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Upcoming Events

Amanda Harsy RamsayMath Club Fall Guest Speaker

"Determining Optimal Strategies for DNA Self-Assembly Using Tile-Based Assembly and Graphs"

Amanda Harsy Ramsay, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Director of Mathematics
Lewis University

Thursday, October 25, 2018
5:45 p.m.
Room S-115
Refreshments will be served!

Motivated by the discovery of new laboratory techniques, formal graph theory has recently become useful in the study of self-assembling DNA complexes. Construction methods developed with concepts from undergraduate level graph theory have resulted in significantly increased efficiency. One recent focus in DNA nanotechnology is the formation of nantubes using lattice structures. These nanotubes are thought to have wide-ranging potential, such as containers for the transport and release of nano-cargos, as templates for the controlled growth of nano-objects, and in drug-delivery methods. Rules governing the structure of these nanotubes are not yet well understood, and this naturally offers open problems in the realm of applied graph theory.

About Dr. Harsy: During her time at Lewis University, Dr. Harsy has worked with over 30 students on projects involving linear algebra, statistics, data science, and math education. Dr. Harsy's current projects involve applying mathematical modeling to sport analytics and DNA self-assembly, along with educational research in Mastery-Based Learning.

Southwest Chicago Math Teachers' Circle Monthly Meetings 2018-2019

Calling All Math Teachers! During the 2018-2019 academic year Saint Xavier University, Lewis University, University of St. Francis, and Trinity Christian College will host monthly meetings of the Southwest Chicago Math Teachers' Circle. Join us for an evening of collaboration and hands-on problem-solving guided by college faculty members and fellow practicing middle-school and high school mathematics teachers. Southwest Chicago Math Teachers' Circle Meetings are free events designed to meet the requirements for Professional Development Hours and dinner is provided.

We will be meeting on the following Mondays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. during the school year:

Register for the monthly meetings at Math Circle RSVP.

For more information about the Math Teachers' Circle, contact Dr. Kristen Schreck at