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The Mathematical Samaritan: For All Humanitarian Purposes

Date: Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Time: 7:30 pm

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Location: SC 150,
Center for the Sciences

Contact: Paul Cambell

Applying mathematics  to problems in human suffering can bring new research focus and enliven the classroom. But is the real challenge beyond what even a "Super Mathematical Samaritan" can do?

Dr. Paul Isihara (Wheaton College) made five summer trips to Ethiopia 2002-2007, which resulted in a continuing interest to apply mathematics to community concerns in the developing world. In 2011, he helped launch Wheaton's applied mathematics major, which encourages students to consider how math can serve humanitarian purposes.

Dr. Isihara will discuss the community projects that he and student teams were involved in and how the projects applied mathematical ideas to meet community needs.

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