Computer Science Events

Jan 16

Computer Science Talk

Stephanie Taylor, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Colby College will be giving a talk on "When Weaker is Better: A Computational Study of Mouse Circadian Clocks". Click above for more information.

Monday, January 16th, 2012
3:30 – 4:30 pm / CMC 206

When Weaker is Better: A Computational Study of Mouse Circadian Clocks

Have you ever experienced jet lag? That's because you have a strong, internal circadian clock that tells you what time of day it is (circadian is Latin for "about a day"). The clockworks are a network of thousands of mini clocks in your brain's hypothalamus. Together, they form a reliable time-keeper. Apart, they are totally unreliable, losing both strength and precision. How can it be that the whole is so much more than its parts? How do the parts contribute to the behavior of the whole?

To answer these questions, biologists, mathematicians, and engineers work together to identify key components, their interactions, and potential explanations for their dynamic behaviors. We use computational models to test our ideas and to guide further biological experimentation. In this talk, I will highlight recent advances in our understanding of the mouse circadian clock and give a brief description of how I, as a computer scientist, carry out my part of the research.

Sponsored by Computer Science. Contact: Sue Jandro, x4360