The flu, math and you, discover what math can do at free Cafe Mathematique

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Math often gets a bad rap, but a panel of experts will show how it can be used for unexpected discoveries at Café Mathématique, organized by a York University expert in disease modelling and mathematical epidemiology and immunology.

Jane Heffernan

Professor Jane Heffernan, research chair and director of the Centre for Disease Modelling in Ontario, will moderate the Toronto café, “Infectious Disease: The Flu, Math and You.” The event is part of series of six cafés that will be held across Canada over the next 12 months co-organized by Heffernan.

The free event, open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 6 to 8pm, at The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, 222 College St. in Toronto. Refreshments will be provided.

The following is a list of the panellists:

  • Catherine Beauchemin, professor, Physics Department, Ryerson University, and Senior Visiting Scientist, iTHEMS @ RIKEN;
  • David Fisman, professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto;
  • Seyed Moghadas, associate professor, Mathematics & Statistics, York University, and director, Pan-InfORM; and,
  • Edward Thommes, director, Health Economics and Outcomes Research North America, Sanofi Pasteur, and Adjunct Professor, Mathematics & Statistics, Guelph University.

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The cafés are funded by the The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, the Centre for Disease Modelling at York U, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the province of Ontario.