C O LO R A D O S TATE UNIVERSITY INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 2012 DISCRETE MATHEMATICS DAYS 2 FACULTY & STAFF NEWS ITEMS 3 GRANT AWARDS 3 ACHTER RECEIVES TENURE AND PROMOTION 4 PHD/MS GRAD UPDATES 4 UNDERGRADUATE BRIDGE PROGRAM 5 ALUMNI NEWS 6 SPECIAL RECOGNITION MATHEMATICS RECENT DEGREE CANDIDATES SPRING 2012 PhD— 1 MS — 5 Undergraduate Majors — 29 Undergraduate Minors — 45 FALL 2011 PhD— 0 MS — 1 Undergraduate Majors — 14 Undergraduate Minors — 8 SUMMER 2011 PhD—2 MS — 1 Undergraduate Majors — 4 Undergraduate Minors — 6 SUMMER 2012 Volume 5 Issue 3 D E P A R TM E N T O F M AT HE MAT I CS N E W SL E T T E R WELCOME FROM THE DEPARMENT CHAIR GERHARD DANGELMAYR Welcome alumni undergraduates and graduates, as well as our emeriti faculty and staff population. As summer progresses, it is time to reflect on the department’s accomplishments during my first year as department chair. The learning curve has been steep, and I want to take this opportunity to thank a number of individuals who mentored me, assisted me, or encouraged me during this year. My front office staff, Karena Alons-Topf, Bryan Elder, Christie Franklin, Annette Gonzales and Sheri Hofeling have been helpful in every respect. Associate Chair Alexander Hulpke and Graduate Director Jennifer Mueller accomplished several tasks related to undergraduate and graduate instruction and it was always a pleasure to collaborate with them. Hilary Freeman’s assistance in setting up the teaching schedules was invaluable and John Dzubera continues to efficiently manage our complex computer network. The CNS Dean’s office staff, in particular, Dean Jan Nerger, Associate Deans Don Mykles, Jim Sites and Simon Tavener, and Jim Cox, Cheryl Peregoy and Georgeann Venis helped me in my attempts to familiarize myself with the complex operations of the college and the university. Despite the weak economy, our department has continued to accomplish new goals and expectations. We completed three successful faculty searches. I want to thank the members of the search committees, in particular, the committee chairs Jeanne Duflot, Alexander Hulpke and Jennifer Mueller, for their hard work. We also introduced the new position of Calculus Facilitator (Mary Pilgrim) and designed a distance learning program which will begin this fall. Expect complete details in our fall edition. 2012 - 2013 DEPARTMENT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED In May, prior to the closure of the SP12 semester, Department Chair Gerhard Dangelmayr held the election for the Department Executive Committee for the 2012-13 academic year. The results of the faculty election were recently announced. The 2012-13 Executive Committee will be led by chair, Gerhard Dangelmayr, with faculty members Renzo Cavalieri, Margaret Cheney, Paul Kennedy, and Jennifer Mueller. All members are elected for a one year term. The committee will begin working towards revising the current Department Code and prepare for the next Departmental Review scheduled by the College of Natural Sciences during the 2013-2014 academic year. DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS NEWSLETTER Page 2 COLORADO STATE DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS CO-HOSTS THE 2012 ROCKY MOUNTAIN DISCRETE MATHEMATICS DAYS The 2012 Rocky Mountain Discrete Mathematics Days were held on campus at the Lory Student Center May 18th and 19th, organized and hosted by Tim Penttila, Colorado State and Jason Williford, the University of Wyoming. The goal of these annual meetings is to bring together students and researchers working in the broad area of Discrete Mathematics to discuss their recent work and establish collaborations. This year’s theme was Finite Geometry. The keynote speakers were Gary Ebert and Qing Xiang, both colleagues from the University of Delaware. There were a number of contributed talks by faculty and their graduate students. CSU Department of Mathematics speakers included: Anton Betten, Line Spreads in PG(3,q) Containing a Regulus; Alexander Hulpke, Calculating in Matrix Groups; Tim Penttila, Partial geometries; and Eric Nelson, graduate student, The Group of the Mondello BLT-sets. Participants came from the University of Colorado at Denver, University of Denver, University of Wyoming, University of Mary Washington, and the University of Delaware. Below are a few photos of the conference: DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS NEWSLETTER Page 3 FACULTY AND STAFF UPDATES . . . .NEWS ITEMS TO SHARE! Dr. Paul Kennedy announced four new undergraduate NSF Noyce Scholars including John Bloemker, Stacey Wheeler, Kelsey Frazier, and Eduardo Parra. Each will receive full scholarships in their third and fourth year followed by a commitment to teaching in high needs schools for four years. They join last year's Noyce Scholars: Denae