[Amath-seminars] Fwd: First MAC lecture of 2011!

Randall J. LeVeque rjl at uw.edu
Sat Mar 5 13:15:51 PST 2011

These MathAcrossCampus lectures are always great, I encourage you to attend...


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From: Ioana Dumitriu <dumitriu at math.washington.edu>
Date: Sat, Mar 5, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Another year, another MAC lecture! This one will be given by our own
Elizabeth Thompson, world-expert on Biometric Science.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, March 10, 3:30-4:40 in Kane 210.

As usual, we would greatly appreciate it if you could forward this
information to your respective departments. Thank you very much!

Best regards,
The MAC Team


MathAcrossCampus Lecture: March 10, 3:30-4:30pm
                              Kane Hall 210

                           Reception to follow


Speaker: Elizabeth Thompson, University of Washington


Is this my cousin? How much of our genomes do we share? How long are
the segments of chromosome we share? Is a trait we share genetic? Do
we share the segment of genome that predisposes us to this trait? The
outcomes of the complex biological process of meiosis have deceptively
simple probability laws, but the patterns of genome shared
identical-by-descent (ibd) are complex. The ibd-graph summarizes
shared genome. Modern genome-wide genetic marker data permit inference
of the genome-wide ibd-graph. This talk will show us how these
inferences can assist us in answering these questions.


About the speaker:

Elizabeth A. Thompson is a professor in the Department of Statistics,
and an adjunct professor in the departments of Biostatistics and
Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. She received her B.A.
in mathematics and Ph.D. in mathematical statistics from Cambridge
University, and held positions at Stanford University and the
University of Cambridge before joining the faculty of the University
of Washington in 1985. Her research is in the development of methods
for model-based likelihood inference from genetic data, including
inference of relationships among individuals and among populations.
Dr. Thompson won the Jerome Sacks award for cross-disciplinary
research from the National Institute for Statistical Science, the
Weldon Prize for contributions to Biometric Science from Oxford
University, UK, and a Guggenheim fellowship. She is an elected member
of the International Statistical Institute, the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences, and the US National Academy of Sciences.



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