An image of Dr Lisa Kanary

Time: 7:00 pm Mountain Time
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The College's University Arts and Science Faculty are pleased to announce the second presentation in their Academic Speaker Series. Students, faculty, and the public are welcome to attend virtually via Zoom meeting.


An image of an airplane, some polar bears and a microscopic virus.

'Oh I’m never going to use that math again. Why do we need to learn that?'

Likely we’ve all heard it, thought it, or said it. Sometimes the simplest of math tools can provide the best and most helpful information for making informed decisions. What do you think the pictures above all have in common? I have used a different mathematical or statistical model on each one to answer a question: ocean currents bring invasive species to protected areas; travel brings risk of importing COVID-19; diseases like COVID-19 spread through populations; and climate change brings about increased costs and emissions. We’ll learn about what models are and how they can be used to solve the world’s biggest questions.


About the Presenter:

Dr. Lisa Kanary

Dr. Kanary is an instructor in the School of Business and Leadership at Yukon University in Whitehorse, Yukon. Originally from Nova Scotia, Dr. Kanary moved to the Yukon in 2013. Wearing many hats at the University has given her a unique perspective of the many avenues and opportunities students can pursue. Dr. Kanary’s has a PhD from UNB in Applied Mathematics. At Yukon U, she is the primary business statistics knowledge holder and teaches statistics classes in the Bachelor of Business Administration. Lisa infuses her classes with real world experience by partnering students with community groups and industry to work through statistical problems and challenges. Lisa also continues to be active in research as a data scientist and math modeller. She is currently working on math models that pertain to COVID-19 with a number of colleagues locally and around the globe.

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