American Mathematical Society Recognizes Bard Math Circle’s CAMP Program and Its Founder, Professor Japheth Wood
The Bard Math Circle’s Creative and Analytical Math Program (CAMP) and founder Japheth Wood have been recognized with a 2020 Epsilon Award for Young Scholars Programs. The Epsilon Awards, given annually by the American Mathematical Society, support some of the most prestigious summer math enrichment programs in the United States.
American Mathematical Society Recognizes Bard Math Circle’s CAMP Program and Its Founder, Professor Japheth Wood
The Bard Math Circle’s Creative and Analytical Math Program (CAMP) and its founder, professor Japheth Wood, have been recognized with a 2020 Epsilon Award for Young Scholars Programs. The Epsilon Awards, given annually by the American Mathematical Society, support some of the most prestigious summer math enrichment programs in the United States.
CAMP is not “summer camp.” It is a nonresidential academic program for middle school students that features mathematics in a creative learning environment. CAMP started in August 2014 with initial funding from the Dolciani Math Enrichment Grant Program, and it has grown to become a popular late-summer treat for math kids in the Mid-Hudson Valley and beyond. Experienced educators and undergraduate math majors lead classes and activities that emphasize hands-on math, teamwork, and outside-the-box thinking.
This summer, CAMP was held online for the first time. During the first week in August, 49 middle schoolers and a staff of 15—including seven Bard math and computer science majors and two Bard math alumnae—got together via Zoom. “Since cyberspace shortened the distance between us, the Bard Math Circle received numerous applications from around the country,” says Wood. “We could see students’ excitement over running into old friends and connecting with new CAMPers in Zoom classrooms.”
This year’s CAMP theme was cryptography. Students explored cipher encryption (using a cipher wheel like the one at right), created artworks with encoded messages, made cryptograms, and more.
“Though [CAMP] wasn’t around during my student days at Bard, an amazing community has developed since,” says Bard alumna and CAMP senior instructor Erin Toliver ’00. “I love seeing the look on a student’s face when they’ve discovered a new pattern, found a different perspective, or made a new connection for a deeper understanding of this glorious world of mathematics.”
“What’s really distinguishing [our study} from a lot of the studies that are being quoted by the national press . . . and the Administration is that we look at the local connections inside of communities, and those are usually ignored by bigger studies,” Junge tells WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Bard Assistant Professor of Mathematics Matthew Junge Talks with WAMC about National Science Foundation RAPID Grant to Study COVID-19 Forecasting Models
“What’s really distinguishing [our study} from a lot of the studies that are being quoted by the national press . . . and the Administration is that we look at the local connections inside of communities, and those are usually ignored by bigger studies,” Junge tells WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne. “Our study’s taking this opposite perspective of really finally modelling person-to-person connections that come up in our day-to-day lives, like who we socialize with, where we work, connections of that sort, and we ask how the disease spreads in this sort of zoomed-in picture.”
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Bard College professors Matthew Junge, mathematics, and Felicia Keesing, biology; and Grinnell College professor Nicole Eikmeier, computer science, a $60,000 grant to develop network models that better capture the geographic and social complexity of the COVID-19 pandemic. The NSF’s Rapid Response Research (RAPID) program provides support for urgent scientific research that responds to emergencies and unexpected events.
Bard College Professors Win National Science Foundation Rapid Grant to Develop Forecasting Models that Better Capture the Geographic and Social Complexity of the COVID-19 Pandemic
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Bard College professors Matthew Junge, mathematics, and Felicia Keesing, biology; and Grinnell College professor Nicole Eikmeier, computer science, a $60,000 grant to develop network models that—by more accurately incorporating social distancing measures—better capture the geographic and social complexity of the COVID-19 pandemic. Awarded through the NSF’s Rapid Response Research (RAPID) program, which provides support for urgent scientific research that responds to emergencies and unexpected events, the grant includes funding for salaries, publishing costs, and several undergraduate research assistants over a six-month period.
