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MEDIA ADVISORY: How to Use Mathematics to Manage the Environment, Topic of MU Biological Science Lecture

November 8th, 2011

Story Contact: MU News Bureau, 573-882-6211,

WHAT: Managing Missouri’s deer population may be a matter of solving a few equations.

Louis J. Gross, a mathematical biologist at the University of Tennessee, says natural processes are just tough mathematical problems that, if solved, can have a direct impact on managing the environment. As part of the Division of Biological Sciences’ distinguished Nelson lecture series, Gross will share some of the more interesting mathematical problems the natural world poses as well as some examples of how mathematical biology can offer alternative conservation strategies.

This lecture, “Space and Control in Natural Systems,” is sponsored by the Nelson Lectureship, the Division of Biological Sciences, the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center, and the MU Complexity and Modeling Initiative. This lecture is free and open to the public.

WHO: Louis J. Gross, professor and director of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), University of Tennessee

WHEN & WHERE: 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8

Monsanto Auditorium, Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center

MU campus

NOTE: Gross will be available to talk to the media immediately proceeding or following the lecture.

A reception will follow the lecture. Seating is limited to 250.