Tarynn Witten, VCU
“Is It Complicated or Is It Complex? A Complexity Theorist Takes On Sustainability"
March 27, Academic Learning Commons 1105, 4:00-5:30pm

Dr. Witten will discuss some examples of how complexity theory can be used to explain biological and biomedical phenomena that neither reductionist nor systems approaches can explain. She will then examine what complexity theory can tell us about sustainability.


Dr. Witten is Director of Research and Development and Associate Professor of Biological Complexity at VCU’s Center for the Study of Biological complexity.  Her research focuses on the development of dynamic mathematical and computational models for biological systems and processes.  She has applied these models to study the aging process and cancer through cellular population modelling, but she has also applied her methods to study epidemiology and public health issues in minority populations, women’s health and gender-related issues, and the problem of violence in minority populations.  She has a special interest in the health and well-being of the LGBTIQ community, and has published two books on this topic:  The Tao of Gender (Green Dragon Press, 2002) and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Aging: Challenges in Research, Practice and Policy (co-edited with A. Evan Eyler, Johns Hopkins UP, 2012).  For Dr. Witten’s webpage, click here.