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 and Natalie Meacham '19 are the DMC student coordinators for the 2018-2019 academic year.
In the 2018-2019 academic year, DMC generally meets on Wednesdays starting at 7 p.m.
Distressing Math Collective Schedule 2016-2017
|Jan. 19||Rose Kaplan-Kelly||Cusp Crossing Density of Hyperbolic Knots: Playing With Flowers in Hyperbolic Space|
|Jan. 26||Yiling Bai and Tianyi He||Chutes and Ladders for the Impatient|
|Feb. 2||NO DMC|
|Feb. 9||NO DMC due to weather|
|Feb. 16||Isaac Craig||Brouwer Fixed Point Theorem or How Coffee Changed Mathematics|
|Feb. 23||Frank Romascavage||An Introduction to Little O Notation or If Little Cheerios Could Do Math|
|March 2||Hannah Schwartz||What's the point????! or Constantly Peckish: Unifying Mathematics One Cookie at a Time|
|March 9||SPRING BREAK: NO DMC|
|March 16||Decoding Nazi Secrets Movie|
|March 23||Rachel Miller||Epic Math Battles of History: Stories of Discoveries in Math|
|March 30||Jillian Brown Faccone '09||Using Statistics to Measure Business Success: An Application of High-Dimensional Propensity Score Matching to Assess Healthcare Concierge Client Outcomes|
|April 6||Julia Lin||Beating the Taxman or How to Stop an A.I. from Taking Over the World|
|April 13||Pan Hu||The Mathematics Behind Poker|
|April 20||Phuong Nguyen||A Machine Learning Project: Predicting Titanic Survival|
|April 27||Stella Cai||How Google Finds Your Needle in the Web's Haystack|
The Shapley Value
|Sept. 8||Hayley Johnson||Measuring the Magnetic Field of a Pulsed Coil: I Know What You Did Last Summer|
|Sept. 15||Bill Dunham||Bertrand Russell at Bryn Mawr|
|Sept. 22||Game Night|
|Sept. 29||Daisy Sudparid||The Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic Model of MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether)|
|Oct. 6||Frank Romascavage||An Introduction to Big O Notation or If Cheerios Could Do Math|
|Oct. 13||FALL BREAK: No DMC|
|Oct. 20||Immaculate Langat||Classical Encryption Systems|
|Oct. 27||Lindsay Dever||Generalized Splines on Cycles or A Splattering of Splines|
|Nov. 3||MATH REU/SUMMER INTERNSHIPS PANEL|
|Nov. 10||Rose Kaplan-Kelly||0 = 1|
|Nov. 17||Fergie Leung||A Network Approach to Mental Disorders and Comorbidity|
|Nov. 24||THANKSGIVING BREAK: No DMC|
|Dec. 1||Penny Dunham||Modern Trends in Origami and Folding|
|Dec. 8||MATH HOLIDAY PARTY: No DMC|