The 2013 AMATYC Southwest Regional Conference
"Taking Mathematics to Grand Heights"
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Early Registration at Mother Road Brewery
on Thursday, June 13 from 5 - 7 PM.
Friday, June 14, 2013
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
– through –
Saturday, June 15, 2013
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
in Flagstaff, Arizona
Near Earth asteroids are discovered telescopically every night of the year. Most of these asteroids are harmless, but some hit the Earth, with dramatic and potentially devastating results, as the February 15, 2013, event over Chelyabinsk, Russia, demonstrates. How are the orbits of these asteroids calculated? How is impact risk evaluated? In this talk I will show how math can save the planet by calculating asteroid orbits and predicting impacts. Teaching math is the same as training superheroes who could save the lives of everyone on Earth.
David Trilling is an observational astronomer who studies the formation and evolution of planetary systems and our Solar System. He uses telescopes all over the world and in space, and is also a leader in astronomical data mining. Much of his recent research has focused on asteroids that pass near -- and sometimes hit -- the Earth.