Worcester, Tabitha Nickerson, and Riley Russell. The NOYCE Foundation (http://www.noycefdn.org/) has provided CSU’s School of Teacher Education and Principal Preparation (STEPP) and the Colleges of Natural Sciences and Engineering the opportunity to recruit and train talented STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) students for a career in education. For complete detailed information, go to: http://www.natsci.colostate.edu/noyce/ Prof. James Liu has been serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics (JCAM) since April 2011. JCAM publishes original papers of highly scientific value in all areas of computational and applied mathematics. Prof. Liu mainly handles research papers on numerical methods for partial differential equations. Classified Personnel Council recently notified Sheri Hofeling, Accounting Tech in Mathematics and Statistics, of her nomination for the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award. Across campus, 30 state classified employees were nominated, with five selected award winners. Receiving a nomination is an honor in itself and shows Sheri’s significant contribution is of great value to our department. Congratulations Sheri, and thank you for your contribution to Colorado State! A University of Oxford graduate student, Liya Asner, spent a week in June at Colorado State as a research visitor of Prof. Simon Tavener. Originally raised in the Ukraine, Liya will graduate this summer with her DPhil in the Department of Computer Science. Her research area is in the computational biology group. She was recently selected to begin a post doctoral fellowship at King’s College in London. Her research with Prof. Tavener this summer seeks to extend their earlier work on a posteriori error analysis and adaptivity for finite element calculations of coupled canonical parabolic systems, to consider the specific example of coupled Navier-Stokes and Darcy flow which arises when modeling such diverse systems as aquifers and catalytic converters. Dr. Jon Whiteley, also from the University of Oxford, visited Colorado State as a research visitor with Prof. Simon Tavener in June 2012. Whiteley received his BA, MA, and DPhil degrees from the University of Oxford. He currently holds an appointment as a University Lecturer at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on mathematical modelling and scientific computing related to multiscale, multiphysics problems arising in physiology and biology. Current application areas are tissue development, the heart, the respiratory system, cell motility, the breast, and the eye. Much of his research is in collaboration with colleagues from the Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics (OCCAM), which includes Professor Tavener. Congratulations to Assistant Prof. Patrick Ingram and his wife Elissa on the birth of their first child! Heiko Cedar Ingram-Ross was born on April 12, 2012 at 2:22am. He weighed 7lbs 4oz. The proud father reports the little guy is happy, healthy and adjusting well. DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS NEWSLETTER Page 4 DEPARTMENT GRANT AWARDS JANUARY 1– MAY 31, 2012 CO-PI Primary PI Sponsor Title Amount Edwin K P Chong Jie Luo Johns Hopkins Louis L. Scharf University Ali Pezeshki Mathematical Infrastructure for Knowledge Enhanced Compressive Measurement $60,000 Mario C. Marconi Vakhtang Putkaradze DOD-DTRADefense Threat Reduction Agency Single Molecule Detection for $497,549 Countering WMD using Nano-Mechanical Resonator Arrays Louis L. Scharf Haonan Wang DOD-USAF Air Force Information Fusion from the Point of View of Communication Theory Louis L. Scharf Anura P. Jayasumana Numerica Corporation Distribution Fusion and $124,956 Pattern Detection in Networks Michael J. Kirby None Yale University Predictive Modeling and Control of Sepis $11,594 Renzo Cavalieri None NSF—National Science Foundation FRG Collaborative Grant in GW Theory $88,692 Renzo Cavalieri None NSF—National Science Foundation FRG Collaborative Grant in GW Theory $79,112 $113,167 DR. JEFF ACHTER GRANTED TENURE AND PROMOTION TO ASSOCIATE FACULTY Dr. Jeff Achter was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor, effective July 1, 2012. Dr. Achter received his Ph.D. in 1998 in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. From 1998-2000, he was a visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, followed by a J.F. Ritt Assistant Professorship in Mathematics at Columbia University in New York City from 2000-2003. Dr. Achter came to Colorado State in 2003, as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Biology. From 2005-2007, he was a Special Assistant Professor in Mathematics, and in 2007, he became a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Dr. Achter’s research interests are in arithmetic geometry, at the intersection of algebraic