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UW-Eau Claire Professor to Examine Mathematics of Social Choice

RELEASED: Sept. 10, 2008

Dr. Don Reynolds
Reynolds

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Don Reynolds, professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will give a presentation titled "Why Must Elections Be So Chaotic?" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Room 100 of Hibbard Humanities Hall.

Reynolds will examine some of the pitfalls of various voting procedures from a mathematical perspective. He said he is interested in "the mathematics of social choice" for a number of reasons.

"I have always been interested in politics, and my mathematical training prompts me to think about ways that the fairness of democratic institutions might be optimized," Reynolds said. "Unlike other areas of mathematics, the background required to understand the problems of social choice theory is minimal, and the subject is accessible even to non-experts."

In October, Reynolds will give a presentation on the same topic to the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

The free presentation is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Math Club, a student organization that promotes students activities related to the mathematics field. Monthly meetings feature special talks, math movies and games. Members learn from senior students about the faculty/ student research experience at UW-Eau Claire and about preparing for internships, job interviews and graduate school.

Any UW-Eau Claire student interested in mathematics or seeking help in mathematics is welcome to join. There is $5 membership fee per semester.

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