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NIMBioSUT students are invited to learn about topology—the twists, turns and knots in mathematics—and how it can be applied in real-life situations on Thursday, October 27.

Two of the nation’s experts in the field will lead the session from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Hallam Auditorium of the Claxton Education Building. It is free and open to undergraduates. Free pizza will be provided beginning at 5 p.m. Participants are encouraged to RSVP to Kelly Sturner at

Topology is the mathematical study of properties preserved through deformations, twisting, and stretching of objects.

The event, sponsored by the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, based at UT, is part of the Blackwell-Tapia Conference and Award Ceremony, a national conference that draws participants from around the country. The October 28-29 conference will be held at the UT Conference Center downtown.

The Blackwell-Tapia Award is the highest national research award given for minority mathematicians. This year’s recipient, Mariel Vazquez from the University of California-Davis, will present the topology session to students on October 27. The other presenter will be Jose Perea of Michigan State University.

Vazquez and Perea will discuss their career paths and the applications of their work in fields including pure mathematics, medicine, computers, and engineering.

The student event will be livestreamed on the NIMBioS website. A live chat on Twitter using the hashtag #nimbios will accompany the event.

For more information, visit the NIMBioS website or contact Kelly Sturner at