Friday, April 6th, 2018

Dynamical Systems and Fixed Points at noon on April 12 in Olin 268

Student Colloquium talk by Professor Aimee Johnson of Swarthmore College Abstract:  We all wish we could see into the future!  In dynamical systems, we formalize what this might mean and explore to what extent it might be done.  One useful tool in this task is to investigate the fixed points of the system.  In this talk, we will explore three different examples of dynamical systems, find the fixed points for each one, and then see how they can help us learn about other points in the system.  In this way, we can try to tell a little bit about the […]

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Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Mathematics & Social Justice at noon on March 29 in Olin 268

Karen Saxe, Director of Government Relations for the American Mathematical Society and DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics at Macalester College   Abstract:  Societal inequalities pose some of the biggest and most intractable challenges facing our nation today. Can mathematical concepts help us understand and analyze social inequality? What is the relationship between various imbalances in the U.S. today such as those we see in income distribution and political polarization? Many say that gerrymandering contributes to political polarization; can we use a quantitative strategy to determine the validity of this assertion? This talk will focus on quantitative approaches that mathematicians and political scientists use […]

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Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

“The Mathematics of Uncertainty” March 22 at 7pm in Trout Auditorium

Graciela Chichilnisky, lead architect of the carbon market of the Kyoto Protocol and a professor of economics and mathematical statistics at Columbia University, will give the keynote presentation for the 2018 Sustainability Symposium on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in Leanne Freas Trout Auditorium. Bucknell President John Bravman will introduce Chichilnisky, who also contributed to reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that […]

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Monday, March 5th, 2018

Student talk: Meghan Harward at noon on March 8

Getting Started in Analytics Meghan Kent Harward, Analytical Consultant, Advanced Analytics Lab, SAS Institute Inc. Thursday, March 8, 12:00 p.m. Room 268 in the Olin Science Building. Abstract: We hear buzz words like “big data” and “the internet of things” more and more in our media, but do we really know what analytics is? In this talk we will explore paths to jobs in data science, what it means to be an analyst, and some keys to success in the field.

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Monday, February 19th, 2018

Student talk: Torrey Gallagher, noon on February 22 in Olin 268

Iterates, invariance, and chaos Thursday, January 25, 12:00 p.m. Room 268 in the Olin Science Building. Abstract: We will consider what happens when we repeatedly compose a given function with itself, focusing particularly on where this repeated composition (known as iteration) sends individual inputs.  Various phenomena will be discussed, including the notions of invariance and what some might call chaos.  

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Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Student talk: Glenn Young from Penn State, at noon on February 8

Evolutionary game theory: the mathematics of cooperation Thursday, February 8, 12:00 p.m. Room 268 in the Olin Science Building. Why do we (or any living organisms) cooperate? Cooperation, the act of expending one’s own energy or resources for the good of the group, is a necessary part of life, but is also exploitable by so-called “defectors” who choose not to help out yet still reap the benefits that cooperation yields. In fact, under fairly general assumptions, every rational individual will (theoretically) choose to defect, thereby extinguishing cooperation and dooming society. Of course, cooperation has not been extinguished and is in […]

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Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Student talk: Owais Gilani, noon on January 25 in Olin 268

Spatial interpolation of atmospheric pollutants using Kriging Thursday, January 25, 12:00 p.m. Room 268 in the Olin Science Building. Abstract: Have you ever wondered how meteorologists produce prediction maps of temperature and rainfall volume across large geographic regions? They surely can’t monitor temperature and rainfall in every neighborhood across the country, yet there is a prediction available for any location. This challenge of estimating a spatial process at unsampled locations based on known (sampled) values of the process at neighboring sites is called spatial interpolation, and has a number of applications in geosciences and elsewhere: atmospheric scientists estimate concentrations of […]

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Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Student Talk: Dr. Amanda Traud, November 16 at noon in Olin 268

From Academia to Data Science, One Woman’s Journey Getting into data science seems to be a unique path for each data scientist.  This talk will chronicle the path Dr. Mandi Traud took from graduate school in North Carolina to Data Science Lead at Tuple Health and President of Data Community DC.  She will talk about her data science projects all along the way and how she moved from academia to working for a company and volunteering in the data science community.  

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Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Alumni Career Panel Thursday November 2

Panelists: Trevor Adriaanse ’17 Math, Analyst, Department of Defense Jeff Miller ’17 ECMA, Analyst, Axtria – Ingenious Insights Jin On ’12, Math, Data Scientist, Geneia Laura Papili ’17 Math, Actuarial Analyst at Willis Towers Watson Hear advice and perspectives from Bucknell alumni who will examine career paths that utilize the mathematics degree while discussing their work and available opportunities. The conversation will include a question and answer period. 12:00 P.M.  Olin 268, Panel with  PIZZA/CALZONES 4:00 PM  OLIN 383 And an informal MEET and GREET with the panel (refeshments)    

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Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Student talk: Tom Cooney October 19, noon in Olin 268

Quantum Games and Quantum Computing Thursday, October 19, 12:00 P.M. ROOM 268 in the Olin Science Building Abstract: What’s the shortest message you can send someone? It might seem like the answer is a single bit: a 0 or a 1. But the world is much stranger than that! We can also send quantum bits (or qubits) that can be 0 or 1 or “both” 0 and 1 at the same time. These quantum messages have surprising power for computing and sending information. I’ll talk about how we can better understand these strange quantum messages by studying games that use […]

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