COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics

2016 - Department News

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 click 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 Brown's Seminar Archives 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 can be viewed by clicking here. 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 teaching at a university and a two year college. For photos and more information 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 stop 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.
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
Congratulations graduate students
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
2016 Faculty Promotions

Four faculty members have received promotions in 2016. Read more.

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
Thirty-Fifth Annual T.G. Ostrom Colloquium
"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.
Click here for a pdf flier.

Mar 23
Thirty-Fifth Annual T.G. Ostrom Lecture
"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
"Why is Pi 3.1415...? What if it was just 3?"
Mar 10
Distinguished Speakers Series:
"Learning, Mining and Graphs"

Invited speaker: Dr. Tina Eliassi-Rad
7:00pm
Goertzen Communication Addition 21
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
for free math puzzle fun and pizza!
Jan 27
"Undergrad summer research
opportunity - MSRI"
$3,100 stipend, lodging, meals,
and travel to Berkeley, CA are covered.
Apply now.
Jan 27
Seminar: "Inverse Fractorization
in Complexity Science"
Presented by Matt Challacombe
at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Jan 26
Math Club Meeting
Join the Math Club tonight at 5:10pm in Neill Hall
room 216 (Hacker Lounge) for pizza, soda, and planning!
Jan 20
Seminar: "On the Eigenvalues of
Matrix Polynomials"

Presented by Thomas Cameron at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Abstract: It is well known that the eigenvalues for any
unitary matrix lie on the unit circle. In this talk we will
show that the eigenvalues of any matrix polynomial,
with unitary coefficients, lie inside the annulus
{ complex z such that 0.5 <|z|<2 } The foundations
of this result rely on an operator version of Rouche's
theorem, Pellet's theorem, and the intermediate value
theorem.
Jan 19
Seminar: "Morphogenetic functions
of microtubules in plants"

Presented by Dr. Andrei Smertenko
at 4:10pm in Webster B8.
Jan 19
Cryptography, coding, cyber attacks
discussed

Join an informative discussion with the director of the
Math Learning Center, Nathan Hamlin, on January 19th
as he discusses security and defense of quantum computers
at Paradise Creek Brewery from 6-8pm.
Jan 12
Memorial Service for Dr. Ed Pate
7pm at the Kimball Funeral Home

Former mathematics faculty member, Dr. Ed Pate, passed away
on January 2, 2016. Dr. Pate had been a faculty member
at WSU for 35 years, ultimately having his tenure home
in the Voiland School’s bioengineering program where he had
a profound impact on the lives of others. Dr. Pate was well
known for his work in computational and quantitative biology,
with applications to Muscle Physiology, Biophysics and
Biomechanics. Recently, with his collaborators at UCSF, he
identified a “Super-Relaxed State” in muscles and was exploring
the implication of this muscle state on health. Dr Pate’s research
was continuously funded by the NIH for many years. Dr. Pate was
a strong advocate for younger researchers, an intelligent
and deep-thinking individual, and an excellent colleague.
He will be missed by his colleagues at WSU and around the nation.
Obituary
Jan 1
Graduate student Thomas Cameron
has a new addition to his family

Graduate student Thomas Cameron and his wife Kaitlynn
welcomed a new addition to their family on December 30, 2015.
Hudson Abel Cameron weighs 8 pounds 13 ounces
and is 21.25 inches long.
2015
Dec 15
Holiday Party Photos

Click here to view holiday party photos.
Dec 12
Fall 2015 Commencement Photos

Click here to view commencement photos.
Dec 10
Colloquium: "Big Data and The World
of Statistics"

Presented by Dr. Sastry Pantula, Dean of the College of Science
at Oregon State University. The colloquium will be held
at 4:10pm in Neill 5W. Join us for refreshments at 3:30
in the Hacker Lounge, Neill 216.
Dec 9
Seminar: "Gap Distributions &
Homogenous Dynamics"

Presented by Dr. Jayadev Athreya, founder and director of the
Illinois Geometry Lab at UIUC and
Mathematics Lab at the University of Washington.
The seminar will be held at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Join us for refreshments at 3:30 in the Hacker Lounge, Neill 216.
Dec 8
Seminar: "Application of Topology
to Data Analysis"

Presented by Svetlana Lockwood
at 4:10pm in Jackson Hall, room 53.
Dec 8
Visiting Professor Returns
to Hungary

