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561-297-1307, patsyj@fau.edu

FAU’s Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series Hosts ‘It’s Election Season, But Will We Elect Whom the Voters Really Want?’

BOCA RATON, FL (February 13,   2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will continue its 2008 Spring Frontiers in Science public lecture series with ‘It’s Election Season, but Will We Elect Whom the Voters Really Want?’  This presentation will be given by Dr. Donald Saari, a distinguished professor in mathematics and economics from the University of California at Irvine. The lecture will take place on Thursday, February 21 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 126 in the Charles E. Schmidt Biomedical Science Center, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.    

Saari will show how different voting rules allow different candidates to win elections.   Rather than discuss theory, he will cite examples from actual elections, while inspiring a “thinking person’s approach” to problem solving.  

“The ‘choice of voting’ rule is one of the rules I will discuss,” said Saari.   “After this lecture, one might wonder whether the correct person won in the last election that was important to you.”

Saari is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and is a highly regarded lecturer, researcher and professor.   Among the books he has written is Chaotic Elections! A Mathematician Looks at Voting.

This lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and supported by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship.

 The reception that follows the program is made possible by the Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant, a component of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

For more information, contact Patsy Jones at 561-297-1307 or patsyj@fau.edu.

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