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Special Undergraduate Lecture

On October 1 at 4pm the UO Mathematics Department will host a talk by Dr. Mark Goresky, who will discuss the mathematical development of spread spectrum communication but also the exciting and fascinating life of the actress Hedy Lamarr. His talk is entitled “A glamorous Hollywood star, a renegade composer, and the mathematical development of spread spectrum communication.” The talk will include discussion of Ms. Lamarr’s work as a scientist, an actress, how she fled Austria before World War II, and other aspects of her life. While parts of the talk will assume some basic knowledge of mathematics, much of the talk can be understood by undergraduates from any major.

Mark Goresky is a distinguished mathematician and engaging lecturer from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. This will be the first of two lectures given by Dr. Goresky as part of the Math Department’s Niven Lecture Series, with the second talk being a research colloquium given on October 5 entitled “Pseudo-random numbers and sequences”. Meeting details and abstracts for both talks.