Visiting professor, Dr. Gyorgy Terdik, has finished teaching
Math 510 "Topics in Probability and Statistics," and departed
today to return to Hungary where he will spend the next
few weeks with his family. He will then come back to the U.S.
to teach two quarters at California State University in
San Bernadino, California.
Dec 7
Colloquium: "Control of Certain
Classes of Degenerate
Diffusive Systems"

Presented by Dr. Piermarco Cannarsa of the University of Rome
"Tor Vergata."
The colloquium will be held at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Join us for refreshments at 3:30 in the Hacker Lounge, Neill 216.
Dec 3
Colloquium: "Splittings of Matrices
& Nonnegative Moore-Penrose Inverses"

Presented by Dr. K.C. Sivakumar from Indian Institute of Technology
The colloquium will be held at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Join us for refreshments at 3:30 in the Hacker Lounge, Neill 216.
Dec 2
Seminar: "Differential Geometry
of Curves and Surfaces in Lorentz-Minowski space, Part II"
Presented by Enrique Alvarado
at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Dec 1
Seminar: "Using Compartmental and Agent-based Modeling to Understand the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Outbreak in Pullman"

Presented by Dr. Elissa Schwartz
at 4:10pm in Jackson Hall, room 53.
Nov 30
Math Circles Game Night - 5-7pm in the MLC

Know some bored junior high or high school students?
Get them excited about math!
Bring them to MathCircles tonight from 5:00pm-7:00pm
in the MLC (Cleveland 130) for free math puzzle fun and pizza!
Nov 19
Who doesn't love a new baby?!

Graduate student Benjamin Rapone and his wife Erin are the
proud parents of new baby boy Monroe. Monroe came into the
world on November 19th weighing 9 pounds 7 ounces,
and is 21 inches long.
Nov 18
Seminar: "Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces in Lorentz-Minowski space, Part I"
Presented by Yunfeng Hu
at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Nov 17
Honoring Nairanjana Dasgupta
Provosts' Featured Faculty Member

Professor Nairanjana Dasgupta was honored as the Provosts'
Featured Faculty Member during the November 7, 2015
football game against Arizone State. Read more
Nov 17
Seminar: "Statistical Analysis of Complex Data Objects"

Presented by Dr. Yuan Wang
at 4:10pm in Jackson Hall, room 53.
Nov 16
Seminar: "Convex Hulls of Matrices and Stability"
Presented by Patrick Torres
at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Nov 10
Seminar: "Inferring the Cell Differentiation Trajectory from Single-Cell Gene Expression Data"
Presented by Dr. Audrey Fu, University of Idaho
at 4:10pm in Jackson Hall, room 53.
Nov 9
CLaN Seminar
Presented by Jillian Glassett
at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Nov 9
Math Circles Game Night - 5-7pm in the MLC

Know some bored junior high or high school students?
Bring them to MathCircles tonight from 5:00pm-7:00pm
in the MLC (Cleveland 130) for free math puzzle fun and free pizza!
Nov 6
2015 Inland Northwest Math Experience (INME) Photos

Nov 5
Colloquium: "A New Covariance Function
for Spatio-Temporal Data Analysis with Applications"

Presented by visiting faculty member, Dr. Gyorgy Terdik
at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Please join us for refreshments at 3:30pm in Neill 216.
Nov 4
PreToM has become a Student Affiliate of
the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

In October this year, the WSU Pre-service Teachers of Mathematics (PreToM) became an official Student Affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). PreToM was nominated for this by the Washington State Math Council. PreToM is now eligible for all services available to NCTM Student Affiliates, which includes opportunities for grants, math tasks for use in MathCircles, connections with other service teachers, and the ability to gain experience as teacher leaders.

WSU student ambassador to the NCTM, Victoria Bay, and advisor Dr. Kimberly Vincent completed the application. A presentation of the charter will be made during the NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco in April 2016.

