IPAM Lecture: “Some People Have All the Luck” by Skip Garibaldi, Lawrence Mower, and Philip B. Stark

April 28, 2014

Speaker bios

Skip Garibaldi is associate director of UCLA’s Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics and a professor in Emory University’s Department of Mathematics & Computer Science. His previous work on the lottery received the Lester R. Ford Award and is the subject of a chapter in the popular book “Brain Trust”. Millions of people have seen him talk about math on 20/20, CNN, and Fox & Friends, and he is featured in a museum exhibit about mathematics currently on display at Exploration Place in Wichita.
Lawrence Mower is an investigative reporter with The Palm Beach Post. He joined The Post in 2013, after working for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where his yearlong investigation into Las Vegas police shootings sparked a Department of Justice investigation and led to reforms in policy and oversight. The five-part series was awarded by the National Headliner Awards, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the ACLU of Nevada, and in 2012 he was named Nevada’s Outstanding Journalist by the Nevada Press Association. He is a 2006 graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Philip B. Stark is professor and chair of the Department of Statistics at UC Berkeley. His current research includes uncertainty quantification, cosmology, earthquake forecasting, election integrity, risk assessment, online education, and sustainable urban foraging. He has consulted for many firms and government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Federal Trade Commission.