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Goyt gave talk at Permutation Patterns Conference

Posted on July 15, 2014

Adam Goyt, mathematics, gave the talk “Packing Set Partitions: A New Hope” at the 12th International Permutation Patterns Conference at East Tennessee State University. The talk provided the solution of a conjecture about packing non-layered set partitions. The abstract is below.

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Wally Sizer, mathematics, presented paper at Progress on Difference Equations 2014 conference

Posted on June 02, 2014

Wally Sizer, mathematics, attended the Progress on Difference Equations 2014 conference May 21-24 in Izmir, Turkey, and presented the paper, “The Equation x(n+1) = ([x(n)]^k)/x(n-1)”. The conference was attended by about 100 mathematicians from Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America.

Mike Miller, Mathematics, and students presented “No Borrowing Allowed!”

Posted on May 07, 2014

Mike Miller, Mathematics, and Elementary Education majors Anna Adrover and Trista Bentler presented “No Borrowing Allowed!” at the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference in Duluth on Friday, May 2nd. The presentation involved three alternative strategies to the standard subtraction algorithm.

Tim Harms and students presented talk at Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics Spring Conference

Posted on May 06, 2014

Dr. Tim Harms, along with students Monica Maus, Joanna Rogness, Holly Amundson, & Ashley Borchardt presented a talk titled “Technology Tools for Secondary Mathematics” at the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics Spring Conference in Duluth, May 3rd, 2014.

Tim Harms, Mathematics, awarded $3,500 in tuition assistance by US Math Recovery Council

Posted on April 30, 2014

Tim Harms, Mathematics Department, has been awarded tuition assistance for Add+VantageMR® Champion training in Apple Valley, MN, June 23-27, 2014. Dr. Harms was one of three educators selected to receive $3,500 by the US Math Recovery Council for Math Recovery Summer Institute registration.

Sayel Ali, Justin James, and Wally Sizer, mathematics, attended spring NCSMAA meeting

Posted on April 29, 2014

Sayel Ali, Justin James, and Wally Sizer, mathematics, attended the spring meeting of the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America April 25-26 on the St. Cloud State University campus. James was elected to a three-year term as treasurer of the section. Ali presented a paper, “General Phi-Ratio Tests”, and Sizer presented a paper on recent results he obtained in difference equations. Section mathematicians from Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota attended the meeting.

Summer STEM Internships Available

Posted on April 22, 2014

Interested in helping share the fun of math and science with K12 students? This summer we have internships available for students to help assist and teach at science and math summer camps. Read the rest of this entry →

Math major scores in top 45 percent in Putnam Competition

Posted on April 18, 2014

Math major Josiah Reiswig scored in the top 45 percent of the students in the nation in the Putnam Competition. The Putnam Competition consists of two three-hour blocks. In each block, students are given six extremely difficult problems to solve. The competition is the largest, most competitive mathematics competition in North America and attracts participants from every major undergraduate mathematics program in the nation.

Math students present research at St. John’s and St. Benedict’s

Posted on April 15, 2014

Students Josiah Reiswig and Samuel Erickson presented their research on Aphid Sequences at the Pi Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society Conference at St. John’s and St. Benedict’s. Erickson’s and Reiswig’s research involves using the somewhat unusual reproduction behavior of aphids to determine Fibonacci like sequences and their growth rates.

The conference was also attended by students Katie Byer, Brittney Lind, and Holly Sullivan, and math faculty, Adam Goyt.

www.csbsju.edu/mathematics/pi-conference

Mike Miller, Mathematics, and students present at NDCTM conference

Posted on March 25, 2014

Mike Miller, Mathematics, and Elementary Education majors Anna Adrover and Trista Bentler presented at the North Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in Fargo on Saturday, March 22.  They presented various alternative strategies to the standard subtraction algorithm to an audience of K-12 teachers.

Analyzing risks

Posted on March 21, 2014

Actuarial science program prepares students for global internships

Actuary is the number one career in America according to careercast.com. Actuaries analyze financial costs of risk and uncertainty, and use mathematics, statistics and financial theory to assess the risk that an event will occur to help businesses and clients develop policies that minimize the cost of that risk.