Junge, Bard assistant professor of mathematics and lead investigator on the project, says their project aims to develop network models and mathematical theory to test the robustness of some prominent models being used by governments to justify the extreme levels of intervention we are living through. One advantage of a network model, which tries to accurately describe the face-to-face interactions each individual in a society has and how an infection might spread, is that it is relatively easy to implement social distancing into the network.
“Mathematicians are fairly adept at modeling the natural evolution of epidemics, but most ‘off the shelf’ models were not built to describe the dramatic levels of intervention—business closures, travel limitations, and social distancing—that we are living through during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Junge. “The grant brings together a biologist (Felicia), computer scientist (Nicole), and mathematician (myself) as well as a few undergrad research assistants to tackle this problem over the next six months. Felicia is an expert in infectious disease, Nicole in modeling real world networks, and I am experienced in network infection models.”
Matthew Junge, assistant professor of mathematics, comes to Bard from Duke University, where he served as William W. Elliott Research Assistant Professor. He received his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Washington, where he also earned MS, BS, and BA degrees. His areas of interest include probability, statistical physics, and mathematical biology. Junge’s research takes a probabilistic approach to particle systems from physics and biology, including models for chemical reactions, species proliferation, and epidemic outbreaks. He also studies random structures from classical mathematics and computer science, such as permutations and fragmented spaces.
Felicia Keesing, David and Rosalie Rose Distinguished Professor of Science, Mathematics, and Computing, has been on the Bard faculty since 2000. She has a B.S. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1995, she has studied how African savannas function when the large, charismatic animals like elephants, buffaloes, zebras, and giraffes disappear. She also studies how interactions among species influence the probability that humans will be exposed to infectious diseases. Keesing also studies Lyme disease, another tick-borne disease. She is particularly interested in how species diversity affects disease transmission.
Nicole Elkmeier is an assistant professor of computer science at Grinnell College. She has a PhD in Mathematics from Purdue University and a BA from in mathematics and computer science from Concordia College. Her research is in the field of Network Analysis, specifically focused on studying features of real data and constructing and analyzing graph models which maintain those features. A network, in this case, is a set of nodes (people, web pages, etc.) connected by edges (physical connection, collaboration, etc). She is interested in random graph models, which are used to study how well an algorithm may do on a real-world network, and for testing properties that may further improve algorithms. Her research is at the intersection of math and computer science.
The Algebra Project: Bard Alumna, Teacher Kate Belin on Using Math to Help Students Build More Ethical Communities
Kate Belin BA ’04, MAT ’05 teaches math at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School, a small public school in the South Bronx that uses project-based learning. At Fannie Lou, she oversees the Algebra Project, a national initiative that connects math to students’ lived experiences. In this episode of the Ethical Schools podcast, Belin talks about the synergy between the Algebra Project and Fannie Lou, both of which have their roots in the history of the civil rights movement.
Mathematics Professor Matthew Junge Receives National Science Foundation Grant
Matthew Junge, Bard College Assistant Professor of Mathematics, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $190,868 for research into multitype particle systems. The grant comes from the NSF's Division of Mathematical Sciences Probability Program.
Interacting particle systems with random dynamics are fundamental for modeling phenomena in the physical and social sciences. Such systems can be used to describe chemical reactions, as well as the spread of disease, information, and species through a network. These models often become more meaningful when multiple particle types are incorporated. For example, the celebrated First Passage Percolation model describes the spread of a single species through an environment; the incorporation of competing species enriches the model. This project seeks to study more realistic variants of well-known models for chemical reactions, epidemic outbreaks, and the spread of information as to deepen our understanding of important phenomena from across the sciences and further develop the mathematics that helps explain them. The project will involve the training of undergraduate students.
In summer 2020, Professor Junge will use a portion of the NSF grant to run a Tiny Mathematics Research Community at Bard that vertically connects undergraduates, graduates, postdoctoral researchers, and professors in a retreat-style research workshop.
Professor Junge joined the Bard faculty this fall, coming to Annandale from Duke University, where he served as William W. Elliott Research Assistant Professor of Mathematics. He received his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Washington, where he also earned MS, BS, and BA degrees.
