Thursday, October 24th, 2019

“Archimedes’ Cattle Problem” at noon on Thursday 10/24 in Olin 268

Student Colloquium talk by Professor Krishnan (Ravi) Shankar, University of Oklahoma Title:  Archimedes’ Cattle Problem Abstract:  Back in antiquity Archimedes devised a mathematical problem in the form of 22 elegiac couplets and delivered them to Eratosthenes of Cyrene (as a challenge of sorts). The problem is in three parts of increasing difficulty and the solution is rather astonishing, both for its complexity and for the problem’s ability to anticipate mathematics that didn’t come about for 2000 years (Pell’s equation). We will explore the problem and its solution (which was only completely solved in 1889 by Amthor) and ask ourselves the […]

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Monday, September 30th, 2019

Mathematics Alumni Career Panel at noon on Thursday 10/3 in Olin 268

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 and an opportunity to meet (and network with!) the alumni panelists. Pizza and calzones will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Mathematics Department and the Center for Career Advancement. Panelists: Allison Gibson ‘13, Consultant, Boston Consulting Group; MBA Graduate 2019, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University Rachel Guen ‘19, Associate Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service Zach Moon, ASA ‘16, Actuarial Advisor, Cigna Jin On ’12, Manager, […]

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Friday, September 13th, 2019

“Understanding Statistical Significance” at noon on Thursday 9/19 in Olin 268

Student Colloquium talk by Professor Kari Lock Morgan, Penn State University Title: Understanding Statistical Significance Abstract:  You may or may not have heard of results being “statistically significant,” and you may or may not know that results qualify as statistically significant if the p-value falls below a given threshold.  Regardless of whether these phrases currently hold any meaning for you, the goal of this talk will be to shed light on the actual meaning of a p-value and statistical significance (beyond just “p < 0.05”).  This will be accomplished by covering a modern and computationally intensive way of computing a p-value […]

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Thursday, February 21st, 2019

“An Orchestra without a Conductor: The Mathematics of Synchronizing Fireflies” at noon on Thursday 2/28 in Olin 268

Student Colloquium talk by Professor Matthew Mizuhara ’12 of The College of New Jersey Title: An Orchestra without a Conductor: The Mathematics of Synchronizing Fireflies Abstract: In Amphawa, Thailand trees are lined with thousands of fireflies spontaneously flashing in near perfect unison. However, there is no “leader” driving this coordination. The Kuramoto model, a non-linear system of differential equations, describes the firefly flashes. Using numerical simulations, we can capture this spontaneous emergence of synchronization and explore other, new patterns which can arise. No background in differential equations is required to enjoy this talk!

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Sunday, February 10th, 2019

Yili Wang ’21 Featured in Bucknell “Cool Class” Video

Students take a cultural journey to China as they flow through the exquisite movements of traditional watersleeve dance. Posted by BucknellU on Friday, February 8, 2019 Yili Wang ’21, who is majoring in Applied Mathematical Sciences, is featured in this video about the “Cool Class” DANC 200: Art of Chinese Watersleeve.

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Sports, Statistics and Society

As part of Professor Flynt’s Foundation Seminar titled Sports, Statistics and Society, groups of first-year students acted as consultants, performing sports analytics for different Bucknell athletic teams.  Students worked with Baseball, Field Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, and Football.  Each coach developed a set of questions that they were interested in having the students analyze and gave students full access to their team data.   The group of students working with the football team worked very closely with Offensive Coordinator, Coach Bobby Acosta, spending time in the football coaching suite, looking at game video, and taking stats for the team up in […]

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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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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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