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Beginning March 13, 2020, for the next 30 days, all events on any ASU campus or in any ASU building that are not directly related to the educational or research mission of the university are canceled in order to limit the community spread of COVID-19. Before attending a previously scheduled event on an ASU campus or in an ASU building, please check with the event organizer or look for an update online.
The Celebration of Women in Mathematics is part of a new international initiative to inspire women everywhere to celebrate their achievements in mathematics, and to encourage an open, welcoming, and inclusive work environment for everybody. May 12 was the date chosen for this annual event, as it is the birthdate of Maryam Mirzakhani. Our school will be hosting our celebration on March 27 (rather than May 12, which is after ASU's spring semester ends).
SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020
3-Minute Thesis Grad Slam
The 3-Minute Thesis Grad Slam cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Presenting increases their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Be a part of the audience that encourages our graduate students and vote for the People's Choice Award.
Students share their experiences from attending the
Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics
Lunch break (on your own)
Time provided to grab some lunch on campus or at nearby restaurants
Dr. Susan Friedlander
Professor of Mathematics, University of Southern California
"The Marquise du Chatelet: Aristocrat and Mathematician"
Emilie du Chatelet lived in France between 1706 and 1749. She is famous for being the long time mistress of Voltaire and also for her work in mathematics and physics. Her translation to French, with detailed commentary, of Newton's Principia is still the standard for this text in French. She was a vivid and strong personality who defied the female norms of her time and became the first woman to have a scientific article published by the French Academy.
Documentary Film Screening
Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani
Filmed in Canada, Iran, and the United States, Secrets of the Surface: The Mathematical Vision of Maryam Mirzakhani examines the life and mathematical work of Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian immigrant to the United States who became a superstar in her field. In 2014, she was both the first woman and the first Iranian to be honored by mathematics’ highest prize, the Fields Medal.
Mirzakhani’s contributions are explained in the film by leading mathematicians and illustrated by animated sequences. Her mathematical colleagues from around the world, as well as former teachers, classmates, and students in Iran today, convey the deep impact of her achievements. The path of her education, success on Iran’s Math Olympiad team, and her brilliant work, make Mirzakhani an ideal role model for girls looking toward careers in science and mathematics.
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Lawn area in front of PSF