Nov 4
Seminar: "The Probability that Two Samples on a Convex Curve have Disjoint Convex Hulls"

Presented by Yves Nievergelt, Eastern Washington University
at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Nov 3
Seminar: "Introduction to differential
equations perturbed by random noise"

Presented by Dr. Kazuo Yamazaki
at 4:10pm in Jackson Hall, room 53.
Nov 2
CLaN Seminar
Presented by Jemin Shim
at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Oct 30
Linda Bentley Retires after 25 Years of Service

Graduate Program Coordinator, Linda Bentley, has retired after
25 years of service to Washington State University. Read more.
Oct 27
Seminar: "The Behavior of a Population
Interaction-Diffusion Equation in its
Subcritical Regime"

Presented by Dr. David Wollkind
at 4:10pm in Jackson Hall, room 53.
Oct 26
Seminar: "Three Classical Problems on
Configuration of Points in the Real Plane"
Presented by Stefan Tohaneanu, University of Idaho,
at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Oct 22-24
Cougs attend the NW Math Conference

Dr. Kimberly Vincent with students at the NW Mathematics Conference in Whistler B.C. Click here to read more.
Oct 22
The Calvin and Jean Long Colloquium
Presented by Dr. John dePillis, guest lecturer, 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Please join us for refreshments at 3:30pm in Neill 216.
Oct 20
The Calvin and Jean Long Distinguished Lecture in Mathematics

Presented by Dr. John dePillis, guest lecturer, 7:00pm in Webster 17.
A reception with refreshments will immediately follow in Neill 216.
Oct 14
Seminar: "Local Set Approximation"
Presented by Stephen Lewis
at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Oct 13
Greetings from Rachael Lund in East Lansing, MI!

Former math instructor Rachael Lund sends greetings
to everyone in the Math Department! She and her husband Kasey
have settled into a new home in East Lansing, Michigan with
baby Sophie. Rachael is teaching Calc 1 and working for the
Center for Instructional Mentoring (CIM) at Michigan State
University, and Kasey is a post doc there working for the
National Superconducting Cyclotron Lab building a cryogenic
gas stopper. Rachael says baby Sophie is now a "crawling machine."
If you would like to see photos of Sophie, please click here.
If you would like Rachael's email address please contact the office
staff.
Oct 13
Seminar: "Mathematical Modeling of sperm
and cilia motility"
Presented by Dr. Robert Dillon
at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Oct 12
Colloquium: "From the Manhattan Project
to Elliptic Curves"

Presented by Dr. Steven J. Miller of Williams College.
4:10pm in Neill 5W. Refreshments at 3:30pm in Neill 216.
Oct 12
Talk: "Extending Pythagoras"
Presented by Dr. Steven J. Miller of Williams College.
1:10pm-2:00pm in WLSH 3.
Oct 8
Lorenz (Larry) T. Biegler
Distinguished Speaker Series in Data Science

7:00pm in CUE 202 - Event Poster
Lorenz (Larry) T. Biegler, Professor and Head of Chemical Engineering
at Carnegie Mellon University, will speak on,
"Physics-based and data-driven modeling for large-scale chemical processes."
Learn more about the Distinguished Speaker Series in Data Science.

Oct 8
Colloquium: "Evaluating the Effectiveness in HIV Prevention Clinical Trials"

Presented by Jingyang Zhang, PhD, of
Fred Hutch, Seattle, Washington at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Refreshments at 3:30pm in Neill 216 (Hacker Lounge). Read abstract.
Oct 7
Seminar: "A Problem of Kolmogorov"
Presented by Dr. Haijun Li, 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Oct 6
Seminar: "Improved Models of Equine Infectious Anemia"
Presented by Dr. Mark Schumaker, 4:10pm in Jackson Hall, Room 53.
Oct 5
Seminar: "Eventually Cone Positive Semigroups of Linear Operators"
Presented by Michael Kasigwa at 4:10pm in Neill Hall 5W.
Sept 30
Seminar: "Poincare's Inequality and Its
Application for Vector Fields"

Presented by Dr. Hong-Ming Yin at 4:10pm in Neill Hall 5W.

Sept 29
Seminar: "An empirically based mathematical
model for the potential role of masting by
introduced bamboos in North American deer
mice population irruptions"

Presented by Dr. Richard Gomulkiewicz, of the WSU School of
Biological Sciences, at 4:10pm in Jackson Hall, room 53.
Sept 28
Seminar: "Constructive Proof of Hessenberg Form"
Presented by Thomas R. Cameron at 4:10pm in Neill Hall 5W.
Sept 25
Math Circle Pre-Launch Meeting
Join an informational meeting with University of Idaho alumnus
Dr. Brandy Wiegers to learn about a new Math Circle Program at WSU.

3:30pm-5:00pm in the Math Learning Center (MLC), Cleveland 130.

Sept 23
Seminar: "Ergodicity for the stochastic partial differential equations of fluid mechanics"
Presented by Dr. Kazuo Yamazaki at 4:10pm in Neill Hall 5W.

