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Epidemics, Societies, and Math: How Disease Changes Animal Evolution, March 5

feature-imageNina Fefferman, professor in the UT Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics, will present “Epidemics, Societies, and Math: How Disease Changes Animal Evolution,” Friday, March 5 via Zoom. 

Animals, including humans, have had to evolve in order to balance the risk of catching infectious diseases from each other against the need for social contact and useful group organization. In her presentation, Professor Fefferman will use mathematical modeling to show how some of the behavioral patterns we see in nature achieve this balance really efficiently. She will try to apply some of these lessons to human society today. 

The UT Science Forum takes place via Zoom Friday, March 5 from noon to 1 p.m. Registration is required. Once registered, you will receive a link to join the Zoom presentation.

Register for the March 5 Science Forum presentation here.


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