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Iranian Mathematician is First Female Fields Medalist

Iranian Mathematician is First Female Fields Medalist

August 15th, 2014

by Elizabeth Greiwe

For the first time in its 78-year history, a woman has won a Fields Medal, mathematics’ equivalent to the Nobel Prize. The International Congress of Mathematics recognized Stanford University mathematics professor Maryam Mirzakhani for her work on the geometry of Riemann surfaces. More specifically, Mirzakhani has looked into “moduli spaces,” or how a Riemann surface […]


Do doctors understand test results?

Do doctors understand test results?

July 8th, 2014

by Stephen Doty

  Are doctors confused by statistics? A new book by one prominent statistician says they are – and that this makes it hard for patients to make informed decisions about treatment. In 1992, shortly after Gerd Gigerenzer moved to Chicago, he took his six-year-old daughter to the dentist. She didn’t have toothache, but he thought […]


How to derive a brain

How to derive a brain

April 18th, 2014

by Peter Tingley

On April 14, Dr. Mark Albert from our own CS department gave a great talk in the undergraduate colloquium series. Here is one audience member’s view of what happened!


Next UCMS: How to Derive a Brain

Next UCMS: How to Derive a Brain

April 11th, 2014

by Aaron Lauve

In the last lecture of the semester in the Undergraduate Colloquium in the Mathematical Sciences, we learn how mathematics, statistics, and computer science are helping neuroscientists these days to model individual neurons. And I don’t mean Givenchy. Monday, April 14th Speaker: Mark Albert (Loyola – Dept. of Comp.Sci.) Title: How to Derive a Brain Lecture: 4:30 p.m., Cuneo Hall 311 […]


Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery

Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery

February 20th, 2014

by Aaron Lauve

This is the centennial year of much beloved Martin Gardner’s birth. In honor of this great puzzlemeister and mathematics popularizer, the theme for this year’s Math Awareness Month is “Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery.” What is your favorite mathematical puzzle? I’d love to hear it—and will collect the results in a subsequent post in April.


AWM Panel Discussion at UIC

AWM Panel Discussion at UIC

November 11th, 2013

by Christine Haught

The University of Illinois at Chicago  chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics will bring together leading women mathematicians in academia for a panel discussion this Friday. Learn about the history of women in mathematics from Chicago-area mathematicians. Loyola’s Dr Anne Leggett McDonald will join other distinguished Chicago-land academics to discuss the history and present state […]


Next UCMS Lecture: How to Win at Blackjack

Next UCMS Lecture: How to Win at Blackjack

November 1st, 2013

by Aaron Lauve

In this talk, the audience will see how calculus can inform your choice of strategy in gambling and other ‘investments.’ (Hint: “21″ is an entertaining movie, but the best strategy isn’t learning how to count cards like Kevin Spacey.) Tuesday, November 5th Speaker: Jim Zhu (Western Michigan University – Dept. of Math) Title: How to […]


First Women in Math Tea a Success

October 18th, 2013

by Molly Walsh

On Friday, October 11, the women faculty of the Loyola Mathematics and Statistics Department hosted a Welcome Tea for female department majors, minors, and certificate students. Undergraduate and graduate students and faculty gathered in IES 110 for conversation, tea, home-baked goodies, and the construction of a mini-Menger sponge using business cards. We hope to attract […]


Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?

Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?

October 8th, 2013

by Aaron Lauve

Throughout recorded history, women have been underrepresented in the mathematical sciences. Even throughout our country’s modern, post-NOW history! What gives? Many people have tried to answer this question, and many programs have been implemented at state and national levels to encourage the growth of their representation, but the numbers are slow to tick upwards. A […]


We’ve Moved

We’ve Moved

August 12th, 2013

by Aaron Lauve

We’ve moved! We are now housed on the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors of BVM hall, sitting atop the new Institute for Environmental Sustainability. (map) Physical Address: 6349 N. Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660. This is an exciting development. Clearly, sustainability will be an important discipline in the coming decades. What better way for our university to […]