His areas of interest include probability, statistical physics, and mathematical biology. Professor Junge’s research takes a probabilistic approach to particle systems from physics and biology, including models for chemical reactions, species proliferation, and epidemic outbreaks. He also studies random structures from classical mathematics and computer science, such as permutations and fragmented spaces.
This semester, he is teaching Probability and Calculus I, as well as supervising a research project with two Bard undergraduate students. He also teaches in the Bard Prison Initiative, alongside Mathematics Program colleagues John Cullinan and Japheth Wood.
STEAM Explorers: Changing How Kids Think About Science and Math
By Sarah Wallock ’19
If you’re passing through the Reem-Kayden Center on a given Saturday afternoon, you may run into a group of middle school girls, chatting about math games and examining the origami designs that they just made in the Girls Math Club. Or, if you’re a patron of the Tivoli Library, you may come across a STEAM Workshop using soap and food coloring to make marbled milk paper and learn about how calcium affects saturation rates. Both programs are hosted by STEAM Explorers, an initiative of Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) and Math Program. STEAM Explorers has two components: Bard Science Outreach and the Bard Math Circle. Together, they work to create experiences and design experiments that inspire wonder, spark curiosity, and challenge old ideas.
Sarah deVeer ’17 volunteered for STEAM Explorers as a Bard student; now, she runs the program as the science outreach coordinator. This year she has worked to expand the program beyond local partners in Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Kingston, and Tivoli to communities across the Hudson Valley such as in Beacon, Albany, and Hudson. Sarah also worked to revamp the curriculum, and to good effect: John Kemnitzer, the principal of Bulkeley Middle School in Rhinebeck, recently said that this year’s program was the best one yet.
Children participating in Bard’s STEAM Explorers program make marbled milk paper at the Tivoli Library. Photo by Sarah Wallock ’19.
“One aspect that I really love about Bard’s STEAM Explorers is that we don’t charge the schools or community for our programs,” says deVeer. “We offer these programs because we genuinely believe that Bard is a private institution operating in the public interest.” Working with six STEM fellows and 30 engagement mentors, STEAM Explorers collaborates with 12 partners in schools and community organizations throughout the Hudson Valley. DeVeer also coordinates science engagement efforts as part of Bard’s Citizen Science Program and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Engagement. The most important part of discussing issues such as water quality and natural resource use with students, she notes, is how STEAM Explorers is “starting the conversation with the next generation.”
The Bard Math Circle was started in 2007 by mathematics students and faculty at Bard, to address the dearth of math enrichment opportunities in the Mid-Hudson Valley. It began with a monthly program at the Tivoli library, where the organizers brought puzzles, games, and toys that emphasized problem-solving skills and making math fun for all ages. Students attending the library programs reported doing better in their math courses at school because of their involvement with the project.
The Girls Math Club, led by Bard students, works on origami designs in the Reem-Kayden Center on Bard’s campus. Photo by Bari Bossis ’19.
From the outset, Bard undergraduates have been an integral part of the Math Circle, running and developing programs, leading hands-on workshops, and mentoring K-12 students. The Math Circle has expanded over time to include programs at several libraries, schools, and community centers; math contests and national math competitions; programs to empower girls in math; a Rubik’s Cube Club; special events for teachers and senior citizens; and the most popular program, a weeklong summer CAMP (Creative, Analytical Math Program) for middle schoolers, run primarily by Bard faculty, alumni/ae, undergraduates, and local high school volunteers who have taken part in Math Circle programs. One parent whose daughter participated in the Girls Math Club recently commented, “My child was always happy after meetings, and she liked the girls-only space to learn and explore.” Undergraduate leaders credit their involvement with the Math Circle as one of the highlights of their Bard experience. The majority of Math Circle student leaders choose to pursue a career in teaching after graduation.
STEAM Explorers started in 2010 as an effort to bring science and math to area students in new and creative ways. Bard Science Outreach fellows and Bard Math Circle faculty and volunteers work with more than 4,000 children and teens throughout the Hudson Valley each year. Partnering with local schools, they connect what students are learning in the classroom with real-world issues, especially those facing the Hudson Valley region.
