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Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) 2013 at Bowdoin College

Story posted December 10, 2012

http://mpe2013.org/

Bowdoin is joining the international mathematics community to promote Mathematics of Planet Earth in 2013. MPE 2013 launched in Canada on Dec 7th, 2012, and will launch in the US at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego in January

Mary Lou Zeeman, Wells Johnson Professor of Mathematics at Bowdoin and co-director of the Mathematics and Climate Research Network has been on the MPE 2013 team since its inception. She is helping to organize several MPE 2013 events around the country, as well as bringing the initiative to Bowdoin. 

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In Spring 2013, Bowdoin will offer MPE 2013 related courses, including:

  • ECON 228/ ES 228: Natural Resource Economics and Policy. Guillermo Herrera.
  • ECON 370: Mathematical Economics. Erik Nelson.
  • EOS 255: Numerical Modeling of Ocean Ecosystems. Nicholas Record.
  • MATH 318 / ES 328: Advanced Topics in Modeling: Modeling for Climate and Sustainability. Mary Lou Zeeman.
  • PHYS 357/ ES 357/ EOS 357 The Physics of Climate. Mark Battle.

Mary Lou Zeeman Guillermo Herrera Erik Nelson Nicholas Record

Mark Battle Colin Roesler Emily Peterman Sarah Montross

MPE 2013 will also come to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. The exhibition Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture (organized by the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., and at Bowdoin March 26 - July 14, 2013) introduces the Danish artist, filmmaker and geologist, whose paintings and sculpture maintain a dialogue between art and science. Synergies between the perspectives of arts and sciences will be enhanced by the accompanying exhibition Sense of Scale, Measure by Color: Art, Science and Mathematics of Planet Earth (April 4—June 2, 2013). This show is dedicated to the scale-crossing structures and colors of the earth, featuring minerals and mathematical models from Bowdoin collections and modules from the MPE 2013 exhibit competition. Organized by Collin Roesler, Chair, Earth and Oceanographic Science, Emily Peterman, Assistant Professor, Earth and Oceanographic Science, Sarah Montross, Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Curatorial Fellow, and Mary Lou Zeeman.

A Picture of Yucatan, 1965. Synthetic paint on Masonite, 48x48. ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark.
Per Kirkeby: A Picture of Yucatan, 1965. Synthetic paint on Masonite, 48x48. ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark.

MPE 2013 launched in Canada on Dec 7th, 2012, and in the US at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego in January 2013