“I spy with my untrained eye” – Prof. Sara Stoudt; Thursday Mar. 21 at Noon in Olin 268

Bucknell Mathematics Student Colloquium Series

Thurs. Mar. 21, 2024 | Noon-12:50PM  | Olin 268

I Spy with my Untrained Eye
Presented by Sara Stoudt, Assistant Professor of Statistics, Bucknell University

ABSTRACT: Many ecological questions require hard-won data, but thanks to participation from community members on a variety of nature apps, there is more and more data available for a variety of species, across longer time scales and broader spatial extents. However, this data is collected in a less systematic way, so there are limitations for its use for statistical modeling. I’ll talk about finding creative ways to make this data usable for scientific research and what we learn about both the animals and the data collectors themselves through this process. I’ll share case studies on bird and butterfly data and talk about where we are headed next with this work.

Poster for Prof. Sara Stoudt's talk. Contained title, abstract, day and time information along with a picture of Prof. Stoudt.

“Perfectly Imperfect: Music, Math, and the Keyboard” – Prof. Gloria Cheng; Monday Mar. 4 from 4-5 PM in Olin 268

Bucknell Mathematics Student Colloquium Series

Monday, Mar. 4, 2024 | 4-5 PM | Olin 268

Perfectly Imperfect: Music, Math, and the Keybord
Presented by Gloria Cheng, Grammy and Emmy award winning pianist
Adjunct Professor, UCLA Herb Albert School of Music

Sponsored by the Departments of Music and Mathematics, with funding provided by the Kushell Music Endowment and the University Leadership Committee.

Poster for the talk by Prof. Gloria Cheng. Contains a picture of her along with the title of the talk and day/time information.

“An introduction to aperiodic tilings” – Colloquium by Prof. Scott Schmieding; Thursday Feb 1. at Noon in Olin 268

Bucknell Mathematics Student Colloquium Series

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024 | Noon-12:50PM | Olin 268

An introduction to aperiodic tilings
Presented by Scott Schmieding, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Penn State University

ABSTRACT: An aperiodic tiling is a pattern that, despite looking like it may repeat, never actually does. They have been a subject of considerable interest, especially in connection with materials called quasicrystals discovered in the 1980’s. In this talk we’ll give a light introduction to their mathematical structure, including how to construct some.

Poster for "an introduction to aperiodic tilings" talk. Contains day/time information as well as a picture of Scott Schmieding and the abstract for the talk.

“What I did last summer” student internship and research panel; Thursday Nov. 9 at Noon in Olin 268

Bucknell Mathematics Student Colloquium Series

Thursday, Nov. 9 2023 | Noon-12:50PM | Olin 268

What I did last summer: student internship and research panel

A panel discussion featuring five current Bucknell Mathematics students sharing highlights and insights from their recent internship and research experiences.

Georgia Corbett
Brooke Exelbert
Changkun Guan
Jonathan Seitz
Kerong Wang

Poster for the What I did last summer panel. Contains day/time information as well as the list of panelists.

“Manipulation of thin flexible objects” – Colloquium by Prof. Andy Borum; Thursday Oct. 26 at noon in Olin 268

Bucknell Mathematics Student Colloquium Series

Thurs, Oct. 26 2023 | Noon-12:50PM | Olin 268

Manipulation of thin flexible objects
Presented by Andy Borum, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Vassar College

ABSTRACT: The next time you tie your shoes, unravel a charging cable, or twirl a noodle around a fork, think about how this problem could be described mathematically. Here is one possible description (continuing with the noodle example)—given two shapes of a three-dimensional curve, one representing the noodle’s starting shape and one representing the goal shape, how should the curve’s endpoints be moved so that the curve deforms from the starting shape into the goal shape? During this process, we should avoid self-intersections of the curve, since the noodle can’t pass through itself, and ensure that the curve remains in stable equilibrium so that the noodle doesn’t slide off of the fork. These two constraints—avoiding self-intersections and remaining stable—make this problem seem particularly challenging. In this talk, I will describe an example of this problem from robotics—manipulation of a thin flexible cable—and I will show how a careful analysis of the equations describing the cable’s shape leads to a closed-form solution of this problem.

