COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics

2018 - Department News

Jul 16
Professor Emeritus David Watkins has
published a new book

Core-Chasing Algorithms for the Eigenvalue Problem book cover
Core-Chasing Algorithms for the Eigenvalue Problem
- by Jared L. Aurentz, Leonardo Robol, Raf Vanebril and David S. Watkins

Jun 7
Xiongzhi Chen receives WSU Seed grant

Xiongzhi Chen
Xiongzhi Chen is one of 14 new faculty to receive a WSU seed grant to help with research. His grant will be used to develop testing procedures that adapt to the overall level signals in data, classifying the type of dependence under with a statistical procedure is accurate and stable. Read more about the new seed grant program.

May 8
Professor Emeritus David Wollkind has
published a new book

Image of
 book cover
Comprehensive Applied Mathematical Modeling in the Natural and Engineering Sciences
- by David J. Wollkind and Bonni J. Dichone

May 8
Dr. Sergey Lapin Receives Honors College Award

Sergey Lapin
"For outstanding commitment to the students of the Honors College," Dr. Sergey Lapin has received a 2018 Honors Faculty Award from the Honors College.

May 7
2018 Spring Commencement Photos

Three graduates
Congratulations to all graduating mathematics and statistics seniors! Commencement was held at the Beasley Coliseum on May 5th at 8:00am. Click here to see informal commencement photos.

May 7
Graduate Student Ralph Chikhany Receives Awards

Ralph Chikhany
Mathematics graduate student Ralph Chikhany has received the 2018 GPSA Graduate Student Instructor Excellence Award and a GPSA Senator of the Year Award.

May 6
Andrew Stevens, 2009 MS Mathematics - update

Andrews Stevens, 2009 MS Mathematics, is the owner and Chief Scientist at OptimalSensing LLC (www.optimalsensing.com). From 2009 to 2017 he was a staff scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). While working at PNNL, he completed his PhD in electrical and computer engineering at Duke University (May 2018). Andrew works on compressive sensing and machine learning problems, especially in scientific imaging and electron microscopy. He has developed several new algorithms and imaging approaches (5 patents pending) that allow scientists to analyze materials and chemical processes at the atomic level. Many of the most important processes in materials engineering and biology/medicine occur by the movement of atoms—such as the storing of charge in Li-ion batteries and drug interactions with cells to cure disease. Understanding and controlling the way that atoms move will lead to new technologies that address the major global challenges of energy, defense, and human health. Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=-_ADUHwAAAAJ. His graduate advisor was Dr. Sergey Lapin.

May 5
Math Senior James Whitbread has received the
WSU 2018 Top Ten Senior Award for Academics
image of James Whitbread

Mathematics senior James Whitbread is the recipient of a WSU 2018 Top Ten Senior Award for Academics. He will attend Johns Hopkins University Medical School in the fall of 2018 to become a cardiac-thoracic surgeon. James will be recognized at an April 26th ceremony in CUE 518 at 3:30pm. James has also been selected as the 2018 Outstanding Senior in Mathematics and will be honored in the CAS Outstanding Senior Recognition Ceremony on Friday, May 4th, 2018 from 2:00-4:00pm in the Jones Theatre of Daggy Hall. Read more about mathematics major James Whitbread.

May 4
Dr. Dean Johnson
Dean Johnson

Associate Clinical Professor Dean Johnson has been elected to serve on the Statistical Consulting Council of Sections for 2019-2021 to advance the interests of the association and its members. The Statistical Consulting Council of Sections is part of the American Statistical Association (ASA).

May 3
2018 End-of-Year Barbecue Photos
People at the barbecue

Each spring the department hosts an end-of-the-year barbecue for undergraduates, graduates, staff, and faculty to enjoy time together and celebrate graduating students and the completion of another academic year. The barbecue is held outside of Neill Hall. Click here to see photos of the barbecue.

Apr 27
Dr. Alan Genz Retirement Party
Alan Genz

Please join us in honoring professor, and former department chairman, Alan Genz for his many years of service to the department. Dr. Genz began working at the university in 1983, so he retires from WSU with close to 35 years of service. A small celebration will be held in the Hacker Lounge, Neill Hall room 216, at 3:00pm on April 27, 2018. Click here for more information and for photos.

Apr 25
WSU Analysis Seminar: Kevin Vixie and Enrique Alvarado

Title: An Invitation to Varifolds + An Announcement
Abstract: Dr. Vixie will give a widely accessible introduction to Varifolds, which are a powerful generalization of manifolds, and Enrique will announce the Summer school we are organizing (Enrique is the Chair, Laramie Paxton is the co-Chair of the organizing committee.)
Varifolds generalize currents which themselves generalize unions of oriented manifolds. As a result the idea of a boundary of a varifold is more challenging (and interesting).
The summer school which Enrique will tell you about will be held in Portland, Oregon, July 9-12.

Apr 24
Math Bio Seminar - Dr. V.S. Manoranjan
V.S. Manoranjan

Dr. Manoranjan will discuss, "Population Models - Nonlinearity & Diffusion."
Location and time: CUE 316 from 4:10-5:00pm.

Apr 23
CLaN Seminar - Shenhui Liu

Shenhui Liu (University of Toronto) will give a colloquium style talk to the CLaN Seminar titled, "Nonvanishing of L-functions."
Abstract: L-functions are important and interesting analytic objects in number theory. The special values of L-functions and their derivatives at the central point of the critical strip are connected with several branches of mathematics. In this talk, we will focus the nonvanishing of such values and will explain how to use the method of moments and the mollification method to obtain strong nonvanishing results for L-functions in various families of automorphic forms. If time permits, we will mention some applications of the nonvanishing results.
The CLaN seminar meets at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Apr 20
Scholarship and Awards Ceremony

Join us for the annual Scholarship and Awards Ceremony when we recognize outstanding academic student performance. Meet outstanding scholars and enjoy refreshments with department members! 3:00pm in Neill Hall 5W. Click here to learn more about the 2018 scholarship recipients.

Apr 20-21
PNW MAA Section Meeting
Seattle

The Pacific Northwest section meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) will be hosted by Seattle University on April 20-21, 2018. Click here for more information.

Apr 20
Porous Media Seminar - Dr. Babak Abbasi
Civil and Environmental Engineering, WSU Tri-Cities

Dr. Babak Abbasi
Title: "Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Crystalline Swelling and Failure Properties of Montmorillonite Clay"
Abstract: Please contact Dr. Lynn Schreyer for an abstract.
The seminar will take place at 4:10pm in PACCAR 202.

Apr 18
WSU Analysis Seminar: Dave Field

Title: Stereological Characterization of Grain Boundaries and Triple Junctions in Polycrystals
Abstract: Given the increasing awareness of their influence on material properties, grain boundaries and triple junctions in polycrystalline materials have become a focal point of substantial research. Despite increasing interest, there is a deficiency in experimental methods for fully characterizing these junctions on a large scale. This work provides the necessary foundation for experimentally generating fully characterized grain boundary and triple junction distributions from a single section plane, or from a series of planes. Experimental difficulty lies in collecting sufficient information by conventional techniques to enable determination of statistically reliable distributions. Various analytical and experimental approaches are described and various measurements are shown.

Apr 18
Statistics Poster Competition
Peter Lapin holding a poster

Elementary School Statistics Poster Competition Three elementary schools participated in a statistics poster competition that was held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Jefferson Elementary School in Pullman, WA. The other two participating schools were Franklin Elementary of Pullman, WA, and Marie Curie STEM Elementary from Pasco, WA. The event was organized by Dean Johnson, WSU Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Click here to see posters.

Apr 17
Math Bio Seminar - Dr. Svetlana Lockwood
Svetlana Lockwood

Dr. Svetlana Lockwood from the Allen School, will discuss "Deep Learning and Bioinformatics."
Abstract: Deep Learning is taking industry and science by the storm. From the time of its humble descent from Neural Nets, today it has been successfully applied to a variety of applications such as natural language processing, speech recognition, computer vision, online recommendation systems, and, of course, bioinformatics. Unlike traditional machine learning algorithms with “shallow” architectures, Deep Learning can capture lower-level concepts are progressively combined into more abstract and higher-level representations. This seminar will review the basics of Deep Learning, some of it types and applications in bioinformatics.
Location and time: CUE 316 from 4:10-5:00pm.

