COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics

### 2020 - Department News

Feb 29-Mar 1
##### Data Science and Image Analysis Conference of the Pacific Northwest

February 29 - March 1, 2020
The Data Science and Image Analysis Conference of the Pacific Northwest will be held on the WSU Pullman campus and will feature researchers from industry, government, and academia. There will be presentations and discussion on current research and open problems, as well as professional development activities. The conference is structured to be interactive and collaborative. Click here for more information.

### 2019 - Department News

Oct 1
###### The 2019 Calvin and Jean Long Distinguished Lecture in Mathematics

Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez is the invited guest lecturer for The 2019 Calvin and Jean Long Distinguished Lecture in Mathematics. Dr. Castillo-Chavez is a Regents' Professor, a Joaquin Bustoz Jr. Professor of Mathematical Biology, and a Distinguished Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University. Please join us for an informative evening lecture with him. More information will come, so please check back. Click here to learn more about Dr. Castillo-Chavez and the Long Lecture.

Sept 27
###### Colloquium - Dr. Juanjuan Fan

Please join us for the first academic year colloquium when Dr. Juanjuan Fan of San Diego State University will give a talk titled, "Matching Methods for Observational Data with Small Group Sizes and Missing Covariates".
Refreshments will be served in the Hacker Lounge (Neill 216) at 3:30pm. Everyone is welcome!
Time and location: 4:10pm in SPRK 212.

Sept 19
###### AMS Graduate Student Chapter - Learn LaTeX!

Come learn LaTeX! Dr. Sergey Lapin will lead a LaTeX workshop from 4:10-5:00pm in Neill 101W. This is a great opportunity to learn or brush up on LaTeX, and also learn some new tricks!

Sept 17
###### Math Ed Seminar

The WSU & University of Idaho Mathematics Education seminar will meet 4:30pm - 5:30pm at the Daily Grind on Tuesday 9/17. At this meeting we will be discussing the article: "Students’ ways of understanding a proof - Ahmadpour, Reid, & Fadaee (2019)." We would also like to consider the following questions in our discussion: 1) What characterizes each stage in the model? 2) What should be taken as evidence (written or spoken) that a student is in a given stage of the model? 3) What are some examples of possible student work that would be classified in the different stages of the model? 4) Are their claims that you think will elicit a particular pathway from students?" Click here for the website and links to readings.
Time and location: 4:30-5:30pm at the Daily Grind in Pullman.

Sept 16
###### CLaN Seminar

Time and location: 4:10-5:00pm, WEBS 11.

Sept 11
###### WSU Analysis Seminar - Jakob Streipel

Jakob Streipel will give a talk titled, "Functional equations." Click here for the analysis website, and abstract.
Time and location: 4:10-5:00pm, Neill 5W.

Sept 11
###### AMS Graduate Student Chapter - Tea!

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) Graduate Student Chapter is excited to start another year with new and familiar faces. On Wednesday, September 11, we will be hosting our first tea of the semester. Come to Hacker Lounge from 2:30-3:30 pm to visit with others in the department!
Note: If you are not currently enrolled as a member on our page on Engageportal, please sign up! This is not CougSync so even if you joined us in CougSync, you might need to redo it. You may do so at the following link: https://wsu.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/wsuams!

Sept 10
###### Math Bio Seminar - Xueying Wang

Speaker: Xueying Wang
Title: "Cholera Models in non-homogeneous environments."
Time and location: 4:10pm in Webster B0008.

Sept 10
###### Math Ed Seminar

The WSU & University of Idaho Mathematics Education seminar will meet 4:30pm - 5:30pm at One World Cafe on Tuesday 9/10. At this meeting we will be discussing the article: "Good" mathematics teaching for students of color and those in poverty: the importance of relational interactions within instruction - Battey (2013) Click here for the website and links to readings.
Time and location: 4:30-5:30pm at One World Cafe in Moscow.

Sept 9
###### CLaN Seminar

Retired professor David Watkins will give a talk titled, "Solving the Matrix Eigenvalue Problem: chasing bulges, cores, or pole" ." Click here for more informaton, and abstracts, about the CLaN Seminar
Time and location: 4:10-5:00pm, WEBS 11.

Sept 6
###### Porous Media Seminar

Saumya Amarasiri, a Clinical Assistant Professor of the WSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will give a talk titled, "Pore Structure Models to Predict Hydraulic Conductivity of Recycled Asphalt Pavements."
Time and location: 4:10pm in SPRK 212.

Sept 4

Time and location: 4:10-5:00pm, Neill 5W.

Sept 3
###### Math Bio Seminar - Jordan Culp

Speaker: Jordan Culp
Title: "A simple ODE model relating BDNF content and circadian rhythms."
Time and location: 4:10pm in Webster B0008.

Sept 3
###### Math Ed Seminar

Time and location: 4:30-5:30pm at the Daily Grind in Pullman.

Aug 27
###### Math Bio Seminar - Allison Fisher

Allison Fisher will present and lead a discussion on a review article, "Neuronal Arithmetic".
Time and location: 4:10-5:00pm in Webster B008.

Aug 27
###### Math Ed Seminar

The seminar will discuss the article Equity during peer conferences: A linguistic comparison by race and gender - Reinholz (2018). Please see the website for the schedule and links to semester readings.
Time and location: 4:30-5:30pm at One World Cafe in Moscow.

Aug 22

Aug 21
###### WSU Analysis Seminar

There will be an organizational meeting for the Analysis Seminar at 4:10pm in Neill 5W. The seminar will meet weekly, and topics and speakers will change each week. All are welcome.
Time and location: 4:10-5:00pm, Neill 5W.

Aug 20
###### Math Ed Seminar - discussion for fall seminar

At the beginning of each semester the Math Ed Seminar group meets to chat about the new semester seminar. Please join the discussion for fall seminar where we will set the schedule for the first set of seminars.
Time and location: 4:00-5:00pm at the Daily Grind in Pullman.

Aug 20
###### Math Bio Seminar - discussion for fall seminar

At the beginning of each semester the Math/Bio seminar meeds for a short organizational meeting. Please join us for our fall organizational meeting.
Time and location: 4:10pm in Webster B0008.

Aug 19
###### CLaN Seminar

Abhishek Saha of Queen Mary University of London, will give a talk titled, "Some analytic aspects of automorphic forms and L-functions ." Click here for informaton about the CLaN Seminar
Time and location: 4:10-5:00pm, WEBS 11.

Aug 16

May 28
###### Outreach to Nespelem

Kim Vincent and future teachers visit students regularly in Nespelem, WA on the Colville Indian Reservation . Read the recent article, "Future math teachers instruct, learn from rural school children," about Kim's work with Nespelem and her work with the Inland Northwest Mathematics Experience (INME), by Adriana Aumen, College of Arts and Sciences.

May 8
###### Dr. Leslie New's research effort with the international whale conservation effort

Dr. Leslie New of WSU Vancouver has been appointed to a three year term on the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel. Read a WSU News article about Dr. New and her work.

May 4
###### 2019 Spring Commencement Photos

The WSU Spring 2019 Commencement ceremony was held on Saturday, May 4th at 3:00pm at Beasley Coliseum for graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences. If you would like to see department photos of commencement please click here.

May 2
###### End-of-the-Year BBQ Potluck

The department held its annual end-of-the-year BBQ potluck from noon to 1:30pm on the patio on the south side of Neill Hall. Students, faculty, staff, friends and family joined the event to celebrate the end of the academic year. Click here to see barbecue photos.

Apr 30
###### Math Ed Seminar - discussion for fall seminar

At the end of each semester the Math Ed Seminar group meets to chat about the next semester seminar. Please join the discussion for fall seminar or come socialize and hang out!
Time and location: 4:00-5:00pm at Hunga Dunga Brewery in Moscow.

Apr 25
###### Colloquium - Dr. Jodi Mead

Dr. Jodi Mead from Boise State University will give a colloquium on April 25th.Click here for an abstract.
Time and location: 4:10pm in SPARK 212. Refreshments will be served at 3:30pm in Neill Hall 216 (Hacker Lounge).

Apr 24
###### Stats Seminar

Dr. Marc Evans is the speaker. This will be the last Stats Seminar of spring semester.
Time and location: 4:10pm in SPRK 335.

Apr 24
###### Colloquium - Dr. John Carter

Dr. John Carter from Seattle University will give a colloquium titled, "Frequency Downshift in the Ocean" on April 24th. Click here for an abstract of his talk.
Time and location: 4:10pm in CUE 114.
Refreshments will be served at 3:30pm in Neill Hall 216 (Hacker Lounge).

Dr. Carter's visit is sponsored by the American Mathematical Society Chapter.

