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A University Lecture on Mathematics, Data Science, Finance, and Public Life

CathyONeilPoster-page-001Economics Professor Abigail Hornstein writes in:

Cathy O’Neil earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard University, was a post-doc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mathematics Department, and was a professor at Barnard College, where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry. She then switched over to the private sector, working as a quant for the hedge fund D. E. Shaw in the middle of the credit crisis, and next for RiskMetrics, a software company that assesses risk for the holdings of hedge funds and banks. She left finance in 2011 and started working as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene; she then launched the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia in 2014. O’Neil is a weekly guest on the Slate Money podcast. She co-wrote the book Doing Data Science (2013) and is the author of a new book, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (Random House, September 2016), about the dark side of big data.

Please contact the organizers with any questions: David Constantine (math), Abigail Hornstein (economics), and Chris Rasmussen (math)

Date: Thursday, April 21
Time: 8-9 PM
Place: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (CFA)

The Last WestCo Open Mic of the Year


Willie Zabar ’16 has a way with words:

IT’S THE WESTCO OPEN MIC featuring the WESTCO BATTLE OF THE BANDS wherein Westco’s top bands will wow you and zow you.

But there’s more than just music!

We’ll have:

  • MATH

Come, perform, watch!

It’ll be a blast (if you know what I mean).

  • DATE?: Tonight. Wednesday, December 4th.
  • TIME?: signups @ 9:00pm, show starts @ 9:30pm
  • PLACE?: WestCo Café
  • FACEBOOK?: Here.

Math and Computer Science Open House

It’s that’s beautiful time of fall in which sophomores, running low on points, are offered free lunch at department open houses. The Mathematics and Computer Science department has one such opportunity:

Interested in becoming a math or computer science major? Then join us
for our open house! Meet professors, grad students and other math
majors! Lunch provided!

Date: October 17th
Time: 12-1pm
Place: Woodhead Lounge
Cost: Nada


WesMath/WesReads Tutor Training Session


From Hannah Sophie Reuman ’13:

Do you love to work with really cute kids? JOIN WESMATH/WESREADS! Minimum of 1 hour commitment/wk. Tutor students in grades 2-5 at Macdonough Elementary School or Farm Hill Elementary School. All interested/returning tutors must attend a training session. Two training sessions will be held for returning tutors. Both of these sessions will be held in 311 Albritton.

Thursday, January 31st 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 2nd 3:30 pm
For the spreadsheet, click here.

For NEW tutors:

Two training sessions will be held for new tutors. Both sessions will
take place in 311 Albritton.

From Science to Writing

Margot Sidman ’13 wants you to put your science and math skills into words. 

Evelyn Lamb is a freelance science writer with a Ph.D. in math. Or maybe she’s a mathematician who does freelance writing on the side. She talks about her start in writing and how to incorporate writing into your career as a scientist or mathematician.

Evelyn received her Ph.D. in Math from Rice University in 2012. In 2012 she was awarded the American Math Society’s Mass Media Fellowship. She spent her fellowship at Scientific American, where she continues to write, blog and podcast.

Date: Tuesday November 6th
Time: 4:15 – 5:15
Place: 311 Albritton

Preschool Math Student Forum

Hey, can someone tell me if Andy Ribner ’14 knows anything about education? Does anyone know?

Like playing with kids? Interested in teaching? Come try out Preschool Math!

This 0.5 credit class grows out of theories of and research in cognitive development, and is directly addressing preschool number
knowledge. Students will spend 1 hour/week in a local preschool playing math games and volunteering, in addition to a 45-minute lunch meeting once per week.

Date: September 5, 2012
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Place: Allbritton 311

Upward Teaching Student Forum

Who?  Does he go here?Looks like teaching is in season this fall.  Not only can you pursue the newly created “The Study of Education” certificate (note the forceful “The” in WesMaps), or take other classes such as Henry James and the Giant Peach, but here’s yet another opportunity from Leah Temes ’13 via Caryn Canalia of the Mathematics Department: 

Interested in teaching? The Upward Teaching student forum offers Wesleyan students the chance to try their hand at teaching local high school students.

The goal of this forum is to create an academic link between the Wesleyan studentbody and the students of Middletown. By partnering with Upward Bound Math & Science, students will develop a curriculum and teach monthly Saturday sessionsto Upward Bound students. Additionally, Wesleyan students will run after school academic sessions twice a week for Middletown and Prospect High students.  Wesleyan students will create lesson plans and tutoring material based oncurriculum from high school math teachers, and will meet weekly to debrief, prepare lesson plans, and receive teaching training from teachers and upwardbound staff.

All Wesleyan students are welcome to join; the math background need not bemore extensive than high school algebra, geometry, and calculus. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at ltemes[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

The Putnam Exam

Are you a math nerd???? Check this out!

The National William Lowell Putnam Exam will be held this Saturday, Dec. 3rd, from 10-1 and 3-6 p.m.  Six problems are posed in each session, for a total of 12 problems.  The modal score on the exam is 0 (out of 120), because the problems are hard, but fun.  There is always an elegant way to find the answer, even though it is not obvious at first glance.  The topics of the problems range over all kinds of math.

If you are interested in attending all or part of the exam, please let Karen Collins (kcollins(at)wesleyan(dot)edu) know!

Date:   Dec. 3
Time:   10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Place:  Exley Science Tower 405

Follow the jump for examples of  Putnam problems:

Math and Comp Sci Open House

Interested in becoming a Mathematics or Computer Science major? Then join us for our Open House!

It’ll  be on Tuesday, October 18th at noonin the Math Lounge (room 601 Exley).

Lunch will be provided.

Date: Oct. 18
Time: Noon – 1:00 PMPlace:  ESC 601
Cost: Just bring your intelligence!