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Subject: [scitechcafe-a] SciTech Cafe, Sept 26: CSI: Mathematics
From:    "Kathy Aidala" <kaidala@mtholyoke.edu>
Date:    Mon, September 19, 2016 10:44 pm
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Have you ever wondered how people might get caught for tax fraud? 
It's all
in the numbers.  If you use more 9's than 1's, you might get into
trouble.
Please join us as Prof. Steven Miller shares his research on Benford's
law
and how forensic accountants are using it to separate truth from
fiction by
the numbers.

Please help us advertise (and please come!), forwarding the announcement
below to any who may be interested.   All are very much welcome (kids,
college students, your parents).  You'll learn something if you come. 
And
you might win a prize!  Please check out our website with videos of some
past events, www.scitechcafe.org  <http://www.scitechcafe.org/> and
like us
on Facebook! <http://www.facebook.com/SciTechCafe>.  *Please note our
location, Union Station in Northampton (yes, there is ample parking for
all!).*

Hope to see you there!  You can find the full list of dates and
speakers at
the end of this email.

Kathy

************************************************************
************************************

SciTech Cafe is pleased to present the monthly discussion series: A
scientist walks into a bar...with a 70 item data set, and the data set
asks
for a beer.  The bartender says he needs proof before he can serve; the
data set responds,  "It's fine, I have over twenty ones."

Monday, September 26th
6pm
*Union Station, Northampton *
*Benfordâ??s Law: *
*Why the IRS cares about Algebra and Number Theory*
*(and why you should too!)*

*What is Benfordâ??s Law?*
*Does â??1â?? appear more often than â??7â?? in life?*
*Can math detect tax fraud?*
*What do the statistics of numerals inform us about corporate sales?*

  <http://www.math.smith.edu/%7Ebbaumer/>Steven J. Miller
<https://web.williams.edu/Mathematics/sjmiller/public_html/williams/welcome.html>is
an associate professor of mathematics at Williams College
<http://www.williams.edu/>. His research is in number theory and
probability, especially some problems on the boundary of math and
physics.
Some of his current projects with undergraduates include a collaboration
with the San Diego Padres and working with the IRS to detect tax fraud
<http://www.thefreelibrary.com/I%27ve+got+your+number-a054636935>, as
well
as some problems in number theory and dynamical systems. Please bring a
friend and join us as we enjoy light appetizers, lively conversations,
prizes and brilliant minds. This is an inclusive, family-friendly
event and
people of all walks of life are invited.  *Admission is FREE!*

*Upcoming SciTech Cafe events:*

   -
*October 24th: Gravitational Waves: Measuring Ripples in Space from a
   Billion Years Ago *Gary Felder
   <https://www.smith.edu/academics/faculty/gary-felder>, Prof. of
Physics,
   Smith College


   - *December 5th: *Remote Sensing and the Asian Longhorned Beetle
   Thomas Millette
   <https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/facultyprofiles/thomas_millette>,
   Professor of Geography, Mount Holyoke College


   - *January 23rd: *Robotics
   Joydeep Biswas <https://www.cics.umass.edu/person/biswas-joydeep>,
   Professor of Computer Science, UMass


   - *February 27th: *Topic TBD
   Kerstin Nordstrom <http://kerstinnordstrom.com/>, Professor of
Physics,
   Mount Holyoke College


   - *March 27th: *A Quantum Mechanic's Approach to Next Generation
   Electronics
   Joe Checkelsky <http://checkelsky.mit.edu/>, Professor of Physics, MIT


   - *April 24th: *Topic TBD
   Amos Winter <http://web.mit.edu/awinter/www/>, Professor of Mechanical
   Engineering, MIT
   Director of Global Engineering and Research Lab


   - *May 22nd: *Information Retrieval
   Lisa Ballesteros
   <https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/facultyprofiles/lisa_ballesteros>,
   Professor of Computer Science, Mount Holyoke

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Have you ever wondered how people might get caught for tax fraud?  It's all in the numbers.  If you use more 9's than 1's, you might get into trouble.  Please join us as Prof. Steven Miller shares his research on Benford's law and how forensic accountants are using it to separate truth from fiction by the numbers.

Please help us advertise (and please come!), forwarding the announcement below to any who may be interested.   All are very much welcome (kids, college students, your parents).  You'll learn something if you come.  And you might win a prize!  Please check out our website with videos of some past events, www.scitechcafe.org  a! nd like us on Facebook!.  Please note our location, Union Station in Northampton (yes, there is ample parking for all!).

Hope to see you there!  You can find the full list of dates and speakers at the end of this email.

Kathy

************************************************************************************************

SciTech Cafe is pleased to present the mon! thly discussion series: A scientist walks into a bar...! with a 70 item data set, and the data set asks for a beer.  The bartender says he needs proof before he can serve; the data set responds,  "It's fine, I have over twenty ones."

Monday, September 26th
6pm
Union Station, Northampton 

Benfordâ??s Law:
Why the IRS cares about Algebra and Number Theory
(and why you should too!)

What is Benfordâ??s Law?
Does â??1â?? appear mo! re often than â??7â?? in life?
Can math detect tax fraud?
What do the statistics of numerals inform us about corporate sales?

 Steven J. Miller is an associate professor of mathematics at Williams College. His research is in number theory and probability, especially some problems on the boundary of math and physics.  Some of his current projects with undergraduates include a collaboration with the San Diego Padres and working with the IRS to detect tax fraud, as well as some problems in number theory and dynamical systems. 
Please bring a friend and join us as we enjoy light appetizers, lively conversations, prizes and brilliant minds. This is an inclusive, family-friendly event and people of all walks of life are invited.  Admission is FREE!

Upcoming SciTech Cafe events:

  • October 24th: Gravitational Waves: Measuring Ripples in Space from a Billion Years Ago
    Gary Felder, Prof. of Physics, Smith College
  • December 5th: Remote Sensing and the Asian Longhorned Beetle
    Thomas Millette, Professor of Geography, Mount Holyoke College
  • January 23rd: Robotics
    Joydeep Biswas, Professor of Computer Science, UMass
  • February 27th: Topic TBD
    Kerstin Nordstrom, Professor of Physics, Mount Holyoke College
  • March 27th: A Quantum Mechanic's Approach to Next Generation Electronics
    Joe Checkelsky, Professor of Physics, MIT
  • April 24th: Topic TBD
    Amos Winter, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
    Director of Global Engineering and Research Lab
  • May 22nd: Information Retrieval 
    Lisa Ballesteros, Professor of Computer Science, Mount Holyoke 


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