Apr 22
###### Dr. Sandra Cooper has received a WSU Access Center Award

Associate professor Sandra Cooper received a WSU Access Center Award on April 9th during its annual recognition banquet. Director of the Access Center Meredyth L. Goodwin said, "We so appreciate Dr. Cooper! She goes the extra mile to work with students who struggle in math. We have worked with her for several years and have honed the accommodation process for Math 100 and 103 courses. She has helped us understand and put in place procedures for when math waivers and substitutions are a reasonable accommodation. In all conversations, she thoughtfully balances the needs of the students with the importance and integrity of the course curriculum and UCORE objectives."

Apr 20
###### Dr. Bala Krishnamoorthy receives WSU Vancouver Chancellor's Award for Research

WSU Vancouver associate professor Bala Krishnamoorthy has received the WSU Vancouver Chancellor's Award for Research. The Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence is given annually to a WSU Vancouver faculty member whose research quality and quantity are exemplary, and whose work has had a positive influence on the broader community. It is the university’s highest research honor. Click here to read about Dr. Krishnamoorthy.

Apr 20
###### B--O--W--L--I--N--G! ASA Graduate Chapter Bowling Night!

If you are a graduate student in the department, then join the ASA Graduate Chapter for a night of bowling at Zeppos on April 20th from 6:00-7:00pm! There will be FREE pizza! Please RSVP by April 18th to damilola.olabode@wsu.edu. See you there!

Apr 20
###### Ask Dr. Universe! How many peas would fit in the sun?

Keegan, age 8, recently asked Dr. Universe, "How many peas would fit in the sun?" To find the answer, Dr. Universe turned to Dr. Kimberly Vincent for her help. Click here to get the answer.

Apr 19
###### Porous Media Seminar

Timothy D. Scheibe, Ph.D., a Laboratory Fellow with the Earth and Biological Sciences Directorate, and Lead Scientist for Multiscale Modeling in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at PNNL in Richland, Washington, will give a talk titled, "Where the Action Is: Mixing-Controlled Reactions in Porous Media."
Time and location: 4:10pm in SPRK 212.

Apr 17
###### WSU Analysis Seminar

Richard Schoen will give a talk about some recent research in Mathematical General Relativity.
History: In the late 1970's Richard Schoen and Shing Tung Yao proved a certain case of the Positive Mass Conjecture using Minimal Surface techniques. A few years later, Edward Witten gave another proof with a "spin assumption." These proofs were only for a range of dimensions or other assumptions; however, in 2017, Schoen and Yao posted a paper on the ArXiv which claims to extend the minimal surface techniques form their previous papers to apply to all dimensions. Loosely speaking, Schoen and Yao have showed that one can use minimal surfaces to study the effect of curvature on a Riemannian manifold. Link to ArXiv paper: https://arxiv.org/abs/1704.05490.
Time and location: 4:10-5:00pm, Webster 11.

Apr 16
###### Math Bio Seminar - Dr. Elissa Schwartz

Dr. Elissa Schwartz will give a talk on "Virus dynamics and antibody escape in equine infectious anemia virus (EIAV) infection".
Time and location: 4:10-5:00pm in SPRK 327.

Apr 16
###### Math Ed Seminar

Time and location: 4:00-5:00pm in the back room of Mikey's in Moscow.

Apr 16
###### Dr. Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta receives 2019 WSU President's Award

Dr. Najiranjana (Jan) Dasgupta is the recipient of a 2019 WSU President's Award. To read about the award and Dr. Dasgupta click here.

Apr 15
###### CLaN Seminar

Time and location: 4:10-5:00pm, WEBS 11.

Apr 12

Apr 12-13
###### Pacific Northwest Section of the MAA - University of Portland

The annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Section of the MAA will take place at the University of Portland from Apr. 12-13, 2019. For more information click here.

Apr 12
###### Scholarship and Awards Ceremony

Time and location: 3:30pm in Neill 5W.

Apr 11
###### The Thirty-eighth Annual T.G. Ostrom Department Colloquium

Please join us for the more technical post-Ostrom-Lecture department colloquium with this year's 38th invited T.G. Ostrom lecturer speaker Dr. Fred Adler, from the University of Utah.
Join us for refreshments with Dr. Adler, prior to the colloquium, at 3:30pm in Neill 216, the Hacker Lounge.
The thirty-eighth annual T.G. Ostrom department colloquium will follow, and will be held at 4:10pm in SPARK 335.

Apr 10
###### "An ecological perspective on cancer"

The Thirty-eighth Annual T.G. Ostrom Lecture will be presented by invited speaker, Dr. Fred Adler, at 7:00pm in SPARK G45, on Wednesday April 10th, 2019. Dr. Adler is a professor of mathematics and biology from the University of Utah. Click here for an abstract.

Apr 9
###### Math Bio Seminar - Dr. Jin Liu

Dr. Jin Liu from the WSU School of Mechnical and Materials Engineering will give a talk on "Stochastic modeling and simulations of targeted drug delivery across blood-brain barrier using nanoparticles".
Time and location: 4:10-5:00pm in SPRK 327.

Apr 9
###### Math Ed Seminar

Time and location: 4:00-5:00pm at the Daily Grind in Pullman.

Apr 8
###### CLaN Seminar

Time and location: 4:10-5:00pm, WEBS 11.

Apr 5
###### Porous Media Seminar

Dr. B. Muhunthan chairman of the WSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will give a talk titled, "Compressibility of Clays during Development of Structure."
Time and location: 4:10pm in SPRK 212.

Apr 4
###### Colloquium - Dr. Haonan Wang

Professor Haonan Wang from Colorado State University will give a colloquium titled, "Statistical Analysis of Complex and Inhomogeneous Data with Applicaiton to Neuroscience" on April 4th. Dr. Wang has a very wide research interest in complex data analysis in many different fields. Click here for an abstract of his talk.
Time and location: 4:10pm in SPARK 335, with refreshments served at 3:30pm in Neill Hall 216 (Hacker Lounge). Dr. Wang's visit is invited by the American Statistical Association Chapter.

Apr 3
###### Stats Seminar

Dr. Abhishek Kaul is this weeks speaker.The title of his talk is, "Detection and Estimation in Dynamic High Dimensional Regression Models."
Time and location: 4:10pm in SPRK 335.

Apr 2
###### Math Bio Seminar - Dr. Stergios Fotopoulos

Dr. Stergios Fotopoulos from the WSU Department of Finance and Management Science will give a talk on "Multivariate generalized hyperbolic laws for modeling financial log-returns – empirical and theoretical considerations".
Time and location: 4:10-5:00pm in SPRK 327.

Apr 2
###### Math Ed Seminar

We will be reading and discussing "Splitting, Covariation, and Their Role in the Development of Exponential Functions” - Confrey & Smith (1995). Click here for the website and links to readings.
Time and location: 4:00-5:00pm at the One World Cafe in Moscow.

Apr 1
###### CLaN Seminar

Time and location: 4:10-5:00pm, WEBS 11.

Mar 28
###### AMS Graduate Student Chapter - Tea Party!

Join the AMS Graduate Student Chapter for tea and refreshments!
Time and location: 2:30pm-3:30pm in the Hacker Lounge (Neill 216) .

Mar 27
###### WSU Analysis Seminar

Yufeng Cao will give a talk titled, "Introduction to deep convolutional neural networks."
Abstract: I will give a brief introduction of deep learning, more precisely, deep convolutional neural networks. Then show how to connect with the medical data we have, beginning with U-Net, which consists of a contracting path to capture context and a symmetric expanding path that enables precise localization. Finally, I will present the result we obtained.
Time and location: 4:10-5:00pm, Webster 11.

Mar 27
###### Stats Seminar

Snow Wang is this weeks speaker.The title of her talk is, "Introduction to Epidemic Modeling on Networks."
Time and location: 4:10pm in SPRK 335.

Mar 26
###### Math Bio Seminar - Dr. Andreas Vasdekis

Dr. Andreas Vasdekis from the University of Idaho will give a talk on "Cellular Noise and Metabolic Trade-Offs".
Time and location: 4:10-5:00pm in SPRK 327.

Mar 26
###### Dr. Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta has received a CAS 2019 award

Professor Nairanjana Dasgupta has received the CAS 2019 faculty teaching award for "Excellence in Graduate Advising and Mentoring."

Mar 26
###### Dr. Judi Mcdonald has received a CAS 2019 award

Professor Judi McDonald has received the CAS 2019 faculty service award for "Excellence in Institutional Service."

Mar 26
###### Math Ed Seminar

Time and location: 4:00-5:00pm at the Daily Grind in Pullman.

Mar 25
###### CLaN Seminar

Time and location: 4:10-5:00pm, WEBS 11.