Students at Minnesota State University Moorhead can receive their degree in mathematics with an emphasis in actuarial science. One of the many perks to studying actuarial science at MSUM is 100 percent job placement after graduation. Read the rest of this entry →

Student accepts summer research position at the University of Wyoming’s Department of Astronomy

Posted on March 21, 2014

Laura Herzog, a sophomore Physics and Mathematics double major, was offered and has accepted a position as a summer researcher at the University of Wyoming’s Department of Astronomy. She will be involved in a research project involving the use of the University’s 2.3 meter and 0.6 meter telescopes in imaging and analysis of the environment around other galaxies.

www.uwyo.edu/physics/reu-info

Math student accepted to Valparaiso Experience in Research by Undergraduate Mathematicians

Posted on March 17, 2014

Math major, Sam Erickson, was accepted to and will be participating in the Valparaiso Experience in Research by Undergraduate Mathematicians. He will be doing research on pattern avoidance in double lists.

www.valpo.edu/mcs/verum

Math major accepted to Summer Undergraduate Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

Posted on March 12, 2014

Mathematics major, Josiah Reiswig, was accepted to and will be participating in an REU at the Summer Undergraduate Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Miami University in Ohio. He will be working with a small group of students from around the country on open problems in Discrete Mathematics.

www.units.muohio.edu/sumsri

Dr. Adam Goyt selected as the 2014-2015 Dille Outstanding Faculty Lecturer Award recipient

Posted on February 25, 2014

Below is an announcement from Anne Blackhurst, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs:

It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Adam Goyt, Mathematics Department, has been selected as the recipient of the 2014-2015 Dille Outstanding Faculty Lecturer Award. Dr. Goyt will be honored at a campus award ceremony next fall, during which he will present a lecture of his choosing.  Please join me in extending congratulations to Dr. Goyt for this achievement, as well as appreciation for his continued dedication to our students.

www.mnstate.edu/academicaffairs

Recent death: Carl Carlson

Posted on February 21, 2014

Carl T. Carlson, 81, Fargo, formerly Moorhead, Minn., died Tuesday in Bethany on University. Carlson was a professor of mathematics education in the Department of Mathematics from 1968-98. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Korsmo Funeral Chapel in Moorhead. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral chapel.

Arrangements by Korsmo Funeral Service.

Physics/Astronomy Seminar Series

Posted on January 24, 2014

Physics/Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:

The Banach-Tarski Paradox – Can Matter Really be Doubled?
By Adam M. Goyt

Friday, Jan. 24
3 p.m.
325 Hagen Hall Read the rest of this entry →

Founding mother of department of mathematics dies

Posted on November 01, 2013

Marion V. Smith, 93, passed on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at the Shepherd of the Valley Healthcare Center. A native of St. Paul Minn., she had retired as professor emerita from Moorhead State University, where she taught mathematics from 1945 to1982. As a hobbyist photographer she enjoyed summer vacations touring the world’s exotic locals, which resulted in many awards. Read the rest of this entry →

Math faculty attend North Central Section Meeting

Posted on October 22, 2013

Sayel Ali, Justin James, and Wally Sizer, Mathematics, attended the North Central Section meeting of the Mathematical Association of America in Brookings, S.D., Oct. 18 and 19. The section includes Minnesota, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and part of South Dakota. Sizer presented the paper, Formation of the North Central Section, describing the early years of the section, in preparation for the centennial anniversary of the MAA in 2015, and the centennial anniversary of the section in 2016. James also participated in the section executive committee meeting.

MSUM Math Dept. categorized Advanced Undergraduate Program

Posted on September 17, 2013

1 of 3 Minnesota universities, only Tri-College University

The Society of Actuaries has categorized the Actuarial Program in the Department of Mathematics as an Advanced Undergraduate Program. MSUM is the one of the three universities in Minnesota that has such advanced program, and only one in the Tri-College area. Visit the Society of Actuaries website more information.

An actuary is a business professional who deals with the financial impact of risk and uncertainty. Actuaries work in all sectors of the economy, though they are more heavily represented in the financial services sector, including insurance companies, commercial banks, and investment banks. Read the rest of this entry →

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