2020 Washington College Mathematics Conference

Invited Speakers

Dave Kung

Dave KungOn Friday evening, Dave Kung from St Mary's College of Maryland will present a talk entitled Rising to the Challenge of Diversifying STEM Fields.

Dave Kung took to activism early on, protesting against wars, racist school board members, and his parents' outrageous rules throughout high school. During his college years at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, he worked to help retain talented students of color, teaching in the inaugural years of the Wisconsin Emerging Scholars Program. During graduate school (also at UW), he worked with the graduate student union to improve working conditions for graduate students and improve TA training. He graduated in 2000 with a Ph.D. in Harmonic Analysis and a minor in Mathematics Education.
Now a Professor of Mathematics at St. Mary's College of Maryland, Dave has helped to create programs that attract and retain underrepresented students. He co-founded the Emerging Scholars Program in mathematics at SMCM, helped expand it to other departments, helped other institutions start similar programs that work with historically-underserved populations, and founded the Emerging Scholars Program REU, an NSF-funded summer research program for talented underrepresented math students. He serves as a Math Pathways Fellow for the University of Texas’s Dana Center.

LuAnne Thompson

LuAnne ThompsonOn Thursday evening, LuAnne Thompson, from the UW School of Oceanography, will present a talk titled The mathematics of sea level rise, ocean heat uptake and climate commitment.

LuAnne Thompson is the Walters Professor of Oceanography and Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Physics and Atmospheric Sciences, and she directed the University of Washington Program on Climate Change from 2011 to 2017. She received a B.S. in Physics with minors in Mathematics and Geophysics from the University of California, Davis, an M.S. in Physics from Harvard University, and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography. She is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and has been a member of the NASA Ocean Surface Topography Science Team since 2004. Her research focuses on the ocean’s role in climate variability and change. She uses satellite and in situ data, comprehensive ocean climate models, and simplified mathematical models in her research. She teaches advanced fluid dynamics, coastal ocean dynamics, and interdisciplinary climate science.