Mar 22
###### Porous Media Seminar

Dr. Indranil Chowdhury from the WSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will give a talk titled, "Fate and Transport of Nanoscale Plastics in Aquatic Environment."
Time and location: 4:10pm in SPRK 212.

Mar 21

Nov 28
###### Math Bio Seminar - Dr. Nikos Voulgarakis

Dr. Nikos Voulgarakis will speak on, "Mathematical modeling of DNA allostery." Click here for seminar information.
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Webster B8.

Nov 27
###### CLaN Seminar - Speaker: Rachel Perrier

The CLaN seminar meets at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Nov 21
##### Using pure and applied mathematics to make sense of big data

Need a mathematician to make sense of your research data? Dr. Bala Krishnamoorthy is doing just that - he's solving problems using pure and applied mathematics. Read about his work in the Research Now research communication portal of WSU Vancouver.

Jan 20
###### Join the Spring 2018 Math Modeling Competition!

Math Modeling Competition
January 20th is the last day to join the spring 2018 Math Modeling Competition, which will be held February 8-12 on the WSU Pullman campus.

Jan 9
###### Mathematics Education Seminar - organizational meeting

The Math Education Seminar will have a short organizational meeting today in the back room of the Pullman Daily Grind. The spring semester seminar will be held on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 alternating between Pullman (Daily Grind back room) and Moscow (probably One World Café back room). If you have questions please contact Dr. Sandy Cooper.

Jan 9
###### Math Bio Seminar - organizational meeting

The Math Bio Seminar will have a short organizational meeting today in CUE 316. If you have questions plese contact Dr. Robert Dillon.

Jan 2
###### Former instructor, Carolyn Smith has passed away

Former instructor, Carolyn Smith, passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2017, surrounded by her children at the Spokane Sacred Heart Medical Center. Carolyn Smith obituary.

2017
Dec 13
###### Department Holiday Potluck Photos

The department held it's annual Holiday Potluck for students, faculty, staff, and friends. Special thanks to the social committee for making the potluck a huge hit. To see photos please click here.

Dec 23
###### Valorie Cheathon - The Calculus of Grace

Graduate student Valorie Cheathon talks about math, life, her aspirations, children, and single parenting in this news article titled, "The Calculus of Grace." Valorie can often be seen in the department or around Pullman with her beautiful children, and her beautiful approach to life. Read more about this amazing mother of two.

Dec 14
###### WSU Analysis Seminar: Short Courses

Thursday, December 14th
Location: Spark 335
10:00 - 11:30 am "Concentration of Measure I"-Yunfeng Hu
11:30 - 12:30 pm (Lunch Break)
12:30 - 2:00 pm "Concentration of Measure II"-Yunfeng Hu
2:15 - 4:15 pm "Functions of Bounded Variation II"-Enrique Alvarado
4:30 - 5:30 pm "Singular Integrals IV"-Laramie Paxton

Dec 13
###### WSU Analysis Seminar: Short Courses

Tuesday, December 13th
Location: CUE 316
1:00 - 2:00 pm "Functions of Bounded Variation I"-Enrique Alvarado
2:15 - 3:15 pm "Singular Integrals III"-Laramie Paxton
3:45 - 5:45 pm "Methods of Image Analysis"-Yufeng Cao

Dec 12
###### WSU Analysis Seminar: Short Courses

Tuesday, December 12th
Location: Spark 339
1:00 - 2:00 pm "Singular Integrals II"-Laramie Paxton
2:15 - 4:15 pm "A Rough Path Approach to Stochastic Differential Equations"-Kellan Toman
4:45 - 5:45 pm "Analysis on Graphs II"-Altansuren Tumurbaatar

Dec 11
###### WSU Analysis Seminar: Short Courses

Monday, December 11th
Location: Spark 339
3:30 - 4:30 pm "Singular Integrals I"-Laramie Paxton
4:45 - 5:45 pm "Analysis on Graphs I"-Altansuren Tumurbaatar

Dec 9
###### Fall Commencement Photos

Fall commencement took place on Saturday, December 9th at 10:00am. Congratulations to all graduating seniors. To see commencement photos please click here. Michael Kasigwa, pictured above with mathematics professor and chair of the WSU Faculty Senate, Dr. Judi McDonald. Michael received his PhD in Mathematics.

Dec 6
###### WSU Analysis Seminar: Fred Gittes

Title:: Falling Cats, Curvature and Gauge Theory
Abstract: Curvature and connections, or gauge fields, have become central to physics. I will talk about some cases where these concepts have been used to think about relatively accessible and fun physics problems, such as the ability of falling cats to turn over.
The seminar meets 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Neill 5W.

Dec 5
###### Math Bio Seminar - Dr. Anders Omsland

Dr. Anders Omsland from the Allen School will speak on his recent work on *Coxiella burnetii and Chlamydia trachomatis, C. burnetii (zoonotic pathogen). The title of his talk is "Nutritional and physicochemical requirements for Chlamydia and Coxiella infectivity and replication." Click here for seminar information.
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Webster B8.

Dec 4
###### CLaN Seminar - Come watch a film!

Come enjoy the film, "Taking the Long View: The life of Shiing-Shen Chern." This is a biographical documentary that examines the life of Shiing-Shen Chern, a remarkable mathematician whose formidable mathematical contributions were matched by an approach and vision that helped build bridges between China and the West. The documentary follows Shiing-Shen Chern through many of the most dramatic events of the 20th century, portraying a man who dedicated his life to pure mathematics with the style of a classical Chinese sage. The CLaN seminar meets at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Dec 2
##### AMS Graduate Student Chapter Holiday Potluck at Dr. Moore's home

The AMS Graduate Student Chapter and Dr. Moore are holding a holiday potluck at Dr. Moore's home (210 NW Olsen Street) on December 2nd at 6:00pm. This is a potluck event and everyone coming is asked to bring one food or drink item of your choice. A sign-up sheet may be found at https://googl/Qgr1zf. If you have any questions please email Jillian Glassett at jillian.glassett@wsu.edu.

Dec 1
##### AMS Graduate Student Chapter Organizational Meeting

The student AMS Chapter will be hosting its second annual workshop for Lincoln Middle School students during spring break 2018. Last year they offered cryptology and statistics workshops to 7th grade students from LMS. Please attend an organizational meeting on Friday, December 1st at 3pm in Neill 5W. The goal of the meeting is to come up with possible ideas for workshop topics and content that are appealing to students and faculty, and also to middle school students.

Nov 30
##### Time to start looking for an Internship!

Are you a sophomore or junior? Now is the time to begin looking for an internship! An internship provides professional experience and can often lead to a permanent job. Click here for internship help.

Nov 29
###### WSU Analysis Seminar: Yufeng Cao

Title:: Maximum flow algorithm for total variation minimization
Abstract: This topic studies the global minimization of total variation energies with an $L^1$ fidelity term using maximum flow algorithm to minimize $s-t$ cut representation of these energies. I will present why the total variation functional can be decomposed into a series of decoupled of problem in binary variables. And how to construct network whose $s-t$ cuts correspond one-to-one to the binary variables for these decoupled problems. Finally how to apply the push flow relabel algorithm to solve the minimize problem.
The seminar meets 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Neill 5W.

Nov 29
##### New! Five Hacker Undergraduate Research Scholarships Available

Aug 30
###### WSU Analysis Seminar - Speaker: Henry Riely

Henry Riely will speak on, "The Bellman function technique for proving sharp martingale inequalities" Abstract: "We will introduce the so-called Bellman function, which can be used to establish sharp martingale inequalities. To illustrate, we will sketch a proof due to Donald Burkholder which uses this function to show that the ±1 transform of a martingale is L^p bounded. Don't worry if you are unfamiliar with probability theory. I will begin with a 10 minute crash course on probability ending with the definition of a martingale. Also, there will be pictures, intuition, examples, and all that good stuff." The WSU Analysis Seminar will meet at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Aug 29
###### Math Bio Seminar - Speaker: Dr. Sergey Lapin

Dr. Sergey Lapin will speak on the "Mathematical Modeling of the Human Eye." The Math Bio Seminar will meet at 4:10pm in Webster B8.

Aug 29
###### Math Ed Seminar

The Mathematics Education Seminar will meet on Tuesdays from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Cleveland 247 beginning August 29, 2017. The first meeting will be organizational.

Aug 28
###### CLaN Seminar - Speaker: Jakob Streipel

Jakob Streipel will speak on, "On Numbers... A Brief Exploration of the Surreal Numbers." Abstract: "In this talk we will present a way to construct numbers using nothing but the empty set. This construction, due to Conway in 1976, gives rise to the so-called surreal numbers, which we will see is a totally ordered field containing not only the real numbers, but also numbers infinitely large and infinitesimally small!" The CLaN seminar will meet at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Aug 23
###### WSU Analysis Seminar

The WSU Analysis Seminar will meet on Wednesdays from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Neill 5W beginning August 23, 2017. The first meeting will be organizational.

