SAMSI Workshop

Today the Institute hosted student participants in the Interdisciplinary Workshop for Undergraduate Students sponsored by SAMSI. The week long workshop provided an introduction to applied mathematical and statistical research in the area of computational neuroscience and forensics. Talks were presented by statisticians and applied mathematicians who work with analyzing imaging, finger printing and many types of similar data. Student teams used data from different sources to investigate a variety of questions related to several exciting and emerging area of research ranging from the mechanisms that bridge multiple spatial and temporal scales, linking the activity of individual components (e.g., molecular biology, genetics, and neuron networks) and their interactions to the overall complex dynamic behavior of the brain and nervous system. The students also explored the statistical underpinning for forensic procedures. The workshop was organized by Dr. Sujit Ghosh.

Workshop participants were given an overview of graduate education in analytics and heard a panel discussion with recent graduates of the Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) degree program. The panel was moderated by the Institute’s director, Dr. Michael Rappa, and included: Daniel Brannock, Bailey Flores, Leigh Ann Herhold, Caitlin Phelps, and Hiwot Tesfaye.

SAMSI Workshop Panel

Located in Research Triangle Park, SAMSI was established in 2002 as a partnership of Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS), in collaboration with the William Kenan, Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science. SAMSI is part of the Mathematical Sciences Institutes program of the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation.