Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematical Modeling in Population Biology and Epidemiology

10th Annual Red Raider Mini-Symposium
October 28 - 30, 2010

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Texas Tech University

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Distinguished Speakers

Early Career Speakers

Poster Presenters


We will attempt to support many of our participants, giving priority to early career researchers (graduate students, post-docs, and tenure-track assistant professors) especially those who will present a research poster during the poster session; the research must be in the area of mathematical biology. If you are interested in presenting a poster, please register, and send your title and abstract to the organizers by Oct. 14, 2010. Those receiving supported travel must share a room in the hotel with another participant (not applicable for invited speakers).


All talks will be given on the campus at Texas Tech in the Student Union Building (SUB).   Coffee, tea, juice and cookies will be available between talks.  


                                         Location: Senate Room, SUB




1:00 - 2:00

Reception (Red Raider Lounge, SUB)


2:00 - 2:20

Opening Speech (Dean Lawrence Schovanec)


2:20 - 3:10

Carlos Castillo-Chavez

Cross-immunity and Influenza Epidemics

3:20 - 4:10

Pauline van den Driessche

Modeling the Spread of West Nile Virus [Ref1] [Ref2]

4:20 - 5:10

Gerardo Chowell

Adaptive Vaccination Strategies to Mitigate Pandemic Influenza: Mexico as a Case Study [Ref1] [Ref2]


                                  Location: Lubbock Room, SUB




9:00 - 9:50

Zhilan Feng

Mathematical Models of Influenza Dynamics [Ref1] [Ref2]

10:00 - 10:50

Sze-Bi Hsu

Single Phytoplankton Species Growth with Light and Advection in a Water Column [Ref1] [Ref2]

11:00 - 11:50

Anna Spagnuolo

A Mathematical Model for Vibrio Cholera Colonization in the Human Intestine

11:50 - 1:20

Lunch break

1:20 - 2:50

Poster Session (Croslin Room South, Main Library)

3:00 - 3:50

Glenn F. Webb

Analysis of a Model for Transfer Phenomena in Biological Populations  [Ref1]  [Ref2]

4:00 - 4:50

Julien Arino

The Mathematics of the Bio.Diaspora Project

5:00 - 5:50

Paul Jianjun Tian

On the global stability of cholera models [Ref1] [Ref2]

6:00 - 9:00

Banquet (Merket Alumni Center)



                                  Location: Senate Room, SUB                                                                                 




9:00 - 9:50

Jim Cushing

Matrix Models for Semelparous Populations:  Dynamics and Evolution   [Ref1]  [Ref2]  [Ref3]

10:00 - 10:50

Horst Thieme

Global attractors and stability, persistence, and the Laplace transform

11:00 - 6:00

Visit and picnic at the Palo Duro Canyon State Park




The mini-symposium is currently sponsored by Prof. Frits Ruymgaart's Paul Whitfield Endowed Horn Professorship and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of Texas Tech University. Horn Professor Ruymgaart generously provides funds from his endowed professorship to support distinguished speakers. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics pays other organizational expenses. Financial support for some speakers and participants is from the NSF.


There is NO registration fee for the conference, but participants should fill out the Registration Form in advance.


Flying to Lubbock: Service to Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB) include Southwest Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, and American Airlines. Available transportation service from the airport, located approximately 15 minutes from the conference hotels, includes City Cab (806) 765-7474, Yellow Cab (806) 765-7777, Royal Cab (806) 749-5333, VIP Royal coach Private Service (806) 795-3888, Limousines of Lubbock (806) 743-5466, Lone Star Limousine (888) 286-5466, White Knights Limousines (806) 799-3366.

Driving to Lubbock: Centrally located between Dallas, Texas, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, Interstate 27 connects the city of Lubbock with two east-west interstate systems, I-20 and I-40. State highways 82, 84, 87, and 114 also provide easy access to cities throughout the region. The following numbers may also provide more information: Emergency Road Conditions - (806) 745-4411, Texas Department of Transportation - (806) 745-4411, Tourist Information - (800) 452-9292.

Hotel Information: Special rates have been negotiated with Staybridge Suites (2515 19th Street, Lubbock, TX 79410.)  Call (806) 765-8900 for reservations (be sure to mention the Red Raider Mini-Symposium and the Texas Tech University Math Department).  Rooms at the conference rate ($85.00 per night) should be booked by October 1, 2010.

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A summary of the abstracts can be found here.

Photos of the event can be found here.


Organizers: Lih-Ing Wu Roeger (
                  Sophia Jang (

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Texas Tech University
Phone: (806) 742-2580
Fax: (806) 742-1112