During the month of January, Science Outreach fellows worked with six different school districts to host a Day of Science. The CCE outreach team conducted science experiments around the theme of Hudson River watershed health, from off-campus events at Chancellor Elementary in Rhinebeck and Smith Intermediate School in Hudson, to on-campus events for local middle school students. Bard students led activities that showed the importance of local aquifers to the ecosystem. Participants tested the salinity of the river water, played a PCB board game, explored pH filters, and demonstrated water conservation through interactive activities.
STEAM Explorers works to provide real-world applications in all its experiments, like dissecting owl pellets to classify rodent skeletons and building marshmallow towers to learn effective design and construction mechanisms. “My favorite experiment was when we played with owl pellets!” says Junnaria, a sixth-grade student in Perfect Ten, an after-school program in Hudson that empowers and mentors young girls. “It was so cool finding all the bones of the animals! This [experiment] has made me more curious about nature and biology.” Melissa, a seventh grader from Perfect Ten, comments, “I really liked the marshmallow tower. It showed me how to plan measurements for buildings. It’s cool to find out that math and science are in everything, even marshmallows.”
Antonio Gansley-Ortiz ’18, a science outreach engagement mentor, reflects on how his work with the STEAM Explorers continues to influence him: “In April while out having dinner with [another mentor], I ran into one of my middle school students. She recognized us and pointed us out to her parents. The entire family then came over and thanked us for the experience. They also mentioned the student hadn’t stopped talking about her excitement with science. That moment was incredibly fulfilling. I want to help provide that positive experience to other students in the community.”
STEAM Explorers Initiatives
Day of Science brings eighth graders from local school districts to the Bard campus to engage with Bard science fellows, faculty, and undergraduates in a series of themed science stations.
Girls Math Club for middle school girls run by Bard female math majors.
Math Circle Library Programs include puzzles, games, and fun math activities for upper elementary and middle school students.
Rubik’s Cube Club teaches kids how to master the Rubik’s Cube.
Science Fairs connect Black Student Organization fellows and volunteers to mentor local students preparing to enter school science fairs.
Science for Kids brings in-school, hands-on science experiments to K-5 students by using household products in new ways.
Science Saturday brings children and families together with Bard students at local libraries and community centers to participate in science enrichment activities.
STEM Night Out invites young students throughout the Hudson Valley to an evening of fun, hands-on scientific experiments led by science fellows and Bard first-year students.
Bard College Students Telo Hoy ’19 and Meagan Kenney ’19 Awarded U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroad
Bard College students Telo Hoy and Meagan Kenney have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad for the fall 2017 semester. Hoy, a music composition major from Santa Fe, New Mexico, was awarded $3,000 to study at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavik. Kenney, a mathematics major from Richmond, Virginia, was awarded $4,500 to pursue studies in Hungary at the Budapest Semester in Mathematics. Hoy and Kenney are among nearly 1,000 American undergraduates from 386 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the prestigious award.
For underrepresented students in STEM. https://meet.google.com/azc-hvgc-cus Join us for a conversation on virtual learning and internships in math and the sciences.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
On-Campus Interviews For Full Time Positions Campus Center, Meeting Room 214 Interested in a career in education? Apply now for an on-campus interview!
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Campus Center, Red Room 202 Interested in teaching children in early and elementary programs? Hear about Sarah Lawrence’s Art of Teaching, Child Development, and Social Work Programs.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
A place to work on homework, study with classmates, or talk to a tutor! Reem-Kayden Center Sundays-Wednesdays in RKC 101.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
A national math contest for high school students Reem-Kayden Center The AMC 10/12 is a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examination in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Join our December graduating seniors in presenting their senior projects. Light refreshments will be served
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Campus Walk Above Kline In a rare occurrence, the planet Mercury will pass in front of the Sun on the morning of November 11. However, this is not a celestial event that one can view by looking to the heavens with an unaided eye, since
a) Mercury is very small compared with the Sun, and
b) You shouldn't look directly at the Sun.
In order to view the transit (clouds permitting) the Physics Program will have a telescope with a solar filter set up on Campus Walk, just up the hill from Kline. Drop by anytime from 9:30am until the transit ends at 1pm to check out this planetary alignment for yourself.