Sept 22
Seminar: "Directed evolution of phage lysins:
using mathematical models to explore feasibility/design of new antibacterial drugs"


Presented by Dr. Steve Krone at 4:10pm in Jackson Hall room 53.

Sept 21
Seminar: "Core-Chasing Algorithms for
Eigenvalue Computation"
Presented by Dr. David Watkins at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Sept 21
Seminar: "Mathematical Methods in
Metagenomics"
Presented by Dr. David Koslicki, former WSU math student and now
an assistant professor of mathematics at Oregon State University.
3:10-4:00pm videoconferenced through WSU Vancouver. Please go to Jackson 53 (formerly called Murrow West) on the Pullman campus.

Sept 17
Colloquium: "Nearshore Sticky Waters"
Presented by Dr. Juan M. Restrepo from the Mathematics Department
of the University of Arizona, at 4:10pm in Neill 5W. Dr. Restrepo's
team is developing a mathematical model for the fate of oil spills in
nearshore environments and will present an overview of the model.
Refreshments at 3:30pm in the Hacker Lounge (Neill 216).

Sept 16
Michael B. Wakin
Distinguished Speaker Series in Data Science

7:00pm in Cleveland 30E followed by a reception in Neill 216.
Michael B. Wakin, EECS Colorado School of Mines, will speak on,
"Stable Embeddings of Manifold Models: Dimensionality reduction
for signals and systems."
Learn more about the Distinguished Speaker Series in Data Science.

Sept 15
Seminar: "Laminar Development
of the Primary Visual Cortex"
Presented by Dr. Andrew Oster, Department of Mathematics,
Eastern Washington University, at 4:10pm in Jackson Hall, room 53.
Dr. Oster is an expert in computational neurosciences. The seminar
will focus on a developmental model for ocular dominance
column formation.

Sept 14
Kelly and Casey Stratton have a baby boy

Former math graduate Kelly Stratton and her husband Casey (also a Coug) have had their first baby. Conor Stratton was born May 6, 2015 and weighed 7 pounds 12 ounces. Congratulations Kelly and Casey!

Sept 14
CLaN Seminar speaker: Nathan Hamlin
4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Sept 9
Seminar: "The Coarea Formula"
Presented by Dr. Kevin Vixie, at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Sept 8
Aren't babies wonderful?
Graduate student Ian Lundholm and his wife have a new baby!
Meet Gavin John Lundholm born on September 8, 2015. Baby
Gavin weighed 8 pounds 9 ounces and was 21.5 inches long.

Sept 8
Seminar: "Finding the Best Classification Rates for Arabic Sign Language Data using Data Analysis Methods"
Presented by Mohammed Kaabar, at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Sept 3
Colloquium: "The Modeling of Refugee Movement"
Presented by, Dr. Lynn Schreyer (formerly Lynn Schreyer-Bennethum),
at 4:10pm in Neill Hall 5W.

Please join us for refreshments with Dr. Schreyer at 3:30pm in Neill 216.
Sept 2
Seminar: "Introducing the method of characteristics with the 1-D traffic equation"
Presented by, Stan Swierczek, at 4:10pm in Neill Hall 5W.

Aug 28
Register for INME

Northwest high school and middle schools must register for INME by
October 20th. 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 and another day for high school students. For
more information please visit Dr. Kim Vincent's homepage.
July 30
$1.8M to improve hip, knee replacements

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 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. For more information 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 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 photos from the spring 2015 commencement ceremony 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.
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.
Apr 23
2015 Scholarship and Awards Ceremony

Scholarships and awards were Presented to students on April 23rd in Neill 5W.
Read more.
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
Sergey Lapin served as an external examiner on an Honors thesis defense at Bates College in Lewiston, Main. He is shown here with the Honors student and other committee members.
Apr 15
Seminar: "Microlocal analysis and x-ray computed tomography,"
Presented by, Linh Nguyen, 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Apr 13
WSU Tri-Cities professor Nikolaos Voulgarakis' students win the "Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics and Information Sciences" category of SURCA 2015

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
75th Annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition Results
Two WSU mathematics students participate; Alden Bradford and Michael Newsham. Read more.
 
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 more.
 
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 more.
 
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 more here.
 
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!
Learn more about Pi
 
Mar 11
Seminar: "A World with Less Gaussian,"
Presented by Dr. Haijun Li. 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
 
Mar 10
Taking statistical methods to young children: Jefferson Elementary Statistics Poster Competition
Read More.
 
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
WSU Math Teacher Wins MIT Puzzle Competition