The Department of Applied Mathematics is pleased to host this series of colloquium lectures, funded in part by a generous gift from the Boeing Company. This series will bring to campus prominent applied mathematicians from around the world.
Speaker: Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Arizona State University
Date: October 26, 2017, 4pm, reception to follow
Location: (SMI 205)
Title: Disease Dynamics and Evolution from Communicable to Vector Borne Disease
Abstract: The lessons learned two years after the official confirmation of an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in West Africa have yet to take hold of the global commons. The need for the systematic exploration and evaluation of strategies aimed at mitigating the impact of outbreaks of diseases like Ebola or Tuberculosis or Influenza or other emergent or re-emergent diseases is now. The challenges are immense due to continuously changing social landscapes due to local, regional and international trade and travel. Outbreaks of SARS, influenza, Ebola, TB, Dengue, Zika, or Chikungunya illustrate the crucial role of the ecological, social, political, and economic context within which diseases emerge. In this lecture, I will explore ways of modeling emergent and re-emergent communicable and vector borne diseases.