DVP Talk: Mark Meyer, 11/1 @ 4 pm


Title:  Wavelet-based Probit Functional Models

Abstract:  Recent advances in functional regression include the development of a wide range of function-on-scalar regression models where outcome is a function of time regressed onto a set of scalar covariates. Most of these methodologies require the outcome to be normally distributed. However, very little work has been done on the case where the outcome is categorical. In this talk, we will discuss a flexible Bayesian procedure for function-on-scalar regression for categorical functional outcomes of varying levels. Simulations and data examples will be presented to illustrate the methodology.

Student Talk Series: Mark Meyer 10/27 @ noon in Olin 268


Title:  Losing Altitude: A story of airplanes, heart rate, and one “controversial” dataset

Abstract: When you ride in an airplane, the lowered pressure in the cabin causes your blood oxygen levels to decrease. If oxygen saturation levels go low enough, you may experience some interesting side effects (like temporary color blindness, for example), that much we know. What we don’t know is if there is also an impact on the functioning of the heart. Partially motivated by a rash of flight related medical case studies, a study was conducted in 2007 to more formally assess the effects of exposure to altitude on heart health while in flight. We will explore this study, the complex dataset it generated, and the “controversy” of conducting research a certain airline manufacturer would rather we not.

Student Talk Series: Various Awesome Students, 10/13 @ noon in Olin 268

Title: What Did You Do Last Summer?

Moderator: Alexander Murph ’18


Trevor Adriaanse ’17 – Cryptanalysis & Exploitation Services Summer Program, at the NSA.
Alexander Murph ’18 – Research Apprentice for the Bucknell Geisinger Research Initiative (BGRI)
Laura Papili ’17 – Actuarial Internship at Genworth in Richmond, VA. Genworth’s Actuarial development program.
Ryan Buzzell ’17 – AEW Capital Management, L.P. (Boston Office). Real Estate Investment Firm.
Katie Lunceford ’17 – Susquehanna International Group LLP (SIG)/Statistical Options Trading/Intern – Bala Cynwyd, PA
Tung Phan ’17 – Susquehanna International Group LLP (SIG)/Statistical Options Trading/Intern – Bala Cynwyd, PA
Naba Mukhtar ’18 – REU: Partial Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems – Florida Institute of Technology

Abstract: There are many exciting summer opportunities for students in the mathematical sciences! These range from internships in financial companies to research experiences at other universities to leadership development programs. In this week’s colloquium, a panel of your peers will tell you their experiences. What did they enjoy about their experiences? When did they apply? There will also be ample time for questions and answers. These varied opportunities, as well as being terrific fun, are also immensely valuable as you begin to think about your careers after Bucknell.


DVP Talk: Lina Sanchez Leal, 10/5 @ 4 pm


Title:  Investigating students’ engagement and motivation in Mathematics Class

Abstract: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All requires that students be able to understand the material, justify responses, and determine when, how, and why a mathematical statement or rule should be used. In order to accomplish this, students need to be meaningfully motivated and engaged in learning the mathematics. Often times we characterize engagement along a continuum ranging from disengaged to highly engage. However, such characterizations may be misleading, and in some cases, counterproductive. During this session, we will explore some of the different ways in which students engage in mathematics learning, and how to support them in the process.