UCLA mathematician Andrea BertozziTopics ranging from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the science of mapping crime hotstops will be up for discussion as SMU’s Collegium da Vinci welcomes Andrea Bertozzi. Bertozzi, professor of mathematics at the University of California-Los Angeles, will speak on “Mathematics in the Real World” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center.

Bertozzi will give the Collegium’s 2010 Allman Family Public Lecture, which is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come first-served basis. To RSVP, contact Collegium, 214-768-1177.

Currently director of the UCLA Program in Computational and Applied Mathematics, Bertozzi serves on the editorial boards of Interfaces and Free Boundaries, Applied Mathematics Research eXpress, Nonlinearity, and Communications in the Mathematical Sciences. Her current research interests include image inpainting, image segmentation, cooperative control of robotic vehicles, swarming, mathematics of crime, and fluid interfaces.

A Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Bertozzi is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her past honors include a Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship and the Presidential Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the Office of Naval Research. She received her A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from Princeton.

Collegium da Vinci is a membership-only program of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and is dedicated to sophisticated scientific discussion. It presents a series of six lectures per year, featuring speakers “who have made great strides in various areas of the sciences,” according to its website. A tax-deductible portion of membership supports the Collegium and Dedman College programs in the sciences.

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