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To our valued students, visitors, and partners:
We have begun to phase in our on-campus presence in order to provide the best possible service in the safest way possible for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. As such, Levin Center staff began working part-time in the office on Monday, August 10. It is our intention to be available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm, but please be advised that there may be some lapses in physical presence due to staff availability and university guidelines. Office doors will be closed and signage should indicate office hours; please knock on the door within those hours! Please also be aware that capacity restrictions to meet social distancing requirements will be in place. Face covers are REQUIRED for anyone in the building.
We will still be available to assist via email, phone, and other electronic resources during vacancy hours. To reach our team during regular business hours:
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented situation. We appreciate your support and will do our best to assist you as quickly and efficiently as possible. Please be safe and stay positive!
This video captures 2017 summer participant testimonials and provides audiences with a brief overview about MTBI.
"Modelos De La Propagacion De Enfermedades Infecciosas" is a new book, collaboratively written by Dr. Castillo-Chavez, Dr. Brauer, and past MTBI participants, graduate students, and faculty.
Check out the article about MTBI in ASU Now!
MTBI alumna Heather Harrington, associate professor and Royal Society University Research Fellow at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, is a co-winner, along with Dr Luitgard Veraart (London School of Economics and Political Science) of the 2019 Adams Prize of the University of Cambridge. The topic is “The Mathematics of Networks.” The Adams Prize, awarded by the University of Cambridge, is one of the university's oldest and most prestigious prizes. Named after the mathematician John Couch Adams, it was established in commemoration of Adams's work in discovering the planet Neptune (through calculation of discrepancies in Uranus’ orbit). Dr. Harrington attended MTBI in 2005 and received her PhD from Imperial College in 2010 in Applied Mathematics. According to the Oxford and Turing Institute, her research focuses on the problem of reconciling models and data by extracting information about the structure of models and the shape of data.
The first cohort to take on the challenges of MTBI remotely and produced two fascinating research papers. . This community successfully overcame many challenges this year and we would like to thank the tutors and mentors on their dedication and resourcefulness.We would like to welcome our new MTBI Alumni!
"At this point in my academic career, MTBI has been by far the most challenging experience. However, the difficulties encountered along the way are easily offset by the rewarding feeling one gets after finishing writing a research article related to a topic you are passionate about. If you want to study something meaningful, it is more likely than not that conducting research on the topic will be frustratingly difficult at times. In that respect, students participating in MTBI have an advantage because they are not going through the process alone. Instead, you are surrounded by like-minded and talented students, mentors, and professors who all are there to help you succeed. You learn to play off one another's strengths and by doing so accomplish much more than you would ever be able to do on your own. Although you may not have all of the answers you were looking for by the end of the summer, you will certainly be more prepared and eager to address more challenging questions in the future." – Steven Manns, MTBI 2020
While wildlife can be exposed to lead from many sources, bald eagles' main source of lead is linked to the fall and winter big game hunting seasons, which happen to coincide with the eagles’ scavenging season. Lead-toxicity may cause severe clinical symptoms (including death), but also more subtle, chronic symptoms. Chronic lead-toxicity results in continual physiological damage and affected biological mechanisms, including reduced fertility and voracity. This research quantifies the impact of lead-contaminated food sources on the bald eagle’s population of the Great Lakes by formulating a system of ordinary differential equations to show the progression through the stages of lead-toxicity and its role in the eagle’s population dynamics.
Homelessness in NYC at its highest level since the Great Depression, and as the NYC battles COVID-19, the advised precautionary measures are out of reach for this population. This research examines the contribution the homeless population has had on prolonging the epidemic in the city. The findings indicate that a significant number of secondary infections in the population of NYC are due to transmission of COVID-19 via the homeless, this most directly attributable to the higher effective reproductive number for the homeless population. These results could be used to study the impact of control measures.