Math Talks: Hispanic Heritage Month

2013-10-10 15.06.25

Dr. Flavia Sancier-Barbosa giving her talk.

October is traditionally a month remembering those with breast cancer, but many don’t know that from the middle of September to the middle of October is Hispanic Heritage Month. The Mathematics and Statistics Department brought in Dr. Flavia Sancier-Barbosa on October 10th, 2013 to talk to students about stochastic systems with memory to celebrate the relationship between Mathematics and the Hispanic Culture.

“This is the first year we have [had] a mathematics colloquium series for Hispanic Heritage month,” said Dr. Alicia Prieto Langarica. “As a Mexican mathematician, it saddens me to see the lack of participation of Hispanics in the STEM areas here at YSU. There is a bigger Hispanic population in Youngstown, and we are really underrepresented university wide but it is more evident in the sciences, engineering, and technology areas.”

Dr. Sancier, a native Brazilian, came to the United States to work with Dr. Mohammed at the University of Southern Illinois. Her talk focused on her research and the process it took to get to her current position. Dr. Sancier now works at Wittenberg University as a visiting assistant professor.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics also brought in Dr. Malena Espanol, an assistant professor at the University of Akron on September 20th, 2013. Her talked focused on applied mathematics in different areas like pricing insurance and modeling chemical reactions.

The University and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month throughout most of September and October. The last event on the celebration schedule is the Orginizacion Civica y Cultural Hispana Americana (OCCHA) Gala on November 1st, 2013. For more information on how you can support the OCCHA at this fundraiser, please visit their website here. Deadline for tickets in October 17th!