Science Café 'Synchronization and Desynchronization: From Fireflies to Brain Waves to Power Grids' to be held in Canton March 13, Potsdam March 14
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 4:21 pm

CANTON -- The Science Café “Synchronization and Desynchronization: From Fireflies to Brain Waves to Power Grids” will be held in Canton Tuesday, March 13, and in Potsdam, Wednesday, March 14.

Flashing of fireflies, flocking of birds, and schooling of fish: many different animals exhibit collective, synchronized behavior. But synchronization is not just some fascinating natural phenomenon. For power grids synchronization is critical to the system’s stable operations, whereas for brains excessive synchronization can cause severe diseases and disorders.

Join Prof. of Mathematics Jie Dun (Clarkson University) as he describes how despite the fundamental differences between these and many other systems, scientists have managed to develop a unified mathematical framework for modeling synchronization in a broad range of applications.

All Café events are free and open to the public.

Events in Canton are held at The Rushton Conference Room at the Best Western on Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m.

In Potsdam, Café talks are held on Wednesdays at Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St., at 7:15 p.m.