Splash Biography


Major: Columbia and MIT

College/Employer: Not available.

Year of Graduation: G

Picture of Jessie Oehrlein

Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm a PhD candidate at Columbia University in applied math and atmospheric science.

I study the polar region of the stratosphere, the layer of the atmosphere about 10-50 km above the surface, and its influence on surface climate.

I spend a lot of my free time on dance -- watching dance, dancing myself. Ballet is my first love, classical jazz my second, but now I dance Horton and Limon styles of modern.

Past Classes

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H196: From Swans to Spartacus: Ballet in the Soviet Union in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
We often associate classical ballet with Imperial Russia. However, ballet was also culturally important during the Soviet period, and balletic developments in the Soviet Union were really different from those elsewhere. We'll talk about the history of Soviet ballet, how it influenced and was influenced by ballet in the West, and why only a few Soviet ballets survived the fall of the Soviet Union.

M197: Coloring Maps: An Introduction to Graph Theory in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
Graph theory is a relatively young area of mathematics, focused on studying structures that show the relationships among people, places, or objects. We'll talk about an early key question in graph theory, the Four Color Theorem, which is about coloring maps. We'll show why it's not the Three Color Theorem, prove the Five Color Theorem, and talk about why we didn't prove the Four Color Theorem.