The first inaugural Special Interdisciplinary Science Lecture will be
held on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 12 p.m. in the Lerner
Amphitheater (Sc 101) in McNulty Hall. This special lecture series seeks
to bring to Seton Hall University a few widely recognized researchers
doing cutting-edge interdisciplinary science work. The inaugural guest
speaker will be Professor Amit Bose, Ph.D. of the Department of
Mathematical Sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Professor Bose's SISL presentation is entitled: "Mathematics as a
foundation for interdisciplinary science: A case study in neuroscience".
In the lecture, Professor Bose will explore how the field of Applied
Mathematics which is dedicated to using mathematics to model and make
predictions of physically and empirically observed phenomenon.
Historically, mathematics has been very closely link between mathematics
and physics (Newton's Laws, Gauss' Law, String Theory...). One of the
newest areas of interest is in Biology, and specifically, in
Neuroscience. In his talk, Professor Bose will give an overview of how
mathematics is used to describe activity of networks of neurons from the
brain. He will show several examples of mathematical models that have
been used to understand problems in neuroscience including those related
to hearing, visual processing, motor activity, and sleep patterns.
The Special Interdisciplinary Science Lecture is being hosted by the
recently organized Science Interdisciplinary Working Group (SIWG) which
seeks to actively foster new and help enhance current interdisciplinary
science work done at Seton Hall University. The Science
Interdisciplinary Working Group includes a desginated faculty member
from each of the various science departments. Current SIWG members are
Kelly Goedert (Psychology), Angela Klaus (Biology), Tom Marlowe
(Math/CS), Rory Murphy (Chem/Biochem),and Jose Lopez (Physics). As part
the group's working initiative, SIWG will occasionally organize
different University-wide forums to augment the institutional-wide
discussion and help with the effort to advance further interdisciplinary
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