Arrive early for Free Pizza!

Poster for Andy Borum talk. Contains picture of Prof. Borum along with the title, abstract, and date/time information for his talk.

Math Alumni Panel: Career Paths and Insights; Thursday Oct. 12 at Noon in Olin 268

Bucknell Mathematics Student Colloquium Series

Thurs, Oct. 12 2023 | Noon-12:50PM | Olin 268

Math Alumni Panel: Career Paths and Insights

Featuring Bucknell Mathematics Alumni sharing their career paths, insights, and advice on post-Bucknell career planning.

Elise Covert – IQVIA Biotech
Hannah Jarosinski – Axtria
Spandan Marasini – Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
Nate Mattis – Bermudian Springs High School
Robert Rhoades – Susquehanna International Group

Arrive early for Free Pizza!

poster for the Math Alumni panel in Fall 2023. Contains date, time and names of panelists.

“The AfterMath of an Extreme Natural Event” – Colloquium by Prof. Linda Smolka, Thurs, April 6 at noon in Olin 268

Bucknell Mathematics Student Colloquium Series

Thursday, April 6 | Noon-12:50PM  | Olin 268

The AfterMath of an Extreme Natural Event
presented by Linda Smolka, Professor of Mathematics, Bucknell University

ABSTRACT: An astonishing thing happened on January 15, 2022. The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai submarine volcano located in the South Pacific Ocean erupted, becoming the largest volcanic eruption in the modern satellite era on a scale not observed since Krakatoa erupted in 1883. The eruption was so powerful that among the shock waves it generated, the largest traversed the globe multiple times over several days. We’ll focus on the mathematics to model and understand this shock wave and also recount other extraordinary phenomena in the eruption’s aftermath. Curious where calculus is used in the real-world? Come see.

Arrive early for free pizza!

“What did you do last summer” Student Panel, Thursday Oct. 27 in Olin 268 at noon

Thurs, October 27 | Noon-12:50PM | Olin 268
What did you do last summer?
  • Moderated by Kelly Karpovich (2 internships: Complete Actuarial Solutions Company and The Talent Studios)
    with panelists
  • Lizzi Bianchine (internship @ Johnson and Johnson)
  • Georgia Corbett (research @Bucknell w/ Professor Bickel)
  • Jack Joseph (internship @ Pepsi)
  • Michael Perez Palapa (REU)

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.

Arrive early for free pizza! (BYO beverage)

The poster for the event which contains the text included in the blog post except in large font and Bucknell colors.

Physics & Math Student Colloquium: Andrew Lee ’99 (Sept. 29 at noon in Olin 268)

Andy Lee, Bucknell ’99, will speak on his path from a degree in Physics to a career in Finance and how his undergraduate training influences his current work, including: the analysis that he works on and how it relates to physics/math (the system and the methods like Monte Carlo simulations); and how he gets from the analytics to financial decisions (fairly high level).

Open to all students and faculty; pizza will be provided…please bring your own water.

“Using Maths to Save The World”, Colloquium by Prof. Helen Greatrex; Thurs. Sept 15 at noon in Olin 268

Bucknell Mathematics Student Colloquium Series

Thurs, Sept. 15 | Noon-12:50PM  | Olin 268

Using Maths to Save The World
presented by Helen Greatrex, Professor of Geography and Statistics, Penn State University

ABSTRACT: Droughts kill thousands of people each year, especially in countries like Somalia where there is conflict and very little water to start off with.  Humanitarian experts often have to decide which places need the most help and alongside working with local communities, they also have to know how much rain has fallen. But how do you map rainfall in places where it’s too dangerous to gather data from weather-stations? Or in the vast spaces where we don’t have any weather stations at all?  
We turn to satellites! In this colloquium, we will chat about how simple mathematics can turn “space-photos” into useful weather information, and what happens when different satellites disagree…
Arrive early for free pizza!