Daniel Maxin, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics, recently published an article titled “The effect of risk-taking behavior in epidemic models,” which appeared in the Journal of Biological Dynamics. His research, co-authored with Laurentiu Sega of Georgia Regents University, Lisa Eaton of the University of Connecticut, and students Andrew Latham, Aaron Moose, and Solvei Stenslie analyzed the effect of treatment and vaccination on the risk behavior of a population exposed to an epidemic. Professor Maxin et. al conclude that when high recovery and vaccination rates exist, optimism among the population prevails, and the disease could still persist. The students were members of the Valparaiso Experience in Research by Undergraduate Mathematicians (VERUM) 2014.