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Seminars and Colloquiums
for the week of October 14, 2019



Louis Gross, UTK
Xia Chen UTK
Luke J. Matthews, Rand Corporation

Tea Time
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday
Room: Ayres 401
Hosted by: Liam Bitting
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TITLE: Overview of Catastrophe Theory from the Perspective of Bifurcation Theory
SPEAKER: Louis J. Gross
TIME: Monday 10:10 AM – 11:00AM
ROOM: Claxton 105 NIMBioS


TITLE: Precise intermittency for the parabolic Anderson Equation with an $(1+1)$dimensional time-space white noise (Part 2)
TIME: Tuesday 2:10 PM-3:25 PM
ROOM: Ayres 112
Abstract: The moment Lyapunov exponent is computed for the solution of the parabolic Anderson equation with an (1+1)-dimensional time–space white noise. Our main result positively confirms an open problem that originated from the observations made in the physical literature (J. Statist. Phys. 78(1995) 1377–1401) and (Nuclear Physics B290(1987) 582–602). By a link through the Feynman–Kac’s formula, our theorem leads to the evaluation of the ground state energy for then-body problem.

DySoC/NIMBioS Interdisciplinary Seminar
TITLE: "Cultural inheritance mechanics: Their affordances for evolutionary adaptation and applications to policy analysis"
SPEAKER: Luke J. Matthews, Rand Corporation
TIME: Tuesday 3:30pm and refreshments 3:00pm
ROOM: Hallam Auditorium, Room 206, NIMBioS, Claxton Education Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd.
Abstract: Abstract: Inheritance, meaning organisms recreating their information states in others, is a fundamental prior for evolution to produce adaptations. Novel insights about adaptation have emerged from formal mathematical models for mechanics of cultural inheritance. Such models often point to emergent phenomena from interactions among individuals being much more than the sum of the individuals' cognitions. I will illustrate such cases from my work on capuchin monkeys and human religious traditions. More practically, strategically intervening in cultural inheritance pathways presents numerous opportunities for improving public policy through analysis, such as my ongoing work to improve HIV prophylaxis prescribing among American physicians.

Luke Matthews is a behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is co-director of the RAND Center for Applied Network Analysis and Systems Science. Matthews' research focuses on studying cultural diffusion on social networks. His research has been featured in New Scientist, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Prior to joining RAND, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and worked in private industry for a startup social network analytics company. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology from New York University.

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Oct. 7, 2019

Sept. 30, 2019

Sept. 23, 2019

Sept. 16, 2019

Sept. 9, 2019

Sept. 2, 2019

Aug. 26, 2019




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