MATHEMATICS and STATISTICS

2015 - Department News

June 30
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
On May 8, 2015, the Board of Regents voted to approve the department name change from Department of Mathematics to Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
June 10
WSU Vancouver instructor Tom Gazzola
has passed away
We are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing this afternoon of WSU Vancouver instructor Tom Gazzola. Last week, Tom sustained critical injuries after being struck by a vehicle while jogging.



Listen to Tom's interview with NPR after his team won the 2015 MIT Mystery Hunt, an annual puzzle competition held in Boston during the Martin Luther King Junior weekend. Read the Oregon Live news release on the accident.
May 15
Assistant professor Elissa Schwartz,
recently presented a talk at the SIAM Dynamical Systems conference titled, "Modeling Equine Infectious Anemia Virus Infection: Virus Dynamics, Immune Control, and Escape."
May 15
Emeritus professor Duane DeTemple's daughter, Dr. Jill DeTemple, has received the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award from Southern Methodist University

For more information click here.
May 13
Welcome new baby Andrew Liu!

Graduate students' Lili Zhou and Huinan Liu's first child, Andrew Liu,
was born on May 13, 2015. Andrew weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz.
May 9
Spring Commencement 2015 - photos

Congratulations graduating seniors! To see photos from the spring 2015 commencement ceremony please click here
May 7
End-of-Year Barbecue 2015 - photos

To see photos from the 2015 end-of-year barbecue please click here
May 7
Mathematics major Chris Marshall has received a $3,000 summer mini-grant from the College of Arts and Sciences

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

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

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

Scholarships and awards were presented to students on April 23rd in Neill 5W.
Read more.
Apr 22
Seminar: "What About Median of Shapes?"
presented by, Yunfeng Hu, 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Apr 21
Seminar: "Identifying the Conditions under which Antibodies Protect Against Infection by Equine Infectious Anemia Virus,"
presented by, Elissa Schwartz, 4:15pm in Jackson Hall Room 53.
Apr 20
Seminar: "Modularity of Abelian Surfaces,"
presented by, Jennifer Johnson-Leung from the University of Idaho Mathematics Department, 4:10pm, Neill 5W.
Apr 16
Colloquium: "Three ways to study number-theoretic sums,"
presented by, Nigel J. E. Pitt (Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Maine), 4:10pm in Neill 5W. Refreshments at 3:30pm in Neill 216.
Apr 16
Sergey Lapin served as an external examiner on an Honors thesis defense at Bates College in Lewiston, Main. He is shown here with the Honors student and other committee members.
Apr 15
Seminar: "Microlocal analysis and x-ray computed tomography,"
presented by, Linh Nguyen, 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
Apr 13
WSU Tri-Cities professor Nikolaos Voulgarakis' students win the "Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics and Information Sciences" category of SURCA 2015

Apr 13
WSU Vancouver WHETS Seminar: "Finite element methods using discontinuous functions,"
presented by Jay Gopalakrishnan, 3:10-4:00pm, Jackson 53 (via AMS Videoconferencing).
 
Apr 9
75th Annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition Results
Two WSU mathematics students participate; Alden Bradford and Michael Newsham. Read more.
 
Apr 8
Seminar: "Nonlocal continuum models of particle systems,"
presented by
Dr. Alex Panchenko. 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
 
Apr 6
Sergey Lapin met with a delegation from the Shanghai Environmental Bureau and Shanghai Geotechnical Investigations & Design Institute

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


Assistant professor Xueying Wang has developed two equation-based models to provide a new and predictive framework for anticipating cholera outbreaks which will help plan for intervention.Read more.
 
Mar 26
Mathematicians build code to take on the toughest cyber attacks


WSU mathematicians design an encryption code capable of fending off the phenomenal hacking power of a quantum computer. Read more.
 
Mar 26
Thirty-Fourth Annual T.G. Ostrom Colloquium
presented by Dr. Marty Golubitsky, guest lecturer, 4:10pm in Neill 5W. Refreshments served at 3:30pm in Neill 216.
 
Mar 25
Thirty-Fourth Annual T.G. Ostrom Lecture
presented by Dr. Marty Golubitsky, guest lecturer, 7:00pm in Webster 16. A reception immediately following in Neill 216.
 
Mar 14
Pi Day Celebration!
8:30pm at Dr. Moore's home. Come celebrate pi with pizza, pie, soda, and fun pi games! Read more here.
 
Mar 12
Pi(e) Eating Contest
Come join the Math Club and PreTom Club as they host a Pie Eating Contest in honor of Pi Day, at noon in the CUB Jr. Ballroom. See you there!
Learn more about Pi
 
Mar 11
Seminar: "A World with Less Gaussian,"
presented by Dr. Haijun Li. 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
 
Mar 10
Taking statistical methods to young children: Jefferson Elementary Statistics Poster Competition
Read More.
 
