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On Navigating Collaborations

No matter what stage of your career you are in, collaborations can be crucial to build relationships in the math community and advance your research. In this talk, Dr. Chelsea Walton (Rice University), “pulled back the curtains and showed us … Continue reading

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On the “AMS Committee on Education Panel Current Issues: What can we do to support math majors and grad students in the time of pandemic?”

On Thursday, January 7, I attended a significant portion of this panel with Viveka Brown (Spelman College), Tasha Inniss (Spelman College) and Pamela Estephania Harris (Williams College), which was moderated by Katherine Stevenson (California State University Northridge) and included a … Continue reading

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On “The Black Mathematician Chronicles: Our Quest to Update the MAD Pages”

On Friday, January 8, I attended this excellent talk by Edray Goins, a professor of mathematics at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. While I haven’t personally spoken with Goins before, I have read multiple media articles he has been quoted … Continue reading

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Studying Contact Patterns for COVID-19

I dropped into today’s special session on mathematical biology to hear Yanyu Xiao of the University of Cincinnati speak. She talked about how her group modelled contact patterns in Ontario and used them to study the spread of COVID-19 this … Continue reading

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Anti-racism in mathematics: Who, what, when, where, why, and how?

Dr. Erica Graham is an assistant professor of mathematics at Bryn Mawr College. Her research is in the field of mathematical biology, with applications to endocrinology and physiology. As one of the co-creators of Mathematically Gifted and Black, Graham is … Continue reading

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A 19th-century math discussion board

To conclude my first JMM, I stopped by the AMS Special Session on History of Mathematics to hear a talk on “A New Resource for the History of Mathematics: The Educational Times Online Database of Mathematical Questions and Answers.”  Published … Continue reading

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The math of blue whales’ migration patterns

Blue whales, the largest creatures ever to roam the Earth, are highly migratory animals. Each summer, they travel northward along the California coast to forage krill. Then in the fall, they return to the southern breeding grounds where they pass … Continue reading

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The National Science Foundation and the mathematical sciences

Yesterday afternoon, I attended a discussion on the future of the National Science Foundation and how the mathematical sciences fit in. We heard from Karen Marrongelle, head of NSF’s Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR), and Tie Luo, acting … Continue reading

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Edward Thomas Malthus’ 19th century approach to mathematics

I always knew that math had come a long way in the last 200 years, but I never thought that natural history would ever come into it. Until I went to Kevin Lambert’s talk this afternoon on Thomas Robert Malthus’ … Continue reading

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The Wave Kinetic Equation

During today’s special session on probabilistic methods in partial differential equations, I had the pleasure of hearing Zaher Hani of the University of Michigan speak on his recent work on the wave kinetic equation. In the early twentieth century physicists … Continue reading

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