Winfried Just, Ph.D.
- Professor, Department of Mathematics
Areas of Expertise
Using dialogues in teaching mathematics
Just is an expert in mathematical epidemiology, in particular, behavioral epidemiology.
His research in mathematical epidemiology looks at the uses of mathematical models for predicting how an infectious diseases will spread in a population and how effective certain control measures will be in limiting or preventing epidemic spreading. Possible control measures include vaccination and behavior change, with the latter being the particular focus of behavioral epidemiology.
Some of Just's most recent work focuses on the possibility of future flare-ups of an epidemic due to waning awareness and corresponding behavioral responses and the role of open-mindedness on how people make vaccination decisions. Mathematical models of epidemiology take the form of dynamical systems, and Just also studies these mathematical objects from a theoretical perspective.
In the classroom, Just teaches these mathematical models through the use of scripted dialogues that enhance active learning and student engagement.