Apr 17
Math-Ed Seminar: Teaching Calculus with
Active Learning, Rigor, and Depth - The Mean
Value Theorem as an Example

Dr. Vicki Sealey from West Virginia University will give a Math-Ed Seminar on, "Teaching Calculus with Active Learning, Rigor, and Depth - The Mean Value Theorem as an Example." The seminar will take place on Tuesday, April 17th at 4:10pm in SPARK, room 323. Refreshments will be served at 3:30pm in SPARK, room 323. Click here for a colloquium flier.

Apr 16
Two Math Seniors'
successfully defend Honors Theses
Eleanor Grace Jones

Seniors Eleanor Grace Jones and Brittney Martin have successfully defended their honors theses. Learn more about Eleanor Jones and Brittney Martin.

Apr 16
CANCELLED-CLaN Seminar

CANCELLED - due to severe Toronto weather the speaker was unable to attend. Shenui Liu (University of Toronto). He was scheduled to give a colloquium style talk to the CLaN Seminar titled, "Nonvanishing of L-functions."
Abstract: L-functions are important and interesting analytic objects in number theory. The special values of L-functions and their derivatives at the central point of the critical strip are connected with several branches of mathematics. In this talk, we will focus the nonvanishing of such values and will explain how to use the method of moments and the mollification method to obtain strong nonvanishing results for L-functions in various families of automorphic forms. If time permits, we will mention some applications of the nonvanishing results.
The CLaN seminar meets at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Apr 14
Faculty Receive ASWSU Faculty Appreciation Awards

The Associated Students of Washington State University (ASWSU) held their fifth annual Faculty & Staff Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 10th. The ceremony was conducted in the Elson S. Floyd Multicultural Center. Candidates for awards were nominated by students, and the award recipients were then chosen from those candidates by a student committee.

Marc Evans
Professor Marc Evans received an award for Outstanding Open Educational Resources (OER) Usage. This award is given to faculty who have made substantial efforts to utilize Open Educational Resources in their courses. Dr. Evans received the award for the materials he uses in Stat 512.

Mark Lesperance
Instructor Mark Lesperance received an Exceptional Professor Award for the College of Arts and Sciences. He was one of four Arts and Sciences faculty recognized for their commitment to teaching and student success.

April 12
Dr. Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta - elected as a
fellow to the American Statistical Association
Jan Dasgupta

Dr. Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta has been elected as a fellow to the American Statistical Association. To be selected for this prestigious award, nominees must have an established reputation and have made outstanding contributions to statistical science. Only one-third of one percent of the total association membership may be elected each year.

April 11
The Thirty-Seventh Annual T.G. Ostrom Lecture
"The Art (and Science) of Biomedical Data
Integration"
Veerabhadran Baladandayuthapani

Presented by invited speaker, Dr. Veerabhadran Baladandayuthapani, at 7:00pm in Wegner G50, on Wednesday April 11th, 2018. Dr. Baladandayuthanpani is a data scientist working at the intersection of statistics, biology and medicine in the Department of Biostatistics at the UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Please join us for refreshments afterwards at a reception with Dr. Baladandayuthapani in the Hacker Lounge in Neill Hall 216.
Click here for a pdf flier.

April 10
The Thirty-Seventh Annual T.G. Ostrom Colloquium
"Pathway-and-Network-based Integrative Bayesian
Modeling of Multiplatform Genomics Data"

Presented by invited speaker, Dr. Veerabhadran Baladandayuthapani, at 4:00pm in Neill 5W, on Tuesday April 10th, 2018. Dr. Baladandayuthanpani is a data scientist working at the intersection of statistics, biology and medicine in the Department of Biostatistics at the UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Please join us for refreshments before the colloquium in Neill 216 and visit with Dr. Baladandayauthapani.
Click here for a pdf flier.

Apr 9
CLaN Seminar - Jillian Glassett
Jillian Glassett

Come enjoy the CLaN seminar today with speaker Jillian Glassett.
The CLaN seminar meets at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Apr 7
Pacific Inland Mathematics Undergraduate
Conference at Gonzaga

Here is an exciting opportunity for undergraduates to present a research talk or poster at Gonzaga University on Saturday, April 7th! Tentative start time is 1:00pm. There is no registration fee. This is an opportunity to meet and collaborate with other undergraduate students. If you have questions, please contact WSU math alumna, Dr. Bonni Dichone, at dichone@gonzaga.edu. Click here for a flyer.

Apr 6
Porous Media Seminar - Milena Rangelov

Doctoral candidate, Milena Rangelov, from Civil and Environment Engineering, will speak on "Optimization of Water Vapor Diffusivity Models of Mortar". Abstract: Cementitious composites exhibit shrinkage due to the loss of moisture through cement hydration (autogenous shrinkage) and drying (drying shrinkage). When restrained, shrinkage may cause cracking, which creates a premature failure and loss of serviceability of cement-based infrastructure. Reliable characterization of shrinkage demands the appropriate establishment of water vapor diffusivity, since drying of cementitious composites is typically described as a diffusion process. This talk presents a combined experimental and modeling study focused on characterization of water vapor diffusivity of 7 mortar mixtures using the inverse modeling technique. Implemented novel calibration methodology provided an enhanced understanding of the existing vapor diffusivity models for cementitious composites.
The seminar will take place at 4:10pm in PACCAR 202.

Apr 5
Whitworth Undergraduate Visit

A math panel for undergraduate students visiting from Whitworth University will be held on Thursday, April 5th, from 12-12:30pm in Neill 216 (the Hacker Lounge). Approximately 15-20 students will visit to learn about graduate programs, job opportunities, college costs, financial aid, campus life, etc. Lunch will be provided and everyone is welcome to attend. Stop by and join this informative session!

Apr 4
WSU Analysis Seminar: Steve Tomsovic

Title: The unusual nature of the baker’s map: a paradigm of chaos
Abstract: We start the discussion with a reminder of the hierarchy of dynamical features found in chaotic dynamical systems, then introduce the perhaps the simplest chaotic dynamical system, the bakers map. Rare for a fully chaotic dynamical system, it is completely solvable. We will construct its symbolic dynamics and many unusual properties. The seminar takes place at 4:10-5:00pm in Neill Hall 5W.

Apr 2
CLaN Seminar - Matthew Jobrack
Matthew Jobrack

Come enjoy the CLaN seminar today with speaker Matthew Jobrack.
The CLaN seminar meets at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Mar 28
WSU Analysis Seminar: Jakob Streipel

Title: An Introduction to Discrete Dynamical Systems
Abstract: We will introduce the audience to the the study of discrete dynamical systems, from various basic notions to some interesting tools and results.

Mar 26
CLaN Seminar - Matthew Jobrack
Matthew Jobrack

Come enjoy the CLaN seminar today with speaker Matthew Jobrack.
Title: L-Functions Associated to Modular Forms and the Non-Vanishing of their Derivatives at the Central Point
Abstract: Arithmetic objects over the rationals, such as number fields or elliptic curves, often have an associated complex-valued function called an L-function. These functions can be studied analytically to derive useful information about the object. In this talk I will introduce L-functions, and give examples of different types as well as how they are used. Then we will concentrate on families of L-functions associated to modular forms, and an outline of the proof that a positive proportion of these functions are non-vanishing at the central point of s=1/2. The CLaN seminar meets at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Mar 23
Porous Media Seminar - Dr. Markus Flury
Markus Flury

Dr. Markus Flury, from the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, will give a seminar on, "The Role of Air-Water Interfaces in Colloid Transport in Porous Media."
Abstract: Colloids can enhance the transport of otherwise immobile contaminants in soils and sediments. Colloids can themselves be contaminants, such as bacteria or viruses. In the vadose zone, colloid transport is usually less pronounced than in groundwater, mainly because the flow pathways are more restrictive and colloids get strained by water films or attach to air-water interfaces. However, air-water interfaces can also lead to colloid mobilization and enhanced transport. This talk will discuss the importance of the air-water interface in colloid transport and highlight how colloids interact with the air-water interface.
The seminar will take place at 4:10pm in PACCAR 202.

