2021 Spring Conference, April 24, 2021
Due the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, the 2021 Spring Conference was not held in South Lake Tahoe, instead it was a remote conference.
Morning Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marion Campisi
Analysis of Partisan Gerrymandering Tools Following the US 2020 Census
Over the last decades, mapmakers have precisely gerrymandered political districts for the benefit of their party. In response, political scientists and mathematicians have extensively investigated tools to quantify and understand the mathe matical structure of redistricting problems. Two primary tools for determining whether a particular redistricting plan is fair are partisan-gerrymandering metrics and stochastic sampling algorithms. In this talk I will describe some of the pressing mathematical and judicial issues that must be addressed before the redistricting that will follow the 2020 census, in order to facilitate a fair outcome. In particular, I will describe the strengths and weaknesses of current gerrymandering metrics and propose ways in which they can be strengthened.
Marion Campisi is an Assistant Professor at San Jose State University, with interests in low dimensional topology and math education. Following a desire to use her specialized skills to further social good, she has begun to study the mathematical analysis of districting plans and the detection of partisan gerrymandering.
Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Dr. Elena Fuchs
Apollonius to Apollo 17 - A Journey Through Mathematical Time
What does Ancient Greece have to do with modern day computing? In this talk, I will start out with an ancient geometric construction of Apollonius of Perga from circa 300BC and work my way up to quantum computers of the future. We will explore number theory and see many beautiful pictures along the way.
Elena Fuchs is an Associate Professor in mathematics at UC Davis. She received her BA in math from UC Berkeley in 2005, and her PhD in math from Princeton in 2010. She spent time at IAS, UC Berkeley, and UI Urbana-Champaign before moving to her dream job at UCD in 2016.
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