Aug 22
###### Mathematical Biology Seminar

The The Mathematical Biology Seminar will meet on Tuesdays from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Webster B8 beginning August 22, 2017. The first meeting will be organizational.

Aug 21
###### CLaN Seminar

The The CLaN Seminar will meet on Mondays from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Neill 5W. An organizational meeting will be held today in Neill 5W at 4:10pm for all interested individuals. Contact scliu@math.wsu.edu if you have questions.

Aug 14
###### Bala Krishnamoorthy - CoPI on new NSF Grant

Bala Krishnamoorthy, WSU Vancouver, is a CoPI on a new NSF multidisciplinary team grant that will focus on improving the understanding of the interaction between genes and the environment to produce improved corn crops.

May 10
###### Mark Lesperance receives WSU Access Center Award

At its Recognition Banquet on April 26th, 2017, the WSU Access Center awarded Mark Lesperance a certificate "In appreciation of your dedication to equal access and opportunity". He was recognized for his work with Statistics 212, and the efforts he has made to ensure that all students have the opportunity and access to succeed in the course.

Mark is an instructor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He has been teaching for 27 years and enjoys teaching introductory mathematics and statistics courses, and courses related to actuarial mathematics. He is also the advisor of the Actuarial Science Club at WSU and serves as a faculty mentor for the mathematics majors in the actuarial science option. Mark strives to inspire his students to achieve academic success.

May 6
###### 2017 Spring Commencement Photos

Spring Commencement for the College of Arts and Sciences, took place at 11:30am on May 6, 2017. For commencement photos please click here.

May 5
###### Annalise Miller - 2017 Outstanding Senior

Annalise Miller has been selected as the 2017 Outstanding Senior in Mathematics and Statistics. She will be recognized during the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Seniors ceremony on May 5, 2017 at 2:00pm in the Jones Theater of Daggy Hall. Read more about Annalise Miller.

May 4
###### Eric Foley - Tutor of the Semester

Eric Foley has been selected as "Tutor of the Semester" by the MLC staff. He has worked at the MLC for 4 semester, both as a tutor and at the front desk. He is patient with students, has a positive attitude, has helped cover shifts for others, has never been late and has never missed a shift without first notifying the MLC staff. Students leave excellent feedback about Eric and one student said, "he saved my life!" Eric has been accepted into the department's graduate program for fall.

May 3
###### 2017 End-of-year barbecue photos

The 2017 end-of-year barbecue for students, faculty and staff, was held on May 3rd during the lunch hour outside of Neill Hall. During the barbecue David Watkins was recognized for his many years of service to WSU, as he begins his retirement. Click here for photos.

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April 22
###### PreToM Math Fair in the MLC
The WSU PreToM Club invites you to attend a Math Fair on April 22nd, in the MLC from 10:30am - noon. Students from Math 398 - Mathematical Snapshots, will be presenting the many uses of applications or theories in mathematics founded on the history of math. There will be poster presentations and manipulatives to illustrate the mathematics involved. All middle school to early college students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Click here for a flier.
April 21
###### 2017 Data Science Day

Attend the April 21st 2017 Data Science Day in the WSU CUB Junior Ballroom and join participants from companies, universities and government labs for an entire day of short talks and workshops devoted to challenging data analysis problems. Make great connections for jobs, internships, and collaborations! Register at http://datascienceday2017.eventbrite.com. Sponsored by the Analysis+Data Community.
April 19
###### "Everything you always wanted to know about soap bubbles"

Presented by invited speaker, Dr. Jean Taylor, at 7:00pm in Webster 16. Dr. Taylor is Professor Emerita of Mathematics at Rutgers University, and a visiting faculty member at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University. Please join us for refreshments afterwards in a reception with Dr. Taylor in the Hacker Lounge in Neill Hall 216.

April 14
###### HURRY! Nominate a MS Student for a New Graduate Student Award - by April 14th

Due to the growth of the department, its graduate program, and with some additional funding from CISER, the department has established two new graduate student awards. These awards will be presented during the 4/27 Scholarship and Awards Ceremony for best MS projects this year; one for a Statistics MS and one for a Mathematics MS.

We are now soliciting nominations for these awards. Nominations may come from a graduate student or advisor and should include basic information about the nominee's graduate work at WSU, along with a brief supporting statement from the advisor describing the MS project, and provide justification for the award. Nominations should be submitted to genz@math.wsu.edu by 5PM Friday, April 14, 2017.

April 12
###### Texas Instrument Workshop
Come to the Texas Instrument Workshop and explore math concepts using the TI-Nspire! This calculator can interface with a teacher's computer in the classroom. The teacher can share files and view student work. Calculators will be on loan during the workshop. Presented by the Pre-service Teachers of Mathematics (PreToM) Club. The workshop will be held in Cleveland Hall room 234 from 4:30 - 6:30pm.
April 12
###### Analysis Seminar: "From Hyperbolic to Algebraic Geometry via Character Varieties"
Charles Katerba will be the speaker.
*Abstract*: In this expository lecture, we will review the basics of hyperbolic geometry from the perspective of representation theory and use this point of view to motivate the study of a 3-manifold's SL_2 (C)-character variety. Along the way we will touch on some classic results in low-dimensional topology, explore concrete examples, and discuss various ways to continue applying character varieties to 3-manifold topology.
The seminar will take place in Neill 5W from 4:10pm - 5:00pm.
April 11
###### Math Bio Seminar: "Developing Computational Models with Biological Images

Dr. Kyle Harrington, an Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho will discuss his research focus on the interface between artificial/virtual systems and the physical world. The seminar will take place from 4:10pm - 5:00pm in Webster B8.
Apr 10
###### CLaN Seminar: Jillian Glassett

The CLaN seminar will meet at 4:10pm in 5W.
Jillian Glassett is the seminar speaker.
April 8
###### 4th Annual Cascade RAIN Meeting

The 4th RAIN meeting will be held in Vancouver, Canada (see https://sites.google.com/site/cascaderain2017/). RAIN stands for Regional Applied Interdisciplinary and Numerical (math). It's a welcoming and low-stress one day meeting. Every speaker (who volunteers to present their work) will have 8-10 minutes to present, so famous senior researchers and first years students have the same amount of time! Graduate students may apply for limited travel funding (provided by SIAM and PIMS). You should be a SIAM member to be considered and if you aren't, it's easy and free to join. If you are a graduate student interested in applying for funding, send your resume to Prof. Nilima Nigam (nilima.nigam@gmail.com), and also ask your advisor to send a brief letter of recommendation.

April 5
###### Securing the Internet through Cryptography - how the Generalized Knapsack Code can Protect from Quantum Computing Attack

It's a dark and scarey thought. How soon until quantum computing will have the power to crack encryption codes safeguarding the internet? Nathan Hamlin, Director of the Math Learning Center (MLC) believes the future safety of the internet can be protected through cryptography. The Generalized Knapsack Code may well be the answer to the threat of a quantum computing hack. Read more about Nathan Hamlin.

April 5
###### Analysis Seminar: "Medical Image Segmentation"

Yufeng Cao will be the speaker.
*Abstract*: Computerized liver tumor segmentation on computed tomography images is a challenging problem. In this talk, an efficient algorithm for tumor detection is proposed. First, total variation minimization is applied to the sequence of 66 images, taken over 30 seconds. Then we use ICM (iterated conditional mode) to classify the data. Finally, Mumford–Shah functional (Chan-Vese,2006) is used to find the exact size and location of tumor.
The seminar will be held in Neill 5W from 4:10 - 5:00pm.
Apr 4
###### Math Bio Seminar: "A Comparison of Novel and Common Statistical Methods to Detect Out-of-Trend Stability Results"

Dr. Todd Coffey, Associate Director of CISER and Clinical Assistant Professor in Mathematics and Statistics will speak on, "A Comparison of Novel and Common Statistical Methods to Detect Out-of-Trend Stability Results."
The seminar will take place from 4:10-5:00pm in Webser B8.
Apr 3
###### CLaN Seminar: Jordan Miller

The CLaN seminar will meet at 4:10pm in 5W.
Jordan Miller is the seminar speaker.
Mar 31

Mar 29
###### Analysis Seminar: "Riesz Potentials and an alternate proof of the fundamental GNS inequality"

