Category: SIAM News

AI art is popular, but it is ethical?
The linked article is for SIAM News, the magazine for members of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). However, even though the main audience for this magazine is professional mathematicians, this article contains no mathematics whatsoever, but does contain possibly the worst pun I ever have contributed to a published article. [ This…

Whip it good: how flagella help cells move
The linked article is for SIAM News, the magazine for members of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). However, even though the main audience for this magazine is professional mathematicians, I wrote it to be understandable even if you gloss over the math. [ This blog is dedicated to tracking my most recent…

Modeling tuberculosis from molecules to organs
The linked article is for SIAM News, the magazine for members of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). However, even though the main audience for this magazine is professional mathematicians, I wrote it to be understandable even if you gloss over the math. [ This blog is dedicated to tracking my most recent…

How do cells “know” to move without brains?
The linked article is for SIAM News, the magazine for members of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). However, even though the main audience for this magazine is professional mathematicians, I wrote it to be understandable even if you gloss over the math. And it involves the word “tortuosity”, which is just fun…

Can scientists speak truth to power when they aren’t in the business of “truth”?
[ This blog is dedicated to tracking my most recent publications. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with all the science stories I write! ] Can Science Speak Truth to Power? For SIAM News: Since the onset of COVID19, government messaging has been scattershot at best. In the meantime, epidemiologists, public health experts, and…

Finding the right math for medical problems
The linked article is for SIAM News, the magazine for members of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). However, even though the main audience for this magazine is professional mathematicians, I wrote it to be understandable even if you gloss over the math. And it involves the word “tortuosity”, which is just fun…

The danger of climate change may be its rate
As with many of my other contributions to SIAM News, the article “It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Rate: RateInducted Tipping’s Relation to Climate Change” includes some mathematical equations, but I’ve tried to write the piece so you can understand it even if you gloss over that part. And this article in particular has some…

Teaching AI to “Do No Harm”
[ This blog is dedicated to tracking my most recent publications. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with all the science stories I write! ] Is There an Artificial Intelligence in the House? For SIAM News: Medical care routinely involves lifeordeath decisions, the allocation of expensive or rare resources, and ongoing management of real…

Bicycles, networks, and biological homeostasis
The linked article is for SIAM News, the magazine for members of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The audience for this magazine, in other words, is professional mathematicians and related researchers working in a wide variety of fields. While this article contains equations, I wrote it to be understandable even if you…

Ecological stability far from equilibrium
The linked article is for SIAM News, the magazine for members of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The audience for this magazine, in other words, is professional mathematicians and related researchers working in a wide variety of fields. While this article contains equations, I wrote it to be understandable even if you…