Mar 21
WSU Analysis Seminar: Hong-Ming Yin
HongMing Yin

Title: Inverse Problems in Partial Differential Equations
Abstract: In this talk I will give an overview about inverse problems in partial differential equations. I will start with a model problem and then extend it to a general class of inverse problems. Several methods will be discussed.
The seminar meets 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Neill 5W.

Mar 20
Math Bio Seminar - Damiloa Olabode
Damilola Oladobe

Damilola Olabode will speak on, "Optimal control in HIV chemotherapy with termination viral loads." Click here for seminar information.
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in CUE 316.

Mar 19
CLaN Seminar - Matthew Jobrack
Matthew Jobrack

Come enjoy the CLaN seminar today with speaker Matthew Jobrack.
Title: An Introduction to Modular Forms
Modular forms are special functions defined on the complex upper half-plane. Along with their generalizations, they have important applications in physics as well as several branches of pure mathematics, including algebraic geometry and modern number theory. This talk will provide a basic introduction to these functions and their properties, including an arithmetic application involving sums of squares. The CLaN seminar meets at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Mar 15
Pi Day Photos

Click here to see Pi Day photos.

Mar 13
AMS Workshop Event for Middle School Students

An AMS Workshop Event for middle school students will be held on Monday, March 13th, 2018, from 9am to 2pm, with a lunch break from noon to 1pm. To peak student interest in mathematics and statistics, several projects, activities, and give-away prizes are planned. Please contact Ralph Chikhany, President of the AMS Student Chapter for more information.

Mar 9
It's a Pi Day Celebration!
Kim Vincent receives a pie in the face
(Dr. Kim Vincent gets pie'd!)

Please join us for a Pi Day Celebration Friday, March 9th from 11am - 1pm in the Hacker Lounge (Neill 216). It's potluck style! If you feel so inclined you may bring a pie or desser, but you are not required to bring anything but yourself! There is a sign-up sheet in Neill 103 if you do wish to bring something.

We will have Pi games:
1) Pin the Pi in the formula (similar to Pin the Tail on the donkey)
2) Guess the Circumference!
3) How well do you know your digits of Pi?
(compete in the digits of Pi recital at 12:15pm if you think you know more than anyone else..) start practicing now!

The highlight of the celebration will take place at 12:30pm when someone gets to throw a pie in a professor's face! All of the game winners will be entered into a raffle to *"Pi a Prof"* where they'll get to throw a pie! You certainly don't want to miss out on this opportunity!

Mar 6
Math Bio Seminar - Dr. Bob Dillon
Bob Dillon

Dr. Robert Dillon will speak on, "Effects of dynein activation and viscosity on the emergent waveform of an elastic, internally-actuated, model flagellum" Click here for seminar information, or here for an abstract.
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in CUE 316.

Mar 5
CLaN Seminar - Jakob Streipel

Come enjoy the CLaN seminar today with speaker Jakob Streipel.
The CLaN seminar meets at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Feb 26
CLaN Seminar - Enzo Wendler
Enzo Wendler

Come enjoy the CLaN seminar today with speaker Enzo Wendler.
The CLaN seminar meets at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Feb 23
International Math Modeling Contest - Go Cougs!

Two teams of three WSU students competed in a recent international math modeling contest on February 8 -12, 2018. They accomplished their challenge and had a great time. For more information about math modeling please click here. Want to join the next competition? Contact Dr. Lynn Schreyer at lynn.schreyer@wsu.edu or David Hampson at dhampson@wsu.edu.

Feb 23
Colloquium - Dr. Dominic Klyve
Dominic Dlyve

Dr. Dominic Klyve from Central Washington University will give a colloquium talk on Friday, February 23rd at 11:00am in Neill Hall 5W. In 2014, his teaching was recognized by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), which selected him as a winner of the Alder Award, given to a young faculty member whose teaching has been shown to be influential both within and beyond the classroom. He has lectured across the country and around the world, and has held visiting positions in Canada and New Zealand. Refreshments will be provided. Click here for an abstract.

Feb 23
Porous Media Seminar - Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi
Behnam Pourdeyhimi

Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi from the Nonwovens Institute of NC State University will be the speaker. Dr. Pourdeyhimi is this year’s InterPore (a 10-year old professional organization, see InterPore.org) Kimberly-Clark lecturer. Click here for an abstract. The seminar will be held at 4:10pm in PACCAR 202. If you have questions please contact Dr. Lynn Schreyer.

Feb 21
WSU Analysis Seminar: Vlad Oles
Vlad Oles

Title: Gromov-Hausdorff metric application to temporal networks
Abstract: Gromov-Hausdorff distance measures how far two compact metric spaces are from being isometric. We will review this distance and address the computational aspects. We will propose its application in cyber-security by representing computer networks as compact metric spaces and heuristically estimating Gromov-Hausdorff distances between them. Moderately convincing proof-of-concept plots will be provided.
The seminar meets 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Neill 5W.

Feb 20
Math Bio Seminar - Dr. Mark Schumaker
Mark Schumaker

Dr. Mark Schumaker will speak on, "Prelimary results on a model of viral infection with both free-virus and cell-to-cell infectivity." Click here for seminar information.
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in CUE 316.

Feb 14
WSU Analysis Seminar: Dr. Kevin Vixie
Kevin Vixie

Title: Median Shapes: a guided tour
Abstract: I will give a guided tour through a paper we just put on the arXiv. The tour will start with a fast picture driven, intuitive introduction to needed ideas in geometric measure theory and then move through existence (and why that is interesting), regularity (and why that doesn't always exist), books, tangent cones, cozy and comfortable graphs (really), and computational experiments. This is joint work with Yunfeng Hu, Matt Hudelson, Bala Krishnamoorthy and Altaa Tumurbaatar.
The seminar meets 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Neill 5W.

Feb 13
James Whitbread - accepted to the Johns
Hopkins University Medical School
James Whitbread

Math senior James Whitbread has been accepted into the Johns Hopkins University Medical School for Fall 2018.
Read more about graduating senior James Whitbread.

Feb 13
Math Bio Seminar - Dr. Elissa Schwartz
Elissa Schwartz

Dr. Elissa Schwartz will speak on, "Dynamics of Lentiviral Infection In Vivo in the Absence of Adaptive Immune Responses" Click here for seminar information.
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in CUE 316.

Feb 12
CLaN Seminar - Come enjoy a film!

Come watch the film, "Counting from infinity - Yitang Zhang and the twin prime conjecture."
In April 2013, a lecturer at the University of New Hampshire submitted a paper to the Annals of Mathematics. Within weeks word spread-- a little-known mathematician, with no permanent job, working in complete isolation had made an important breakthrough towards solving the Twin Prime Conjecture. Yitang Zhang's techniques for bounding the gaps between primes soon led to rapid progress by the Polymath Group, and a further innovation by James Maynard. The film is a study of Zhang's rise from obscurity and a disadvantaged youth to mathematical celebrity. The story of quiet perseverance amidst adversity, and Zhang's preference for thinking and working in solitude, is interwoven with a history of the Twin Prime Conjecture as told by several mathematicians, many of whom have wrestled with this enormously challenging problem in Number Theory-- Daniel Goldston, Kannan Soundararajan, Andrew Granville, Peter Sarnak, Enrico Bombieri, James Maynard, Nicholas Katz, David Eisenbud, Ken Ribet, and Terry Tao.
The CLaN seminar meets at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Feb 9
Porous Media Seminar - Dr. Marc Weber
Mark Weber

Dr. Marc Weber will speak on, "Using Anti-Something to Learn about Nothing; Positrons as a Tool to Investigate Porosity." Dr. Weber was formerly with the WSU Materials Research Department but is now with the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in ETRL 101.

Feb 7
WSU Analysis Seminar: Dr. Kevin Vixie
Kevin Vixie

Title: Approximation, Cones, and The Implicit Function Theorem
Abstract: In this talk I will use geometric/geometric-analytic explanations to illuminate the use and understanding of linear approximations, tangent cones, differentiability and the implicit function theorem. This is another talk in the series of talks aimed at illuminating known ideas in a way that can sometimes be new even for those that know the facts in analysis. You don't need to be an analyst to get something useful from this talk -- see you there!
The seminar meets 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Neill 5W.

Feb 6
Math Bio Seminar - Dr. James Bull
Dr. James Bull

Dr. James Bull from the Department of Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, will speak on, "Genetic engineering and suppression of pests." Click here for seminar information.
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in CUE 316.

