Past Events

Mathematics as the Language of Physics: What is Lost in the Translation?

Nov. 7, 2017 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Cleveland L3

Please join us as Prof. Kaća Bradonjić of Hampshire College shares her research focusing on where physics ends and the pure math begins in the context of the general theory of relativity, examining how abstract concepts of a manifold, coordinates, metric tensor, and affine connection are used to model physical events, geometry of spacetime, and the gravitational field.

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Topological Data Analysis of Biological Aggregation Models

Oct. 27, 2017 12:20 pm – 1:10 pm
Cleveland L2

Join us as Prof.Topaz shares his research in the area of biological self-organization, which serves as the inspiration for algorithms in robotics, computer science, applied mathematics, and other fields.  Lunch will be served!

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3D Shadows: Casting light on the fourth dimension

Oct. 13, 2017 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Gamble Auditorium

Please join us as Henry Segerman, Ph.D., Assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at Oklahoma State University, discusses fourth-dimensional objects. Free and open to the public.

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Department at Home

May. 20, 2017 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Clapp Lab 416

Join us for the Math and Statistics Department at Home!  We look forward to meeting the people who are important to you, and we hope they will enjoy the opportunity to put faces with names they’ve heard you talking about over the years.

Gerrymandering: Mathematics & Fairness in Theory & Practice

Apr. 20, 2017 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Cleveland L-2

Join us in welcoming mathematicians Moon Duchin and Mira Bernstein from Tufts University who are 50% of the Boston-based Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (website and summer school). Their working group studies how shapes of voting districts interact with ideas about healthy democracy. To do this, they think about how single-member districts can achieve fair representation of a population that is diverse in many ways. This talk, they will mix law, civil rights, geometry, and supercomputing to tell a story about activating expertise for real-world impact. Sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

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Weapons of Math Destruction

Apr. 8, 2017 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Wiese-Merriwether room in Willits-Hallowell Center and Hooker Auditorium in Clapp Hall

Join us for a morning with Cathy O'Neil exploring how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy.

  • Conversation and coffee: "Data and Democracy"
    9:30-10:15 a.m. in the Wiese-Merriwether room, Willits-Hallowell Conference Center 
  • Cathy O'Neil talk: "Weapons of Math Destruction: How big data increases inequality and threatens democracy"
    10:30-11:30 a.m. in Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Hall
  • Panel discussion
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Hooker Auditorium 

Organized by the Data Science Initiative. For more information, please contact datascience@mtholyoke.edu

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The 2017 Women of Color Traiblazers Leadership Conference

Apr. 1, 2017 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Wooley Hall

"Empowering Voices: Breaking Boundaries, Making Change"

Featuring keynote speaker Staceyann Chin, this conference will consist of workshops that focus on the topics of peer networking, professional and personal development, and leadership opportunities. Most importantly, this conference will provide a space to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of women of color. The Keynote address is open to the public and free for all MHC students, faculty, and staff and $5.00 for Five-College and non-conference attendees. Interested individuals who self-identify as women of color can register for the conference.

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Candice Price: Young, Black and Mathematically Gifted

Mar. 30, 2017 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Clapp Laboratory 407

This past February, inspired by their Latin counterparts at Lathisms, four young, gifted, and black mathematicians, created a website, mathematically gifted and black.  Their mission is to feature and share the accomplishments of blacks in the mathematical sciences. Come hear Candice Price speak about her work with this group, her research, and her life!

Sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Ken Ono: Gems of Ramanujan and their Lasting Impact on Mathematics

Nov. 10, 2016 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hooker Auditorium

Ramanujan's work has has a truly transformative effect on modern mathematics, and continues to do so as we understand further lines from his letters and notebooks. In this lecture, some of the studies of Ramanujan that are most accessible to the general public will be presented and how Ramanujan's findings fundamentally changed modern mathematics, and also influenced the lecturer's work, will be discussed. The speaker is an Associate Producer of the film The Man Who Knew Infinity (starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons) about Ramanujan. He will share several clips from the film in the lecture.  Open to the community.

Women in Finance Site Visit

Oct. 14, 2016 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Eaton Vance, Boston, MA

The day is an opportunity for students exploring careers in finance to meet with alumnae and other professionals at their workplace. Hear from Eaton Vance representatives about their career paths and advice on getting started in the industry.

Students interested in Finance, Data Science, and Business are encouraged to attend. Free bus transportation from Mount Holyoke will be provided. Space is limited. Apply in LyonNet by October 7.

