Math Awareness Month - April 2002

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Websites of government agencies, laboratories and institutes

All these websites have extensive links to more information on the Human Genome Project, background on genetic research, databases, conferences, issues, etc., and research involving mathematical biology.

Center for Mathematical Biology

European Bioinformatics Institute genome helpdesk

Genetics Algorithm Archive

Genome Links from the Los Alamos National Laboratory

Human Genome Mapping Project Resource Centre

Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics Tutorials

Laboratory of Experimental and Computational Biology (LECB) (formerly Laboratory of Mathematical Biology)

Mathematical Research Branch

Microarray Project

National Human Genome Research Institute hosts an extensive website on the background and current research of the HGP

Oak Ridge National Laboratory hosts a series of informative websites related to the Human Genome Project, including education resources, an Image Gallery, and Human Genome News

U.S. Dept. of Energy posts news and background information on its Biological and Environmental Research Program

U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) genome helpdesk and guide for navigation of the publicly available genome databases

What's a Genome? An informative publication of The Institute for Genomic Research.

Professional societies that publish research in mathematical biology

American Mathematical Society

International Biometric Society

International Society for Computational Biology

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Society for Mathematical Biology

Private sector in genome research

Celera Genomics

Genomics News Wire

Incyte Genomics

Publications (articles, books)

Mathematics and the Genome, by Joseph Malkevitch, was the American Mathematical Society's April 2002 feature article.

Broad-based science magazines such as Nature, Science, and Discoverhave recently published articles about mathematics and the genome, and the entire June 8, 2001 issue of Science was devoted to the genome. If you have a subscription to these journals you may search their sites by keyword and author, for instance.

See a list of Genetics, Genomics & Biotechnology Journals and search the web for other specialized journals such as Applied Mathematics and Computation and others that publish articles related to mathematics and the genome.

Search the Washington Post, New York Times, and other major newspapers that cover science and technology news in weekly sections devoted to these topicsincluding mathematics, statistics and bioinformatics used in genome research. Most newspapers offer free access to articles for a week or so, then charge a fee for accessing the archive.

Two recent books on the subject are: Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters, by Matt Ridley (NY, HarperCollins, 2000), and Life Script: How the Human Genome Discoveries Will Transform Medicine and Enhance Your Health, by Nicholas Wade (NY, Simon and Schuster, 2001), reviewed in the New York Times Book Review, September 9, 2001.

Mathematics and DNA, by De Witt Sumners, was the Mathematics Awareness Month 1999 theme essay.

MAM 2002 Committee members

Dan Burns, Committee Chair, Mathematics Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Gary Churchill, Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine

Mark Green, Mathematics Department and Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM), UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Laurie Heyer, Mathematics Department, Davidson College, Davidson, NC

Eugene Myers, Celera Genomics, Rockville, MD

Terence Speed, Statistics Department, University of California, Berkeley, CA

Mathematics Awareness Month is sponsored each year by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics to recognize the importance of mathematics through written materials and an accompanying poster that highlight mathematical developments and applications in a particular area.