Math & Stats Events: Fall 2020

 Math/Stat Table

Every Monday from 12:00 - 1:30 pm 

Math/Stat Table is an informal social time for students and
faculty to get together and chat. There's no need to be majoring in Mathematics or
Statistics; all are welcome. Please join us on zoom any time between noon and 1:30
pm on Mondays.

The Zoom link will be sent to the Math & Stats listserv on the Friday before
in the weekly update email. If you are not part of that group and would like
to attend please and the link will be sent to you.

 Statistics and Data Science Colloquium: Regression Methods for Network Indexed Data: Modeling Occurrences of Burglary and Identifying Correlates of Injection Drug Use Cessation

Thursday, October 155:30 – 6:30pm
Diagram We begin by defining and providing examples of network-indexed data. We then turn to two applications: modeling occurrences of residential burglary in Boston, MA and identifying network predictors of injection drug use cessation among a group of drug users in rural Kentucky. We discuss the graph Laplacian, a hierarchical regression model, and generalized estimating equations along the way.

Bio: Elizabeth Upton completed her PhD in Statistics at Boston University.  Her research focuses on network science, particularly, adapting regression methodologies to network-indexed data.  Before attending BU, Elizabeth taught high school math for three years and worked in finance as a quantitative analyst.  She currently is an assistant professor at Williams College.  Outside of her research and work interests, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, and cheering on the New England Patriots.  

*The link will be sent to the Math & Stats listserv on the day of the event.
If you are not part of that group and would like to attend please email: and the link will be sent the day of the event.  

Putnam Series

The Putnam Competition is a national mathematics exam for undergraduate students, traditionally during the first Saturday of December. Due to COVID-19, the 81th Putnam Competition has been postponed until February 20th, 2021. It is both a challenging and fun exam, in which you will practice your problem-solving and proof-writing skills. Most of the problems require basic calculus and algebra knowledge, so first-year students are encouraged to participate. 

Putnam sessions are an informal and friendly chance to meet other students, and talk about problem solving. Typically we will share some problems in advance to think about, we will have a focused discussion at the beginning of the session and then we will discuss some of the problems together and have students present solutions. The meetings will be on Zoom. If you are interested, please contact Prof. Ivan Contreras - times subject to change.

Putnam Series Dates - You can attend as few or as many as you like.
Session 7: Thursday, October 8 (6:00-7:30 PM) : Combinatorics
Session 8: Tuesday, October 13 (5:00-6:30 PM): Number Theory
Session 9: Thursday, October 22 (6:00-7:30 PM): Probability
Session 10: Tuesday, October 27 (5:00-6:30 PM): Algebra
Session 11: Thursday,
November 5 (6:00-7:30 PM): Complex Numbers
Session 12: Tuesday, November 10 (5:00-6:30 PM): Generating Functions
Session 13: Thursday, November 19 (6:00-7:30 PM): Favorites

Statistics & Data Science Colloquium: Pamela Rist from Harvard Medical School
Thursday, November 12 5:30 - 6:30 pm
More info: TBA