Associate Professor of Mathematics Scott Taylor and four collaborators are the recipients of a SQuaRE grant from the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) to study the unknotting of spatial graphs. The grant will fund travel to AIM headquarters for a week in 2019. Spatial graphs are networks of nodes and connections positioned, often in knotted ways, in three-dimensional space, Taylor explained. They are relevant both to interesting questions in abstract mathematics and to biological applications, such as DNA replication. The purpose of this AIM SQuaRE, Taylor said, is to significantly advance the state of the theory with an eye towards applications in biology. Taylor’s collaborators are Ken Baker of the University of Miami; Dorothy Buck of the University of Bath, Danielle O’Donnol of the University of Indiana, and Allison Moore of UC Davis.