Keynote Speaker-Deborah Hughes Hallett

Where Can Mathematics Take You?  All Over the World!



Many people study mathematics for its beauty; others study mathematics because it opens doors to many professions. In this talk we will look at the ways mathematics is used in fields that impact the lives of millions. Examples will include the use of differential equations to curb the spread of an infectious disease, such as SARS, and what statistical models can tell us about the impact of climate change on civil war.



Deborah Hughes Hallett is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Arizona and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. With Andrew M. Gleason at Harvard, she organized the Calculus Consortium based at Harvard, which brought together faculty from a wide variety of schools to work on undergraduate curricular issues. She is regularly consulted on the design of curricula and pedagogy for undergraduate mathematics at the national and international level and she is an author of several college level mathematics texts. She has co-authored a report for the National Academy of Science's Committee on Advanced Study in American High Schools, and is a member of the MAA Committee on Mutual Concerns and the College Board’s Committee to review the new Math-SAT. In 1998 and 2002 she was co-chair of International Conference on the Teaching of Mathematics in Greece, attended by several hundred faculty from about 50 countries. In 2006, she chaired the third conference in this sequence in Istanbul, Turkey.   She established programs for master's students at the Kennedy School of Government, precalculus, and quantitative reasoning courses (with Andy Gleason), and courses for economics majors. 



She was awarded the Louise Hay Prize and elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for contributions to mathematics education. Her work has been recognized by prizes from Harvard, the University of Arizona, and as a national winner of the MAA Award for Distinguished Teaching.