Monday, October 29th, 2018

“What Did You Do Last Summer?” at noon on Thursday 11/1 in Olin 268

Student Colloquium talk presented by Bucknell Students Moderator: Nate Mattis ’19 Presenters: Hannah Bokma ’20, Teaching Experience for Undergraduates, Brown University Nate Lesnevich ’19, Undergraduate Research (Pure Mathematics), Bucknell University Christina Sweeney ’19, Data Analytics, Slalom Consulting Xeniya Tsoktoyeva ’19, Finance, PNC Bank Yili Wang ’21, Undergraduate Research (Applied Mathematics), Bucknell University Abstract: There are many exciting summer opportunities for students in the mathematical sciences! These range from internships with 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? […]

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Monday, October 15th, 2018

Assigning Students to Schools to Minimize Socioeconomic Variation between Schools: An Introduction to Optimization Modeling at noon on Thursday 10/18 in Olin 268

Student Colloquium talk by Professor Dick Forrester of Dickinson College Title: Assigning Students to Schools to Minimize Socioeconomic Variation between Schools: An Introduction to Optimization Modeling Abstract: Numerous studies have found that a student’s academic achievement is as much determined by the socioeconomic composition of their school as their own socioeconomic status. In this talk we provide a methodology for assigning students to schools so as to balance the socioeconomic compositions of the schools while taking into consideration the total travel distance. Our technique utilizes a bi-objective general 0-1 fractional program that is linearized into a mixed 0-1 linear program which can […]

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Friday, September 28th, 2018

Listening to Orbifolds and Orbigraphs at noon on Thursday 10/4 in Olin 268

Student Colloquium talk by Professor Liz Stanhope of Lewis and Clark College (Visiting Professor at Bucknell University) Title: Listening to Orbifolds and Orbigraphs Abstract: Spectral geometry is a lively area of mathematical research motivated by the question `Can you hear the shape of a drum?’ My work in spectral geometry has been to study the spectral properties of objects called orbifolds.  Questions in spectral geometry have useful analogs in graph theory.  Because of this we’ll discuss how to make sense of the concept of orbifold in the setting of spectral graph theory.

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Friday, September 14th, 2018

Bioinformatics and the Challenges of Visualizing Big Data at noon on Thursday 9/20 in Olin 268

Student Colloquium talk by Professor Ken Field of Bucknell University Title: Bioinformatics and the Challenges of Visualizing Big Data Abstract: Bioinformatics and next generation sequencing have revolutionized biology and medicine. The increasing affordability of next generation sequencing has made it possible to use whole-genome and whole-transcriptome approaches to answer questions in the lab, the field, and the clinic. However, working with these large datasets presents several computational and statistical challenges. As an example, we will discuss the importance of data exploration and multiple testing corrections. In addition, visualizing complex multi-dimensional data is also difficult and we will discuss approaches using interactive data […]

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