*Abstract*: This talk is intended to be a discussion about Sobolev embeddings. We will look at some essential properties of Sobolev Spaces and introduce the notion of fractional powers of the Laplacian via Fourier Transforms. Lastly, we will take a look at some Hedberg-type inequalities to establish the main result.
The seminar will be held in Neill 5W from 4:10pm to 5:00pm.
Mar 28
###### Math Bio Seminar: "Wildlife Disease Management Outcomes May Depend on the Mechanism of Host Immune Response"

Dr. Nina Fefferman, an Associate Professor in the Departments of Math and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, as well as an Affiliate Faculty member of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), will be the speaker at the Math Biology Seminar in the ADBF (Animal Disease Biotechnology Building) room 1002, at 12:10pm. Dr. Fefferman has a broad range of research interests including Epidemiology, Evolutionary and Behavioral Ecology and Conservation Biology. http://www-rci.rutgers.edu/~feffermn/
Mar 27
Nov 9

Nov 8
###### Visit from Linda Bentley

Former graduate coordinator, Linda Bentley, stopped by the department today to show off her beautiful new great-grandson and tell everyone hello.
Nov 5
Stop by Webster Hall to support the WSU Physics Club and WSU Math Club in the Dad's Weekend Pumpkin Drop and Bake Sale on Saturday from 9:00am - 11:00am.
Nov 3

The Pre-Service Teachers of Mathematics (PreToM) Club, will be selling cake pops from 9:00a.m. to noon, in the CUB for $2.00 each on Thursday, November 3rd. Come support their club as they raise money to help fund several events such as, "Paper Tigers" and Math Circles. Can't make it to the CUB? Send an email to maxxwaring@hotmail.com specifying how many you would like and be sure to include an address. PreToM will DELIVER! Oct 21 ###### Register for INME by October 21st! Northwest high school and middle schools must register for INME by October 21st. The Inland Northwest Math Experience (INME) is a day of cooperative mathematics activities for middle school and high school students on the WSU Pullman campus. It is held each November; one day for middle school students (11/3/16) and another day for high school students (11/4/16). For more information please visit Dr. Kim Vincent's homepage. Oct 15-16 ###### WSU Team Fibonacci Wins the Montana Mathematical Modeling Challenge WSU Team Fibonacci took first place in the recent Montana Mathematical Modeling Challenge, a grueling 24 hour competition with 18 teams from 5 schools. Read more about the Montana modeling challenge. Oct 15 ###### Honoring Sandy Cooper Provosts' Featured Faculty Member Associate professor, and former associate chairman, Sandy Cooper was honored as the Provosts' Featured Faculty Member during the October 15, 2016 football game against UCLA. Read more about Dr. Sandy Cooper. Oct 7 ###### Farewell Reception for Joseph Adesuyi A farewell reception was held on October 7 at 1:00pm in the Neill Hall Hacker Lounge to say goodbye to fiscal technician, Josephy Adesuyi. Joseph has completed his MBA from Washington State University and will be leaving to pursue other interests. Click here to see photos. Sept 28 ###### Colloquium: "Monotone numerical methods for nonlinear parabolic and integro-parabolic problems Igor Boglaev, from Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, will give a colloquium at 4:10pm in Neil 5W. Please join us for refreshments in Neil 216 (Hacker Lounge) at 3:30pm. Sept 27 ###### Seminar: "Using Mapping Diagrams to Make Sense of Equations and Functions" Dr. Martin E. Flashman, professor of mathematics from Humboldt State University will deliver a Math Ed Seminar at 4:10pm in Ed Ad (EDAD) 116. Abstract: Mapping diagrams provide a valuable and underused tool for visualizing functions that can connect function concepts to solving equations in many contexts. In this presentation Professor Flashman will use mapping diagrams to make sense visually of the functions and steps used in common algebraic approaches to solving linear equations. Sept 22 ###### Colloquium: "The Role of Philosophy in Proof: Euclid's Proof of Proposition One" Dr. Martin E. Flashman, professor of mathematics from Humboldt State University will deliver an afternoon colloquium at 4:10pm in Neill 5W. Please join us for refreshments at 3:30pm in Neill 216 (Hacker Lounge). Abstract: It is widely believed that logic is at the heart of proof in mathematics. Professor Flashman suggests that students might be better served with an alternative view that connects notions of proof with philosophical discussions related to ontology and epistemology. Euclid's proof of Proposition 1 in his Elements, Book I, will be offered as a primary example to illustrate some possible changes in focus. Aug 25 ###### Colloquium: "A Corporative Bond Model with Credit Rating Migration Risk" Presented by Dr. Jin Liang, of Tongji University, China. Refreshments served at 3:30pm in Neill 216, followed by the colloquium at 4:10pm in Neill 5W. Aug 25 ###### AMS Student Chapter - Social Event Flier All graduate students are invited to the first AMS Student Chapter social at 4:00pm in the Hacker Lounge (Neill 216). Come meet new friends, learn about the student chapter, and have some free pizza and drinks! Aug 22 ###### Welcome back Cougs! First day of fall semester classes. Jul 6 ###### Graduate student Mohammed Kaabar Graduate student Mohammed Kaabar has completed his master's degree in mathematics and is shown here with his advisor Dr. Mark Schumaker. Congratulations Mohammed! Jun 13 ###### Students - sign up now for Calculated Success! Would you like to brush up on your math skills, improve your ALEKS test score, or potentially place into a higher math class this fall? Sign up for Calculated Success! Register by July 20th. For more information about Calculated Success! please cplease lick here. June 7 ###### Graduate Student Cameron Sweet has defended his MS in Statistics Cameron Sweet has defended his Master's in Statistics and will continue on with a PhD in Math Education under his advisor professor Libby Knott. May 26 ###### Professor Emeritus, David Wollkind, presents a seminar to the Lefschetz Center for Dynamical Systems at Brown University Professor Emeritus, David Wollkind, presented a seminar on " Vegetative Rhombic Pattern Formation" to the Lefschetz Center for Dynamical Systems to Brown University's Division of Applied Mathematics on May 26, 2016. Click here to see the Brown Seminar Archive page for 2016. May 26 ###### American Mathematical Society (AMS) Graduate Student Chapter An American Mathematical Society (AMS) Graduate Student Chapter has been formed on the WSU campus. AMS Graduate Student Chapters provide support for mathematics graduate students. See WSU AMS Chapter for more informaton. May 19 ###### Graduate student Peter Klosterman Graduate student Peter Klosterman has accepted an assistant professor position with the Mathematics Department at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor beginning this fall. It's located in Belton, Texas, about one hour north of Austin. He and his wife Esther will move to Texas this summer with baby Claire. Congratulations Dr. Klosterman! May 7 ###### Spring Commencement Photos The 2016 commencement ceremony photos are here! Click here for 2018 commencement ceremony photos. Congratulations to all graduating students! May 5 ###### Graduate student Thomas Cameron Graduate student Thomas Cameron has accepted a visiting assistant professorship with the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho. He will teach his last WSU course this summer before heading to Caldwell in June with his wife and their young son. Congratulations Dr. Cameron! May 4 ###### End-of-the-year Barbecue Photos The department held its annual end-of-the-year barbecue outside of Neill Hall on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Faculty, staff and students enjoyed barbecued hamburgers, hotdogs and various assorted potluck dishes. A special thanks to the social committee for all of their hard work. May 2 ###### WSU alumna and former instructor Jenny Hughes visits with graduate students Jenny Hughes from Columbia Basin College shared information with graduate students and instructors about her teaching experience at a university and a two year college. For more information about the Jenny Hughes visit please click here. Apr 29 ###### Dr. David Wollkind's Retirement Party Photos Apr 28 ###### Colloquium: "Fixed Points and Integral Equations" Presented by Dr. T.A. Burton, Emeritus Professor of Southern Illinois University. Dr. Burton is also a 1964 WSU PhD graduate in mathematics. His advisor was Dr. Donald Bushaw, former WSU Mathematics Department Chair and Vice Provost for Instruction. Refreshments served at 3:30pm in Neill 216, followed by the colloquium at 4:10pm in Neill 5W. Abstract Apr 28 ###### 2016 Scholarship Recipients Apr 28 ###### WSU Vancouver offering summer math courses Plan to be in the Portland/Vancouver area this summer, and want to take a Math class (or two)? Take them on the beautiful WSU Vancouver campus! The classes are already in the WSU system, so you won't have to worry about transferring them. See http://schedules.wsu.edu/list/Vancouver/20162/Math for a listing of all classes. Contact WSU Vancouver advisor Emily Earhart at eearhart@wsu.edu, or program leader Dr. Bala Krishnamoorthy at kbala@wsu.edu. Apr 27 ###### Greetings from Rachael Lund in East Lansing, MI! Former math instructor Rachael Lund has sent an updated photo of daughter Sophie. Rachael says, "Sophie is very mobile now. She has no fear. We have to watch her very carefully. She will jump off of decks, beds, etc., ...falling backwards and laugh. Good thing we have always been paying attention." Apr 27 ###### Grace (Eleanor) Jones receives summer minigrant Grace Jones has received a College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Summer Minigrant for 2016, and will present her research at next year's SURCA (Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creatvie Activities). Her advisor is Dr. Sergey Lapin. Apr 27 ###### Seminar: "A Rectifiable Reifenberg Theorem" Presented by Dr. Sean McCurdy, UW-Seattle, in Neill Hall 5W at 4:10pm. Apr 26 ###### Seminar: "SEM-based electron tomography of turfs comprised of lineal structures." Presented by Osama Fakron in Webster B8 at 4:10pm. Apr 26 ###### PreToM presented with charter The WSU Pre-service Teachers of Mathematics (PreToM) Club, was presented its official charter during the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in San Francisco on April 15th, 2016. Pictured here are Diane Briars, President of NCTM, Victoria Bay (WSU NCTM student representative for 2015-2016), and Yesenia Contreras (WSU NCTM student representative for 2016-2017). Apr 25 ###### Dr. Sergey Lapin has received the 2016 "Exceptional Professor Award for the College of Arts and Sciences" from the Associated Students of WSU (ASWSU) This is an award nominated by the Associated Students of WSU. The third annual faculty and staff ASWSU Awards Banquet will be held on April 25th. Apr 22 ###### Dr. David Wollkind retires after 45 years at WSU After 45 years of service to the university (1970-2015) Dr. David Wollkind has retired from WSU. Please join us on Friday, April 22nd, at the Hilltop Restaurant for a no-host social hour beginning at 4:00pm, followed by a presentation at 5:30pm. A dinner will follow at 6:00pm. If you would like to join the dinner, please RSVP to jacroux@wsu.edu. Apr 21 ###### Scholarship Awards Ceremony Join us on Thursday, April 21st, in Neill 5W for the 2016 Scholarship Awards Ceremony beginning at 3:30pm. Freshments will be served! Apr 21 ###### Congratulations to Wendy Skulpakdee Graduate student Wendy Skulpakdee has successfully defended her PhD dissertation. Her committee members are: Charles Moore, and Haijun Li, and Hongming Yin (committee chair). Apr 20 ###### MLC Tutor of the Month - Huong Doan The second individual to receive a Math Learning Center (MLC) "Tutor of the Month" award is Huong Doan, who has worked in the MLC for 4 semesters. MLC Director Nathan Hamlin says, "Huong works very patiently with the students she tutors and has never been late or missed a shift. Once, she was the only tutor working during a late shift when other graduate student tutors left to proctor exams and she did an excellent job. Students have come to the MLC to look for help specifically from Huong." Apr 20 ###### Seminar: "Random Walks and Martingales" Presented by Henry Riely 4:10pm in Neill 5W. Apr 19 ###### Seminar: "Mathematically Modeling the Dynamics of Signaling Pathways and Parameter Estimation in Breast Cancer" Presented by Jie Zhao at 4:10pm in Webster B8. Apr 19 ###### Jillian Morrison - recipient of a 2016 President's Award for Leadership Mathematics graduate student Jillian Morrison is one of four WSU graduate students to receive a 2016 President's Award for Leadership. Student Involvement, the Center for Civic Engagement, and ASWSU partner together to form a committee to select recipients of the award. Jillian is being recognized for being a true Cougar leader with impeccable leadership and involvement in the WSU community. About this award. Apr 19 ###### Elissa Schwartz receives research travel award Elissa Schwartz is one of seven faculty members to receive a Fourth Annual International Research Travel Award (IRTA) from WSU. Dr. Schwartz will travel to India to work with collaborator Dr. Seema Nanda on modeling bacteriophage infection dynamics. Read more about the travel award. Apr 18 ###### Congratulations to Lewa Alzaleq Graduate student Lewa Alzaleq has successfully defended his PhD dissertation. His committee members are: V.S. (Mano) Manoranjan (Chair), Xueying Wang, and Michael Tsatsomeros. Apr 17 ###### Paper Tigers PreToM Club will be showing, "Paper Tigers," a documentary filmed in Walla Walla, Washington that takes an intimate look at the devastating and troublesome lives of teens struggling through Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), and what one high school in Walla Walla is doing to make a difference. An inspiring film every educator will want to see on Sunday, April 17th, at 4:00pm in CUE 203. A$5 donation is suggested but not necessary.
Apr 14
Graduate students' Fozia Arishi, Carol Phillips, Lilli Zhou, and Mohammed Kaabar have recently passed their masters defense.
Apr 13
###### Seminar: "L^ TV for Image Decomposition"