Feb 5
CLaN Seminar - Jakob Streipel

Come enjoy the CLaN seminar today with speaker Jakob Streipel.
Title: Quadratic Dynamical Systems over Finite Fields.
Abstract: We will discuss quadratic dynamical systems over finite fields, which have wide-ranging applications in primality checking, integer factorisation, and pseudo-random number generation. In particular we will explore why $f(x) = x^2$ and $g(x) = x^2 - 2$ are special amongst the quadratic dynamical systems.
The CLaN seminar meets at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Jan 31
WSU Analysis Seminar: Laramie Paxton,
Henry Riely & Enrique Alvarado

Title: Three Short Pieces in Analysis
Abstract: In these vignettes, Laramie will illuminate some ideas in measure theory and discuss why they are useful, Henry will explore Lusin's Theorem including the historical context of the theorem, and Enrique will discuss intrinsic distances between spaces.
The seminar meets 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Neill 5W.

Jan 30
Math Bio Seminar - Xueying Wang
Xueying Wang

Dr. Xueying Wang will speak on, "Epidemic dynamics of cholera in non-homogeneous environments" Click here for seminar information.
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in CUE 316.

Jan 29
CLaN Seminar - Dr. Sheng-Chi Liu

Come enjoy the CLaN seminar today with speaker Dr. Shen-Chi Liu.
Title: A Kronecker limit formula for totally real fields and arithmetic applications.
Abstract: We will establish a Kronecker limit formula for totally real fields. We then give several applications of this formula to algebraic number theory.
The CLaN seminar meets at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Jan 25
Colloquium - Lyudmyla Barannyk

Lyudmyla Baranny
Dr. Lyudmyla Barannyk of the University of Idaho will be giving a colloquium on Thursday, January 25th in Neill 5W. Please join us for refreshments in the Hacker Lounge (Neill 216) with Dr. Barannyk at 3:30pm. Abstract. Everyone is welcome.

Jan 24
Mathematics and Statistics Tea

Let's have tea! Join us every Wednesday from 3 - 4pm in Neill 216 (the Hacker Lounge) for tea, snacks and conversation! Come socialize with students and faculty of the department!

Jan 24
WSU Analysis Seminar: Henry Riely and Yunfeng Hu

Title:: Analysis Question and a short report on the JMM2018
Abstract In this very informal seminar, Henry will present a question he is thinking about and Yunfeng will give a few, very short summaries of talks he found interesting at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego.
The seminar meets 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Neill 5W.

Jan 23
Math Bio Seminar - Dr. Richard Gomulkiewiz
Richard Gomulkiewicz

Dr. Richard Gomulkiewicz from the WSU Department of Biology, will speak on, "How much does evolution delay extinction when it cannot be avoided?"
Click here for seminar information.
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in CUE 316.

Jan 22
CLaN Seminar - Dr. David Watkins
David Watkins

Come enjoy the CLaN seminar today with speaker emeritus professor Dr. David Watkins. The CLaN seminar meets at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Jan 20
Spring Math Modeling Competition
Math Modeling Participants

January 20th is the deadline to join the 2018 Spring Math Modeling Competition that will be held on the WSU Pullman campus February 8-12. Read more about the spring modeling competition.

Dec 6
Holiday Celebration
Holiday Celebration Photos
Dec 2
AMS Graduate Student Chapter
Holiday party 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!
former grad student, Rebecca Yowell

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
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

November 29th is the last day for an undergraduate student to apply for a Hacker Undergraduate Research Scholarship. The department is awarding five $2,000 undergraduate research scholarships that will go toward spring 2018 tuition. Don't miss out! Click here for more information.

Nov 28
Math Bio Seminar - Dr. Nikos Voulgarakis
Nikolaos Vougarakis

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
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
Bala Krishnamoorthy

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 particiatns
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.
Read more about the spring 2018 competition.

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
Carolyn Smith

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 23
Valorie Cheathon - The Calculus of Grace
Valorie Cheathon

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
1:00 - 3:00 pm "Poincare Inequality on Varifolds"-Adebo Sijuwade
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
Michael Kasigwa with Judi McDonald><br>
<p style= 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
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!
Rebecca

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
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

November 29th is the last day for an undergraduate student to apply for a Hacker Undergraduate Research Scholarship. The department is awarding five $2,000 undergraduate research scholarships that will go toward spring 2018 tuition. Don't miss out! Click here for more information.

Nov 28
Math Bio Seminar - Dr. Nikos Voulgarakis
Nikolao 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
Bala Krishnamoorthy

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.

Nov 15
WSU Analysis Seminar: Dr. Matt Duez
Matt Duez

Title:: The Leibniz-Clarke debate revisited
Abstract: It turns out that the tools of differential geometry are being heavily used by philosophers investigating the ontological status of spacetime, i.e. whether spacetime is a real thing or just a useful abstraction and which quantities of motion have absolute significance. I will review some interesting milestones in this ongoing discussion, such as dynamics in Machian space, Cartan's nonrelativistic curved-spacetime theory of Newtonian gravity, and Einstein's hole argument (that almost convinced him that general covariance is a bad thing).
The seminar will meet from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Neill 5W.

Nov 15
Colloquium: Dr. Yifei Lou
About Dr. Yifei Lou
Please join us for a colloquium at 4:10pm in Webster 11 with Dr. Yifei Lou from the University of Texas Dallas who will give a talk on, ""Minimizing the Difference of L1 and L2 norms with Applications." Prior to the colloqium there will be a cookie and tea reception at 3:30pm in the Hacker Lounge, Neill 216, and all are welcome. For an abstract of the talk please click here.
Nov 14
Math Bio Seminar - Andreas Vasdekis

Dr. Andreas Vasdekis from the Department of Physics at the University of Idaho will talk about his recent work on lipid metabolism. The title of the talk will be, "A Random Walk Through Metabolism, as a Matter of Fat." Click here for seminar information.
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Webster B8.

Nov 13
CLaN Seminar - Speaker: Megan Wendler
Megan Wendler

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

Nov 9
Colloquium:Dr. Matthew Hudelson
Matthew Hudelson

Abstract: We examine some results that center around prime divisors of binomial coefficients, leading off with Lucas’ theorem—a result that greatly facilitates computing (𝑛/k) modulo p. This result has a striking visual connection with the Sierpinski triangle when p=2. As a follow up from Lucas’ theorem, we will examine various quick results concerning what prime powers pk divide binomial coefficients. The second result we will examine is Bertrand’s postulate: For any integer n ≥ 1, there is always a prime number in [n, 2n]. We will present a version of Erdős’ proof of Bertrand’s postulate that uses remarkably crude estimates concerning primes that divide the central binomial coefficient (2𝑛/𝑛). Refreshments served during the event!
The colloqium will meet from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Neill 5W, and refreshments will be served during the event. See you there!

Nov 8
WSU Analysis Seminar:Joseph H. Nakao

Abstract: Water-wave equations are highly nonlinear in nature and often require methods that produce approximate solutions, such as asymptotic expansions. Given a non-constant bathymetry, I attempt to reconstruct the surface elevation and pressure. I aim to numerically solve for an exact solution to a new nonlocal formulation of the water-wave equation derived by way of Ablowitz, Fokas and Musslimani. Then, I will compare the exact solution to other approximate solutions, both classical and modern.
The seminar will meet from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Neill 5W.

Nov 7
Math Bio Seminar - Adnan Morshed

Adnan Morshed from the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering will talk about his recent work on tumor microenvironment. The title of the talk will be, "Numerical Study of TGFβ-Smad Dependent Activation of Tumor Microenvironment using Interface Resolved Hybrid Technique." Click here for seminar information.
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Webster B8.

Nov 6
CLaN Seminar - Speaker: Enzo Wendler
Enzo Wendler

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

Nov 2 & 3
Inland Northwest
Mathematics Experience
(INME)
INME students

The 15th annual Inland Northwest Mathematics Experience (INME) was held on the Pullman campus on November 2nd and 3rd. Middle school and high school students from the Inland Northwest came to participate in hands-on mathematical exercises. For photos from the event please click here.

