Speaker Series

Once a semester, we invite and host a female mathematician from another university to give a technical research talk and a more general talk about their journey in mathematics.
The aim of this series is to give students the chance to interact with female mathematicians and motivate them in their way.

As part of the RTG: Algebra, Geometry and Topology funded by the NSF award #1246989, we have funds to invite one more speaker in pure math every semester.

Future Speaker

Date Description
February 4, 2020 Katy Craig from University of California, Santa Barbara
Katy Craig is a professor at University of California, Santa Barbara with research interests in nonlinear PDEs, optimal transport, calculus of variations, and numerical analysis.
February 27, 2020 Bianca Viray from University of Washington (RTG)
Bianca Viray earned a B.S. from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. She works on number theory and arithmetic geometry and is an associate professor at the University of Washington. Viray is a member of the Steering Committee for Women in Numbers (WIN), the Diversity Committee of the Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium (WAGS), and the board of directors of Girls' Angle. She also serves as the chair of the Diversity Committee at the University of Washington.

Previous Speaker

Date Description
November 7, 2019 Genevieve Walsh from Tufts University
Genevieve Walsh got her PhD at the University of California, Davis, under the advisement of William Thurston. She is now a professor at Tufts University doing research in Geometric Topology, Hyperbolic Geometry, and Geometric Group Theory.
November 1, 2019 Agnès Beaudry from University of Colorado Boulder (RTG)
Agnès is at CU Boulder. She is on the diversity committee at CU Boulder and a member of Women in topology.
February 19, 2019 Adriana Salerno from Bates College
We commonly think of mathematicians primarily as researchers and teachers. This is natural, as these have historically been the aspects of our job that are most prominent. However, previously reclusive mathematicians are starting to develop public personae with recent widespread use of social media (tweets, blogs, facebook posts, op-eds, etc.) and gaining both notoriety and admiration. In this talk, I will highlight some of the social benefits of making public the scholarship of mathematicians, the boundaries that some have pushed, the conversations that have been sparked by controversy, my own journey into a life aspublic mathematician, and some of the backlash that some people have had to endure. In particular, we will explore the question: What are the rights and responsibilities of mathematicians as public intellectuals?
December 4, 2018 Becca Thomases from UC Davis
March 27, 2018 Candice Price from the University of San Diego
In February 2017, Erica Graham, Raegan Higgins, Shelby Wilson and myself created the website “Mathematically Gifted and Black” to highlight the contributions and service of Black Mathematicians to academia, education, government, industry and society. This website hit on the importance of representation, knowing our history and knowing our impact. In this presentation, I will tell you about my mathematical journey through the reflective lens of my participation in the creation of the website www.mathematicallygiftedandblack.com.
August 31, 2017 Moon Duchin from Tufts University
Moon Duchin has recently lead a summer conference on gerrymandering.
November 15, 2016 Rachel Pries from Colorado State University
Dr. Rachel Pries is a professor in the mathematics department at Colorado State University. She developed her research expertise in number theory and arithmetic geometry as an undergraduate at Brown University, as a graduate student at University of Pennsylvania, and as a postdoc at Columbia University. She is one of the founders of the Women in Number Theory (WIN) network whose goal is to increase research by women in number theory. In her free time, she likes to hike in the mountains and visit new places with her family.