Abstract: As we explore interdisciplinary quantitative spaces, what are the models we have for connecting disciplines together? I’ll discuss two frameworks, both developed in the context of interdisciplinary quantitative education. The first is “Rule-of-Five” which aims to explore how we think about, learn about, and teach others about models and modeling. We explore the ways in which we approach modeling across disciplines and subdisciplines, and how our language and approaches serve to be exclusive or inclusive. The second uses a framework of disciplines as mutualistically coevolving networks. If we adopt a complex adaptive systems framework for bipartite networks, we can gain insights into how shifts in connectedness occur. In this talk, I discuss what each of these approaches tell us about improving interdisciplinary teaching and research.
Bio: Dr. Carrie Diaz Eaton is an Associate Professor of Digital and Computational Studies at Bates. She was formerly Associate Professor of Mathematics in the Center for Biodiversity at Unity College, where she has been since 2010. She has a B.A. in Mathematics with a minor in Zoology and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Mathematics, both from University of Maine, where she studied computational neurobiology and neuronal networks. Carrie earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics from University of Tennessee with a concentration in Mathematical Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. There she worked on network perspectives of coevolution and consequences for sustainability. Since then, she has developed a research program in undergraduate interdisciplinary mathematics education, and is the QUBES Director of Partnerships (Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis). She is also the project director for Math Mamas project. Carrie Diaz Eaton currently also serves as the Education Subgroup co-Chair for the Society of Mathematical Biology, on the Editorial board of PRIMUS, and is an MAA Values Leader. She has also served as the past Program Chair and Electronic Communications Chair of BIO SIGMAA, a special interest group of the Mathematical Association of America and for the editorial board for Letters in Biomathematics.
Dr. Diaz Eaton is also a proud 1st generation Latinx. Her father is from Peru. She is also a mother. Dr. Diaz Eaton values the complex interplay at the intersection of her identities, professional activitism in STEM education, and her research.
Those unable to attend can stream the lecture from our YouTube channel.