social_networking-600x0Myron Kayton Science Pub #21 - Mathematical Models of the Spread of Diseases, Opinions, Information, and Misinformation

UCLA Mathematics professor Mason Porter will describe how to model social networks, as well as how diseases and misinformation spread across them.

When: Sunday, May 29th, 3pm-4pm
Cost: No charge, but pre-registration is required
Contact: Ethel Laczko, or German Enciso,
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Social networks have a huge effect on the spread of diseases, memes, opinions, and information in a population. In this presentation, professor Porter will give an introduction to the mathematical modeling of the spread of both diseases and opinions. He will also discuss the importance of these ideas to the current COVID-19 pandemic and associated "infodemics" online.

mason-porterMason A. Porter is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at UCLA. He earned his B.S. in Applied Mathematics at Caltech in 1998 and his Ph.D. from the Center for Applied Mathematics at Cornell University in 2002. After postdoctoral positions at Georgia Tech, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and Caltech, Mason joined the faculty in the Mathematical Institute at University of Oxford in 2007. He moved to UCLA in 2016. Mason studies many topics in complex systems, networks, and nonlinear systems. He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, American Physical Society, and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

About the Myron Kayton Science Pub Series:
The Science Pub series is named after former Club president Myron Kayton ’56, who was a regular attendee of the Pub talks and had a deep commitment to science, having served as Deputy Manager for Lunar Module Guidance and Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in the 1960s.


3:00PM - 4:00PM Sun 29 May 2022, Pacific timezone

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