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Math Colloquium: Jon Kujawa, University of Oklahoma

Thursday, February 6, 2020 4:40pm to 5:30pm

3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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With the advent of DNA sequencing and other new tools in biology, there is a wealth of open problems at the interface of biology and math which use combinatorics, graph theory, group theory, and other topics from discrete math.  I'll talk about one such problem, some of the related mathematical questions, and some work done by Rhyker Benevidez, a former undergraduate student at the University of Oklahoma.  Despite being at the cutting edge of mathematical biology, most of the questions (and all of my talk) are understandable to even first-year undergraduate students.

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