The Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Mathematical Sciences at WPI are partnering in the global initiative Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE2013) to highlight the importance of mathematics and statistics in

- encouraging research in identifying and solving fundamental questions about planet earth,
- encouraging educators at all levels to communicate the issues related to planet earth, and
- informing the public about the essential role of the mathematical sciences in facing the challenges to our planet.

CIMS and the Department of Mathematical Sciences will dedicate a number of activities to this initiative during 2013:

- MathWorks/CIMS Lecture series: February 13, March 20, and April 10
- Math Awareness Month “Mathematics of Sustainability” — April 2013
- 2013 Math Awareness Month talk – “Influence of Climate Change on Extreme Weather Events”
- Dr. Richard L. Smith, University of North Carolina and SAMSI
- Date: April 9, 2013
- Time: 4:00-5:00pm
- Where: Salisbury Labs 115

- Mathematics Problems for Industry Workshop — June 17-21, 2013
- Research Experience for Undergraduates in Industrial Mathematics and Statistics 2013 — Wednesday May 29, 2013 – Friday July 26, 2013
- Mathematical Sciences faculty MPE2013 blogs
- Mathematical Sciences in the 21st Century – Prof. Bogdan Vernescu
- Geothermal Energy Harvesting – Prof. Burt Tilley
- Modeling and Prediction of Earthquakes – Prof. Darko Volkov
- From Financial Mathematics, to Data Analytics, new Professional Master’s Programs emerge in the mathematical sciences -Prof. Bogdan Vernescu

- CIMS Lecture Series
- Department of Mathematical Sciences Colloquium Series
- K-12 Outreach

The four themes of MPE2013 are:

- A PLANET TO DISCOVER: oceans; meteorology and climate; mantle processes, natural resources, solar systems
- A PLANET SUPPORTING LIFE: ecology, biodiversity, evolution
- A PLANET ORGANIZED BY HUMANS: political, economic, social and financial systems; organization of transport and communications networks; management of resources; energy
- A PLANET AT RISK: climate change, sustainable development, epidemics; invasive species, natural disasters

For more information, contact Suzanne Weekes (sweekes@wpi.edu) or Bogdan Vernescu (vernescu@wpi.edu).