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Caltech researchers presenting at AAAS Meeting
Date:2/17/2010

bration, LaserFest.

Time: 9:10 AM Location: Conv. Center Room 17B


Mathematics and the Analysis of Fairness in Political Processes

Presenter: Chris Chambers, Assoc. Professor of Economics

Title: A Measure of Bizarreness

Politics may be viewed as the science of aggregating the preferences of individuals to determine policies to govern the collective activities of society. Science, and mathematics in particular, as applied by economists, political scientists, lawyers, computer scientists, and mathematicians, aids in the analysis and development of political processes, including voting, apportionment, and redistricting, to represent members of society fairly. Geometry, topology, game theory, discrete mathematics, and voting theory are part of the machinery and the foundation of our political processes and provide the abstract setting to understand how well our political processes work and to propose modifications and new solutions. In this symposium, mathematics will be used to analyze fairness in voting (elections for one or more candidates), apportionment (apportioning delegates in the Democratic primary, representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives, and seats in parliamentary systems), and redistricting (determining boundaries of political regions within states). Legal, social, and practical aspects and implications will also be discussed.

Time: 2:50 PM Location: Conv. Center Room 11A


Monday, Feb. 22

Barry Barish: New Frontiers in Particle Physics

Presenter: Barry Barish, Director, Global Design Effort for the International Linear Collider, and Linde Professor of Physics at Caltech, Emeritus

Among Dr. Barish's noteworthy experiments were those performed at Fermilab involving high-energy neutrino collisions. These experiments were among the first to observe the weak neutral current, a linchpin of electroweak unification theories. Toda
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Contact: Jon Weiner
jrweiner@caltech.edu
626-395-3226
California Institute of Technology
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