Marian Miner Cook
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - Lunch Program
What the Changing World of Politics Means for Our Collective Future
Amanda Andrea Renteria

The rise in younger, more diverse voices is transforming all aspects of politics. Amanda Renteria, a 20-year veteran in public service with extensive experience as a Congressional political candidate, U.S. Senator’s chief of staff, national political director to a presidential candidate, and attorney general’s COO, will discuss how today’s electorate is at a pivotal moment that will shape the world for generations.  

Amanda Renteria has had a unique and diverse career starting out in the financial industry, moving to education as a teacher in her small hometown community, and finally spending the majority of her career in public service. She has served as the chief of operations at the California Department of Justice, national political director for Secretary Clinton’s presidential run, and as a chief of staff in the United States Senate. She was named one of the most influential staffers by Roll Call and received a number of awards as the first Latina chief of staff in the history of the U.S. Senate. In addition to her policy work, she has also run for Congressional office in 2014 and governor of California in 2018 believing that empowering others is at the heart of public service.

Ms. Renteria's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the CARE Center and the Rose Institute of State and Local Government, both at CMC.

View Video: YouTube with Amanda Renteria

Tuesday, October 09, 2018 - Evening Program
Developing a Passion for Mathematics
Mark Huber

Ask a mathematician about what mathematics is and they will use words like beauty and creativity. Ask a student about what mathematics is and they will have a very different view. Mathematics, asserts CMC mathematics professor Mark Huber, can be a living subject that brings out passion, but it is important to use the right tools and perspectives to make that happen.

Mark Huber is the Fletcher Jones Foundation Professor of Mathematics and Statistics and George R. Roberts Fellow. He joined the faculty community at Claremont McKenna College in 2009. 

Huber’s specialty is computational probability. He enjoys developing new algorithms for drawing random variates from complex distributions quickly, which has applications in statistics, machine learning, numerical integration, and physics. Huber’s unique background in mathematics, computing, and statistics allows him to work in a variety of areas. Outside of the classroom, he has served as chair of the CMC Mathematical Sciences since 2016. Huber also serves as associate editor for the Journal of American Statistical Association Reviews and editor of the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics. He regularly participates as a guest lecture at conferences and institutions around the world, and his research has appeared in such journals as Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability, the Journal of Applied Probability, and the Chicago Journal of Theoretical Computer Science among others.

Huber earned a B.S. degree from Harvey Mudd College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University.

Professor Huber’s Athenaeum presentation celebrates his installation ceremony as the Fletcher Jones Foundation Professor of Mathematics and Statistics and George R. Roberts Fellow at CMC.

View Video: YouTube with Mark Huber

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