Annual math conference under way in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- About 400 scientists and undergraduate students are expected in Knoxville for the annual meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology.

Those attending through Saturday at the Knoxville Convention Center are from 23 countries and 35 U.S. states. Co-hosts are the University of Tennessee and the school's National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis.

One of the topics is data-driven computational modeling of breast tumor aggressiveness. Another is a mathematical model of the popularity of Justin Bieber.

The conference includes talks by six plenary speakers, including Michio Kondoh from Ryukoku University in Japan, who won a top award from the society last year.

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