Biomathematician named first Aurelio professor of mathematics and science at Boston University

(Boston, Mass.) - Nancy Kopell, professor of mathematics and codirector of the Center for BioDynamics (CBD), has been named Boston University's first William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of Mathematics and Science.

"We are honored to heave her occupy this new professorship in the College of Arts and Sciences," says Dennis Berkey, University Provost and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Kopell cofounded CBD in 1997 with James Collins, professor of biomedical engineering, launching a multidisciplinary effort that combines advanced mathematics, biology, and engineering to gain a better understanding of physiological systems in humans and other species and to develop new medical devices and treatments.

Kopell has been a member of the faculty of Boston University's College of Arts and Sciences since 1986. She was a Fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation from 1990-1995 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1996.

"Nancy is one of the leading biomathematicians in the world," says Collins. "She began working on problems in mathematical biology long before it was fashionable, and based on her work mathematical biology has developed into a fertile and well recognized area of research. Importantly, Nancy is not only a research superstar; she is also a first-rate mentor for young people. She spends an enormous amount of time and energy in training the next generation of biomathematicians."

CBD colleague John White, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, points out that her work "is a wonderful example of how close collaboration between experimentalists and theorists can lead to quantum leaps in our understanding of difficult problems."

"This opportunity will allow me to broaden my efforts in interdisciplinary training throughout the University," says Kopell. "It will give me the opportunity to be much more involved in collaborative activities among the faculty and students."

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