Renowned mathematician, author and speaker to deliver the 3MT keynote; the event is open to everyone Clemson News

Jalithia williamsa pioneering teacher, popular TED speaker, inspiring author and passionate STEM/STEAM advocate, is a nationally recognized expert at demystifying and effectively communicating technical and scientific topics. She will share her expertise during Clemson’s 3-Minute Thesis® Competition Keynote on Nov. 19 at 9:00 a.m. in the Watt Center auditorium (see related article for full schedule and more information). The event is open to the campus community, who can attend in person at the Watt Center auditorium or online at

Apply the data-driven approach made famous in it TED conference to a range of topics, she takes sophisticated digital concepts and makes them understandable to a wide audience, debunking perceptions with an energizing call to “show me the data!” She is also a passionate advocate for the contributions of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians and their vital role in transforming our future.

His latest book, The Power of Numbers: The Rebellious Women of Mathematics, reflects Williams’ passion for renaming the field of mathematics as anything but dry, technical, or male-dominated.

Williams is Associate Dean for Research and Experiential Learning and Associate Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. She develops statistical models that emphasize the spatial and temporal structure of data and applies the data to real-world problems. Focused on data analysis, math, statistical modeling, and STEM awareness, she is the first African-American woman to hold college.

she hosted NOVA wondersa PBS miniseries that explores the biggest questions at the frontiers of science. The Los Angeles Times praised the show for sending the message “that scientists come in a range of ages, genders, colors and hairstyles”. She also appeared in NOVA’s prediction in numbersa series exploring the history of probability and gambling that Forbes called “an entertaining and amusing piece that expresses his deep and knowledgeable interest in this predictive method”.

In addition to her teaching and television work, she partnered with the World Health Organization to develop a cataract model used to predict the rate of cataract surgery in countries in Africa. His professional experiences include research positions at NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and the National Security Agency.

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