Thursday, August 10

Symmetry in Biology

3:30 PM-6:00 PM
Plumeria & Tiare (Salon 9 & 10)

Symmetry has long been a source of potent methods for analyzing physical systems; but only recently have researchers started to use symmetry techniques to analyze biological systems. The speakers in this minisymposium will focus on the uses of symmetry in studying coupled cell systems (central pattern generators for animal gaits and the structure of the visual cortex) and PDEs (the existence of pattern in animal shapes and coloration).

Organizer: Martin Golubitsky
University of Houston, USA
3:30-3:55 Sympatric Speciation and Symmetry-Breaking
Jack Cohen, Ian Stewart, and Toby Elmhirst, University of Warwick, United Kingdom
4:00-4:25 The Visual Cortex and Beyond
Paul C. Bressloff, Loughborough University, United Kingdom; and Jack D. Cowan, University of Chicago, USA
4:30-4:55 Geometric Visual Hallucinations and Euclidean Symmetry
Paul C. Bressloff, Loughborough University, United Kingdom; Jack D. Cowan and Peter J. Thomas, University of Chicago, USA; Martin Golubitsky, Organizer; and Matthew C. Wiener, National Institutes of Health, USA
5:00-5:25 Symmetry Breaking Bifurcations in Limb Transplant Phenomena
Lynn Trainor, University of Toronto, Canada
5:30-5:55 Coupled Oscillators and Animal Gaits
Martin Golubitsky, Organizer; Ian Stewart and Luciano Buono, University of Warwick, United Kingdom; and James J. Collins, Boston University, USA

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