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Presentation: "Hidden Figures: the Mathematics of Katherine Johnson and Rudy Horne" with Dr. Talitha Washington

September 21, 2018
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Lucas Engineering, Room 119

The Lamar University STEM Students of Color Alliance presents Dr. Talitha Washington, Mathematician and Professor at Howard University, as the first speaker in our new series.

What’s the mathematics that Katharine Johnson used to send John Glenn into orbit and bring him back safely? Who was the mathematician that created the mathematics in the “Hidden Figures” Hollywood movie? Come and uncover the essential ideas created by Johnson during the Space Race and how the mathematical consultant, Dr. Rudy Horne, created the mathematics for the movie. We will also explore how other ‘Hidden Figures’ helped Johnson become a research mathematician in a racially segregated era.

Tabitha WashingtonPresenter: Dr. Talitha Washington is a mathematician and professor at Howard University. She is currently a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education. She enjoys applying mathematics to understand and solve problems in biology, engineering, and physics. Dr. Washington completed her undergraduate studies in mathematics at Spelman College and studied abroad at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico. She then went on to become the first African American to earn a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Connecticut. She is the seventh African American to be elected to the Council of the American Mathematical Society (AMS).

Jacqueline Jensen-Vallin

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