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Reinvention Center meeting features guest lecture

May 31, 2013

Board Chair Claudia Neuhauser will speak about her research Wednesday, June 5, 10-11:30 a.m. in TILT 221.

Claudia NeuhauserThe first meeting of the Board of Directors of The Reinvention Center since it moved to Colorado State earlier this year takes place this week. Board Chair Claudia Neuhauser has offered to give two talks on campus while she is here, one on undergraduate education and another on her research specialty.

Neuhauser is Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Director of Graduate Studies for Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology, and Director of the Center for Learning Innovation at the University of Minnesota Rochester , the newest campus of the University of Minnesota.  She is responsible for the development of the bachelor’s in Health Sciences at UMR.

Interface of mathematics and biology

Her research is at the interface of mathematics and biology. Much of her work has been in the area of spatial stochastic models where she studies the effects of spatial structure on community dynamics. Currently, much of her research is in the area of bioinformatics and computational biology where she is developing statistical tools ranging from detecting genomic signatures of cancer and other complex diseases in next-generation sequencing data to building dynamic protein-protein networks based on flow cytometry data.

Her research talk, set for Wednesday, June 5, 10-11:30 a.m. in TILT 221, is titled “A statistical approach for detecting copy number variations for next generation sequencing data.”

DNA copy number variation (CNV) is a genetic signature for complex diseases such as cancer. High-throughput sequencing technologies combined with efficient mapping algorithms enable fast detection of CNVs.  Neuhauser will discuss a mathematical model for the distribution of mapped read counts together with a statistical procedure to ascertain statistical significance of candidates.

The UVP Network of the Reinvention Center will also be meeting on campus this week, hosted by Executive Director and outgoing CSU Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs Alan Lamborn. The Reinvention Center is a consortium of 65 research universities across the nation dedicated to improving the quality of undergraduate education at their campuses.