Webinar Series: Illustrating the Impact of the Mathematical Sciences

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Webinar Series: Illustrating the Impact of the Mathematical Sciences

The mathematical sciences play a critical role in advancing crucial innovations and improving our prosperity, health, and security. Join us for a series of webinars featuring mathematicians telling the most important stories of how math has made an impact, from traffic simulations to personalized medicine.

This webinar series is part of a larger National Academies' study that will identify and illustrate the broad impact of the mathematical sciences. Learn more about the study at

All webinars take place on Tuesdays from 3-4pm ET and will have live closed captioning. Information on each webinar is listed below and will be updated as more speakers are confirmed.

To view past webinars in this series: Illustrating Mathematics Webinar Recordings


February 25, 2020: From Solving to Seeing
Moderator: Terence Tao
Speakers: Gunther Uhlmann, Anna Gilbert
During this webinar, invited speakers Gunther Uhlmann and Anna Gilbert discuss the impact of inverse problems and compressed sensing on medical imaging and MRIs.
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March 3, 2020: Revolutionizing Manufacturing through Mathematics
Moderator: Ryan (Skip) Garibaldi
Speakers: Hyunsun Alicia Kim, Sadasivan (Sadas) Shankar
In this webinar, invited speakers Hyunsun Alicia Kim and Sadasivan (Sadas) Shankar will explain how mathematics and analytics have transformed the factory floor.

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March 10, 2020: Abstract Geometry, Concrete Impact
Moderator: Terence Tao
Speakers: Katherine Stange, Jordan Ellenberg
During this webinar, invited speakers Kate Stange and Jordan Ellenberg will highlight the concrete applications of abstract geometrical concepts.
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March 17, 2020: Keeping the Internet Safe
Moderator: Ryan (Skip) Garibaldi
Speakers: Kristin Lauter, Rafail Ostrovsky
During this webinar, invited speakers Kristin Lauter and Rafail Ostrovsky will share their work on the novel cryptography that secures the internet, your credit card, and your smartphone.
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POSTPONED (NEW DATE TBD): Understanding Uncertainty
Moderator: Tammy Kolda
Speakers: Bradley Efron, Susan Holmes
During this webinar, invited speakers Bradley Efron and Susan Holmes will address the role uncertainty plays in our daily lives.
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March 31, 2020: Computed Commutes
Moderator: Tammy Kolda
Speakers: Dawn Woodard, Daniel McGehee

During this webinar, invited speakers Dawn Woodard and Daniel McGeheewill explain how mathematics impact your daily drive to the office.
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April 7, 2020: Climate and Weather
During this webinar, invited speakers will highlight the role analytics, mathematical modeling, and scientific computing play in climate prediction and forecasting.
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April 14, 2020: Smart Materials
Moderator: Irene Fonseca
Speakers: Richard James, Robert Kohn
During this webinar, invited speakers Richard James and Robert Kohn will discuss the math that makes intelligent materials possible.
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April 21, 2020: Personalized Medicine
During this webinar, invited speakers will explain the mathematics behind individualized treatment plans and patient scheduling.
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April 28, 2020: Leveraging Data Through Mathematics
During this webinar, invited speakers will discuss the mathematics used to identify patterns within big data.
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Use the links above the access the webinars. If you register on this page, you'll also receive an email with login instructions the day before the event.

Webinar participants are encouraged to submit questions for the speakers via the Zoom chat box.

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