geometry and algebraic number theory. His research in pure mathematics focuses on abelian varieties in positive characteristic, having implications for coding theory, cryptography, and algorithmic number theory. DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS NEWSLETTER Page 5 DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS PhD/MS GRADUATE NEWS SPRING 2012 Degree Ryan Croke Advisor PhD Jennifer Mueller Christine Herrera MS Paul Kennedy Michael Mikucki MS Simon Tavener Francis Motta MS Patrick Shipman Jaime Shinn MS Patrick Shipman Melissa Swager MS Yongcheng Zhou FALL 2011 Degree Hilary Smallwood SUMMER 2011 MS Degree Advisor Jeff Achter Advisor Nate Burch PhD Don Estep Steve Ihde MS Dan Bates William Newton PhD Don Estep Thesis Title An investigation of the Novikov-Veselov equation: New traveling-wave solutions, a numerical solution, instability to transverse perturbations and implications to the inverse scattering transform The investigation of the strategies that best prepare STEM majors to be successful in college level mathematics Sensitivity Analysis of the Basic Reproduction Number and other Quantities for Infectious Disease Models Patterns in Dynamics Nucleation and Growth: Modeling the NH3-HCl Reaction Electrodiffusion on the Surface of Bilayer Membranes Thesis Title Endomorphisms of Abelian Varieties over Finite Fields and Characteristic Polynomials of Frobenius Thesis Title After Graduation Raytheon PhD, Texas State University PhD, CSU PhD, CSU PhD, CSU PhD, CSU After Graduation PhD, CSU After Graduation Probabilistic Foundation of Nonlocal Diffusion and Formulation and Analysis for Elliptic Problems on Uncertain Domains Preconditioning Polynomial Systems for Homotopy Continuation Methods SAMSI Postdoc, North Carolina State University A Posteriori Error Estimates for the Poisson Problem on Closed, Two-Dimensional Surfaces Postdoc, CSU PhD, CSU Department Undergraduate Majors Participate in Summer BRIDGE Program John Bloemker and Stacey Wheeler prepare lessons Two junior math education majors, Stacey Wheeler, of Centennial, Colorado and John Bloemker, of Pittsburgh, PA, will spend their summer participating in the Colorado State BRIDGE program. This program brings to campus 12 minority, 1st generation freshmen to get a head start with beginning their college education. During the eight-week session, participants will take English Comp 150 and MATH 117/118. The mathematics section will be co-instructed by undergraduates Wheeler and Bloemker, Monday through Thursday from 4:00-5:30pm. These math education majors, under the supervision of Dr. Paul Kennedy, will gain valuable teaching experience they will use to further their career goals in math education. Both students are upbeat and positive. We wish them much success! DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS NEWSLETTER Page 6 Graduate Alumni Myron S. Henry Dr. Myron S. Henry’s biography includes professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) from 1998 through 2008. He served as provost of USM from 1998 to 2001. Henry retired from USM in July of 2008, but he continued at USM on a part-time basis until the summer of 2011 through U.S. Department of Education funded grant activity. From 1992 to 1998, Henry was provost and professor of mathematics and computer science at Kent State University in Northeast Ohio. Before Kent State, Henry held positions at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as provost and vice president for On the left is alumni graduate Myron S. Henry, visiting with his academic affairs (1987‑92); and Central Michigan University, where he former PhD advisor, Max Stein, in November 2011. was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (1980‑1987). Henry worked his way up to full professor at Montana State University (1968-1980), where he served as interim dean of the College of Letters and Science in 1978‑1979. In a sabbatical year, Henry taught at North Carolina State University (1975-76). He also briefly taught high school mathematics in Alexandria, Indiana. A native of North Central Indiana, Henry earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics and history from Ball State University (BSU). With support as a NASA Trainee, Henry earned M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in mathematics from Colorado State University. His PhD advisor was Professor Max Stein, former chair of the Department of Mathematics. Henry is an Eagle Scout and served on the Executive Boards for the Great Trails Council (Akron, Ohio) and the Tidewater Council (Southeast Virginia and Northeast North Carolina) of the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and was Rotarian of the Year in 2002. Henry served two terms as president of the USM Faculty Senate (2003-2004 and 2006-2007). He also served as an officer in the USM chapter