Montgomery College Hosts Spectrum Lecture on the Life-Saving Power of Mathematics

Dr. John Jungck, a professor from the University of Delaware, will speak at Montgomery College-Germantown Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the College’s Spectrum Lecture Series. The talk will take place in Globe Hall, located in the High Technology and Science Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, Md. This event is free and open to the public.

In this talk, Jungck will discuss how “mathematics saves lives, hundreds of thousands of lives.” In the 20th century, at least five Nobel Prizes in physiology and medicine involved direct contributions from mathematics.

In 2003, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission made eight major recommendations for the improvement of undergraduate biology education. The first two of the recommendations emphasized the need for increased focus on mathematics. Jungck will speak on “Ten equations that changed biology” and provide a brief description of their historical importance in this lecture.

A professor of biological sciences, Jungck holds joint appointments in the Department of Mathematics and the Bioinformatics Program at the University of Delaware. He is director of the Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories, editor of Biology International and serves on the editorial boards of several journals including the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, Evolutionary Bioinformatics, CBE Life Science Education, and the American Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Like all Spectrum Lectures, Jungck’s presentation is designed for a non-scientific audience, enabling scientists, students, and the community to learn about groundbreaking advancements in science. No tickets are required to attend.For questions or to request accommodations for physical disability, please contact Susan Bontems at or 240-567-7740.

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