Graciela Chichilnisky, lead architect of the carbon market of the Kyoto Protocol and a professor of economics and mathematical statistics at Columbia University, will give the keynote presentation for the 2018 Sustainability Symposium on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in Leanne Freas Trout Auditorium. Bucknell President John Bravman will introduce Chichilnisky, who also contributed to reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that […]
Getting Started in Analytics Meghan Kent Harward, Analytical Consultant, Advanced Analytics Lab, SAS Institute Inc. Thursday, March 8, 12:00 p.m. Room 268 in the Olin Science Building. Abstract: We hear buzz words like “big data” and “the internet of things” more and more in our media, but do we really know what analytics is? In this talk we will explore paths to jobs in data science, what it means to be an analyst, and some keys to success in the field.
Iterates, invariance, and chaos Thursday, January 25, 12:00 p.m. Room 268 in the Olin Science Building. Abstract: We will consider what happens when we repeatedly compose a given function with itself, focusing particularly on where this repeated composition (known as iteration) sends individual inputs. Various phenomena will be discussed, including the notions of invariance and what some might call chaos.
Evolutionary game theory: the mathematics of cooperation Thursday, February 8, 12:00 p.m. Room 268 in the Olin Science Building. Why do we (or any living organisms) cooperate? Cooperation, the act of expending one’s own energy or resources for the good of the group, is a necessary part of life, but is also exploitable by so-called “defectors” who choose not to help out yet still reap the benefits that cooperation yields. In fact, under fairly general assumptions, every rational individual will (theoretically) choose to defect, thereby extinguishing cooperation and dooming society. Of course, cooperation has not been extinguished and is in […]
Spatial interpolation of atmospheric pollutants using Kriging Thursday, January 25, 12:00 p.m. Room 268 in the Olin Science Building. Abstract: Have you ever wondered how meteorologists produce prediction maps of temperature and rainfall volume across large geographic regions? They surely can’t monitor temperature and rainfall in every neighborhood across the country, yet there is a prediction available for any location. This challenge of estimating a spatial process at unsampled locations based on known (sampled) values of the process at neighboring sites is called spatial interpolation, and has a number of applications in geosciences and elsewhere: atmospheric scientists estimate concentrations of […]
From Academia to Data Science, One Woman’s Journey Getting into data science seems to be a unique path for each data scientist. This talk will chronicle the path Dr. Mandi Traud took from graduate school in North Carolina to Data Science Lead at Tuple Health and President of Data Community DC. She will talk about her data science projects all along the way and how she moved from academia to working for a company and volunteering in the data science community.
Panelists: Trevor Adriaanse ’17 Math, Analyst, Department of Defense Jeff Miller ’17 ECMA, Analyst, Axtria – Ingenious Insights Jin On ’12, Math, Data Scientist, Geneia Laura Papili ’17 Math, Actuarial Analyst at Willis Towers Watson Hear advice and perspectives from Bucknell alumni who will examine career paths that utilize the mathematics degree while discussing their work and available opportunities. The conversation will include a question and answer period. 12:00 P.M. Olin 268, Panel with PIZZA/CALZONES 4:00 PM OLIN 383 And an informal MEET and GREET with the panel (refeshments)
Quantum Games and Quantum Computing Thursday, October 19, 12:00 P.M. ROOM 268 in the Olin Science Building Abstract: What’s the shortest message you can send someone? It might seem like the answer is a single bit: a 0 or a 1. But the world is much stranger than that! We can also send quantum bits (or qubits) that can be 0 or 1 or “both” 0 and 1 at the same time. These quantum messages have surprising power for computing and sending information. I’ll talk about how we can better understand these strange quantum messages by studying games that use […]
Leonardo of Pisa (a.k.a Fibonacci) has a remarkable connection with Bucknell, and to celebrate this fact we are holding an interdisciplinary conference on October 14. Featured speakers include: Mario Livio – an astrophysicist and author of popular science books, Keith Devlin – NPR’s “Math Guy” and the author of numerous popular mathematics books, William Goetzmann – Director of the International Center for Finance, Yale University This event will be in the Langone Center from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Lunch tickets are available in Olin 380, or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org Learn more here.
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