Note the next chance to view a Mercury transit from Bard will be on May 7, 2049.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Sydney Weaver RKC 111 Come to this interactive presentation about the history of the Rubik’s cube, some of the mathematics involved in analyzing the cube, and a demonstration of solving techniques.
No prior knowledge of the Rubik’s cube is assumed.
Sydney Weaver, 21, is a nine-time gold medalist professional Speedcuber. She loves sharing mathematics with people of all ages typically using the Rubik’s Cube as an interesting medium.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 308 SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY • HEG 308 • 7–10 PM
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Join our seniors in presenting their Senior Project research!
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
A team-based competition for girls in grades 3-8 Reem-Kayden Center Girls' Adventures in Math (GAIM) is a themed mathematics competition for upper elementary and middle school girls, followed by strategy-based games. Teams of students will work on challenging problems, contextualized in a comic book containing the stories of pioneering women from history.
The competition is organized by Math-M-Addicts New York, Inc. The Bard Math Circle hosts this event to promote a culture of mathematical problem solving and mathematics enrichment in the mid-Hudson Valley.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Locations: LA, NYC & Bard Campus Center, Red Room 202 Have an interest in being a Math Summer Camp Counselor in LA, NYC, or Bard? Interview and meet with the Beam Math recruiter today!
A national math contest for high school students Reem-Kayden Center The AMC 10/12 is a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examination in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.
The contest is paired with an engaging math talk at the high school level, presented by a Bard mathematician.
The Bard Math Circle hosts this annual event to promote a culture of mathematical problem solving and math enrichment in the mid-Hudson Valley.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor Hegeman 308
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Join our December graduating seniors in presenting their senior projects Reem-Kayden CenterLight refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Sponsored by the Bard Math Circle Reem-Kayden Center The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The contest is paired with an engaging math talk at the middle school level, presented by a Bard mathematician. The Bard Math Circle hosts this annual event to promote a culture of mathematical problem solving and math enrichment in the mid-Hudson Valley.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Dr. Kathryn E. Stein ’66 Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium Kathryn Stein ’66, PhD, an immunologist with more than 30 years of experience, received the John and Samuel Bard Award in Medicine and Science from Bard College.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Michael Weinman, Professor of Philosophy, Bard College Berlin RKC 103 Drawing on arguments from The Parthenon and Liberal Education (SUNY, 2018), a monograph recently coauthored with my Bard College Berlin colleague Geoff Lehman, I will point to the resonance of the work in number theory, astronomy, and harmonics of Philolaus, a near contemporary of Socrates, with central features of the design principles of the Parthenon. In this way, I hope to show that the Parthenon can be seen as a mediator between the early reception of Ancient Near-Eastern mathematical ideas and their integration into Greek thought as a form of liberal education, as the latter came to be defined by Plato and his followers. Prominently in its pursuit of harmonia (harmony; joining together) without resolving tensions between opposites, the Parthenon engages dialectical thought as we encounter it in Plato's dialogues and in ways that are of enduring relevance for the project of liberal education.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
3rd floor Albee Math Lounge On behalf of the math faculty, I would like to welcome everyone back from what was hopefully a fun and relaxing summer break!
To celebrate your return, the Math Program will be having a get-together this Thursday, September 6, in the math common room from 4:45 to 5:45 pm. There will be light refreshments and delightful conversation.
We would love if you could make it to hang out, talk, and reconnect. See you then!!
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor Hegeman 308
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Jennifer L. Carter, SUNY Albany Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium The idea that worlds exist beyond our solar system, exoplanets, dates back to the Greek times, but it was not until 1992 that the first exoplanet discovery was accepted by the scientific community. Detections of exoplanets continued at a crawl until the Kepler mission began in 2009. To date, over 3,700 exoplanets have been confirmed using a variety of techniques. The types of exoplanets detected range from incredibility hot, Jupiter-size exoplanets to Earth-like exoplanets that may be habitable for life.
