College of the Rockies launches 2021 Academic Speaker Series

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The inaugural speaker for College of the Rockies' Academic Speaker Series, Dr. Lisa Kanary, will discuss Mathematical Modelling and how it is used in daily life, including in response to the COVID-19 virus.

Inaugural presentation explores how mathematical modelling is used in day-to-day life

College of the Rockies’ University Arts and Science is excited to host Dr. Lisa Kanary for their first Academic Speaker Series presentation of 2021. Dr. Kanary’s free virtual presentation will take place on Monday March 1, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

In her presentation Let’s Talk About Modelling…Not the Magazine Type, Dr. Kanary will reveal how those math skills we thought we’d never need are used to make informed decisions on a daily basis. She’ll discuss what mathematical models are, and how they can be used to solve the world’s biggest questions including how diseases like COVID-19 spread through populations, how ocean currents bring invasive species to protected areas, and more.

“We have no clearer examples of the impact that mathematical modelling has on regular life than how governments around the world are using them to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Ben Tippett, University Science instructor. “From the government telling us how many people from outside our households we can visit, to how it distributes supplies to different regions; these decisions are all informed by predictions made using mathematical modelling. I’m excited for our students and community to hear more about this powerful application of the math they are currently learning in the classroom.“

Dr. Kanary is an instructor in the School of Business and Leadership at Yukon University in Whitehorse. With a PhD in Applied Mathematics, she is the primary business statistics knowledge holder at the university and teaches statistics in the Bachelor of Business Administration program. She also continues to be active in research as a data scientist and math modeller.

Registration for this free event is available at cotr.ca/events

Learn more about College of the Rockies’ University Arts and Science certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees at cotr.ca.


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