OSU Mathematics Seminars and Colloquia
Fri, Sep 27, 2019
3:30 PM
MSCS 101
Math (and CS): Then and Now; In Between and Tomorrow
Ardoth Hassler, Georgetown University (retired)
2019 Mathematics Distinguished Alumna and CAS Hall of Fame Colloquium
[Abstract] [PDF]
Abstract: A degree in mathematics can lead to unimaginable opportunities. I came to OSU for a BS in Math to have a career teaching high-school math. Instead, the path led to a Masters in Biostatistics, and fulfilling roles in higher education in computing, management, and administration in Oklahoma and the Washington DC area. And, I had the privilege of an assignment to the National Science Foundation developing cybersecurity policy for national research facilities.

Work and professional opportunities enabled meeting and interacting with colleagues throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, Australia and China. I'll talk about how math aided and influenced my career, even when I was not ‘practicing’ math per se. I will discuss the importance of mentoring and family support, and share some recent data from the National Science Board, the US Department of Education, and other sources on addressing the demand for workers educated in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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