Meet a Mathematician:
Sarah Koch

Thursday, December 17 at 4:00 pm ET (New York)

Did you ever wonder what a mathematician does all day?  Or what made someone decide to become a mathematician?  Or even, what a mathematician does for fun?  You may be surprised by some of the answers!  Join host Alex Kontorovich as we bring diverse and talented guests to the MoMath stage to share their experiences, their stories, and their love of mathematics.

In December, meet Professor Sarah Koch, a world-class mathematician at the University of Michigan (by way of Cornell and Harvard).  Sarah Koch’s work is, broadly, in complex dynamics — at once an ancient field asking basic questions about what happens when you repeat an operation over and over, and at the same time, a very modern one, whose beautiful Julia and Mandelbrot sets are illustrated on many a screensaver today.  She spends lots of time trying to understand the infinitely complicated structure of beautiful fractals that emerge in her work.

Professor Koch has two PhDs in Mathematics, one from the Université de Provence in Marseille, and one from Cornell University.  She has received a Sloan Research Fellowship, an NSF-CAREER Award, and several teaching awards, including the Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan.  In addition to doing math, she is proud to be the director of the Ypsilanti Math Corps at U(M), a free math summer camp for middle school students and high school mentors from the Ypsilanti area in Michigan.  She enjoys teaching, working with students, running, and trying to improve her kickball skills.

Hosted by MoMath’s 2020-2021 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics and Rutgers math professor Alex Kontorovich.

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