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Celebration of Mind

Mathematics Festival

Each October, on or near the birthday Martin Gardner, the UNC Math Club and faculty host the Celebration of Mind Mathematics Festival: an evening of mathematical games, puzzles, magic and fun for the whole family.

This year's festival will be Wednesday, October 23rd, and include

  • A public lecture by Dr. Heather Russell of the University of Richmond: A Graph Coloring Reconfiguration Problem5-6pm in Ross Hall 1040.
  • Games, puzzles and magic in the University Center's Panorama room, 6:30 - 8pm.  Everyone (including kids) welcome.

For more information, contact Oscar Levin or Katie Morrison.

Celebration of Mind 2019 poster

Special Guest Lecture! 5-6pm in Ross 1040

Dr. Heather Russell (University of Richmond) will present:

A Graph Coloring Reconfiguration Problem

A graph is a collection of dots (called vertices) connected by lines (called edges).  Graphs model many different types of information, and a rich theory of graphs has been developed to study their properties. In this talk, we will introduce the concept of graph coloring and then explore a graph coloring reconfiguration problem. No prior knowledge of graphs is necessary. We will begin with the definition of a graph and give lots of examples along the way!

About the Speaker: Dr. Heather M. Russell is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Richmond. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics from The University of Iowa in 2009 and held positions at Louisiana State University, University of Southern California, and Washington College prior to coming to Richmond. Her research applies diagrammatic and combinatorial methods to problems in knot theory, representation theory, and graph theory. She is passionate about involving students in her research and building a more inclusive math community. Outside of mathematics, Dr. Russell enjoys exercise, travel, cooking, and spending time with her dog.