Presented by Yufeng Cao
4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Apr 12
###### Stan Swierczek receives the 2016 College of Arts and Sciences "Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student" Award

PhD graduate student Stan Swierczek has received the 2016 College of Arts and Sciences, "Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student" award! Qualifications for the award include excellence in classroom teaching and outstanding student evaluations, as well as supporting letters or testimonials from students or mentors. Click here for photos
Apr 9
###### Regional Applied Interdisciplinary and Numerical (RAIN) Conference
The 3rd annual Cascade RAIN conference will be held on the WSU Vancouver campus and promises to be a day of research activities with information sharing of computational and applied mathematics. Contact: Dr. Bala Krishnamoorthy, event organizer, for more information.
Apr 6
###### Seminar: "Boolean Gene Expression Networks"

Presented by Dr. Alex Panchenko
4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Apr 5
###### Seminar: "On Memory Capacity of Discrete Hopfield Networks"

Presented by Dr. Predrag Tosic, School of EECS at 4:10pm in Webster B8.

Mar 31
###### Greetings from former grad student Casey Bylund

Former graduate student Casey Bylund (advisor Dr. Alex Panchenko) sends her greetings from Ukiah, California. Casey is a full-time tenure-track faculty member at Mendocino College where she has taught calculus, algebra, and precalculus, and is faculty advisor to the Capoeira Club. In June she will marry her fiance Hayden, who is going back to school in engineering, and they are getting ready to purchase their first home. She says she misses the entire department and hopes everyone is doing well!

Mar 30
###### Congratulations Peter Klosterman

Graduate student Peter Klosterman has successfully defended his PhD dissertation titled, “Identification and establishment of social and sociomathematical norms associated with mathematically productive discourse”. His committee members are: Libby Knott - chair, Kimberly Vincent, Rob Ely and Shiv Karunakaran.

Mar 30
###### Seminar: "BMO, commutators and weights"
Presented by Dr. Arpad Benyi, WWU - Bellingham
4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Mar 29
###### Seminar: "Mathematical Modeling for Transmission of Poliovirus with the Role of Vaccination"

Presented by James Kehinde at 4:10pm in Webster B8.

Mar 28
###### Krispie Kreme Donuts Today!

Don't miss out! PreToM Club will be selling Krispie Kreme donuts from 10-2 in the CUB today to raise money for an educational film; Paper Tigers.

Mar 28

Mar 25
###### New York Times article features work of WSU Vancouver mathematicians

Assistant professor Nikolay Strigul and post-doc Jean Liénard's computer simulation to grow realistic forests has been featured in the New York Times article, "Imagining a Forest of the Future."

Mar 25
###### Sergey Lapin appointed as an Honors Faculty Fellow

Sergey Lapin has been appointed as an Honors Faculty Fellow for a three-year period beginning March 25, 2016. The appointment recognizes his prior and current contributions to the Honors College and to Honors education. He will be recognized during the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet, as part of the Academic Showcase activities.
Mar 24
###### "Mathematical understanding for secondary teaching: A classroom-based approach"

Presented by Dr. Kathleen Heid, invited speaker, 4:10pm in Neill 5W. Please join us for refreshments with Dr. Heid at 3:30pm in Neill 216.

Mar 23
###### "What does it really mean to understand (or not understand) mathematics"

Please join us for the annual T.G. Ostrom Lecture which will be presented by Kathleen Heid, professor of Mathematics Education at Penn State University. The lecture will be held at 7:00pm in CUE 203. A reception will immediately follow in CUE 518.

Abstract: Everybody has opinions about mathematics and how it is learned. What are some of the myths about how mathematics is learned? How do people understand-and misunderstand mathematics? What are some of the theories that explain how mathematics is learned? This session will discuss some of the research in mathematics education that has uncovered ways that people understand and misunderstand mathematics. Click here for a pdf flier.

