WINTER 2023 DONALD BUCKEYE LECTURE
Thursday, March 30, 2023. 5:00 pm in Pray-Harrold 204. Approved for LBC credit.
"Solving Mathematical Mysteries," by Dr. Jenny Quinn, Past President of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and Professor of Mathematics at University of Washington-Tacoma, winner of the MAA Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching. FULL BIO FOR DR. JENNIFER QUINN.
QUESTIONS: Contact Dr. Amy Shell-Gellasch in the EMU Department of Mathematics and Statistics at [email protected].2023 EMU MACHINE LEARNING CONFERENCE
Saturday, April 1, 2023. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm in Pray-Harrold 201.
The goal of this event is to bring AI enthusiasts together. The conference schedule, conference talk abstracts, and speaker bios are available at the EMU Machine Learning Conference webpage. In addition to academics, AI startups are welcome to share their knowledge and insights in this exciting field. Conference registration is free and was due March 8.
QUESTIONS: Contact Dr. Ovidiu Calin in the EMU Department of Mathematics and Statistics at [email protected].
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
We are proud to celebrate Women’s History Month, which recognizes the achievements and contributions of women who have inspired others to achieve success. This is a time of celebration and an opportunity for reflection on how to make diversity, equity, and inclusion a priority in schools all year long.
Video: Faces of Women in Mathematics. In February 2018, women mathematicians from all over the world responded to a call for clips in which they were asked to introduce themselves. The result includes 146 clips of 243 women mathematicians from 36 different countries and speaking 31 different languages. Supported by the Committee for Women in Mathematics of the International Mathematical Union.
Here are some places you can learn more about women in the mathematical sciences and STEM.
Movies, Books, and Websites
- A fun movie to watch that features some women in math and women in STEM history is Hidden Figures (based on this book), and some of the math they show in that movie directly relates to topics in Calculus 1 (Euler’s Method in particular) and Calculus 2 (parametric/polar equations). You can read the original technical report that is a plot point in the movie here: https://ntrs.nasa.gov/citations/19980227091.
- Picture a Scientist documentary (watch it free here)
- Talithia Williams is the author of the 2018 book, “Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics.”
- Notable Women in Math Playing Cards: EvenQuads card decks
- Her Maths Story. "By sharing stories of other women in mathematics we want to encourage you and pass on the support we have received from role models, among others, at different moments in our lives. Here you can find stories about women pursuing their careers in mathematical jobs to show you the endless possibilities of maths."
- The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). The purpose of the Association for Women in Mathematics is to create a community in which women and girls can thrive in their mathematical endeavors, and to promote equitable opportunity and treatment of women and others of marginalized genders and gender identities across the mathematical sciences. The AWM works toward a more nurturing culture for women in the mathematical sciences. https://www.facebook.com/awmmath/
- The Caucus for Women in Statistics (CWS) was formed for the education, employment and advancement of women in statistics through advocacy, providing resources and learning opportunities, increasing visibility, and promoting research that impacts women statisticians.
- The EMU Women's Association -- Apply for scholarships!
- Women in Data Science: The Women in Data Science (WiDS) Stanford Conference is happening on March 8, 2023; you can attend for free online! Celebrate International Women's Day at WiDS!
- The similarly-titled Women in Statistics and Data Science Conference is usually held in October.
- Women in Machine Learning 2022 Keynote. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BDu_sz_y0U
- The annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics is in January. Some money for travel support is available. https://math.unl.edu/ncuwm
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.
Learn more about a major in Data Science and Analytics. Talk with Dr. Andrew Ross.