Department of Mathematics

The Mosaic Lecture Series - Celebrating Diversity in the Mathematical Sciences

2014 Mosaic Lecture

The 2015 Mosaic Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Francis Su, President-Elect of the Mathematical Association of America.  Details will be posted on this page once finalized.

The inaugural Mosaic Lecture took place on March 26, 2014.  Details are listed below, and a video of the lecture can be found on the GVSU Mathematics Department YouTube channel.

Top Secret: Women’s Contributions to the History of Computing

Dr. Jenna Carpenter, Louisiana Tech University

Abstract

Did you know that the first “computers” were humans, not machines?  Did you know that these “computers” were women, not men?  Did you know that these women were in their late teens and early 20’s – not PhD’s?  Come learn about the central role that a group of young women, called the “Top Secret Rosies,” played during the transition to the computer era in World War II.

Biography

Dr. Jenna P. Carpenter is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University, where she also directs the Office for Women in Science and Engineering. Dr. Carpenter is PI of Louisiana Tech’s NSF ADVANCE grant, President-Elect of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network, and First Vice-President of the Mathematical Association of America. She serves on the MAA CUPM Curriculum Guide Steering Committee, as Chair of the MAA Committee on Professional Development, and advises on diversity and mentoring programs for a variety of NSF-funded programs and women-serving STEM organizations.

Co-sponsored by the Liberal Studies Department, the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the History Department, the Honors College, the Division of Inclusion and Equity, and the Women's Center.

For more information, contact Prof. Jonathan Hodge, Chair, Department of Mathematics.

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