PROGRAM 1: JULY 7TH-14TH, 2019

Unbound Prometheus is pleased to host a seminar by Menas Kafatos, one of the most eminent Greek academics of the diaspora. His seminar utilizes principles of modern cosmology along with ancient and modern philosophy in an effort to address fundamental existential questions and suggest ways of living in harmony with the universe. We live in a quantum universe. As we go through our lives, to most people it appears that science has little to do with everyday life. However, in this seminar we will explore and understand that the quantum view of the universe has everything to do with our lives. Our reality is the Reality of the cosmos and living our lives in a practical way can become fulfilling if our way of living follows universal principles.


BUNDLE I: MATHEMATICAL MODELING IN ART AND SCIENCE

In this bundle, the students will be introduced to the basic tools of mathematical modeling and shown how a concept, or an idea can be translated into variables and equations. The students will then learn the foundations of bifurcation theory – how these equations can be analyzed to make predictions about system behavior under different conditions. From there, the foundation will be in place to explore the various applications of these tools – from studying evolution of heterogeneous populations subject to various environmental constraints, to using models to describe the behavior of cancer and immune cells, to using equations to describe and predict the behavior of drugs in disease (field known as pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics), to using mathematical models to capture the key features of ancient Greek ornamental designs. The goal of this bundle is to introduce and hopefully excite students about the various applications of mathematics.

BIFURCATION THEORY AND ITS APPLICATIONS: FROM BIOLOGY TO GREEK ORNAMENTAL DESIGN

MATHEMATICAL MODELING IN CANCER BIOLOGY: FROM OBSERVATION TO THEORY AND BACK

 

FAINA BEREZOVSKAYA

HOWARD UNIVERSITY

 

IRINA KAREVA

MERCK SERONO

 

BUNDLE II: CORPORATE FINANCE AND STRATEGY

Value based management is a key function of corporate leadership. In recent years, a significant emphasis has been put on determining the adequate strategies and value creating corporate actions. The importance of transparent and robust financial models also increased in regards to preparing and presenting investor information, and compliance with accounting principles (IFRS/US GAAP). Hence broadening one’s knowledge on company valuations, business strategy and financial modeling is crucial for executives working in finance or business management. This bundle will introduce students to the world of finance from a corporate perspective. Students will get an introduction to the corporate business structure, from raising capital to funding operations to value creation to risk management. Additionally, they will also be introduced to corporate strategic decision making and positioning.  Finally, students will also get an understanding of the dynamics of industry evolution and strategic problem solving through the most current applied frameworks.

 

AKILAS MAVRAKIS

FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

 

KENT THOREN

ROHRBECK HEGER, KTH - ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, AARHUS UNIVERSITY