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 spring of 2014
- Sarah Greenwald from Appalachian State University
Date: March 11
Title: Mathematical Morsels from The Simpsons and Futurama.
- Shannon Stock from the College of the Holy Cross
Date: April 1
- Nathan Karst from Babson College
Date: April 22
Martha Davenport Heard Lecture
The twelfth annual Martha Davenport Heard Lecture is scheduled for Thursday, October 17. This year we are excited to hear from Professor Ruth Charney from Brandeis University.
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)