The 2021 EKU Chautauqua Lecture Series continues on March 4 with the Women's History Keynote address from Talithia Williams, entitled:
is sponsored by the College of Science, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the Women and Gender Studies Program, the Office of Graduate Education and Research and the Honors Program.
is professor of mathematics and statistics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California and the author of the critically praised book, . Williams received her B.S. in Mathematics from Spelman College before earning Master’s degrees in Mathematics from Howard University and in Statistics from Rice University and finally a PhD in Statistics from Rice University. In addition to teaching, her professional experience includes research appointments at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the National Security Agency and NASA. In 2018, she was the host of the 6-part PBS series, .
Talithia Williams develops statistical models which emphasize the spatial and temporal structure of data and has partnered with the World Health Organization in developing a cataract model used to predict the cataract surgical rate for countries in Africa. Through her research and work in the community at large, she is helping change the collective mindset regarding STEM in general and math in particular—rebranding the field of mathematics as anything but dry, technical or male-dominated, revealing it instead as a logical, productive career path that is crucial to the future of the country.