Distressing Math Collective

The Distressing Math Collective (DMC) provides weekly opportunities for people to de-stress during an informal math lecture on an interesting, but accessible, topic. 

Started by a BMC math professor, a BMC undergraduate, and a Haverford undergraduate, DMC has been meeting regularly since 1997. It attracts a mix of undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, alumnae, and friends. To learn more about DMC in past years, read this article from the 2015-2016 Math Alumnae Newsletter.

Alishia Nation '23 and Anna Nguyen '25 are the DMC student coordinators for the 2022-2023 academic year.

In the 2022-2023 academic year, DMC will generally meet on Wednesdays starting at 7 p.m. in a hybrid format.  For the Zoom link, please contact Leslie Cheng (lcheng@brynmawr.edu), Alishia Nation (anation@brynmawr.edu), or Anna Nguyen (atnguyen@brynmawr.edu). 

Please note that the start time for the DMC talk on September 21 is 8 p.m. as indicated in the flier for the talk.


Fall 2022 DMC Schedule

Sept. 7

Various Speakers

Math Major Summer Experiences Panel
Sept. 14 William Dunham, Research Associate in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr College Matriculation Exams from a Century Ago
Sept. 21 David Rowe, Professor Emeritus at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany Emmy Noether (1882-1935): Mathematician Extraordinaire
Sept. 28 Kira Hamman, Assistant Teaching Professor of Mathematics and Director of Honors Program at Penn State Mont Alto To Infinity and Beyond!
Oct. 5 Felicia Pursner '25  Modeling PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
Oct. 12 Fall Break: No DMC  
Oct. 19 Chloe Shupe '24 Homotopical Models for Metric Spaces and Completeness
Oct. 26 Nia Hernandez '23 and Malini Rajbhandari '24 Matrices Whose Field is Inscribed in a Polygon
Nov. 2  América Nájera '22 Valuation of Options
Nov. 9 Ziva Myer, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College An Introduction to the Braid Group
Nov. 16 Loni Tabb, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Drexel University The Geography of Structural Racism: From Operationalization to Measuring Spatial (and Spatio-Temporal) Heterogeneity - How Important is Residential Segregation?


Spring 2023 DMC Schedule

Jan. 25

Ellie Schumacher '23

A Math Major's Summer Recap
Feb. 1 Marye Cruz '22 An Application of Actuarial Math in Retirement
Feb. 8 Walter Stromquist, Research Associate in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College The Cubic Function and Other Strange Algebra
Feb. 15 Alice Yang '21 Haar Wavelets in Image Signal Processing
Feb. 22 Rosalie Tarsala '23  Predicting Galactic Redshift Using Symbolic Regression
March 1 Avalon Vanis '23 Reframing Lisa Piccirillo Paper about the Conway Knot
March 8 Spring Break: No DMC  
March 15 Various Speakers  Applying to Graduate School Panel 
March 22 Zaynab Ghazi '22  
March 29 Amirah Hewitt '22  
April 5 Shefali Ramakrishna '22 (tentative)  
April 12 Various Speakers  Math Major Alumnae Panel
April 19    
April 26    



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