Mar 5
Statistics professors Jan Dasgupta and Marc Evans have taken the lead to form CISER,
a new data analysis group to advance interdisciplinary research.
 
Mar 4
Seminar: "Shapes, Mean Shapes, Median Shapes and the Multiscale Flat Norm,"
presented by Dr. Kevin Vixie. 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
 
Feb 25
Seminar: "Kronecker Limit Formulae and Their Applications,"
presented by Dr. Sheng-Chi Liu. 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
 
Feb 23
Look closely - is baby Sophia counting?

Instructor Rachael Lund and her husband Kasey have a new daughter named Sophia Lund. Sophia was born February 23rd at 7:32am. She weighed 9lbs 10oz and is 20.5 inches long.
 
Feb 19
Colloquium: "Modeling of Correlated Objects with application to Detection of Metastatic Cancer using Functional CT Imaging, "
presented by Yuan Wang, postdoctoral fellow from The University of Texas, at 4:10pm in Neill 5W. Refreshments at 3:30pm in Neill 216.
 
Feb 18
Seminar: "Nonlinear Stability Analysis of Rayleigh-Bénard Convection in an Aerosol Smoke-Gas Layer: Comparison of Theoretical Predictions with Laboratory Experimental Data,"
presented by Dr. David Wollkind. 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
 
Feb 17
Will Claire be a future mathematician?

Graduate student Peter Klosterman and his wife Esther, welcomed baby Claire into the world on February 17, 2015 at 8:10am. Claire weighed 6lbs 13oz and measured 19 inches in length.
 
Feb 17
Seminar: "Analysis of the Transmission of Malaria Parasite,"
presented by James Kehinde. 4:10pm in Jackson Hall Room 53.
 
Feb 12
Colloquium: "Theory and Methods for Tensor Covariance Estimation,"
presented by David Gerard. 4:10pm in Neill 5W. Refreshments at 3:30pm in Neill 216.
 
Feb 11
Seminar: "Compactness of q-hulls (q<=1) in Banach spaces of type p,"
by Frank Gao. 4:10pm in Neill 5W.
 
Feb 10
Colloquium: "A robust network-constrained penalization approach for integrative analysis with applications in TCGA data,"
presented by Dr. Cen Wu, post doctoral associate, Yale University School of Public Health. 4:10pm in Neill 5W. Refreshments at 3:30pm in Neill 216.
 
Feb 3
Seminar: "Mathematical Modeling of Cholera Epidemics,"
by Dr. Xueying Wang. 4:10pm in Jackson Hall Room 53.
 
Jan 27
Seminar: "Invariant Signal Processing in Auditory Biological Systems,"
by Dr. Alex Dimitrov. 4:10pm in Jackson Hall Room 53.
 
