Investigating the Black Plague using Math Modeling
iROC - Investigating Research on Campus
Please be with us Thursday, March 22nd when Christina Alvey, MSMC Division of Math and Information Technology, and Heather Polgrea of MedAllies, will present Investigating the Black Plague using Math Modeling.
Yersinia pestis has been the cause of some of the most devastating plagues in recorded history with the most infamous of outbreaks carrying the handle “The Black Death” or “Bubonic Plague” in Europe between the years 1346-1353. During these years approximately 50 million people, or 60% of the continent, perished. However, the mortality rates between similar cities infected with Yersinia pestis varied greatly which was a subject of confusion. It was recently discovered that there were multiple strains of the bacteria operating at the same time with different effects on the people impacted. We will discuss how the use of mathematical models can give us insight into the disease transmission and how the three strains of Yersinia pestis interact within a population.
Christina Alvey, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Mount Saint Mary College. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Actuarial Science from North Central College and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Purdue University. Her research investigates mathematical models in biology and epidemiology.
Heather Polgrean is a Mount Saint Mary Alumni with a degree in Biology and a minor in Mathematics. She was fortunate enough to participate in SURE and Honors research opportunities that have taken her across the country to speak and have lent themselves to a found love of a variety of topics. Heather is currently finishing up several long-term projects and works as a Success Analyst for MedAllies.
Investigating the Black Plague using Math Modeling will take place in Kaplan Library Room 218 of the Dominican Center. This event has been approved FYE credit as College Connection. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!
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