Math Across Campus Lecture

http://www.math.washington.edu/mac

MathAcrossCampus Lecture: February 8, 2:30-3:30pm
Kane Hall 210
Reception to follow

Title: Math meets muscle: how many molecular motors mediate motion

Speaker: Tom Daniel, UW

Abstract:
Muscle is nature’s most versatile machine. Converting chemical energy into mechanical work, muscle can act as an actuator, a brake, or even a spring. In collaboration with undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs, we have focused on understanding how billions of molecular motors can interact to drive motion in animals. We have used everything from simple algebra to cloud computing to calculate and predict how forces are generated.

Speaker Bio:
Tom Daniel holds the Joan and Richard Komen Endowed Chair and has appointments in the Department of Biology, Computer Science & Engineering, the Program on Neurobiology and Behavior Faculty at the University of Washington. Prior to the UW, he was a postdoc at Cal Tech an received his PhD from Duke. Daniel has received honors including a MacArthur Fellowship, the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award, and the University of Washington Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award. Daniel’s research programs focus on biomechanics and sensory systems, addressing questions about the physics, engineering and neural control of movement in biological systems.

Prof. Heidi Houston
Dept. Earth and Space Sciences
Johnson Hall 070 Box 351310
University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195
heidi.houston
206 616-7092

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