Category Archives: Current Events

On the AWM Moving Towards Action Workshop

In September, Brian Katz wrote a post on the AMS inclusion/exclusion blog about the Moving Towards Action workshop to be held on Tuesday, January 14 by the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) at JMM 2020. (JMM 2020 will be … Continue reading

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Diving into the DeepMind podcast

Deepmind, famously known for creating the computer programs AlphaGo and Alpha Zero, features a blog that showcases their current research efforts in artificial intelligence (AI). Their more recent posts include: “How evolutionary selection can train more capable self-driving cars” by … Continue reading

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Sustainable Mathematics

On September 20, 2019, a series of strikes around the world demanding action against climate change began as part of Global Week for the Future. It inspired me to look into ways mathematics contributes to the growing challenge of sustainability. … Continue reading

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A tribute to Hispanic Heritage Month

It’s almost that time of the year again! Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) is a national holiday in the United States that began as a way to promote the history, contributions, and culture of Hispanic-Americans. Its observation … Continue reading

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Updates on Gerrymandering

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month on gerrymandering. “In a 5-4 decision along traditional conservative-liberal ideological lines, the Supreme Court ruled that partisan redistricting is a political question — not reviewable by federal courts — and that those courts … Continue reading

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Planet Math

I was recently talking to a friend of mine about real estate. In particular, he was interested in buying a beautiful house on a beautiful street with bright new siding and a shiny array of solar panels. We had the … Continue reading

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Pride Month And Math

June is Pride Month. June 28, 2019 is also the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots/uprising that marked the beginning of a new era in the fight for rights and freedoms for LGBTQ+ folks in America and around the world. … Continue reading

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The Best and Worst of 2018

We’ve made it through another year! So as is the custom, here’s a quick roundup of the best and worst things that happened in 2018. In math. Best of 2018 There were two really exciting developments in quantum computing this … Continue reading

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Not Those Midterms

I was reminded recently of a time a few years ago when I sent my students an email on November 4, 2014 with the following addendum “P.S. Don’t forget to vote in the midterms today.” The next day I was … Continue reading

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On Michael Atiyah and the Riemann Hypothesis

At the 2018 Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), Sir Michael Atiyah gave a lecture in which he claimed to have found a proof for the Riemann hypothesis. If Atiyah’s proof holds up, then the nearly 160 year problem concerning the distribution of primes … Continue reading

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