Mathematics education majors Andria Kelly and Megan Nygaard presented with Professor Tim Harms a session titled “What’s wrong with these problems?” at the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics, MCTM, state conference April 2013. Read the rest of this entry →
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Wally Sizer, Mathematics, had a paper “Period two solutions to some systems of rational difference equations” published in the book “Differential and Difference Equations with Applications,” edited by Sandra Pinelas, Michel Chipot, and Zuzana Dusla, and published by Springer Verlag.
Sayel Ali, Damiano Fulghesu, Justin James, and Wally Sizer, Mathematics, attended the spring section meeting of the Mathematical Association of America April 26-27 in St. Peter, Minn.
Fulghesu presented joint work with student Seth Meyer on Generalized Peano Functions.
MSUM Math Club is holding the “Pie The Professor” fundraising event Wednesday, April 24 from 12-4 p.m.. It will be on the campus mall on the north side of MacLean Hall. Come throw cream pies at volunteered math professors. Slices of pie will also be for sale.
The MSUM team (upperclassmen LeAnn Washenberger (Mathematics Education, Physics) and Shouvik Bhattacharya (Physics, Mathematics) was designated as the successful participant in the 29th Mathematical Contest in Modeling.
Eric Eager, who graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in mathematics, and went on to complete a Ph.D. in Mathematical Biology at University of Nebraska Lincoln, will be on campus Tuesday, March 19. He will hold a Q&A session from 2 – 2:50 p.m. in MA 274 geared toward undergraduates interested in pursing graduate studies.
From 4 – 4:50 p.m. he will be giving a talk on his research in Mathematical Biology during the Tri-College Mathematics Colloquium on the campus of NDSU (location to be announced.) Both events are open to the public, and students are encouraged to attend.
The MSUM Mathematics Department will be hosting the Tri-College Math Contest for area middle and high school students on campus over spring break. More than 2,000 students are registered for the contest from locations extending to Bismarck, Larimore, Grand Forks, Thief River Falls, Mahnomen, Wadena, Alexandria, and Breckenridge. This year’s contest problems were drawn up by the Concordia math department and volunteers from all three departments and the MSUM CSNS are helping out with the contest. Read the rest of this entry →
MSUM upperclassmen LeAnn Washenberger (Secondary Math Education, Physics minor) and Shouvik Bhattacharya (Physics major, Mathematics minor) participated in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling 2013. They formulated an optimized model, which will allow users to bake brownies without burning them, as the baking pans distribute the heat evenly on their surfaces. Read the rest of this entry →
Adam M. Goyt, Mathematics, Brady Keller (co 2014), and Jon Rue (co 2011) had their paper “Statistical Distributions and q-Analogues of k-Fibonacci Numbers” published in the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics. In their paper they study the distribution of permutation and set partition statistics over sets counted by the k-Fibonacci numbers. These sets arise naturally out of the notion of pattern avoidance.
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Sayel Ali, Mathematics, had his paper, “The phi-ratio tests” published in Elemente der Mathematik, a Journal of the Swiss Mathematical Society published by the European Mathematical Society, Volume 67, Issue 4, 2012, pp. 164–168. The paper is a joint work with Marion Deutsche Cohen from Arcadia University, Pa. In this paper a family of new convergence tests, the phi-ratio tests, was established. These tests are stronger than the ordinary ratio test.
Justin James, Tim Peil, and Wally Sizer, mathematics, joined over fifty other area mathematicians attending the fall North Central Section meeting of the Mathematical Association of America. The meeting was held Oct. 19 and 20 at the University of Minnesota Duluth. James, as a member of the executive committee, also attended the section officers’ meeting.
Damiano Fulghesu, Mathematics Department, had the paper “Normalization of the 1-stratum of the moduli space of stable curves” accepted for publication in the European journal Portugaliae Mathematica. It is a joint work with Dan Edidin, University of Missouri. The paper describes geometric properties of the classifying space of algebraic curves in the same topological class.
A two-year $262,000 grant was recently awarded from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program to co-PIs Tim Harms (Mathematics) and Alison Wallace (Biosciences). Senior personnel include: Linda Houts-Smith (Languages and Cultures), Richard Lahti (Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy), Steve Lindaas (Physics and Astronomy), and Teresa Shume (School of Teaching and Learning). Read the rest of this entry →
The Summer Algebra Institute for Kids (SAI) will be held at MSUM. SAI is an enrichment program that uses algebra to unify and connect mathematics for children. SAI shows young students how algebra illustrates several “grand ideas” that unify and connect math across grades and across topics. Read the rest of this entry →
Student, Shouvik Bhattacharya, was awarded the 2012 SPS Leadership Scholarship and national internship
Physics and Astronomy student, Shouvik Bhattacharya, has been awarded the SPS 2012 Leadership Scholarship. The award recognizes outstanding academic performance and high level of commitment to activities of the Society of Physics Students (SPS).
Bhattacharya is majoring in mathematics and physics and astronomy. He has served as historian of the MSUM SPS club, and continues to connect students with national SPS events and opportunities through a variety of social networking tools. His research interests include stellar spectroscopy, photometry of RR Lyrae variable stars, and mathematical modeling of stellar evolution.
Bhattacharya was appointed as a National SPS Intern for summer 2012. He is spending the summer in Washington, D.C., working specifically in the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Career Pathways Project. Read the rest of this entry →
Adam Goyt, Mathematics, gave the talk “Pattern Avoidance in Ordered Set Partitions” at the 10th annual Permutation Patterns Conference at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland. Ordered set partitions bridge the gap between set partitions and permutations, and this work gives some interpolating results connecting properties of pattern avoiding set partitions and pattern avoiding permutations.
This work was done with Anant Godbole (East Tennessee State University), Jennifer Herdan (student at Winona State University), and Lara Pudwell (Valparaiso University). Information about the conference can be found here.
Three faculty and two students from MSUM’s mathematics department attended the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics spring conference in Duluth May 3-5. Mathematics education majors Brandi Franck and Susie Hamilton presented a session titled “Interdisciplinary Lessons for Middle School” and Professor Tim Harms presented a session titled “Math Recovery for 1st – 5th Grade Students.” Professors Tim Peil and Mike Miller also attended the conference.
A team consisting of MSUM students Shouvik Bhattacharya, double major in mathematics and physics; Murshid Saqlain, physics major and mathematics minor; and Pragalv Karki, physics major and mathematics minor received Honorable Mention in the 2012 Mathematical Contest in Modeling organized by COMAP.
The contest engaged 3,697 teams from 16 countries: Canada, China, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Mexico, Malaysia, Palestine, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and US.
Our students worked out the solution for sending an optimal number of trips for river rafting, that ensures no contact with other groups of boats and team members will have the best opportunity to enjoy the wilderness. Their solution made use of graph theory and combinatorics. Dr. Damiano Fulghesu supervised the team’s registration and the submission of their solutions.
Senior mathematics major Christopher Mehl was offered a graduate teaching fellowship in the Math Department at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore. The University of Oregon Mathematics Department only admits about 15 Ph.D. students each year. Mehl will be pursuing a Ph.D. in topology.