Department Colloquia

In a typical year, four or more colloquium talks are given on mathematical topics that are accessible, interesting and new to students. The speakers, usually visitors from other institutions, aim their talks at an undergraduate audience. Students can broaden their knowledge and awareness of mathematics at these venues. Both before and after the talk, there are opportunities to chat with the speaker as well as with faculty members and other students. If you have questions about the colloquia, contact Melanie Chamberlin to find out who is the acting coordinator.

These are the scheduled colloquia for the fall of 2015:

  • Our own Andy Schultz will kick off the colloquium series
    Date: September 24
    Title: Qbert through the looking glass: The mystery of 1, 2, 7, 42, 429...
  • Garth Isaak from Lehigh University will deliver this year's Martha Davenport Heard lecture
    Date: October 6
    Title: What's your order?
  • Beth Romano (Wellesley '08) from Boston College 
    Date: October 20
    Title: TBA
  • Kathryn Lesh from Union College
    Date: November 2
    Title: The Fibonacci numbers, the Golden Ratio, and levels of irrationality
  • Catherine Lucarelli (Wellesley '99) from the National Security Agency
    Date: November 17
    Title: Mathematics and the National Security Agency

Martha Davenport Heard Lecture

The fourteenth annual Martha Davenport Heard Lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6. This year we are excited to hear from Professor Dan Rockmore from Dartmouth College.

Our past Heard lecturers have been:

  • 2002-2003: Robin Lock, St. Lawrence College (Random Behavior: An essential tool in the statistician's toolbox)
  • 2003-2004: Peter Winkler, Dartmouth College (Probability and Intuition)
  • 2004-2005: Art Benjamin, Harvey Mudd College (Mathemagics)
  • 2005-2006: Sir Randolph Bacon III, sponsored by his cousin-in-law, Colin Adams, Williams College (Blown Away: what Knot to Do When Sailing)
  • 2006-2007: Jennifer Quinn, Executive Director of the Association for Women in Mathematics (Determinants via Determined Ants)
  • 2007-2008: Jill Pipher, Brown University (Public key cryptography, lattices and NTRU)
  • 2008-2009: Karen Parshall, University of Virginia (Internationalization of Mathematics in a World of Nations: 1800-1960)
  • 2009-2010: Francis Su, Harvey Mudd College (Voting in Agreeable Soceties)
  • 2010-2011: Carolyn Gordan, Dartmouth College (You can't hear the shape of a drum)
  • 2011-2012: Tara Holm, Cornell University (Dance of the Astonished Topologist (or How I Left Squares and Hexes for Math))
  • 2012-2013: Setyan Davados, Williams College (The World of Particle Collisions)
  • 2013-2014: Ruth Charney, Brandeis University (From Robotics to Geometry)
  • 2014-2015: Dan Rockmore, Dartmouth College (Reading, writing, and 'rithmetic - the mathematics of text analysis)
  • 2015-16: Garth Isaac, Lehigh University (What's your order?)