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Math Biology

An interview with mathematicians Cassie Pawling and Genevieve Toutain from the ASU Department of Mathematics and Statistics. A show filled with fun math tricks and even a bit of mind boggling mind reading.

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Topic Time
Intro 00:00
Why are two mathematicians getting involved in biology? 02:34
Genevieve and biology 02:44
Limnology 02:58
Cassie chooses math in college. 03:37
What kind of courses have you been taking that blend math and biology? [macro-parasites, mathematical epidemiology, mathematical neurobiology, statistics] 04:22
A few places you could get a job with a degree in math and biology? [CDC or NIH] 04:55
What the word significant means in statistics. 05:58
Different ways math is used in biology. 07:46
Examples of math in Nature. [fractiles, symmetry, 09:02
What is mathematical or biological modeling? [DNA knotting - folding] 10:31
Idea of how compact DNA is - [length of human genome stretched out] 11:55
Cassie's high school text book. [companion link coming soon] 12:19
Genevieve what are your plans after you complete you Masters degree? 14:06
Advise for preparing for college. [professor you like to work with - advisors / mentors] 14:38
Joint appointments of faculty into both mathematics and life sciences. 18:04
Fun math tricks - [Dr. Biology's math trick] 18:45
Genevieve's math trick. [Rule of 11] 20:28
Cassie's math tick. [cool patterns] 21:45
Genevieve uses math to read Dr. Biology's mind. 22:58
Three (more) questions-  
When did you know that you wanted to be a mathematician or scientist? 24:56
What would you be if you could not be a biologist or mathematician / scientist? 26:19
What advice do you have for someone that wants to be a scientists or mathematician? 27:47
A few practical tips for going and or getting into college. 28:49
Sign-off 30:06

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Math Biology

Audio editor: Charles Kazilek

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