of American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and as an officer in the Mississippi State Conference of AAUP. At USM, Henry was the recipient of the College of Science and Technology Faculty Service Award in 2006 and the University College of Science and Technology Service Award in 2007. He has visited all fifty states and has resided in nine. Henry has given numerous presentations on leadership topics such as planning and budgeting, strategic planning, governance in higher education, multidimensional forms of scholarship, and faculty roles and rewards. His presentations in mathematics have featured research topics in approximation theory and numerical algorithms for calculating certain types of approximations. Henry has delivered talks throughout the United States and in Bulgaria, Canada, China, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Japan, and Mexico. Henry was co-director and co-instructor for the 2003 and 2004 USM Summer Mathematics Institutes (SM21), director and co-instructor for the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, and co-director and co-instructor for the 2009 and 2010. The Institutes were funded through the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and the U.S. Department of Education. Henry was co-project director and an instructor for the 2006-2007 South Mississippi Science and Mathematics Partnership Program which was funded through the Mississippi Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education. From 2003 through 2010, Henry was PI or Co-PI for grants totaling approximately $1.3 million. Henry and Marycarolan are the proud parents of two daughters, Carrie Lynn Henry and Anita Kay Henry. They also are the proud grandparents of Carrie’s daughter, Abby Lynn Viet, and Anita’s daughter, Marin Hazel Henry. Mary received a master’s degree from Old Dominion University (ODU) and served as a financial aid counselor at ODU and Kent State University. The Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral Students of M. Henry include: K. Wiggins, dissertation entitled, Applications of Approximation Theory to Initial Value Problems, 1974. J. Henry, post-doctoral research in algorithms for polynomial and rational multi-variate approximations, 1975. Co-author (with M. Henry and D. C. Taylor) of An application of Robert's minimal degree algorithm to initial value problems, Int. J. Num. Meth. Engng., 12 (1978), 1347‑1358. D. Schmidt, dissertation entitled, Linear and Nonlinear Product Approximation, 1976. L. Huff, dissertation entitled, Product Methods for Linear Multivariate Approximation, 1978. DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS NEWSLETTER Page 7 SIAM STUDENT CHAPTER NEWS On April 26th, the CSU student SIAM chapter went on a field trip to visit the Google offices in Boulder. Students were able to tour the facility as well as speak to active researchers. Amy Ho, an employee of Google, took the chapter on a tour of the facility. Keeping employees happy is a key feature of the Google life, and thus, their facilities are full of activities such as a rock climbing wall, ping pong, shuffle board, a relaxation and massage room, and plenty of food stations. The lively and creative atmosphere at the facility as well as the strong work ethic of employees is apparent. The SIAM chapter was treated to lunch in the Google cafeteria. As one of their many employee perks, all employees may eat in the cafeteria for breakfast, lunch, and snacks available throughout the day, at no cost to them. Following lunch, a presentation about the culture and impact of Google as well as career opportunities was given. A panel of ‘Googlers’ in various career stages--Rob Judd, Mike Goss, and Guy Cobb—described projects that they had each worked on, hiring practices of Google, and a question and answer session between the attendees and researchers. The event was sponsored by the CSU SIAM Chapter and Google, covering transportation, lunch, and the tour. The participants from Colorado State included 20 graduate students in applied mathematics, pure mathematics, and chemistry. As a world-class research University, we are committed to recruiting and retaining the best and the brightest faculty and providing them the best tools to perform cutting-edge research to solve some of the world's most devastating problems. As a rapidly growing University, we are improving learning resources and opportunities, renovating historic buildings, and constructing state-of-the-art facilities to meet the needs of our growing, high-tech campus community. The $500 million Campaign for Colorado State University is giving us the means to provide access to all of Colorado's students, maintain our standing as a top research university, and prepare our students for lifetimes of service. 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