Invited Address

Jennifer Vasquez, Associate Professor of Mathematics
University of Scranton

Sorting Games

Abstract:
In this talk, we will present sorting games which are easy to understand but quickly become challenging.  These games are based on permutations, and each variation contains deep and interesting mathematical connections. Time permitting we will discuss applications of these games to codes and to mathematical biology, specifically, the modeling of genomic rearrangements.  

About our Speaker:
Jennifer F. Vasquez earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Scranton.  She was a 2007-08 Project NExT fellow (Sun Dot).  Her recent research interests lie in applying her mathematical training in geometric topology and quantum computing to problems in biology.  She is also interested in teaching techniques and undergraduate research.