Nov 1
WSU Analysis Seminar:Adebowale Sijuwade
Adebo Sidjuwade

Abstract: We will motivate the idea of a fractional integral operator by studying its interaction with the Laplacian and an application to PDEs. By studying its boundedness, we will establish a Trudinger-type inequality.
The seminar will meet from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Neill 5W.

Oct 30
CLaN Seminar - Speaker: Jordan Miller
Jordan Miller

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

Oct 25
WSU Analysis Seminar:Enrique Alvarado
Enrique Alvarado

Abstract: If we are trying to move a pile of sand to a hole, what are some optimal ways in which we can do this? This question leads us to the study of optimal transportation, and in this talk, will take us to some of the Riemannian Geometric structures of Wasserstein Spaces.
The seminar will meet from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Neill 5W.

Oct 24
Math Bio Seminar - Matthew Mietchen

The title of the talk will be, "Ending the Epidemic: HIV Surveillance Data-to-Care Methods & Other Interesting Tools." Click here for seminar information.
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Webster B8.

Oct 23
CLaN Seminar - Speaker: Jillian Glassett
Jillian Glassett

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

Oct 18
WSU Analysis Seminar:Laramie Paxton
Laramie Paxton

Title: Rademacher Functions and L^p Norms
Abstract: Building on the previous discussions of Rademacher Functions (RF), we will explore a fundamental result in analysis known as Khintchine's Inequality, which states that for a function f: R^n-->R that can be expanded with RF, all its L^p norms (p is less than infinity) are comparable. The proof will demonstrate many key techniques used in analysis; for example, *creative* use of Holder's Inequality; proving a finite result and then passing to the limit; and a normalizing assumption, which then uses a scaling argument for the general case. We will also make use of orthonormality, mutual independence, and a distributional inequality, with some closing remarks on the best possible constants in Khintchine's Inequality.
The seminar will meet from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Neill 5W.

Oct 17
Math Bio Seminar - Dr. Hongbo Dong
Hongbo Dong

The title of the talk will be, "Adaptive Clinical Trial Design, Huge-scale Linear Programs and Non-smooth Optimization" Click here for seminar information.
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Webster B8.

Oct 16
CLaN Seminar - Speaker: Dr. Bill Webb
Bill Webb

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

Oct 12
The Calvin and Jean Long Distinguished
Lecture in Mathematics
Barbara Keyfitz
Dr. Barbara Lee Keyfitz is the 2017 guest speaker for the Calvin and Jean Long Distinguished Lecture in Mathematics on Thursday, October 12th, 2017, which will be followed by a reception with refreshments. Dr. Keyfitz will also give a colloquium talk in Neill 5W at 4:10pm on October 13th. All events are free and open to the public. Click here for more information.
Oct 10
Math Bio Seminar - Dr. Elissa Schwartz
Elissa Schwartz

This week’s Mathematical Biology seminar will be presented by Dr. Elissa Schwartz and the title of her talk will be, "The Leaky Pipeline for Women in STEM: Global Challenges."
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Webster B8. Click here for more information.

Oct 9
CLaN Seminar - Speaker: Matthew Jobrack
Matthew Jobrack

"Topics From the MSRI Summer School on Automorphic Forms and the Langlands Program."
Abstract: This series of several seminar talks will cover material I learned during my time at the MSRI summer school on automorphic forms and the Langlands program. This will include subject matter taught at the summer school, as well as interesting tangential topics I learned about independently during my time there. By request, I will spend at least the first meeting introducing p-adic numbers, and basic analytic and algebraic results concerning them. I later plan to discuss topics with an aim toward providing an understanding of the broad goals of the Langlands program, where progress currently stands, and how some results are proven.
The CLaN seminar meets at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Oct 5
Colloquium: Alina Bucur (UC San Diego)
Alina Bucur, from UC San Diego, will present a colloquium on "Arithmetic statistics: points on curves over finite fields."
Abstract: A curve is a one dimensional space cut out by polynomial equations. In particular, one can consider curves over finite fields, which means the polynomial equations should have coefficients in some finite field and that points on the curve are given by values of the variables in the finite field that satisfy the given polynomials. A basic question is how many points such a curve has, and fora family of curves one can study the distribution of this statistic. We will give concrete examples of families in which this distribution is known or predicted, and give a sense of the different kinds of mathematics that are used to study different families.
The colloquim will meet in Neill 5W from 4:10pm to 5:00pm.
Oct 4
WSU Analysis Seminar: Dr. Hong-Ming Yin
Hong-Ming Yin

The seminar title is, "Optimal Control Problems in Partial Differential Equations."
Abstract: In this talk I will first discuss the general framework for optimal control problems in partial differential equations. Then I will give several examples to show how the PDE techniques are used to solve these problems.
The seminar will meet from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Neill 5W.

Oct 3
Math Bio Seminar - Dr. Mark Schumaker
Mark Schumaker

This week’s Mathematical Biology seminar will be presented by Dr. Mark Schumaker.
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Webster B8. Click here for more information.

Oct 2
CLaN Seminar - Speaker: Matthew Jobrack
Matthew Jobrack

"Topics From the MSRI Summer School on Automorphic Forms and the Langlands Program."
Abstract: This series of several seminar talks will cover material I learned during my time at the MSRI summer school on automorphic forms and the Langlands program. This will include subject matter taught at the summer school, as well as interesting tangential topics I learned about independently during my time there. By request, I will spend at least the first meeting introducing p-adic numbers, and basic analytic and algebraic results concerning them. I later plan to discuss topics with an aim toward providing an understanding of the broad goals of the Langlands program, where progress currently stands, and how some results are proven.
The CLaN seminar meets at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Sept 28
Colloquium: Steven L. Tomsovic
Steven Tomsovic

Please join us for a colloquium with guest speaker Dr. Steven L. Tomsovic of the WSU Department of Physics and Astronomy. The title of the colloquium is, "Origins and Contemporary Research Avenues."
The colloquium will meet at 4:10pm in Neill 5W. Please join us for refreshments prior to the colloquium in Neill 216, the Hacker Lounge, at 3:30pm.

Sept 26
Math Bio Seminar - Dr. Svetlana Lockweed
Svetlana Lockwood

This week’s Mathematical Biology seminar will be presented by Dr. Svetlana Lockwood. She will discuss, "Diffusion of Antimicrobial Resistance."
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Webster B8. Click here for more information.

Sept 25
CLaN Seminar - Speaker: Matthew Jobrack
Matthew Jobrack

"Topics From the MSRI Summer School on Automorphic Forms and the Langlands Program."
Abstract: This series of several seminar talks will cover material I learned during my time at the MSRI summer school on automorphic forms and the Langlands program. This will include subject matter taught at the summer school, as well as interesting tangential topics I learned about independently during my time there. By request, I will spend at least the first meeting introducing p-adic numbers, and basic analytic and algebraic results concerning them. I later plan to discuss topics with an aim toward providing an understanding of the broad goals of the Langlands program, where progress currently stands, and how some results are proven.
The CLaN seminar meets at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Sept 22
Having a heart for others, math senior
James Whitbread has been a tireless advocate
for mental health education and awareness
James Whitbread

Mathematics senior James Whitbread has a deep care for individuals struggling with mental health issues. Read the WSU Health and Wellness student story, and a 2016 WSU News article.

Sept 20
Introducing a new book by Dr. Alex Khapalov
Bookcover Alex Khapalov

Mobile point sensors and actuators in the controllability theory of partial differential equations, published by Springer.
This book presents a concise study of controllability theory of partial differential equations when they are equipped with actuators and/or sensors that are finite dimensional at every moment of time. Based on the author’s extensive research in the area of controllability theory, this monograph specifically focuses on the issues of controllability, observability, and stabilizability for parabolic and hyperbolic partial differential equations. The topics in this book also cover related applied questions such as the problem of localization of unknown pollution sources based on information obtained from point sensors that arise in environmental monitoring. Researchers and graduate students interested in controllability theory of partial differential equations and its applications will find this book to be an invaluable resource to their studies.

Sept 20
WSU Analysis Seminar - Speakers: Dr. Kevin Vixie
and Enrique Alvarado
Kevin Vixie Enrique Alvarado

"Why learn analysis?" & "Seven Short Courses: an invitation"
Abstract: "Today's seminar will consist of two segments. First there will be a guide to how analysis is used in other areas of mathematics and in STEM fields. This is aimed squarely at students, though should be interesting to a wider audience.
The last segment today will be an invitation to a workshop to be held during the last week of classes and finals week, in which there will be 7 short courses. Part of the mission of this part of the talk is to choose a schedule so that the interested students in the Analysis seminar can attend the short courses they are interested in."

