Macalester’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is host to the MSCS 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.
MSCS and Society Lecture, 2021-22
Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH
Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 4:40pm-5:40pm
Zoom & Kagin Ballroom
A Conversation on Data and The Pandemic
Dr. Osterholm will discuss the importance of data-based decision making in the context of epidemiology and the COVID-19 pandemic, and our roles as data practitioners. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Vittorio Addona and Dr. Steph Walters.
Dr. Osterholm is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Osterholm was appointed to President-elect Joe Biden’s 13-member Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. He is the author of the New York Times best-selling 2017 book, Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs. Previously, Dr. Osterholm served for 24 years (1975-1999) in various roles at the Minnesota Department of Health, the last 15 as state epidemiologist.
American Mathematical Society
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|2018-19||Brent Hecht||Northwestern University||
Title: The Origins, Present, and Future of Algorithmic Bias
|2017-18||Tim Chartier||Davidson College||Putting a Spring in Yoda’s Step|
|2016-17||Kristin Lauter||Microsoft Research||How to Keep Your Genome Secret|
|2015-16||George Hart||Stony Brook University||From Mathematics to Sculpture|
|2014-15||Peko Hosoi||MIT||From Razor Clams to Robots: The Mathematics Behind Biologically Inspired Design|
|2013-14||Louis J Gross||University of Tennessee||“Best” in a Biological Context: Optimization Across the Biological Hierarchy|
|2012-13||Bill Cook||Georgia Tech||The Traveling Salesman Problem: A Blueprint for Optimization|
|2011-12||David Kung||St. Mary’s College of Maryland||How Math Made Modern Music Mad Irrational|
|2010-11||Edward Belbruno||NASA Research Associate &
Professor at Princeton University
|Low Energy Pathways in Space, Chaos, and Origin of the Moon|
|2009-10||Jeff Weeks||Geometry Games||The Shape of Space|
|2008-09||Ann Watkins||California State University,
|Fallacies in Elementary Statistics|
|2007-08||Bart de Smit||Leiden University
|M.C. Escher and the Droste Effect|
|2006-07||Peter Hamburger||Western Kentucky University||The Art of Venn Diagrams|
|2005-06||Doris Schattschneider||Moravian College|
|2004-05||Helmer Aslaksen||National University of Singapore||The Mathematics of the Chinese, Indian, Islamic and Gregorian Calendars|
|2003-04||Herb Wilf||University of Pennsylvania|
|2001-02||Tom Banchoff||Brown University|
|2000-01||George Andrews||Penn State|