Biomedical Sciences 2001
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Robert Gotwals (Bob2) started the day off by introducing the students to Shodor. He went into the agenda of what the students would be doing this week. He then explained Observational, Experimental, Theoretical, and Computational Sciences were all about. This week they will be learning a Computational Science. He went on to explain the general principles: application, algorithm, and architecture. After showing the students some of last years Medicine Biology models, Bob2 let Kim introduce the students to diabetes.

After explaining the science of the disease, Kim took the class to an online simulation of diabetes (, where they discovered how to control a diabetic's sugar level. They discussed the feasibility of their solutions, such as the time of day when doses and meals were given. Afterwards, Kim introduced the class to a modeling tool they would be using a lot: STELLATM. They started with a simple population model to learn how to build a model and display the results. After deciding that the population needed to take into account more variables, such as the death rate, the students learned how to make better models by using more realistic relationships of variables.

After lunch, the class continued to use STELLATM, but this time modeling some epidemic. With Kismet's help, the students first made a model of a population with the flu by using three main stocks: Susceptible, Infected, and Recovered. By modifying the model after the initial, simple model, the students added more variables such as vaccination.