Math and Stat Club

Oct. 12, 2016 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Clapp 416

Come join Erin Mullin and Alex Wellnitz to learn about Big O - Little O program and to play games. It's going to be a social meeting to get to know each other and develop a stronger sense of community.

Math and Stat Club

Oct. 5, 2016 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Clapp 416

Come hear about the summer experiences of your fellow math/stat students. Cecily Santiago, Sophie Le, and Kelly McElreath will talk about their research projects and internships.

Joint CS/Math/Stat Club Lunch: Turan's Problem

Sep. 22, 2016 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Clapp 407

What is the maximum number of edges in a graph on n vertices without triangles? Mantel's answer in 1907 that at most half of the edges can be present started a new field: extremal combinatorics. More generally, what is the maximum number of edges in a n-vertex graph that does not contain any subgraph isomorphic to H? What about if you consider hypergraphs instead of graphs?

We will explore different strategies to attack such problems, calling upon combinatorics, integer programming, semidefinite programming and flag algebras. We will conclude with some recent work where we embed the flag algebra techniques in more standard methods. This is joint work with James Saunderson, Mohit Singh and Rekha Thomas.

Math and Stats Welcome Meeting

Sep. 14, 2016 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Clapp 416

This first meeting will be organizational. You will meet math/stat faculty, hear about the student groups working on various types of problems, find out what kinds of activities the club usually has and brainstorm about what it might have. We'll let you know what is already on the agenda, but bring lots of good new ideas with you.

Women on Wall Street, led by Barclays

Apr. 19, 2016 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Kendade 305

What's it like to be a woman working on Wall Street, and more specifically at Barclays? Join Mount Holyoke alumnae Claire O'Connor '78, Managing Director at Barclays Capital, Pia Lynch '08, Vice President, and recent alumna Shristi Ghimire '15, for this presentation to learn insider tips on how to stand out and make an impact while interviewing and working within the banking profession. Snacks will be provided.

Register in LyonNet.

Next Generation Social Science

Apr. 12, 2016 4:10 pm – 5:30 pm

Trillions of data points being generated in real time and exponentially increasing computational power offer unprecedented opportunities for the social sciences. The social sciences are at the advent of a revolution. Hard scientists, the government, and businesses already use these computational and data resources to explore society; conventional social scientists need to engage as well. The Challenge is to not let Next Generation Social Science be First Generation Social Science.

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Careers and Graduate Studies in Quantitative Finance

Mar. 25, 2016 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Kendade 305

Ever wonder what mathematical tools are used to develop financial instruments or what a career in the field might be like?

Adelyn Yeoh '15, currently a MSCF Student at Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business, will show how tools from probability, calculus and linear algebra directly relate to the models and tools used in quantitative finance. In particular, we will use the popular Black-Scholes model which is commonly used in estimating the price of derivative instruments called options as a motivating example. We will also discuss common interview questions and the required preparation to either pursue graduate studies or a career in the field. Finally, we will round of with a discussion of the growing need for women to enter the industry.

Followed by a reception and Q & A session in 402 Clapp

Sponsored by the Math/Stat Club

Data Science: Understanding complex behavior in complex biological systems.

Feb. 29, 2016 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dwight 101

Márcio Duarte Albasini Mourão , Postdoctoral Researcher at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Ohio State University will discuss how data science applies to understanding the complex behavior of biological systems.

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New Data Science Nexus Info Session

Feb. 25, 2016 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
Clapp 203

Are you interested in Data Science? the new nexus in Data Science could be the perfect sidekick to your major. Come learn all about it in our first info session this Thursday! Pizza will be served. Read Data Scientist, the sexiest job of the 21st Century. Cross-departmental Data Science Program at MHC.

Statistics and Policy Making—The Case of Greece

Nov. 11, 2015 8:00 pm
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, Amherst College

Amherst College Fall Speakers in Economics

Featuring Guest Speaker, Andreas Georgiou Former Head of the Greek Statistical Office. Reception to follow. 

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The use of applied mathematics and statistics in global public health

Sep. 18, 2015 11:15 am
Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall, University of Massachusetts

About the speaker: Dr. Jeremy Lauer is an Economist in the Department of Health Systems Governance and Financing at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Since 2000 Jeremy has worked on the use and interpretation of mathematical models in economic evaluation and related fields and has contributed to a body of work on the cost-effectiveness of interventions for cardiovascular risk factors and disease, respiratory conditions, cancers, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and chronic disease prevention, as well as on health systems research and diverse topics in epidemiology and statistics

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