News & Events

Saturday September 22

StatFest 2018 at Amherst College

STATFEST 2018 is a one day conference aimed at encouraging undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups (African American, Hispanic, Native Americans) to consider careers and graduate studies in the statistical and data sciences. It includes presentations from established professionals, academic leaders, and current graduate students that will help attendees understand the opportunities and routes for success in the field. Many opportunities for networking will be created. Attendees are also encouraged to submit poster presentations. Panel forums provide information and tips for a rewarding graduate student experience, achieving success as an academic statistician or data scientist, and opportunities in the private and government arenas, among other topics.

StatFest 2018 will be taking place on Saturday, September 22nd. We are excited that StatFest 2018 will be held at Amherst College. Registration is free (but preregistration is required). More information can be found at: https://nhorton.people.amherst.edu/statfest.

Thursday September 20 at 4:30pm in Mudd 206

Math Colloquium by Doug Ensley

The MAA Instructional Practices Guide: A Resource for Change

Abstract: The MAA Instructional Practices Guide presents evidence-based
methods for engaging students. Beyond documenting active-learning
classroom strategies, the guide also includes practices for assessment
and course design that support these strategies. This presentation will,
of course, include an overview of the guide, but be sure to bring a
pencil. Throughout the period, we will be putting some of the practices
into, well, practice.

Refreshments at 4 pm in SM 208

Monday September 17 at 4:30pm in Mudd 206

Math Colloquium by Prof Rob Benedetto

The abc Conjecture: An Introduction

Abstract: The abc-conjecture is a straightforward statement about the prime factors of integers ab, and c satisfying the equation a+b=c.  In spite of the simple name, simple equation, and simple statement, the conjecture is an important problem in number theory and is quite difficult. In this talk, we will motivate and state the abc-conjecture.  To help us along, we'll look at the related case of putting polynomials, rather than integers, in the roles of ab, and c.  We'll also present some evidence supporting the conjecture, as well as some of its uses in number theory.
 
Refreshments will be served at 4:00 pm in Seeley Mudd 208.

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