2017 Festival: Dr. Mary Lou Zeeman, Bowdoin College

Dr. Mary Lou Zeeman, Bowdoin College

Dr. Mary Lou ZeemanThe Mathematical Sciences Research Institute welcomes Dr. Mary Lou Zeeman to the 2017 National Math Festival!

Dr. Mary Lou Zeeman uses mathematics within cross-disciplinary research communities to help understand sustainability, climate change, and protecting the health of the planet. Zeeman is a co-director of the Mathematics and Climate Research Network, a member of the executive council of the Computational Sustainability Network, and a co-leader of the Mathematics of Planet Earth Initiative. She is a professor of Mathematics at Bowdoin College.

Math, Tipping Points, and Planet Earth

Whatever your talents, and whatever your passions, you can use them to help our planet. This is especially true if you enjoy math. In this talk, we’ll explore the mathematics of “tipping points”—dramatic moments when a system suddenly shifts from one state to another—and see how it can help us to understand the Earth’s past and make better decisions for its future.

Climate, Math, Ice Cores, and You: Hands-On Data from Planet Earth

Where do the graphs of past and future climate come from? Come and see inside an ice core, and use math to figure out what Earth’s climate was like thousands of years ago from air bubbles trapped in ice. Explore the dramatic climate shifts of the past, and learn about ways we use math to understand Earth’s present and future climate.