coffee announcement)
Math Coffee flyer September 4
8:00 p.m.
Bernard Lecture
Prof. Ronald L. Graham, University of California, San Diego
Searching for the Shortest Network
Math Coffee flyer September 15
4:00 p.m.
Prof. Richard Neidinger
Automatic Differentiation, MATLAB, and OOP
Math Coffee flyer September 21
4:00 p.m.
Dr. René Salinas, Appalachian State University
Modeling the Effects of Hunting on the Black Bear Population on the Southern Appalachians: An Individual-Based Modeling Approach
Math Coffee flyer September 29
4:00 p.m.
Gavin Taylor (DC '06)
Imagemosaics: Painting with Pictures
Math Coffee flyer October 2
4:00 p.m.
Bernard Society Picnic (Lake Campus)
Food & Frolics with a Mathematical Theme
Math Coffee flyer October 6
4:00 p.m.
Prof. Paul Studtmann
Philosophy of Mathematics
Math Coffee flyer October 26
4:00 p.m.
Aneesh Kulkarni (DC'09)
A Problem in Ramsey Theory
Math Coffee flyer November 3
4:00 p.m.
Prof. Emeritus J. B. Stroud
Barnaby and the Purple Heptagon
Math Coffee flyer November 30
12:30--1:30 p.m.
MAT 118 Poster Session
Exploring Mathematical Ideas
Math Coffees in recent years:   [2004-2005]   [2003-2004]   [2002-2003]