## Math Day 2023

**Wednesday, May 17, 2023**

Our 2023 Math Day speaker was Professor Chris Danforth, who gave a talk entitled *Measuring the Happiness, Health, and Stories of Society through Mathematics*. In the face of a power failure, Professor Danforth gave a lively and engaging talk without his prepared slides!

**About Math Day**

State and regional winners of the competition are honored at Math Day, which is held on the University of Vermont campus in May. The Math Day program includes a math talk on an interesting topic chosen by the year’s speaker, and an awards luncheon. The prize winning students are invited to campus for Math Day along with their parents and a representative from their school.

**Recent Math Day Talks**

2022 – *Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors: What Newspaper Subscriptions, Car Rentals, and Google (and Many Other Things) Have in Common*

Dr. Taras Lakoba

2021 – *Extremal Mathematics*

Dr. Puck Rombach

2020 – *The Mathematics of Epidemics*

Dr. Daniel Velleman

2019 – *Merry Deranging: Math and Gerrymandering*

Dr. Gregory Warrington

2018 – *Points, Lines, and Dimension:* *A Tour of the Kakeya Problem*

Dr. Evan Dummit

2017 – *The Number Theory Behind Cryptography*

Dr. Christelle Vincent

2016 – *Data for Social Good*

Dr. Abigail Crocker