November 3rd, 2020

Student Panel: What did you do last summer? Nov. 12 @12:30 PM on Zoom

The Mathematics Department Virtual Student Colloquium Series will present talks by Bucknell Students Thursday, November 12 at 12:30 PM on Zoom! Students will discuss “What Did You do Last Summer?” The panel will feature Kaitlin Bonacci ’21 – technology consulting at Ernst & Young Jack de la Parra ’22 – REU on sports analytics at Carnegie Mellon University Claudia Shrefler ’21 – analytics internship at Geisinger Callie Valenti ’21 – internship at Goldman Sachs as a global investment analyst Sarah McDougall ’21 – REU on ”Data Science Across Disciplines” at Marquette University and will be moderated by Brendan Matthys ’21. […]

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October 16th, 2020

“Not Linear? Not a Problem!” at 12:30 PM on 10/22 via Zoom

https://bucknell.zoom.us/j/95413936042Student Colloquium Talk by Professor Sanjay Dharmavaram Abstract: Ever wonder why  mathematics classes focus so much on linear problems? In Calculus we learn about linear approximations. In Differential Equations, after classifying differential equations as linear and nonlinear, we mostly focus on linear problems. Linear Algebra focuses exclusively on systems of linear equations. There are two reasons for this: 1) nonlinear problems are hard!! Unlike linear equations, there is no unified theory that works for all nonlinear equations. 2) linear approximations are often a good starting point to study nonlinear problems. In this talk, we will make a foray into the marvelous […]

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October 1st, 2020

“Not a Normal Math Talk” at 12:30 on 10/1 via Zoom

https://bucknell.zoom.us/j/95413936042 Student Colloquium Talk by Professor Michael Reeks. Abstract: Anyone who has ever shoved a pair of headphones in their pocket knows about the following general principle of the universe:”Any flexible strand will tie itself in knots as soon as it’s given the opportunity.” As such, knots are ubiquitous in nature and art: – DNA strands, so often pictured as tidy helices, actually spend most of their time hopelessly knotted;– the way in which proteins interact and function depends heavily on the way they are folded, or knotted, together;– and some of the oldest known art is based on complex […]

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February 24th, 2020

“Curing Cancer: Mathematicians Want a Piece of That!” at noon on Thursday 2/27 in Olin 268

Student Colloquium Talk by Professor Allison Lewis, Lafayette College Abstract: How can mathematical modeling assist in the development of treatment protocols for cancer? Recent technological advances make it possible to collect detailed information about tumors, and yet clinical assessments of treatment responses are typically based on extremely sparse datasets. We propose a workflow for choosing an appropriate model for tumor growth and treatment response, verifying parameter identifiability, and assessing the amount of data necessary to precisely calibrate model parameters in order to make accurate predictions of tumor size at future times. Throughout this talk, we will discuss ways in which […]

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February 7th, 2020

“Factoring Rook Polynomials” at noon on Thursday 2/13 in Olin 268

Student Colloquium Talk by Professor Kenny Barrese, Bucknell University Abstract: Rook theory is a branch of mathematics which considers how many ways you can put rooks on a board so that no two are attacking each other. Here a “rook” is the usual chess piece, but the “board” that we are placing on probably is not an eight by eight square. One way to consider the numbers you obtain is as coefficients of a polynomial, the rook polynomial. It is a key result in rook theory that, if you define the rook polynomial correctly, it always factors completely! In fact, […]

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January 23rd, 2020

“A Basic Overview of the Actuarial Profession” at noon on Thursday 1/30 in Olin 268

Student Colloquium Talk by Gloria Asare, AXA Insurance, Toronto, Canada Abstract: Come learn what it takes to become fully certified and work as an actuary. Our presenter Gloria Asare, ACAS, MAAA will touch on various topics of interest related to the actuarial field. These include: how to become an actuary; the different types of actuaries that exist; the types of mathematical problems actuaries solve; what one’s journey to being an actuary could look like; and diversity in the actuarial profession. Anyone interested in the actuarial profession (even if you don’t know what it is) is welcome! A mathematical background is […]

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November 20th, 2019

“From the Bridges of Königsberg to Data Analysis” at noon on Thursday 11/21 in Olin 268

Student Colloquium talk by Professor Chris Johnson, Bucknell University Abstract:  The Prussian city of Königsberg once contained four land masses connected by a series of bridges, and citizens of the city would sometimes ponder the following simple puzzle: is it possible to walk through the city crossing each bridge exactly once?  In analyzing this question, Leonhard Euler noted that the most important feature was how the bridges connected the land masses to one another.  Understanding “connectedness” is one part of a branch of mathematics called topology, and in this talk I will give an overview of a few particular topological […]

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November 4th, 2019

“What Did You Do Last Summer?” at noon on Thursday 11/7 in Olin 268

The Mathematics Department Student Colloquium Series will present talks by Bucknell Students this Thursday, November 7 at 12:00 PM in Olin 268. Moderator will be Hannah Bokma ’20 where students will discuss “What Did You do Last Summer?” Speakers: Hannah Bokma ’20 – teaching intern, Breakthrough HoustonElise Covert ’20 – data analytics, American Institute for ResearchMady Lawrence ’21 – data analytics, Highmark HealthPhil Thompson ’20 – financial sales and business development intern, IHS Market 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 […]

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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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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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