The Michael E. Moody Lecture Series
The Harvey Mudd College Mathematics Department has established a lecture series in honor of Michael Moody.
Under his leadership as chair from 1996–2002, the mathematics department revised its curriculum, rejuvenated the senior thesis program, and tripled the number of majors. Mike was a guiding force that led to our department being awarded the American Mathematical Society's inaugural award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department in 2006.
He also founded an evening lecture series that brought speakers to the College who illuminated the joy, wonder, and applicability of mathematics and that attracted hundreds of students. The lecture series, now in Michael's name, continues this tradition.
Professor Moody passed away in January, 2010. Our department—and many students, faculty, staff and friends within its community—have benefited from his extraordinary legacy.
The Next Lecture
Professor Skip Garibaldi presented the thirteenth lecture in The Michael E. Moody Lecture Series on “Identifying Lottery Scams Using Mathematics and Public Lottery Data”.
Skip Garibaldi is a mathematician known for his work on algebraic groups, especially exceptional groups such as E8; the book Cohomological invariants in Galois cohomology with Alexander Merkurjev and Jean-Pierre Serre; and his work on the lottery, which led to changes in state policy and arrests. Millions of people have seen him talk about his work on 20/20, CNN, and Fox & Friends, and he is a consultant for and part of a museum exhibit about mathematics that has been traveling the country since opening at the Smithsonian in spring 2012.
He is Incoming Director of the Center for Communications Research in La Jolla. Previously he was associate director of the Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics at UCLA; Winship Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at Emory University; a postdoc at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH); held visiting positions at Université d’Artois and Université Paris-Nord in France; and been a Gambrinus Fellow at TU Dortmund. In 2014, he was appointed to the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board by the Secretary of Defense.
More information about Skip Garibaldi is available from his website.
The lecture took place on March 30, 2017, at 7:00 PM, in HMC's Shanahan Center Auditorium.
This talk will tell the story of how a journalist, two mathematicians, and a statistician teamed up and used mathematics to identify people who were using the lottery as an adjunct to their illicit activities. The analysis combined old and new mathematics with on-the-ground detective work. The resulting series of journal and newspaper articles led to arrests and changes in state policy, and contributed to the resignation of the head of the Florida lottery. Still, many questions remain to be investigated.
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- Spring, 2016, Andrea Bertozzi on “The Mathematics of Crime”
- Fall, 2015, Satyan Devadoss on “The Shape of Nature: Bee, Tree, Origami”
- Spring, 2015, Tim Chartier on “Who's Number One? From Ranking to Bracketology”
- Fall, 2014, Trachette L. Jackson on “Mathematical Models of Tumor Angiogenesis”
- Spring, 2014, Anette Hosoi on “From Razor Clams to Robots: The Mathematics Behind Biologically Inspired Design”
- Fall, 2013, Jennifer Quinn on “Mathematics to DIE for: The Battle Between Counting and Matching”
- Spring, 2013, Ravi Vakil on “The Mathematics of Doodling”
- Spring, 2012, Andrew Belmonte on “The Mathematics of Strings, Spaghetti, and Splashes”
- Fall, 2011, Robert L. Devaney on “Chaos Games and Fractal Images”
- Fall, 2010, Jonathan Rogness on “When Mathematics Meets YouTube”
- Spring, 2010, Lesley Ward on “The Linear Algebra of Internet Search Algorithms”