Mathematics and Society Speaker Series

Macalester’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is host to the Mathematics and Society Speaker Series, the purpose of which is to enhance classroom learning in mathematics or computer science through lectures by people prominent in these fields.

These talks are free and open to the public. Neighbors of the college, students at local colleges, and high school students are especially encouraged to attend.

The series was established in January 2001 and is made possible through the generous financial support of Macalester alumnus Kurt Winkelmann ’78.

Mathematics and Society Lecture, 2013:

Louis J. Gross

University of Tennessee

"Best" in a Biological Context: Optimization Across the Biological Hierarchy

September 25, 2013
John B. Davis Lecture Hall
Ruther Stricker Dayton Campus Center
4:40pm-5:30pm
Refreshments from 3:30pm-4:30pm outside of Davis Lecture Hall

More details in poster

 

The past speakers are (by academic year):

Year

Speaker

Affiliation

Website

2012-13 Bill Cook Georgia Tech http://www2.isye.gatech.edu/~wcook/
2011-12 David Kung St. Mary's College of Maryland http://faculty.smcm.edu/dtkung/
2010-11 Edward Belbruno NASA Research Associate &
Professor at Princeton University
www.edbelbruno.com/home.html
2009-10 Jeff Weeks Geometry Games geometrygames.org
2008-09 Ann Watkins California State University,
Northridge
http://www.csun.edu/~vcmth02u/
2007-08 Bart de Smit Leiden University
The Netherlands
www.math.leidenuniv.nl/~desmit/
2006-07 Peter Hamburger Western Kentucky University www.wku.edu/mathcs/dept_head.php
2005-06 Doris Schattschneider Moravian College http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/schatt.htm
2004-05 Helmer Aslaksen National University of Singapore http://www.math.nus.edu.sg/aslaksen/
2003-04 Herb Wilf University of Pennsylvania www.cis.upenn.edu/~wilf/
2002-03 Gil Strang MIT http://www-math.mit.edu/~gs/
2001-02 Tom Banchoff Brown University www.math.brown.edu/~banchoff/
2000-01 George Andrews Penn State http://www.math.psu.edu/andrews/