# Mathematical Biology Seminar

### David Temme

Department of Biology, University of Utah

#### Why I can't explain biology without mathematics

#### Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at 3:05pm

LCB 215

From my outside perspective, the existence of mathematically-inclined
biologists (or biologically-inclined mathematicians) is a good thing! It
is clear that many biological dynamics involve interactions too complex
to readily (or intuitively) keep track of without the aid of mathematical
models.

My focus, however, is somewhat different. My underlying goal has been to
try to build a conceptual framework that unifies all of biology, and then
keep building from there. In turn, I have used this framework to
construct various biology courses, each of which strives to build story
in a way that fully exposes the underlying concepts, and where all the
pieces fit together in a way that continually builds upon itself. In the
process, I have long realized that certain ideas, absolutely essential to
understanding the workings of life, are mathematical in nature. And for
over 20 years I have taught Principles of Biology in a way that pushes
those ideas to the forefront. It is a completely unique approach that I
know has helped a lot of students think more clearly about biology. On
the other hand, I have no idea how mathematically-inclined biologists (or
biologically-inclined mathematicians) would respond to my approach. I
would like to find out!