Jan 27
WSU Math Teacher Wins MIT Puzzle Competition
2014
Dec 19 Penny Pannell Retirement Reception Photos
Dec 17 Holiday Party Photos
Dec 13 Fall Commencement Photos
Nov 6-7 Inland Northwest Mathematical Experience (INME) Photos
May 12 Bill Webb Retires after 45 Years at WSU - Photos
May 10 Spring Commencement Photos
May 9 End of the Year Barbecue 2014 - Photos
May 1 Scholarship and Awards Ceremony Photos
April 16 Thirty-Third Annual T.G. Ostrom Lecture - Dr. James P. Keener, Guest Lecturer
March 17-21 Sergey Lapin Receives AIM Award for an AIM SQuaRE Workshop on "Ocular Blood Flow and Its Role in Development of Glaucoma."
March 14 Free Pie at the MLC Open House - Celebrating a Week of Pi
March 13-14 Math Club vs. Physics Club: Pie-A-Professor
March 12 Origami at Lunch - Celebrating a Week of Pi
March 10-14 A Week-long Celebration of Pi at WSU
March 10 Sudoku Challenge - Celebrating a Week of Pi
Jan 22 The Math Learning Center (MLC) Photo Gallery
2013
Dec 11 Holiday Party Photos
Dec 7 Fall Commencement Photos
Nov 7-8 Inland Northwest Mathematical Experience (INME) Photos
May 4 Spring Commencement Photos
May 3 End of the Year Barbecue 2013 - Photos
Apr 25 Scholarship and Awards Ceremony Photos
Apr 20 Math 398 Showcase Event Photos
Mar 27 Thirty-Second Annual T.G. Ostrom Lecture - Andrea L. Bertozzi, Guest Lecturer
2012
Dec 13 Holiday Party Photos
Dec 8 Fall Commencement Photos
Dec 5-6 Rachel Kuske Visit: Work-Life Balance and Colloquium
Nov 8-9 Inland Northwest Mathematical Experience (INME) Photos
July 9-27 2012 Summer School on Geometry and Data
May 5 Spring Commencement Photos
May 3 End of the Year Barbecue 2012 - Photos
April 26 Scholarship and Awards Ceremony Photos
April 22 MATHLETES run in the WSU 2012 100K Relay Race Photos
Apr 17 First Annual Calvin and Jean Long Distinguished Lecture in Pure Mathematics - Dr. Arthur Benjamin, Guest Lecturer, presenting "Mathemagics."
Apr 13 Associate Professor, Tom Asaki, receives the WSU Graduate and Professional Student Association's (GPSA) Fall 2011 Award of Excellence for "Faculty Advisor."
Mar 30 Math Participation in Showcase 2012 Photos
Mar 21 Thirty-First Annual T.G. Ostrom Lecture - Iwan Alexander, Guest Lecturer
Mar 14 Pi Day! Pie served in the Neill Hall Lobby at 1:59pm (3.14159)
Jan 25 Frank Morgan Visit - Densities: from Geometry to the Poincare Conjecture
Jan 15 Donald W. Bushaw, Emeritus Professor and Former Department Chair, 1926 - 2012
Jan 14 Bonni Kealy and David Wollkind's paper on, "Vegetative Turing Pattern Formation" is published in The Economist.
2011
Dec 10 Fall Commencement Photos
Nov 3 Inland Northwest Mathematical Experience (INME) Photos
Oct 3 Rick Naylor, Building Custodian and Friend, 1950 - 2011
May 12 Theodore G. Ostrom, Retired Emeritus Professor, 1916 - 2011
May 7 Spring Commencement Photos
Apr 28 Scholarship and Awards Ceremony Photos
Apr 13 Thirtieth Annual T.G. Ostrom Lecture - Roger J-B Wets, Guest Lecturer
Mar 14 Pi Day Celebration Photos
Mar 10 Matt Labrum Receives Scholarship to International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria, Summer 2011
Mar 3 Eric Schulz Visit - A New Generation Interactive eBook for Calculus
Feb 16 Giang B. Trinh Receives NASA Space Grant Fellowship
2010
Dec 11 Fall Commencement Photos
Dec 6 Winter Party Photos!
Nov 5 & 8 Inland Northwest Mathematical Experience (INME) Photos
Aug 15 Math Splash 2010 Photos
May 8 Spring Commencement Photos
April 16 College of Sciences Awards Ceremony Photos
April 29 Scholarship and Awards Ceremony Photos
2009
Nov 3 Inland Northwest Mathematical Experience (INME) Photos
June 16 Tyre Newton, Retired Emeritus Professor, 1921 - 2009
May 9 Spring Commencement Photos
May 6 Duane DeTemple Retirement Reception Photos
May 1 Scholarship and Awards Ceremony and End of Year Ice Cream Social Photos
Apr 15 Twenty-Eighth Annual T.G. Ostrom Lecture - Tony F. Chan, Guest Lecturer
Mar 27 Academic Showcase Photos
Mar Math Major, Svetlana Lockwood, Receives the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for 2009-2010
2008
Dec 17 Annual Holiday Celebration Photos
Dec 13 Fall Commencement Photos
Nov 6-7 Inland Northwest Mathematical Experience (INME) Photos
Aug 15 Four New Faculty Join the Department
May 3 Spring Commencement Photos
Apr 30 End of Year Ice Cream Social Photos
Apr 24 Scholarship and Research Awards Ceremony Photos
Aprl 18 College of Sciences Appreciation & Recognition Social Photos
Apr Students Receive Honorable Mention in Math Contest
Apr 3 Cougar Pride Days' Photos
Mar 19 Twenty-Seventh Annual T.G. Ostrom Lecture - John G. Milton, Guest Lecturer
Mar 14 Pi Day Celebration Photos
2007
Dec 14 Annual Holiday Celebration Photos
Dec 8 Fall Commencement Photos
Nov 7 & 9 Inland Northwest Mathematics Experience (INME) Photos
Oct 29 Dawn Wisniew Retirement Photos
May 8 Staff Members Receive Certificate of Service Awards
May 5 Spring Commencement Photos
May 3 End of Year Ice Cream Social Photos
Apr 26 Scholarship and Awards Ceremony Photos
Apr 6 College of Sciences Award Recognition Social Photos
Mar 30 Undergraduate Research Poster Competition Photos
Mar 23 Academic Showcase Poster Session Photos
Mar 14 Pi Day Celebration Photos