In order to help protect the health of event participants and our community, Reed College is following the advice of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding mass gatherings and large community events. Some programs and events at Reed may be canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 prevention efforts.

Prior to attending an event, we strongly encourage you to check Reed’s events calendar at for status updates. Questions? Please contact the conference & events planning office at 503-777-7522.

Math Colloquium: Jon Kujawa, University of Oklahoma

DNA and Burnt Pancakes: or, how Bill Gates Became a Billionaire - 

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.

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

Eliot Hall, 314
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

Event Type



Open to the Public

Mathematics, Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Google Calendar iCal Outlook

Recent Activity