Modeling Growth in Biological Tissuse

Speaker: Becky Vandiver, St. Olaf College

Date & Time:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Owens Science Center (OWS 250)

Abstract: Unlike traditional engineering materials, living structures show the fascinating ability to grow and adapt their form, shape and microstructure to a given mechanical environment.   For example, a regularly occurring wind can lead to thicker, shorter plants, and heart muscles thicken in response to high blood pressure.  As tissues grow they can develop internal stresses that can influence the overall mechanical properties of the structure.  In this talk I will present the mathematical tools used to study the interplay of geometry, growth, and elastic responses of stems, arteries and other soft tissues.  

Biographical information: Becky received her B.S. in Mathematics from The College of William and Mary and her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Arizona. She spent two years at Bryn Mawr College as a postdoc funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She has a broad interest at the interface of mathematics, biology, and mechanics. She also has a great passion for the development of curriculum and programs in mathematical biology. Becky has two young daughters, Regan and Kailey, who keep her busy when she’s not on campus. She also enjoys tennis, golf, biking and playing the piano.

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