Mar 23
###### Seminar: "On Digraphs, Formal Transition Systems and Agent-based Modeling"
Presented by Predrag Tosic
4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Mar 22
###### WSU mathematicians design lottery for marijuana retail licenses

Former Ph.D. student, Sharif Ibrahim with his co-advisor, Dr. Kevin Vixie, used mathematics to allow the State of Washington a fair and random way to assign a limited number of retail licenses to several thousand marijuana retail applicants. Sharif Ibrahim is now an engineer at Intel and recently explained how this was done during a January 2016 Joint Mathematics Meeting. Read The New Yorker article.

Mar 22
###### Seminar: "Coarse-grained simulations of conformational changes in multidrug resistance transporter proteins"

Presented by S.M. Yead M. Jewel of the WSU School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at 4:10pm in Webster B8.

Mar 20
###### Amy Streifel and Sharif Ibrahim marry

Former Ph.D. student, Sharif Ibrahim, and Amy Streifel (Ph.D. in progress) were married on March 20, 2016. Sharif is an engineer with Intel. Congratulations!

Mar 14
Mar 10
###### Distinguished Speakers Series:
"Learning, Mining and Graphs"

7:00pm
Mar 10
###### Seminar: "Of Mites and Models"

Presented by Dr. David Wollkind
at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Mar 9
###### Gabriela Sabalsa - MLC Tutor of the Month

MLC Tutor of the Month is Gariela Sabalsa. Gabriela was selected by MLC staff as the first individual to receive this award. Gabriela has a very positive attitude, is kind to the students she tutors, and has been known to stay beyond the time required of her to help students. On more than one occasion, students have remarked to MLC staff what a wonderful help she is to them.
Mar 7-11
###### Pi(e) a Professor Week!

It's that time of year again! Math Club is hosting the "Pi(e) a Professor" event in honor of Pi Day (and also to raise club funds) the week of March 7-11. Dean Johnson, Mindy Morgan and Kim Vincent will be pied. See our Facebook page for photos.

###### Mathematicians grow cyberforest to predict climate change

Assistant professor Nick Strigul and Jean Lienard, a mathematics postdoctoral researcher, have created the first computer simulation that grows realistic forests down to the branches, leaves and roots of individual trees. They are using the simulation, detailed in a new paper in Royal Society Open Science, to determine how drought, warmer weather, more frequent wildfires and other climate-related changes will affect forests across North America.
Mar 2
###### Seminar: "A probalistic characterization of negative definite functions"
Presented by Frank Gao.
4:10pm in Neill 5W.
*Abstract*: Negative definite functions have many applications in potential theory, statistics, and the theory of probability. For example, it is closely related to L\'{e}vy processes. In this talk I will provide a probabilistic characterization of negative definite functions; namely, a continuous tempered distribution f on R^n is negative definite if and only if it satisfies the inequality
E f(X-Y) <=E f(X+Y)
for all i.i.d. random vectors X and Y in R^n. Without the assumption of slowly growing of tempered distributions, it is shown that
E e^{|X-Y|}<= E e^{|X+Y|}
for all i.i.d. random variables in R, while the function e^{|x|} is not negative definite.
Feb 24
###### Seminar: "Metric Entropy and Approximate Convexity"
This will be a presentation by James
Cockreham of his and Frank Gao's work.
4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Feb 23
###### Seminar: "Mathematical Modeling and Computational Methods for the Tumor Microenvironment"

Presented by Dr. Bob Dillon
at 4:10pm in Webster B8.

###### Welcome Sotiris Xantheas

The department is pleased to announce that Sotiris Xantheas has been hired as an adjunct faculty member. He was born and raised in Athens, Greece, and obtained a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Athens and a PhD in Chemistry from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. After a two year post-doctoral fellowship at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) he became a staff member and is now a Laboratory Fellow. His research is concerned with the mathematical modeling of the interaction between atoms, molecules and ions using quantum mechanical principles. He is particularly interested in the properties of hydrogen bonds, the interactions responsible for holding together water molecules in clusters, liquid water and ice. He uses supercomputers to evaluate properties of these model systems to ultimately understand the macroscopic properties of water and aqueous solutions. Outside of work, Sotiris enjoys playing soccer, volleyball and tennis. He is looking forward to work with WSU students and faculty on joint projects.

###### Welcome Jingyang Zhang

The department is pleased to announce that Jingyang Zhang has been hired as an adjunct faculty member. Born and raised in China, Jingyang obtained her BS in applied mathematics from Peking University, China. She then obtained a PhD in biostatistics at the University of Iowa, and moved to Seattle in 2012 for post doc training at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center where she currently holds a position as a faculty biostatistician. Her research focuses on statistical modeling with various types of applications in medical research, especially the HIV prevention clinical trials. She works closely with epidemiologists and clinicians on large scale clinical trials. Outside of work, Jingyang enjoys her athletic lifestyle very much. She is an avid runner and an enthusiastic outdoor explorer. As an adjunct faculty member, she eagerly looks forward to working with WSU students.

###### Welcome Dr. Lynn Schreyer

The department is pleased to announce the hire of Dr. Lynn Schreyer. Lynn came to us in January from the University of Colorado Denver Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and is delighted to become a Cougar! She has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering, an MS and PhD in Math, and did a post doc in Agronomy. Consistent with her education, her research is interdisciplinary - in fact since arriving, WSU has provided the environment for her to pick up work on 3 new projects: modeling gels, concrete, and clays. Her primary research passion is modeling porous materials (think of a solid with pores), and especially porous materials that swell (e.g. gels, concrete, and clays). She uses continuum mechanics and upscaling techniques to formulate the system of partial differential equations, analyzes the system, and then numerically solves it to learn more about the physics. WSU was also kind enough to hire her husband so that they can now live in the same state. Don't be surprised to find her as a spectator at local WSU track events since she used to run track and continues to love the sport.
Feb 17
###### Seminar: "Approximation of integrals, empirical measures, and optimal transport"

Presented by Dr. Alex Panchenko
at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Feb 12
###### CISER update
Dr. Nairanjana Dasgupta and Dr. Marc Evans report
that the WSU Faculty Senate has voted and CISER
is now officially recognized as a Center.
Feb 11
###### Colloquium: "Adventures in Modeling for Policy"

Presented by Dr. Eric Lofgren, Assistant Professor,
of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health,
at 4:10pm in Neill 5W. Refreshments served at
3:30pm in Neill 216.
Feb 10
###### Seminar: "Regular sets, Cubical Covers and Set Approximation"

Presented by Dr. Kevin R. Vixie
at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Feb 9
###### Seminar: "Antibody kinetics of equine infectious anemia virus infection of horses"

Presented by Dr. Elissa J. Schwartz
at 4:10pm in Webster B8.
Feb 9
###### Math Club Meeting
Join the Math Club at 5:10pm in Neill Hall
room 216 (Hacker Lounge) for pizza and soda.
Invited speaker is Predrag Tosic, EECS.
Feb 4
###### Distinguished Speakers Series
"Sparse Matrices for High Performance Graph
Analytics"

Invited speaker: Dr. John R. Gilbert
12:00pm-1:00pm
ETRL, Room 101 (map)

Feb 3
###### Seminar: "Large Deviation Principle (LDP) for the Stochastic PDE in Fluid Mechanics"

Presented by Dr. Kazuo Yamazaki
at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Feb 2
###### Seminar: "Introduction to modeling of porous media via hybrid mixture theory and results on flow potentials"

Presented by Dr. Lynn Schreyer
at 4:10pm in Avery Hall, Bundy Reading Room.
Feb 1
###### Math Circles Game Night - 5-7pm

Bring some junior high and high school
students to MathCircles tonight from
5:00pm-7:00pm in Cleveland 221
Jan 27

Professor Nairanjana Dasgupta is a co-PI on an NIH $1.8 million grant to improve materials used in hip and knee replacements. For more information about this grant please click here. July 13 ###### Study predicts bird fatalities at wind facilities Using mathematics and statistics, assistant professor Leslie New has developed a model to predict bird fatalities at wind facilities. To read an article about the study please click here. July 7 ###### Elissa Schwartz receives first annual award from the Society for Mathematical Biology Mathematics assistant professor Elissa Schwartz has received the first annual award from the Society for Mathematical Biology. The Society for Mathematical Biology, founded in 1973, is an international society which exists to promote and foster interactions between the mathematical and biological sciences. June 15 ###### Department of Mathematics and Statistics The Board of Regents approved a departmental name change to Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the May 8, 2015 Board of Regents meeting. June 10 ###### WSU Vancouver instructor Tom Gazzola has passed away We are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing this afternoon of WSU Vancouver instructor Tom Gazzola. Last week, Tom sustained critical injuries after being struck by a vehicle while jogging. Listen to Tom's interview with NPR after his team won the 2015 MIT Mystery Hunt, an annual puzzle competition held in Boston during the Martin Luther King Junior weekend. Read the Oregon Live news release on the accident. May 15 ###### Assistant professor Elissa Schwartz, recently Presented a talk at the SIAM Dynamical Systems conference titled, "Modeling Equine Infectious Anemia Virus Infection: Virus Dynamics, Immune Control, and Escape." May 15 ###### Emeritus professor Duane DeTemple's daughter, Dr. Jill DeTemple, has received the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award from Southern Methodist University For more information about Jill DeTemple please click here. May 13 ###### Welcome new baby Andrew Liu! Graduate students' Lili Zhou and Huinan Liu's first child, Andrew Liu, was born on May 13, 2015. Andrew weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz. May 9 ###### Spring Commencement 2015 - photos Congratulations graduating seniors! To see the spring 2015 commencement photos please click here May 7 ###### End-of-Year Barbecue 2015 - photos To see photos from the 2015 end-of-year barbecue please click here May 7 ###### Mathematics major Chris Marshall has received a$3,000 summer mini-grant from the College of Arts and Sciences