Sept 19
Math Bio Seminar - Elissa Schwartz
Elissa Schwartz

This week’s Mathematical Biology seminar will be presented by Dr. Elissa Schwartz. She will discuss her recent work on the equine infectious anemia virus (EIAV) infection.
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Webster B8. Click here for more information.

Sept 18
CLaN Seminar - Speaker: Matthew Jobrack
Matthew Jobrack

"Topics From the MSRI Summer School on Automorphic Forms and the Langlands Program."
Abstract: This series of several seminar talks will cover material I learned during my time at the MSRI summer school on automorphic forms and the Langlands program. This will include subject matter taught at the summer school, as well as interesting tangential topics I learned about independently during my time there. By request, I will spend at least the first meeting introducing p-adic numbers, and basic analytic and algebraic results concerning them. I later plan to discuss topics with an aim toward providing an understanding of the broad goals of the Langlands program, where progress currently stands, and how some results are proven.
The CLaN seminar meets at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Sept 12
Math Bio Seminar - Xiongzhi Chen
Xiongzhi Chen

This week’s Mathematical Biology seminar will be presented by Dr. Xiongzhi Chen. The title of his talk will be, "The Functional False Discovery Rate with Applications in Genomics."
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Webster B8. Click here for more information.

Sept 11
CLaN Seminar - Speaker: David Watkins
David Watkins

The title of David Watkins talk is, "Core-chasing algorithms for the eigenvalue problem." The CLaN seminar will meet at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Sept 6
WSU Analysis Seminar - Speaker: Yunfeng Hu
Yungfeng Hu

Yunfeng Hu will speak on, "Concentration of Measure"
Abstract: "in probability theory, the mean is an important value for a random variable. Chebshev's inequality says that with "high chance", the values for a random variable will be "very close" to its mean. In this talk, I will generalize this idea to R^n when the probability measure is Gaussian. I will prove R^n is more or less like a sphere with radius sqrt{n} and its k dimensional subspace will be like a sphere with radius sqrt{k}. Then I will show that for any Lipschitz function $f$ defined on Boolean cube, $f$ is very close to its mean. And in the end, I will present an "isoperimetric inequality" result in Boolean cube". The WSU Analysis Seminar will meet at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.

Sept 5
Math Bio Seminar - Allison Fisher and Jordan Culp

This week’s Mathematical Biology seminar will be presented by Allison Fisher and Jordan Culp. Allison and Jordan will give us a mathematical introduction to neuroscience. You really don’t want to miss it if you are interested in computational neuroscience.
The seminar meets from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Webster B8. Click here for more information.

Aug 30
Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta - Boeing Distinguished Professor
Jan Dasgupta

Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta, has been selected as a College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Boeing Science/Math Education Distinguished Professor for scholarly, creative and instructional activity. CAS Faculty of Distinction.

Aug 30
Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta - CoPI on new NIH Grant
Jan Dasgupta

Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta, is CoPI on a new NIH multidisciplinary team grant with members from the WSU School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Veterinary Medicine. The $703,103 grant is titled, "3D Printed Surface Modified Porous Metal Coatings for Load-bearing Implants," and will be funded for three years. Read more about this new NIH grant.

Aug 30
WSU Analysis Seminar - Speaker: Henry Riely
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
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

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

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.
Read more about the grant in this WSU News article.

May 10
Mark Lesperance receives
WSU Access Center Award
Mark Lesperance

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

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

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
Barbecue

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.

April 27
2017 Scholarship and Awards Ceremony
Mark your calendar! The 2017 Scholarship and Awards Ceremony will be held on April 27th from 3:30pm - 5:00pm. Please join us in recognizing the outstanding academic achievements of our undergraduate and graduate students. Refreshments will be served.
Click here to see photos from the ceremony.
April 22-23
American Mathematical Society (AMS)
Sectional Meeting #1128
April 23
Analysis+Data Events

For informaton about the Analysis + Data Community please click here.

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
The Thirty-Sixth Annual T.G. Ostrom Lecture
"Everything you always wanted
to know about soap bubbles"
Jean Taylor

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.
Click here for a pdf flier.

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
Kyle Harrington
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
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
Nathan Hamlin

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
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"
Todd Coffey
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
Jordan Miller
The CLaN seminar will meet at 4:10pm in 5W.
Jordan Miller is the seminar speaker.
Mar 31
SURCA and Showcase 2017
James Whitbread
Mar 29
Analysis Seminar: "Riesz Potentials and
an alternate proof of the fundamental
GNS inequality"
Adebo Sidjuwade
Adebo Sijuwade will be the speaker.
*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"
Nina Fefferman
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
Undergraduate Summer Mini-grant
Opportunity - deadline is Mar 27
Apply for a $3,000 undergraduate summer 2017 mini-grant through the College of Arts and Sciences! The deadline is March 27th. Click here for more information.
Mar 27
Colloquium: "Bailey's Lemma"
Postdoctoral Scholar Chris Jennings-Shaffer of Oregon State University will give a colloquium talk on Monday, March 27, 2017.
Please join us for refreshments at 3:30pm with Dr. Jennings-Shaffer, in the Hacker Lounge located in Neill 216. The colloquium talk will begin at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Mar 22
Analysis Seminar: "Fourier expansion of
Boolean functions f: F_2^n \to F_2"
Vladyslav Oles
Vladyslav Oles will be the speaker.
*Abstract*: It's meant to be an introduction to the area which looks like a bridge between Boolean logic and harmonic analysis. We will go through the alternative notation of Boolean domain and introduce the idea of Fourier expansion for Boolean functions coming from interpolating 2^n sampled "data points". We'll talk about the vector space where Boolean functions live and we will get to know logical parity functions along the way, who will reveal themselves as orthonormal basis for this space. Also, I promise that it is much easier to understand than it might sound here in the abstract. The seminar will be held in Neill 5W from 4:10pm to 5:00pm.
Mar 21
Math Bio Seminar: "Studying Hypoxia
in Mirofluidic Environment"
Prashanta Dutta
Dr. Prashanta Dutta from the WSU School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering will give the mathematical biology seminar this week from 4:10pm to 5:00pm, in Webster B8.
Mar 20
CLaN Seminar: Matthew Jobrack
Matthew Jobrack
The CLaN seminar will meet at 4:10pm in 5W.
Matthew Jobrack is the seminar speaker.
Mar 11

Pi Day Celebration!

Who doesn't love Pi (3.14159....)? The annual Pi Day Celebration will be held at 8:00pm on Saturday, March 11th, at 210 NW Olsen, Pullman, WA, the home of department chairman, Dr. Charles Moore. There will be pizza, soda, and games! Feel free to bring a favorite pie to share with others, or additional snacks and beverages. Remember to sign up in the math department's main office. See you there!
Ask Dr. Universe about Pi
Mar 10
Don't miss this!
Dr. Nick Trefethen will give
"An Introductory talk on Chebfun"
Nick Trefethen
What is Chebfun?
Please join an introductory talk on Chebfun by Dr. Nick Trefethen of Oxford University, at 10:10am to 11:00am in Neill 5W. Chebfun is an extension of Matlab that was created by Dr. Trefethen and his students. Vectors are overloaded to functions, and matrices are overloaded to operators. This introduction will be given during Dr. David Watkins Math 502 class, but all interested parties are warmly invited. Should you wish to meet with Dr. Trefethen in a one-on-one meeting, please contact Dr. Watkins at watkins@math.wsu.edu.
Mar 9
Colloquium: "Cubature, Approximation,
and Isotrophy in the Hypercube"
Nick Trefethen
Dr. Nick Trefethen of Oxford University will give a colloquium talk on Thursday, March 9, 2017.
For an abstract please click here.
Please join us for refreshments at 3:30pm with Dr. Trefethen, in the Hacker Lounge located in Neill 216. The colloquium talk will begin at 4:00pm in Neill 5W.
Mar 8
Analysis Seminar: "Constant Mean Curvature
for Volume-constrained Perimeter Minimizer"
Laramie Paxton will discuss the proof for the theorem implied in the title related concerning variations of sets E of finite perimeter in R^n restricted to open sets A. He will show that for a compactly supported C-infinity vector field T: A-->R^n that produces a zero first order volume variation of E, then the condition of being a volume-constrained minimizer implies that T produces a zero first order perimeter variation of E. By then constructing such a T in a special way and using a partition of unity on a finite cover of balls, the result is obtained.
The seminar will be held in Neill 5W from 4:10pm to 5:00pm.
Mar 7
Math Bio Seminar: "Modeling the
Movement of Mucus in Lungs"
Lynn Schreyer
Dr. Lynn Schreyer will speak at the Math Bio Seminar on March 7, 2017, from 4:10pm to 5:00pm, in Webster B8.
Mar 6
A mathematician, a biologist, and
a grad student go to a party in a forest...
Trees
Three years ago mathematics professor Alex Panchenko, biologist Andrei Smertenko, and mathematics graduate student Vladyslav Oles began discussing tree breeding while attending a party in a forest. They have since developed a tree growth model to help make tree breeding an easier task. Read more about their research.
Mar 6
CLaN Seminar: Yueqiao Zhang
Yueqiao Zhang
The CLaN seminar will meet at 4:10pm in 5W.
Yueqiao Zhang is the seminar speaker.
Mar 1
Analysis Seminar: "Different Notions of Summability
- Regular, Cesaro, Abel: an exercise and discussion"
Henry Riely
Henry Riely will provide an interactive look at a favorite exercise of his. The seminar will be held in Neill 5W from 4:10pm to 5:00pm.
Mar 1
Mathematics and Securing the Internet

