Aug. 1 — The Geometry of Gerrymandering
On. Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at The Half Penny, Willamette University’s “Distilled” series will feature a talk from math professor Kathryn Nyman, who will present “Distilled: The Geometry of Gerrymandering.”
Every ten years, state legislatures reconsider their electoral districts. Upcoming elections will determine which party approves new districts and, in many cases, which party will control state legislatures.
“Partisan gerrymandering dilutes the will of the voters and erodes trust in the political process, and sophisticated mapping software has made it easier than ever for politicians to craft skewed voting maps,” says Nyman.
Mathematicians are getting involved, using data to identify and quantify gerrymandering. At the talk, Nyman will describe these tools and show how data can highlight gerrymandered electoral districts.
After receiving her bachelor’s in mathematics from Carthage College, Nyman earned a doctorate at Cornell University, where she studied combinatorics. First a post-doc fellow at Texas A&M University, Nyman was an assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago before joining Willamette’s math department in 2009.
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