Careers in Math: The Role of Mathematics in Modern Medicine
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Date and Time
Sunday, April 11, 2010 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Donald P. Shiley Center for Science and Technology, Atrium
Dr. Carol Newton, professor emeritus, UCLA Department of Biomathematics, speaks about careers in fields at the rapidly evolving frontiers where mathematics, statistics, computer science, physics, engineering, biology and medicine interact to enable challenging research and development. Much of the latter can be of considerable benefit to society.
Several examples of this will be discussed – in the neurosciences, cancer, HIV – and some additional fields mentioned – e.g. genetics, cardiac physiology, pharmacology, biomedical imaging, personalized medicine. Examples of training paths will be discussed. In the discussion period following the presentation, questions and requests for additional information will be welcome.
Dr. Newton's research interests lie primarily in mathematical/computational model-based studies in the neurosciences and cellular biology (including oncology). She earned a PhD in physics from Stanford in 1956, and an MD from University of Chicago in 1960. She is an active professor emeritus, currently teaching 2 graduate and 2 upper-division biomath classes, 5 PBL sections in the freshman and sophomore medical curriculum, and actively involved in research.
In 1958 Dr. Newton developed the first computer program to calculate electron therapy treatments, the Univac I, C-10 Code. In 1992 she was a founding fellow of the American Institute of Biological and Medical Engineering and a fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics. Her numerous appointments include
- National Academy of Sciences Commission on International Relations
- National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Programs
- National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH
- NIH Board of Regents , National Library of Medicine
- NIH Panel to assess status and progress of the National Centers for Biomedical Computing Initiative.
To learn more about Dr. Newton, read her biography under "Changing the Face of Medicine" at the National Institutes of Health website.