I am a math and science geek in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona, and I’m currently developing a computational model of hippocampal place cell replay in Dr. Fellous’ lab. We’re in search of a basic computational principle underlying the brain’s approximation to the spatial navigation version of the Traveling Salesperson Problem (TSP), a famous mathematical problem that has applications in fields as varied as genome sequencing, circuit board design, and airport logistics. I plan on going to graduate school for applied mathematics, so I can use the power and universality of math to investigate many different areas of science. In what little free time I have, I roast/drink copious amounts of coffee, play guitar, compose music, and play competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee.
The University of Arizona’s Undergraduate Biology Research Program is partnering with KXCI 91.3 to produce “Thesis Thursday,” a weekly segment featuring student researchers talking about their undergraduate thesis projects, or research projects while working with University professors. Students describe their research, their overall goals and career interests and where they think their research will lead. As well, they get a chance to share the music and interests that motivate them.Broadcast three times every Thursday with a new student each week.
Thursdays: 9:55 AM, 11:55 AM, and 2:55 PM
Produced by Cathy Rivers