Nathan Hamlin, Director of the Math Learning Center (MLC), explains the need for a higher standard of encryption on the Internet, and has a solution for it. Click here for more information.
Feb 28
Math Bio Seminar:
"Mathematical modeling
of DNA allostery"
Nikolaos Voulgarakis

Dr. Nikolaos Voulgarakis will speak on, "Mathematical modeling of DNA allostery." Click here for an abstract.
The seminar takes place at 4:10pm in Webster B8.

Feb 27
CLaN Seminar: David Watkins
David Watkins
The CLaN seminar will meet at 4:10pm in 5W.
Dr. David Watkins is the seminar speaker.
Feb 24
Elissa Schwartz receives an International
Research Travel Award (IRTA) from WSU
Elissa Schwartz
Dr. Elissa Schwartz is one of seven WSU faculty to receive a Fourth Annual International Research Travel Award (IRTA) from WSU for 2016 - 2017. She has completed research in India and is currently conducting research in Africa. Click here for more information.
Feb 23
Register now for the Poster Competition!
(registration is due by 2/28/17)

The AMS Student Chapter would like to encourage students to submit a poster for the Student and Early Career Poster Session that will be held on April 23, 2017 during the AMS Sectional Meeting on the WSU Pullman campus. Hurry, because the registration deadline is February 28. For more information about the poster competition please click here
Feb 22
Analysis Seminar: Introduction to
Numerical Relativity
Matt Duez will speak on an "Introduction to Numerical Relativity."
Abstract: Systems involving strongly curved spacetimes, especially the vicinities of compact objects (black holes and neutron stars), must be modeled using the general theory of relativity. Except in special, high-symmetry cases, this requires numerical simulation. The four-dimensional theory must be "split" into a three-dimensional system evolved through time; coordinate choices must be made and their effects separated from physically meaningful dynamics; physical singularities must be treated in a numerically stable way. If we can do this, we can simulate the merger of compact binary systems and make predictions about gravitational waves and gamma ray bursts.
The seminar will take place from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Neill 5W.
Feb 15
Analysis Seminar: Bring an interesting
problem!
We will have several problems to work on, but feel free to bring an interesting problem that you can explain well, which would be fun to have others get into as well. This will be an interactive, spontaneous and enjoyable seminar as we look at various problems.
The seminar will take place from 4:10pm to 5:00pm in Neill 5W.
Feb 14
Math Ed Seminar: Spencer Payton
Dissertation Defense
Spencer Payton

Graduate student Spencer Payton will defend his dissertation. You are invited to attend the public portion of his defense at 3:00pm today in EDAD 116. Click on the title above to view the defense abstract.

Feb 14
Math Bio Seminar:
"The Patient-Patch: Hospital
Epidemiology as an Ecology Problem"
Eric Lofgren

Professor Eric Lofgren frm the Paul G. Allen School of Global Animal Health is the speaker. He will discuss the idea of examining the problem of healthcare associated infections from the perspective of urban disease ecology. The seminar takes place at 4:10pm in Webster B8.

Feb 13
CLaN Seminar: Sheng-Chi Liu, speaker
Sheng-Chi Liu
The CLaN seminar will meet at 4:10pm in 5W.
Dr. Sheng-Chi Liu is the seminar speaker.
Feb 9
Analysis Seminar: "When linear
approximations work"
Dr. Kevin Vixie will take an informal, relaxed look at the inverse and implicit function theorems. As the title of the talk implies, these two theorems really just leverage the existence of good linear approximations. He will push this as far as he can take it and then look at what intricacies pop up in the nonlinear case.
The seminar meets at 4:10pm in 5W.
Feb 8
Colloquium: "Nonparametric Cross-Dimensional
Inference for High-Dimensional Dependent
Data"
Faculty candidate Xiongzhi Chen from Princeton University, will present a colloquium on February 8rd at 4:10am in Webster Hall 11. Please join us for cookies and coffee from 3:30-4:00am in Neill Hall 216, prior to the colloquium. Click on the title above to view the colloquium abstract.
Feb 6
Colloquium: "Distributed Inference
for Massive Data"
Faculty candidate Liuhua Peng from Iowa State University, will present a colloquium on February 6th at 4:10am in Webster Hall 11. Please join us for cookies and coffee from 3:30-4:00am in Neill Hall 216, prior to the colloquium. Click on the title above to view the colloquium abstract.
Feb 6
CLaN Seminar: Matt Hudelson, speaker
Feb 3
Colloquium: "Promoting Similarity of
Sparsity Structures in Integrative Analysis"
Faculty candidate Yuan Huang from Yale University, will present a colloquium on February 3rd at 11:10am in Neill Hall 5W. Please join us for cookies and coffee from 10:30-11:00am in Neill Hall 216, prior to the colloquium. Click on the title above to view the colloquium abstract.
Feb 1
Analysis Seminar: "Small unions with
large set of centers"
Yunfeng Hu

Graduate student Yunfeng Hu will discuss the following problem and show an example of why the result fails for n=1. Let T be a fixed set in R^n. And let S and B he two subsets in R^n such that for any x in S, there exists an r such that x+ r T is a subset of B. How small can be B be if we know the size of S?
Stein proved that for n is greater than or equal to 3 and T is a sphere centered at origin, then S has positive measure implies B has positive measure using spherical maximal operator. Later, Bourgain and Marstrand proved the similar result for n =2. From 4:10 - 5:00pm in Neill Hall 5W.

Feb 1
Colloquium: "Copula Regression
with Discrete Outcomes"
Faculty candidate Lu Yang from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present a colloquium on February 1st at 4:10pm in Webster Hall Room 11. Please join us for cookies and coffee from 3:30pm-4:00pm in Neill Hall 216, prior to the colloquium. Click on the title above to view the colloquium abstract.
Jan 30
Colloquium: "Estimation and Inference
in High Dimensional Error-in-Variables
Models and an Application to Microbiome
Data"
Faculty candidate Abhishek Kaul from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, will present a colloquium on January 30th at 4:10pm in Webster Hall Room 11. Please join us for cookies and coffee from 3:30pm-4:00pm in Neill Hall 216, prior to the colloquium. Click on the title above to view the colloquium abstract.
Jan 25
Analysis Seminar:
"Henstock Integral: A
sequential approach"
Laramie Paxton

Presented by graduate student, Laramie Paxton, who will introduce an alternative to the well known Lebesque and Riemann integrals and explore some of its propertices.
From 4:10 - 5:00pm in Neill Hall 5W.

