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FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2016 Oct;363(20). pii: fnw225. Epub 2016 Sep 25.

Unlocking the black box: teaching mathematical modeling with popular culture.

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Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164, USA Community Health Analytics Initiative, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164, USA Eric.Lofgren@wsu.edu.

Abstract

Mathematical modeling is an important tool in biological research, allowing for the synthesis of results from many studies into an understanding of a system. Despite this, the need for extensive subject matter knowledge and complex mathematics often leaves modeling as an esoteric subspecialty. A 2-fold approach can be used to make modeling more approachable for students and those interested in obtaining a functional knowledge of modeling. The first is the use of a popular culture disease system-a zombie epidemic-to allow for exploration of the concepts of modeling using a flexible framework. The second is the use of available interactive and non-calculus-based tools to allow students to work with and implement models to cement their understanding.

KEYWORDS:

epidemiology; infectious disease; mathematical modeling; teaching; zombies

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27671710
DOI:
10.1093/femsle/fnw225
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