Our theme for the 2009-2010 academic year is Mathematics and Urban Life: Modeling the World around Us. Register for these events on our Calendar page. 

August 19, 2009: The Works: Mathematics and the City, presented by Kate Ascher.

Kate Ascher is currently Director of Development at Vornado Realty Trust in Manhattan. She was previously Executive Vice-President for Infrastructure at the Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation serving New York City. In that capacity, she oversaw city policy with respect to a variety of areas including energy and telecommunications policy and marine and air transportation. Kate holds both Masters and Doctorate degrees in Government from the London School of Economics, as well as a Bachelor's degree from Brown University. She is the author of books and articles on a variety of public policy subjects, the producer of a PBS documentary about the maritime industry, and recently published The Works, an illustrated guide to New York City's infrastructure.

August 20, Queuing Theory and Urban Services, presented by Linda Green.

Special Lunch Guest: Larry Cipollina, Deputy Commisioner New York City Department of Sanitation

Linda V. Green is the Armand G. Erpf Professor of Business at Columbia University. Dr. Green earned her doctorate in Operations Research from Yale University. Her research, which has focused on the development and application of mathematical models of service systems, has resulted in dozens of publications in the major technical journals as well as prominent healthcare journals such as Health Services Research, Inquiry and Academic Emergency Medicine. Her current research focuses on improving the delivery of healthcare. Specific projects include reducing delays for emergency care, providing timely access to primary care, and the development of a new nurse staffing methodology. She is co-founder and co-director of the Columbia Alliance for Healthcare Management, a unique partnership of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health and the Business School dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary research and education in healthcare management. She has been a consultant for both private and public sector organizations and has served on several advisory boards. She has served in many administrative positions at both Columbia and in the major professional societies and was the Department Editor for Public Sector Applications for the journal Management Science. In recognition of her professional achievements, Professor Green was elected a Fellow of INFORMS, the premier international professional society for operations research and management science.

August 21, 2009: A Tour of Urban Operations Research: For High Schools, presented by Richard Larson.

Richard Larson received his Ph.D. from MIT. The majority of his career has focused on operations research as applied to services industries. He is author, co-author or editor of six books and author of over 75 scientific articles, primarily in the fields of technology-enabled education, urban service systems (esp. emergency response systems), queueing, logistics and workforce planning. His first book, Urban Police Patrol Analysis (MIT Press, 1972) was awarded the Lanchester Prize of the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA). He is co-author, with Amedeo Odoni, of Urban Operations Research, Prentice Hall, 1981.

September 26, 2009: Epidemiology, presented by Frank Hoppensteadt

Frank C. Hoppensteadt is the Counselor to the Provost at NYU. In this position, Dr. Hoppensteadt is responsible for academic initiatives.

Prior to joining the Provost’s Office, Dr. Hoppensteadt served nine years as Director of the Center for System Science and Engineering Research at Arizona State University. Prior to that post, he served for nine years as the Dean of the College of Natural Science at Michigan State University. Before his position at Michigan State, Dr. Hoppensteadt taught mathematics and biology at the University of Utah, where he served as Chairman of the Mathematics Department. He taught mathematics at NYU from 1968 to 1979.

October 24, 2009: The Census and Apportionment, presented by Paul Edelman

Paul H. Edelman holds a joint appointment in the Department of Mathematics and the School of Law. A distinguished mathematician whose scholarship in mathematics has focused on combinatorics, Professor Edelman's work pertaining to the law includes articles on judicial decision making and public choice. Before joining the Vanderbilt faculty, Professor Edelman taught at the University of Minnesota, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania.

November 14, 2009: Structural Stability: Mathematics and Truss Bridges, presented by the Salvadori Center

The Salvadori Center was founded by Mario Salvadori, a world-renowned structural engineer, believed that the built environment held all the knowledge a person needed to be an intelligent and active member of the community. What teachers need to make this knowledge available to their students are tools with which they can "unpack" the knowledge embedded in the built environment.

The Salvadori Center gives these tools to teachers and students through a pedagogy grounded in what it calls "project-based, hands-on/minds-on activities" that employ the principles of architecture, engineering, and the design process. Through this method, teachers and their students can unlock the math, science, art, and humanities embodied in the structures and systems that surround them.

rol Analysis (MIT Press, 1972) was awarded the Lanchester Prize of the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA). He is co-author, with Amedeo Odoni, of Urban Operations Research, Prentice Hall, 1981.

December 5, 2009: Puzzles for City Slickers by Peter Winkler

Peter Winkler is a noted research mathematician, author of more than 125 research papers in mathematics and patent holder in a broad range of applications, ranging from cryptography to marine navigation. His research areas include discrete mathematics, theory of computation and probability theory. He is currently a Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Dartmouth College.

Peter Winkler studied Mathematics at Harvard University and later received his PhD in 1975 from Yale University. He has also served as an Assistant Professor at Stanford, Full Professor and Chair at Emory and as a Mathematics Research Director at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies.

Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania.

January 30, 2009:  Defending against H1N1 Virus, Smallpox, & Other Diseases with Fred Roberts

Dr. Fred Roberts is currently a Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers University. He serves as the director of DIMACS, an NSF "science and technology center" founded in 1988 which is a consortium of Rutgers and Princeton Universities, AT&T Labs, Bell Labs (Lucent Technologies), NEC Laboratories America and Telcordia Technologies. Affiliate Members: Avaya Labs, Georgia Institute of Technology, HP Labs, IBM Research, Microsoft Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Stevens Institute of Technology. He also serves as Director of DyDAn, Homeland Security Center for Dynamic Data Analysis. DyDAn was founded as a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence in 2006 and is a consortium of Rutgers, Princeton, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, Texas Southern University, Texas State University-San Marcos, AT&T Labs, and Bell Labs.

Dr. Roberts major areas of interests are Mathematical models in the social, behavioral, biological and environmental sciences and of problems of communications and transportation; graph theory and combinatorics; measurement theory; operations research; utility, decision making, and social choice; mathematical modeling and decision making for homeland security. He has author or co-authored 5 books, edited 17 others, and written over 150 professional journal articles.


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