Mathematics major Chris Marshall (right) with clinical associate professor
Sergey Lapin. Chris has received a \$3,000 mini-grant from the College of
Arts and Sciences to fund research this summer on the, "Mathematical
modeling of agricultural intensification impact on pest outbreaks and
losses in crop yield." Dr. Lapin will supervise his research.
May 1
###### David Wollkind has received the 2015 ASWSU Cougar Award.

Professor David Wollkind is the recipient of the second annual ASWSU Cougar Award. This award is given on behalf of the Associated Students of Washington State University to recognize one individual from WSU who has made a postitive impact on the WSU-Pullman community. Read more about the award.
Apr 29
###### Seminar: "Generalized Gradients in Nonsmooth Analysis"
Presented by, Robert Mifflin, 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Apr 28
###### Seminar: "The Role of VIX in the Stock Market"
Presented by, Rui Wang, 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Apr 27
###### Seminar: "Combinatorics of clans and geometry of B orbits on G/K,"
Presented by, Alex Woo from the University of Idaho Mathematics Department, 4:10pm, Neill 5W.
Apr 27
###### Seminar: "Mathematical Modeling of Integrin Dynamics in Cell Motility: From Stochasticity to Sensitivity"
Presented by, Hannah Callender, 3:10pm via WHETS from WSU Vancouver in Jackson Hall Room 53.
Apr 24
###### Jeanette Martin has received the 2015 Richard G. Law Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching

Senior math instructor Jeanette Martin is the recipient of this year's prestigious Richard G. Law Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching. Jeanette uses innovative approaches to help students understand math concepts in classes that range from lower level to higher mathematics. Read more about this award and Jeanette Martin.
Apr 23
###### 2015 Scholarship and Awards Ceremony

Scholarships and awards were Presented to students on April 23rd in Neill 5W.
Apr 22
###### Seminar: "What About Median of Shapes?"
Presented by, Yunfeng Hu, 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Apr 21
###### Seminar: "Identifying the Conditions under which Antibodies Protect Against Infection by Equine Infectious Anemia Virus,"
Presented by, Elissa Schwartz, 4:15pm in Jackson Hall Room 53.
Apr 20
###### Seminar: "Modularity of Abelian Surfaces,"
Presented by, Jennifer Johnson-Leung from the University of Idaho Mathematics Department, 4:10pm, Neill 5W.
Apr 16
###### Colloquium: "Three ways to study number-theoretic sums,"
Presented by, Nigel J. E. Pitt (Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Maine), 4:10pm in Neill 5W. Refreshments at 3:30pm in Neill 216.
Apr 16
Apr 15
###### Seminar: "Microlocal analysis and x-ray computed tomography,"
Presented by, Linh Nguyen, 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Apr 13

Apr 13
###### WSU Vancouver WHETS Seminar: "Finite element methods using discontinuous functions,"
Presented by Jay Gopalakrishnan, 3:10-4:00pm, Jackson 53 (via AMS Videoconferencing).

Apr 9

Apr 8
###### Seminar: "Nonlocal continuum models of particle systems,"
Presented by
Dr. Alex Panchenko. 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Apr 6
###### Sergey Lapin met with a delegation from the Shanghai Environmental Bureau and Shanghai Geotechnical Investigations & Design Institute

Sergey Lapin gave a presentation on Mathematical Modeling in Environmental Sciences and the WSU Mathematics Department, to delegates from the Shanghai Environmental Bureau and Shanghai Geotechnical Investigations & Design Institutue in Puyallup, Washington.
Apr 1
###### An analysis seminar given in a colloquium style titled, "Coalescence in branching processes."
Presented by Krishna B. Athreya, guest lecturer, 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Mar 27
###### Using mathematics to predict future cholera outbreaks

Assistant professor Xueying Wang has developed two equation-based models to provide a new and predictive framework for anticipating cholera outbreaks which will help plan for intervention.Read an article about this research.

Mar 26
###### Mathematicians build code to take on the toughest cyber attacks

WSU mathematicians design an encryption code capable of fending off the phenomenal hacking power of a quantum computer. Read a WSU article about Nathan Hamlin and Bill Webb's research.

Mar 26
###### Thirty-Fourth Annual T.G. Ostrom Colloquium
Presented by Dr. Marty Golubitsky, guest lecturer, 4:10pm in Neill 5W. Refreshments served at 3:30pm in Neill 216.

Mar 25
###### Thirty-Fourth Annual T.G. Ostrom Lecture
Presented by Dr. Marty Golubitsky, guest lecturer, 7:00pm in Webster 16. A reception immediately following in Neill 216.

Mar 14
###### Pi Day Celebration!
8:30pm at Dr. Moore's home. Come celebrate pi with pizza, pie, soda, and fun pi games! Read about Pi Day 2015 .

Mar 12
###### Pi(e) Eating Contest
Come join the Math Club and PreTom Club as they host a Pie Eating Contest in honor of Pi Day, at noon in the CUB Jr. Ballroom. See you there!

Mar 11
###### Seminar: "A World with Less Gaussian,"
Presented by Dr. Haijun Li. 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Mar 10

Mar 5
###### Statistics professors Jan Dasgupta and Marc Evans have taken the lead to form CISER,
a new data analysis group to advance interdisciplinary research.

Mar 4
###### Seminar: "Shapes, Mean Shapes, Median Shapes and the Multiscale Flat Norm,"
Presented by Dr. Kevin Vixie. 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Feb 25
###### Seminar: "Kronecker Limit Formulae and Their Applications,"
Presented by Dr. Sheng-Chi Liu. 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Feb 23
###### Look closely - is baby Sophia counting?

Instructor Rachael Lund and her husband Kasey have a new daughter named Sophia Lund. Sophia was born February 23rd at 7:32am. She weighed 9lbs 10oz and is 20.5 inches long.

Feb 19
###### Colloquium: "Modeling of Correlated Objects with application to Detection of Metastatic Cancer using Functional CT Imaging, "
Presented by Yuan Wang, postdoctoral fellow from The University of Texas, at 4:10pm in Neill 5W. Refreshments at 3:30pm in Neill 216.

Feb 18
###### Seminar: "Nonlinear Stability Analysis of Rayleigh-Bénard Convection in an Aerosol Smoke-Gas Layer: Comparison of Theoretical Predictions with Laboratory Experimental Data,"
Presented by Dr. David Wollkind. 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Feb 17
###### Will Claire be a future mathematician?

Graduate student Peter Klosterman and his wife Esther, welcomed baby Claire into the world on February 17, 2015 at 8:10am. Claire weighed 6lbs 13oz and measured 19 inches in length.

Feb 17
###### Seminar: "Analysis of the Transmission of Malaria Parasite,"
Presented by James Kehinde. 4:10pm in Jackson Hall Room 53.

Feb 12
###### Colloquium: "Theory and Methods for Tensor Covariance Estimation,"
Presented by David Gerard. 4:10pm in Neill 5W. Refreshments at 3:30pm in Neill 216.

Feb 11
###### Seminar: "Compactness of q-hulls (q<=1) in Banach spaces of type p,"
by Frank Gao. 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Feb 10
###### Colloquium: "A robust network-constrained penalization approach for integrative analysis with applications in TCGA data,"
Presented by Dr. Cen Wu, post doctoral associate, Yale University School of Public Health. 4:10pm in Neill 5W. Refreshments at 3:30pm in Neill 216.

Feb 3
###### Seminar: "Mathematical Modeling of Cholera Epidemics,"
by Dr. Xueying Wang. 4:10pm in Jackson Hall Room 53.

Jan 27
###### Seminar: "Invariant Signal Processing in Auditory Biological Systems,"
by Dr. Alex Dimitrov. 4:10pm in Jackson Hall Room 53.

Jan 27