The Distressing Math Collective (DMC) provides weekly opportunities for people to de-stress during an informal math lecture on an interesting, but accessible, topic. At these meetings, which are open to everyone, the audience is encouraged to interrupt with questions and comments, to eat snacks, to crack jokes, and generally to keep everyone from taking anything too seriously. After the talk, all are invited to play one of the official DMC card games.
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 recent years, read this article from the 2015-2016 Math Alumnae Newsletter.
Rose Kaplan-Kelly '17 was the DMC student coordinator for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Jill Li '18 and Rachel Miller '18 were the DMC student coordinators for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Emily Barry '19, Natalie Meacham '19, Cate Roa '19, and Ellie Lee '20 were the DMC student coordinators for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Ellie Lee '20, Aisha Mechery '20, Ellen Lu '22, and Rita Sabri 22 are the DMC student coordinators for the 2019-2020 academic year.
In the 2019-2020 academic year, DMC will generally meet on Tuesdays starting at 7 p.m.
2019-2020 DMC Schedule
|Math Major Summer Experiences Panel|
|Sept. 18||AJ Vargas, BMC Mathematics Graduate Student||The Geometry of Complex Numbers|
|Sept. 24||Sandy Chen '21 and Sophia Schein '20||Mind your P's and Q's: Invariants and Coinvariants of Representations|
|Oct. 1||William Dunham, Research Associate in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College||How Odd are Odd Perfect Numbers?|
|Oct. 9||Zhuoran Hu '21 and Xiya Wei '20||Using Statistics to Solve the National Opioid Crisis|
|Oct. 15||Fall Break: No DMC|
|Oct. 22||Various speakers||Math Major Study Abroad Panel|
|Oct. 29||Jillian Faccone '09||Applications of Statistics and Data Science in Healthcare|
|Nov. 5||Corrine Yap, Mathematics Graduate Student at Rutgers University||Uniform Convergence|
|Nov. 12||Tarik Aougab, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Haverford College||Motivating Differential Geometry with the Theory of Relativity|
|Nov. 19||Katherine Raoux, Research Associate in Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College||Slicing Algebraic Varieties and Resolving Singularities|
|Dec. 3||Sophie Lu '20||Portfolio Selection Problem|
|Dec. 10||Ruth McLeod '19||The Socio-Economic Impacts of Warehousing in Belvidere, New Jersey|
|Jan. 28||Walter Stromquist, Research Associate||Distressing Wallpaper|
|Feb. 4||Charles Marx HC '20||Disentangling Influence: Using Disentangled Representations to Audit Model Predictions|
|Feb. 11||Qinna Shen, Chair and Associate Professor of German||A Refugee Scholar from Nazi Germany: Emmy Noether and Bryn Mawr College|
|Feb. 18||Shannon Fisher '20||Modeling Pollutant Plume Patterns of Proposed PGW Facility|
|Feb. 25||Lindsay Dever, BMC Mathematics Graduate Student||Lines are Circles and Other Weird Phenomena: An Introduction to Hyperbolic Geometry|
|March 3||Kathryn Haymaker '07||What Do Polynomials Have to Do with My Mixtape?|
|March 10||Spring Break: No DMC|
|March 17||Penny Dunham, Research Associate||Folding and Math: Origami Old and New|
|March 24||Savannah Williams, BMC Mathematics Graduate Student|
|March 31||Chelsea Seachord, DELMIA Quintiq|
|April 7||Irene Lin ‘20|
|April 14||Zainab Saeed '20|
|April 21||Meagan Murray-Bruce '20|
|April 28||Megan Winner '20|