In July SIAM News highlighted research by second-year graduate student Alina Glaubitz (joint with Professor Feng Fu) and her work on the oscillatory dynamics of social distancing. In her presentation, delivered virtually at the 2021 SIAM Annual Meeting, Alina described how she and Professor Fu incorporated an evolutionary game theory model into the epidemiological process, revealing the presence of a feedback loop between infections and social distancing. This feedback loop, an “oscillatory tragedy of the commons,” can lead to multiple waves of infection in emerging novel zoonotic diseases, such as COVID-19, which are caused by respiratory viruses and are highly contagious through proximity transmissions.
Professor Carl Pomerance was an invited speaker to a recent conference of the Northeastern Section of the MAA. His talk, ‘Is 73 the best number?’, was connected to his paper Proof of the Sheldon Conjecture (co-authored with Chris Spicer), which proved a mathematical concept inspired by an episode in the CBS series The Big Bang Theory. As stated in his talk’s abstract, “According to Sheldon Cooper, the often annoying lead character in the TV sitcom The Big Bang Theory, 73 is the best number. And he's eager to tell you why. But is it really? In joint work with Chris Spicer (Morningside College in Iowa), we show Sheldon just may be right.” Sheldon photo credit: Michael Yarish/©2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Jonathan Meng ’18 and Professor Feng Fu have recently published the paper Understanding gambling behaviour and risk attitudes using cryptocurrency-based casino blockchain data in Royal Society Open Science. The research was funded by the Neukom Scholars Program and Neukom-Vechain RFP. Their joint work was based on Jonathan’s mathematics senior honors thesis, Understanding Gambling Behavior and Risk Attitudes Using Massive Online Casino Data, for which Professor Fu served as advisor.
Journal of Combinatorial Theory Series A
Jan Glaubitz, Anne Gelb
Journal of Scientific Computing
Peter Winkler (Illustrations by Jess Johnson)
Routledge (A K Peters/CRC Press)