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Science Seminar Speaker to Explore Mathematical Probabilities

Posted: October 27, 2011

Dr. Kate McGivney, Shippensburg University math professor, will address “Untangling Probability Paradoxes” Wilson College on Thursday, Nov. 3, as part of the college’s “Science in Society” seminar series. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Warfield Hall auditorium.

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DATE:
Oct. 27, 2011
CONTACT: Amy Ensley, Director of the Hankey Center for the Education and Advancement of Women
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3279
Email: amy.ensley@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Dr. Kate McGivney, Shippensburg University math professor, will address “Untangling Probability Paradoxes” Wilson College on Thursday, Nov. 3, as part of the college’s “Science in Society” seminar series. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Warfield Hall auditorium.

“We will explore several classical probability problems which are easy to state but whose solutions have been known to stump mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike,” McGivney said. “These problems involve card games, game shows, gambling and more. We'll explore similarities between these problems and also see how conditional probability lies at the heart of these paradoxical problems.”

The science speaker series is sponsored by the Institute for Women in Science, Mathematics and Technology (WISMAT) and the Women’s Studies Advisory Group. For more information, contact Amy Ensley at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3279, or amy.ensley@wilson.edu.

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. The college’s 2011-12 enrollment in the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 746 and includes 21 students from 10 foreign countries.

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Last Updated: October 28, 2011