Planktonic ecosystems make up the bottom nutritive levels of aquatic food webs, providing a vital source of food to many large marine organisms. Researchers build nutrient-phytoplankton-zooplankton (NPZ) mathematical models in order to describe the bottom trophic levels of aquatic ecosystems, aiding future research of phytoplankton.
Good news! A mobile app for the SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science (MS16), happening May 8-12 in Philadelphia, and SIAM Conference on Imaging Science (IS16), happening May 23- 26 in Albuquerque, is now available for download. Here’s how to get it:
Plug www.tripbuildermedia.com/apps/siam2016events into your mobile browser or computer. The link will automatically detect the type of device and take you to the right place to download the app. It can also be viewed in HTML5 if you connect using your computer. Read the rest of this entry »
The May issue of SIAM News is now officially available online! Learn more about mathematical models for fighting Zika Virus, mathematical matchmaking, the new national Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Mathematical Modeling Education (GAIMME), a new method for emotional interpretation based on nonlinear time series analysis and many other interesting topics: https://sinews.siam.org/
According to the Vision Council of America, roughly 75% of adults in the United States require some form of vision correction. Yet only 10% of Americans wear contact lenses. Studies estimate that one in four initial contact-users finds the lenses uncomfortable and stops wearing them. Thus, increasing the comfort level of contact lenses and expanding the market is a continual objective in the vision industry.
In order to understand the factors that contribute to lens comfort, it is important to study the solid and fluid mechanics of a lens’ interaction with an eye. In an article publishing this week in the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, authors David Ross, Kara Maki, and Emily Holz design an equilibrium model to demonstrate the elastic stresses and suction pressure distribution between a soft hydrogel contact lens and an eye. Read the rest of this entry »
As Math Awareness Month (MAM) winds down, we wanted to leave you with another post! The goal of MAM is to increase public understanding and appreciation for mathematics. This year’s theme is “The Future of Prediction”. Many may not realize that mathematics and statistics are widely used to predict a number of things, such as, the outcome of a ball game, the results of elections, U.S industrial production of oil and natural gas prices, and even your health. Joe Kincaid, Senior Business Process Engineer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, determined that the healthcare industry could forecast the likelihood of coronary heart disease through the use of mathematics, statistics, and technology advancements, which he discusses in his essay “To your Health”. Read the rest of this entry »