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SCIENCE SUNDAYS: The Mathematics of Partisan Gerrymandering

Every decade, politicians update voting districts to account for population shifts as measured by the U.S. Census. Of course, partisan politicians are inclined to draw maps that favor their own party, resulting in partisan gerrymandering. Dustin G. Mixon will explore how tools from mathematics can help to deter this growing threat to democracy.

Dustin G. Mixon is an assistant professor of mathematics at The Ohio State University. He studies interactions between algebra, geometry, combinatorics and data science. His recent work on the mathematics of gerrymandering has been featured in New Scientist and Forbes, among others.  

Science Sundays is a free public lecture series offered and supported by The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences and its sponsoring science centers. Speakers are leading experts in their fields dedicated to making their work interesting and accessible for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Science Sundays brings leading-edge work directly to the public with lectures covering diverse topics in science, arts and technology that touch our everyday lives.

Each lecture is from 3-4 p.m. at the Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre, followed by a free, informal reception from 4-5 p.m. at the Ohio Staters Traditions Room in the Ohio Union.

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