A Frontiers in Science Lecture and the 2020 Karlovitz Lecture by Moon Duchin, Tufts University
The theory of random walks has found a fruitful application in electoral redistricting, by allowing us to sample from the partitions of a state into districts. By comparing a plan to neutral alternatives, we can measure the extent of gerrymandering—when one party takes advantage of the authority to draw the lines. Moon Duchin will discuss some surprisingly simple questions about graphs and geometry that can help us make advances in policy and civil rights.
About the Speaker
Moon Duchin is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Senior Fellow in the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. Her research in pure mathematics focuses on geometric group theory, low-dimensional topology, and dynamics. She is also interested in the social studies of science, particularly the role of expertise, authority, intuition, and proof.
She founded the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group to use geometry and computation to study gerrymandering, believing it to be a fundamental threat to democracy. The redistricting lab uses tools from math, geography, and computing to study politics and policy.
She is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. In 2018, she was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship.
Duchin is a featured presenter in the 14th Biennial Gathering For Gardner Conference, on March 25-29, 2020, at the Atlanta Ritz Carlton. Her featured talk is titled "Political Geometry: The Mathematics of Redistricting."
About the Karlovitz Lecture Series
The lecture is made possible by an endowment in memory of College of Sciences Dean Les Karlovitz, who served as dean from 1982 until 1989. Seeking to broaden intellectual discourse on campus, the series focuses on speakers whose work has led them to stretch across disciplinary boundaries.
About the Frontiers in Science Lecture Series
Lectures in this series are intended to inform, engage, and inspire students, faculty, staff, and the public on developments, breakthroughs, and topics of general interest in the sciences and mathematics. Lecturers tailor their talks for nonexpert audiences.
Thursday, 2020, March 26 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Auditorium, Kendeda Building, 422 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Free and open to the public