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DONALD BUCKEYE GUEST LECTURE:  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 4:00 PM IN 216 PRAY-HARROLD.  "The Cyclical Nature of Mathematical Modeling, and Cicadas," by Dr. Gavin LaRose, University of Michigan.  Abstract:  Mathematical modeling is the process by which we seek to describe a real-world situation using mathematics.  Interpreting what the results mean, comparing to observations, and revising our model is a powerful tool to understanding natural phenomena.  We will look at the cyclical emergence of cicadas as an example of this modeling process.

SAVE THE DATES:  APRIL 5-6, 2024   Michigan MAA

The Centennial Annual Meeting of the Michigan Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) will be held jointly at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor on Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, 2024.  The meeting details will be posted here in the future.

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH    Native American Heritage Month

The EMU Department of Mathematics and Statistics is proud to celebrate Native American Heritage Month!  To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, we have put together a list of useful resources for Native American people in the mathematical sciences and their allies.

  • The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is a good place to start.  SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.
  • The Indigenous Mathematicians website seeks to put together all the known information about Indigenous Mathematicians.  "Our digital hale (house) is our space to connect, network, and inspire the next generation of Indigenous Mathematicians!  Together we can share, narrate, and tell our stories on our journeys in math." 
  • Native Land Digital strives to create and foster conversations about the history of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and settler-Indigenous relations, through educational resources such as their map and Territory Acknowledgement Guide.  Native Land Digital strives to be a platform where Indigenous communities can represent themselves and their histories on their own terms.  In doing so, Native Land Digital creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.
  • EMU has a Native American Student Organization.
  • The mission of the Alliance of Indigenous Math Circles (AIMC) is the create mathematical opportunities for Indigenous students, to build community among math teachers of Indigenous students while respecting Indigenous culture, and to increase the number of Indigenous students who choose to pursue post-secondary STEM degrees.
  • Native American Mathematics is a webpage developed by Professor Bob Megginson of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Michigan.
  • Reservation Math:  Navigating Love in Native America is a podcast hosted by the Smithsonian.  "If you’ve heard the phrase, “full blooded,” you’re already familiar with the concept of blood quantum. But Native Americans are the only peoples in the United States whose identity is defined by it. Through the photography of Tailyr Irvine, displayed at the National Museum of the American Indian, we take a look at the colonial origin story of blood quantum: where it came from, why it endures, and how it continues to impact the most personal decisions many Native Americans make about love and family today."

Mission and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The mission of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics is to instill an appreciation of the intrinsic beauty, the diverse origins, and the practical aspects of mathematics and statistics.

To this end, the department:

  • provides students well-balanced academic programs at the baccalaureate and master's degree levels;
  • functions as a scholarly unit promoting faculty and student research; and
  • serves as a resource for mathematical expertise to the university and to the larger community.

More specifically, the department dedicates itself to:

  • providing the highest quality educational experience possible to undergraduate and graduate students within the majors and minors in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and to students enrolled in General Education Program courses and service courses for other programs;
  • fostering involvement in research by both students and faculty; and
  • providing meaningful service to the EMU academic community, to the disciplines of our faculty, to the broader mathematical and statistical community, and to the local and regional communities.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics supports the Diversity and Inclusion statement of the College of Arts and Sciences.

One of the responsibilities of a public university is to instantiate the ideals of equity, freedom, and justice, while cultivating a well-informed populace capable of critical thinking and creative innovation. In service to these principles, the EMU College of Arts and Sciences recognizes that it is only through fostering a diverse and affirming campus community that includes all students, instructors, staff, and faculty that these goals might be achieved.  In the interest of accomplishing these ends, the College shall endeavor, within each of its represented disciplines, to more fully account for the contributions or counter-narratives of previously neglected and marginalized groups, including but not limited to groups who differ by race and ethnicity, country of origin, class, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, and the intersection of these identities.

The Department of Mathematics supports the Black Lives Matter statement of the Michigan Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

The Michigan MAA supports Black Lives Matter and dismantling systems of racism and oppression. The Michigan MAA Statement on Black Lives affirms our support of the broader movement to end racial injustice and suggests ways that Michigan MAA members can foster justice and equity within their mathematical communities. This statement offers suggestions for making classrooms inclusive and equitable, learning about race and ethnicity in mathematics, and supporting organizations dedicated to racial justice and equity within the mathematics community.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Eastern Michigan University is a departmental/institutional member of the National Association of Mathematicians, the Association for Women in Mathematics, the Mathematical Association of America, and the American Mathematical Society.

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