BAD Math Day at Saint Mary's

A bi-annual event that reaches students at all levels of study, Bad Math day creates an informal atmosphere for important math discussions.

This past October Saint Mary’s College held the biannual Bay Area Discrete Math Day (BAD Math Day). BAD Math Days are one-day meetings aimed at facilitating communication between researchers and graduate students of discrete mathematics around the San Francisco Bay Area. These days happen twice a year and strive to create an informal atmosphere to talk about discrete mathematics. The term “discrete mathematics” is chosen to include at least the following topics: Algebraic and Enumerative Combinatorics, Discrete Geometry, Graph Theory, Coding and Design Theory, Combinatorial Aspects of Computational Algebra and Geometry, Combinatorial Optimization, Probabilistic Combinatorics, and Combinatorics in Mathematical Physics.

The conference consisted of 2 long (one-hour) talks and 4 short (half-hour) talks.  It also had time for mingling and exchanging ideas, and afterwards we had a dinner on campus to continue discussions and networking. The desired outcome was for mathematicians to meet other mathematicians, to disseminate some of their research results, to share ideas of new avenues of research, and to foster collaborative relationships.

The lineup of this particular event was especially diverse with several speakers from groups that are typically underrepresented in science. Futher it reached people of all levels of mathematical study attended (undergrads, graduate students, postdocs, faculty). Learn more about Bad Math at Saint Mary's.