Monday, March 30, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Horizon Room, Memorial Union

Speaker Information

Michael Waterman
Dornsife Professor
Departments of Biological Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science.
University of Southern California


Beginning in the 1970s the ability to read DNA sequences has dramatically increased. This general lecture will describe some of that development with attention on mathematical and statistical aspects. After the Human Genome Project new technologies (known as Next Generation Sequencing ) have been developed. NGS has impacted the approaches to solve some basic problems that were previously considered solved.

Reception to follow from 5:00-6:30 pm.

(The OSU Lectures in Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (LMSCS) is a revival of a collaborative series of nine distinguished lectures honoring the founding Mathematics Department Chair W.E. Milne. Those lectures occurred between 1981 and 1997. This year’s lecture, entitled DNA Sequencing in the 21st Century, will be given by University of Southern California Dornsife Professor Michael S. Waterman, Departments of Biological Science, Mathematics, and Computer Science. The lecture is jointly supported by funds from the Oregon State University Colleges of Science and Engineering, and the OSU Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing.)

Speaker Bio

Professor Waterman received a Phd in Probability and Statistics from Michigan State University (1969). He is a native Oregonian, growing up on a ranch near Bandon, Oregon, where family members still reside. He received both the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Mathematics degrees from Oregon State University (then Oregon State College) in 1964 and 1966, respectively. Results from his OSU MS Thesis entitled, The Exponential Family of Probability Distributions Generated by Sigma-Finite Measures, were published in the Annals of Mathematical Statistics in 1971.

Michael Waterman was named a Guggenheim Fellow (1995). He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1995), the National Academy of Sciences (2001), and the National Academy of Engineering (2012). Also he is an elected Fellow of: The American Association for the Advancement of Science (1990), The Institute of Mathematical Statistics (2012), The Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (2009), and The International Society of Computational Biology (2009). He received a Gairdner Foundation International Award (2002), and the Friendship Award from the Chinese government (2013). He is an elected Foreign Member of the French Académie des Sciences (2005) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2013). He received a Doctor Philosphiae Honors Causia from Tel Aviv University (2011) and from Southern Denmark University (2013).