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Dr. Yun Kang has been appointed to serve as co-director (with Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez) of the Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational, and Modeling Sciences Center. She will be responsible for oversight of the activities of the Center, as well as serving as a resource for students, affiliated faculty, and Center staff. .
Dr. Kang obtained her B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2002 and her M.S. in Mathematics from University of Arizona in 2004. She joined the Department of Applied Sciences and Mathematics as an assistant professor in 2008 immediately upon receiving her Ph.D. (Mathematics, Arizona State University). She currently serves as Associate Professor, Sciences and Mathematics Faculty, at the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts (Polytechnic Campus).
Dr. Kang’s primary research interests are mathematical biology and nonlinear dynamical systems theory with applications in biology, life and social sciences. Her research has both theoretical and modeling components with empirical supports. The theoretical component is to study ecological and evolutionary dynamics of complex adaptive systems that are of interest to biologists, ecologists, and epidemiologists. The modeling component serves to explore different modeling techniques, based on experiments or important hypotheses, to get a better understanding of quantitatively and qualitatively various aspects of biological/social behaviors, structures, and processes. She has published over 30 articles in high profile journals of mathematical biology. Her current research, Multiscale Modeling of Division of Labor in Social Insects, has been funded by the mathematical biology program of the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Dr. Kang is actively involved in encouraging women and girls to study in and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences. Since May 2009, she has sat as a committee member of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) mentor networks. She is also a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the Society for Mathematical Biology.