WIMSA Inaugural Conference: Math Is Everywhere

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Dates: October 17-19, 2022
Organizer: Dr. Mina Teicher
Location: Lakeside Village Pavilion & Lakeside Village Auditorium, 1280 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL

The Institute of the Mathematical Sciences of the Americas (IMSA) at the University of Miami is launching a mega multi-year project Advancing Women in Mathematics Across the Americas (WIMSA).

On October 17-19 we are holding the inaugural conference of WIMSA in Miami!

The conference will include lectures in mathematics, lectures reflecting the beauty of mathematics, lectures on contemporary applications of mathematics, and lectures on math education, all addressed to a general scientific audience.

Lectures on Monday, October 17th and Wednesday, October 19th will be designed for undergraduate students. Two of the lectures, Monday at 4:30pm and Wednesday at 4:30pm, are also for the general public.

Lectures are 45 minutes long.

Feel free to address any question to the conference organizer Professor Mina Teicher or to the office manager of the Mathematics Department, Mrs. Dania Puerto.


Monday, October 17, 2022 (General Audience Talks) – Lakeside Village Pavilion

Monday Afternoon – Opening Session
1:00pm Light Lunch
1:50pm Greetings
Personal and Societal Aspects of Gender in Academia and Medicine
2:30pm Erin Kobetz, Vice Provost for Research, University of Miami
Girls Aren't Good at Math and Other Fairy Tales  (Video)
3:15pm Felicia Knaul, Director, UM Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas
Women in Medicine: Epitomizing the Challenge  (Video)
Public Lecture
4:00pm Light Refreshments
4:30pm Mina Teicher, Head of WIMSA
Mathematics of Beauty
5:30pm Eric Londaits, Presentation of Imaginary, Argentina
How to Spread Your Love for Mathematics  (Slides)

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 (Talks for Specialists) – Lakeside Village Pavilion

Tuesday Morning – Geometry, Singularities and Applications
9:00am Yuri Tschinkel, Courant Institute, NYU and Simons Foundation
Equivariant Birational Geometry  (Video)
9:45am Stanislaw Janeczko, Director, Center for Advanced Study, Poland
Symmetry Defects – Affine Invariants of Curves and Surfaces  (Video)
10:30am Coffee Break
11:00am Rick Miranda, President, Colorado State University
Interpolation for Polynomials in Two Variables  (Video)
11:45am Lilach Avitan, Computational Neuroscience, Hebrew University, Israel
Behavioral Signatures of a Developing Neural Code  (Video)
12:30pm Light Lunch
Tuesday Afternoon – Mathematics in Biology
1:15pm Gabriele Lohmann, Head of Neuroinformatics, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tubingen General Hospital, Germany
What Can We Learn from Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Human Brain?  (Video)
2:00pm Gabriela Olmedo-Alvarez, CINVESTAV, Mexico
Synthetic Communities to Elucidate the Complex Behavior of Microbes in Interaction  (Video)
2:45pm Light Refreshments
4:00pm Maribel Hernández Rosales, CINVESTAV, Mexico
From Mobile Data to Networks: Exploring Social Mobility Patterns and Applications to Public Health  (Video)

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 (General Audience Talks) – Lakeside Village Auditorium

Wednesday Morning – Probability and Machine Learning
9:45am Maria Chudnovsky, Mathematics Department, Princeton University
From Bridges to Cellphone Towers by the Way of Doughnuts. Some Problems in Graph Theory  (Video)
10:30am Ernesto Lupercio, Mathematics and Computer Science Department, CINVESTAV, Mexico
Self-organization Phenomena in Mathematics and the World  (Video)
11:15am Coffee Break
11:45am Odelia Schwartz, Computer Science Department, University of Miami
How is Visual Information Processed in the Brain and AI?  (Video)
12:30pm Light Lunch
Wednesday Afternoon – History of Math: Gender and Origami
2:20pm Greetings by Gabriela Araujo-Pardo, President of the Mexican Mathematical Society
2:25pm Greetings by Velichka Milousheva, Deputy Director of the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
2:30pm June Barrow-Green, Chair, International Commission for History of Mathematics, Open University, UK
"A Sex So Little Made to Brave the Thorns of Science": The Historical Representation of Women in Mathematics  (Video)
3:15pm Michael Friedman, The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science, Tel Aviv University, Israel
To Fold or Not to Fold? On Mathematics, Folding, and How to Construct the Third Root of Two  (Video)
Public Lecture
4:00pm Light Refreshments
4:30pm Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Mathematics is Easy – Teaching It is Hard  (Video)
5:30pm Mina Teicher, Head of WIMSA
Announcement of a Competition
Closing Remarks


June Barrow-Green: "A Sex So Little Made to Brave the Thorns of Science": The Historical Representation of Women in Mathematics

Abstract: From medieval times to the modern day, female mathematicians, real and fictional, have been represented in a variety of ways, both in pictures and in words. By studying such representations, we learn about the women represented and about the attitudes prevailing at the time the representations were created. But deeper questions are invited. How did these representations shape the types of mathematical knowledge women were able to claim? What effect do these representations have on modern-day viewers and readers? Do they, for instance, continue to marginalise the mathematical expertise of women? How can they be used to encourage the participation of women in the mathematical community today?

Eric Londaits: How to Spread Your Love for Mathematics

Abstract: Over 15 years ago, IMAGINARY, a non-profit based in Germany, started a journey of maths communication. Our open-sourced exhibitions have been reproduced in over 69 countries, inviting visitors to discover the beauty of mathematics through interactive exploration. We will showcase our SURFER software, which explores the relation between formulas and forms, mathematics and art. We will also show how we apply our experience and outreach philosophy to connect people with current research in AI and climate modeling.

Mamokgethi Phakeng: Mathematics is Easy - Teaching It is Hard

Abstract: Mamokgethi Phakeng will elaborate on the challenges of teaching mathematics and how to overcome them professionally and personal aspects. Her talk will be followed by an announcement of an exciting competition.

Mina Teicher: Mathematics of Beauty

Abstract: Mina Teicher will elaborate on the mathematics behind beauty of people, animals, plants, architecture and design. The talk will be followed by Eric Londaits' presentation of the Imaginary app that explores the relations between formulas, forms, mathematics and art.