Frederic & Julia Wan Lecture Series

About the Lecture Series

The Frederic and Julia Wan Lecture Series is established to honor Frederic and Julia Wan in recognition of their generous contributions and services to the Department of Applied Mathematics. The endowments they have helped establish to support our faculty and students can be found in the Support Applied Math section of this website. Please click here if you wish to contribute to these funds.

The Lecture Series aims to invite accomplished mathematicians to visit the department over an extended period, roughly a week.  A guest lecturer is expected to deliver two or three lectures ranging from technical talks to experts to expository talks to the general public. Additionally, the visitors would actively engage with members of the department or the broader UW community. 


Inaugural Lecture

This spring, we will host our first ever Frederic & Julia Wan Lecturer and will have one such lecturer per year thereafter. All are welcome to attend. 

  • When?  Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 4 pm
  • Where?  Smith Hall 205.  A reception before the lecture will be held at 3:00 pm in the Wan Conference room (Lewis Hall 208) and the Amath Lounge (Lewis Hall 337)
  • Speaker: Qing Nie, Department of Mathematic and the NSF-Simons Center for Multiscale Cell Fate (CMCF) Research, University of California, Irvine
  • Title: Multicellular organization: from biophysical models to single-cell genomics 
  • Abstract: Fred Wan’s career has been defined by 'mathematics in the service of humanity', from neurobiology and developmental biology to solid mechanics and economics, from the classroom and the University to the National Science Foundation and industries." as best described by Simon Levin of Princeton University. I was fortunate to be a colleague and a close collaborator of Fred for nearly 20 years, witnessing Fred’s passion and dedication to applied mathematics on research, education, and service. As a small testimony to Fred’s impact on the community, this lecture on new mathematical approaches to analyzing multicellular organizations in the era of big data constitutes a new direction stimulated by, and complementary to the research on mechanistic models in our collaboration.
Qing Ne

Short Bio: Dr. Qing Nie is a Chancellor’s Professor of Mathematics and of Developmental and Cell Biology at University of California, Irvine. He is also the Director of the NSF-Simons Center for Multiscale Cell Fate (CMCF) Research jointly funded by NSF and the Simons Foundation. In research, he uses multiscale modeling and data-driven methods to study complex biological systems with focuses on single-cell analysis, cellular plasticity, stem cells, embryonic development, and their applications to regeneration, aging, and diseases. Dr. Nie has published more than 200 research articles. In training, Dr. Nie has supervised more than 50 postdoctoral fellows and PhD students. Dr. Nie is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) , a fellow of American Physical Society (APS), and a fellow of Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). 


About Frederic Wan

Fred Wan

Frederic Y.M. Wan was born in 1936 in Shanghai, China, first born of Olga Pearl Jung and Wai-nam Wan. Living with sister Ruth and her husband Robert Chinn's family, Frederic graduated from Seattle’s Garfield High. He went east to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including his PhD (1965) in Mathematics under the direction of Eric Reissner. Frederic stayed at MIT as an instructor, moving on to Assistant Professor (1967) and Associate Professor (1969) of Applied Mathematics. Read more


About Julia Wan

Julia Wan

Julia Y.S. Chang was born in Hong Kong in 1937 and lived in Shantou, China until 1947 when she and her parents moved to Hong Kong. After graduation from high school in Sydney, Australia, Julia came to the U.S. to attend Wellesley College. She received a B.A. in Physics in 1960. She married Frederic Wan in 1960 and worked as a research biochemist which led to publications in Science and in the Proceedings for the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. Read more