Jan 24
Math Bio Seminar:
"The Primary Disease Gradient
of Wheat Stripe Rust (Puccinia
striiformis f. sp. tritici) Across
Spatial Scale"
Daniel Farber

Presented by Daniel Farber from the WSU Department of Plant Pathology. Wheat strip rust (WSR) is a foliar disease and it causes a major loss to wheat yield. In this talk, Daniel will discuss the spread of WSR and provide analyses that have direct applicability to the disease management, at 4:10pm in Webster B8.

Jan 23
Two WSU student teams compete in grueling
100-hour International Math Modeling
Competition
Team
Team

Two teams of three students each, recently competed in a 100-hour world-wide international math modeling competition. Advocate and coach, Dr. Lynn Schreyer said, "It's exciting to see what the students do and a wonderful experience for them, as well as for me."
Read more about the 2017 competition.

Jan 23
Colloquium: "Stochastic Second Order
Optimization Methods: Theory and
Applications"
Farbod Roosta-Khorasani "Fred Roosta" will present a colloquium on January 23rd at 4:10pm in Webster Hall Room 11. Please join us for cookies and coffee in Neill Hall 216 from 3:30pm-4:00pm.
Jan 19
Allison Dorko - Research Talk
Allison Dorko will give a research talk in the EdAd building in room 116, from 4:10pm - 5:00pm. Refreshments will be available at 3:30pm in the same room.
Jan 17
Math Bio Seminar-Organizational Meeting
A Math Bio Seminar organizational meeting will take place at 4:10pm in WEBS B08. Interested students may register for Math 591 for one credit. A course grade will be assessed through regular participation in the seminar. If you would like to give a talk on research, or on a topic of interest, please check the schedule in the link above and let Robert Dillon (dillon@math.wsu.edu) or Xueying (Snow) Wang (xueying@math.wsu.edu) know.
Jan 11
Analysis Seminar-Organizational Meeting
Organizational meeting: all students who are signed up for credit must attend -- anyone else interested in giving a talk should also attend.
4:10pm - 5:00pm in Neill 5W.
Jan 10
William Hall - Research Talk
William Hall will give a research talk in the EdAd building in room 116, from 4:10pm-5:00pm. Refreshments will be available at 3:30pm in the same room.
2016
Dec 16
Department Holiday Party Photos

Dec 10
Congratulations Graduates!
Commencement
Commencement was held at Beasley Coliseum the morning of December 10, 2016. Congratulations to all graduating seniors. Click here to see photos.
Dec 6
APPLY NOW!
The CAS Scholarship Application is Now Open
The application deadline for a College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) scholarship is January 13, 2017.
Don't miss this opportunity! Apply Now!
Nov 18
Sean Kallaher - MLC Tutor of the Month

Sean Kallaher has been selected as the Math Learning Center's November Tutor of the Month. According to the MLC, "Sean is very punctual and reliable, as well as helpful and enthusiastic when working with students!" As a thank you, he receives a $10 gift certificate from the Bookie. Sean is the grandson of former department chairman, Mike Kallaher.
Nov 9
Inland Northwest Mathematics Experience
(INME) Photos

Nov 8
Visit from Linda Bentley
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
Dad's Weekend Bake Sale
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
PreToM Cake Pop Sale!
Cake Pops
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
Team Fibonacci
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
Sandy
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
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"
Jin Liang
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
Mohammed Kaabar and Mark Schumaker
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
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
Commencement
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
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
Barbecue
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
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!
Rachel and Sophie Lund
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)
Sergey Lapin
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
David Wollkind

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
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
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"
Henry Riely
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"
Jie Zhao

Presented by Jie Zhao at 4:10pm in Webster B8.

Apr 19
Jillian Morrison - recipient of a 2016
President's Award for Leadership
Jillian Morrison
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
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
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"
Yufeng Cao
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
Stanley Swierczek
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"
Alex Panchenko
Presented by Dr. Alex Panchenko
4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Apr 5
Seminar: "On Memory Capacity of
Discrete Hopfield Networks"
Predrag Tosic

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

Mar 31
Greetings from former grad student Casey Bylund
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
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 about these faculty member promotions.

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
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"
Kathleen Heid

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
Sharif Ibrahim

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
Amy Streifel and Sharif Ibrahim

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"
Tina Eliassi-Rad
Invited speaker: Dr. Tina Eliassi-Rad
7:00pm
Goertzen Communication Addition 21
Mar 10
Seminar: "Of Mites and Models"
David Wollkind
Presented by Dr. David Wollkind
at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Mar 9
Gabriela Sabalsa - MLC Tutor of the Month
Gabriela Sabalsa
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
Nik Strigul
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"
Bob Dillon
Presented by Dr. Bob Dillon
at 4:10pm in Webster B8.
 
Welcome Sotiris Xantheas
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
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
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"
Alex Panchenko
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"
Eric Lofgren
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"
Kevin Vixie
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"
Elissa Schwartz
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"

John Gilbert
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"
Kazuo Yamazaki
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"
Lynn Schreyer
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"
Thomas Cameron
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
Nathan Hamlin
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
Ed Pate
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
Thomas Cameron's baby
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
Commencement
Click here to view commencement photos.
Dec 10
Colloquium: "Big Data and The World
of Statistics"
Sastry Pantula
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"
Jayadev Athreya
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"
Svetlana Lockwood
Presented by Svetlana Lockwood
at 4:10pm in Jackson Hall, room 53.
Dec 8
Visiting Professor Returns
to Hungary
Gyorgy Terdik
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"
Piermarco Cannarsa
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"
K.C. Sivakumar
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"
Elissa Schwartz
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?!
Benjamin Rapone's 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
Jan Dasgupta
Professor Nairanjana Dasgupta was honored as the Provosts'
Featured Faculty Member during the November 7, 2015
football game against Arizone State. Read more about Dr. Dasgupta.
Nov 17
Seminar: "Statistical Analysis of Complex Data Objects"
Yuan Wang
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"
Gyorgy Terdik
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"
Yves Nievergelt
Presented by Yves Nievergelt, Eastern Washington University
at 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Nov 3
Seminar: "Introduction to differential
equations perturbed by random noise"
Kazuo Yamazaki
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
Linda Bentley at her retirement party
Graduate Program Coordinator, Linda Bentley, has retired after
25 years of service to Washington State University. See photos from Linda Bentley's reception.
Oct 27
Seminar: "The Behavior of a Population
Interaction-Diffusion Equation in its
Subcritical Regime"
David Wollkind
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
Group photo
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
John dePillis
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!
Rachel Lund
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."
For 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"
Steven Miller
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
Larry Biegler
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"
Jingyang Zhang
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"
Hong-Ming Yin
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"
Richard Gomulkiewicz
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"

Steve Krone
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
Kelly Stratton
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.
New baby, Gavin Lundholm
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.
Mohammed Kaabar
Sept 3
Colloquium: "The Modeling of Refugee Movement"
Presented by, Dr. Lynn Schreyer (formerly Lynn Schreyer-Bennethum),
at 4:10pm in Neill Hall 5W.
Lynn Schreyer
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.
Stanley Swierczek
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
Jan Dasgupta
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.
Elissa Schwartz
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.

Thomas Gazzola

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
Jill DeTemple
For more information about Jill DeTemple please click here.
May 13
Welcome new baby Andrew Liu!
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
Commencement
Congratulations graduating seniors! To see the spring 2015 commencement photos please click here
May 7
End-of-Year Barbecue 2015 - photos
Rachel Lund, Emily Sablan, and Lydia Miller
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
Chris Marshall
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.
David Wollkind
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.
Hannah Callender
Apr 24
Jeanette Martin has received the 2015 Richard G. Law Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching
Jeanette Martin
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
Tom Eastep with students
Scholarships and awards were Presented to students on April 23rd in Neill 5W.
Read more about the 2015 scholarship and award recipients.
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.
Nigel J. E. Pitt
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. Sergey Lapin with an Honor's 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

Nikolaos Voulgarakis
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).
Jay Gopalakrishnan
 
Apr 9
75th Annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition Results
Two WSU mathematics students participate; Alden Bradford and Michael Newsham. Read more about the competition results.
Alden Bradford and Michael Newsham
 
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 with other individuals
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.
Krishna B. Athreya
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

Nathan Hamlin and Bill Webb
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.
Marty Golubitsky
 
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!
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.
Posters
 
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?
Baby Sophia Lund
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?
Baby Claire Klosterman
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