Twenty-Seventh Virtual Encounter with Outstanding Mathematicians

The twenty-seventh Virtual Encounter with Outstanding Mathematicians took place on Friday, October 8th, 2021 from 12 pm until 1 pm. Dr. Ximena Catepillan, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, was our invited speaker. This virtual event was free and open to the general public.

On this twenty-seventh Encounter, Dr. Ximena Catepillan shared anecdotes of her personal life and her professional journey as a female mathematician. The speaker also presented on “A Mathematical Journey through the Pre-Columbian Cultures,” in which she explained that ethnomathematics is the term that is used to describe the relation that exists between culture and mathematics. Dr. Ximena Catepillan told us about her trips with her students from Millersville University with a group of archeologists from the Mayan Exploration Center. In this virtual event, we travelled to Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Guatemala and we explored several mathematical aspects of the indigenous populations that inhabited those countries. This virtual event was co-organized with the Society of Mathematics of Chile (SOMACHI).