Research Nuggets

# Applying Math to Cancer, Climate, Crime and Cameras

Check out these three "Nugget Bytes" about recently-published SIAM journal papers.

# Statistics Research Could Build Consensus Around Climate Predictions

A statistical hierarchical Bayesian model can consolidate climate change information from observation-based data sets and climate models.

# Math Models Analyze the Evolution of Epidemics During Air Travel

A mathematical model can describe the evolution of an epidemic in regions connected by international flights.

# A Mathematical Perspective of Seasonal Variations in Lyme Disease Transmission

Yuxiang Zhang and Xiao-Qiang Zhao propose a reaction-diffusion model to study transmission dynamics of Lyme disease while considering seasonality.

# Math Models Enhance Current Therapies for Coronary Heart Disease

A mathematical model might help improve currently-employed treatments of coronary heart disease, which accounts for 18% of U.S. deaths annually.

# Are You Ready to Retire?

Read about a partial differential equation model governing the value of a defined pension plan, including the option for early retirement.

# Seamless Photography: Using Mathematical Models for Image Stitching

Wei Wang and Michael Ng aim to develop an algorithm for image stitching, a process that seamlessly blends two or more photographs.

# Tracking Criminal Movement Using Math

One way to study criminal behavior and predict a criminal’s next move is by analyzing his/her movement via a mathematical model.

# How Vegetation Competes for Rainfall in Dry Regions

Jonathan A. Sherratt uses a mathematical model to determine the levels of precipitation necessary for pattern formation in vegetation.

# Stabilizing Aircraft During Takeoff and Landing Using Math

Chris Howcroft, Bernd Krauskopf, Mark Lowenberg, and Simon Neild study the dynamics of aircraft landing gear using nonlinear models.

# Surges in Latent Infections: Mathematical Analysis of Viral Blips

The silent stages of recurrent infection are hard to study with experimental models. Mathematical analysis can help fill in the gaps.

# Mathematical Models to Better Combat HIV

Mathematical models can analyze viral dynamics in the early phase of HIV, thus offering insights into therapeutic and prevention strategies.

# Math Helps Detect Gang-related Crime and Better Allocate Police Resources

Social and geographical patterns that provide information about communities or gangs is a popular subject for mathematical modeling.