First, we’ll discuss the motivation behind exoplanet science and explore the subject from a historical perspective. We will investigate how some of the detection methods work and discuss their relative successes. Finally, we will conclude by exploring the reflected light of exoplanets in more detail and will discuss two methods of modeling that light.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Buses leave from Kline South stop at 8:30 pm.
Join us at the Montgomery Place visitor center for a short talk by Prof. Antonios Kontos on the science of Jupiter—from the days of Galileo to the latest NASA missions—followed by telescope viewing of Jupiter and its moons, a guided tour of the night sky, and a round of ask-a-physicist-anything.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Join Science, Mathematics & Computer graduating seniors in presenting their senior projects. Reem-Kayden Center
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Amanda Katharine Serenevy, Ph.D. Executive Director, Riverbend Community Math Center Hegeman 204 We will discuss the differences among several prevailing math instruction philosophies, including traditional math instruction, conceptual math instruction, inquiry/project based learning, and math circle instruction. We will talk about the motivations behind some of these approaches, the reasons that math instruction is changing, and how to incorporate the various approaches when working with students.
Amanda Serenevy has been active with the Math Circle movement to connect mathematicians with young students interested in mathematics for many years. As a graduate student, Amanda first became involved with Math Circles as an instructor in Bob and Ellen Kaplan's Math Circle program in the Boston area. In November 2006, Amanda accompanied a group of American mathematicians during a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg to learn about Russian math outreach programs. Amanda regularly co-organizes events for mathematicians and teachers from around the country who are interested in starting their own outreach programs, and has mentored many new Math Circle leaders. Amanda continues to offer Math Circles in the South Bend area. In 2006, Amanda and her husband Dean founded the Riverbend Community Math Center. Amanda continues to serve as the executive director, designing curricula and lessons, and leading professional development sessions for teachers and hands-on math activities for people of all ages.
Jeff Suzuki, Brooklyn College Hegeman 204 Suppose you're one of a group of people responsible for a decision: choosing which applicant to hire into a job; deciding what food to have available at a banquet; or choosing who's going to represent you in Washington, D.C. How can you do it? Social choice theory is the branch of mathematics that studies how groups can make decisions. We'll take a look at some problems, some solutions, and some paradoxes that result when groups try to make decisions.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Sunita Vatuk, City College of New York Hegeman 204 There is a lot of talk about math being &lquo;everywhere&rquo; in &lquo;daily life,&rquo; and I would argue that most (all?) mathematicians understand how to find it. But the process of finding math in unexpected places is something that most of us learned by osmosis rather than consciously.
Many South Indian Hindus have at least one god in their home—a statue that they worship every day. The daily &lquo;puja&rquo; often involves making a design out of rice powder in front of the god. We will look at two variations of this design, called a Hridaya kolam. (Hridaya = heart, kolam = designs made from powder in South India.)
After learning to make the two standard designs, we will embark on an exploration to find some mathematics in them—making algorithms, generalizing, looking for structure, explaining what we find, coming up with useful notation, deciding on definitions, and so on. Different students will be free to follow different paths through the exploration.
Sunita Vatuk has a Ph.D. in differential geometry from Princeton University. As part of her teaching at the University of Colorado (Boulder), Rutgers University (Piscataway), and City University of New York she has worked extensively with high school math teachers. That work sparked an interest in the existence and nature of mathematical thinking outside of research mathematics, including but not limited to origami and textile production. This talk is based on over 80 interviews with kolam experts and hundreds of designs she learned as a Fulbright scholar affiliated with the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
A national math contest for high school students Reem-Kayden Center The AMC 10/12 is a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examination in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.
The contest is paired with an engaging math talk at the high school level, presented by a Bard mathematician.
The Bard Math Circle hosts this annual event to promote a culture of mathematical problem solving and math enrichment in the mid-Hudson Valley.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Albee 3rd floor Math Lounge The math program extends a hearty welcome back to all.
In transitioning from what we trust was a relaxing winter break to what promises to be an illuminating and fun semester stuffed to the gills with wondrous mathematics, we will be having a get-together this Thursday, 2/1, 4:45-6pm in the math common room (Albee).
Please come by to hang out and reconnect over tea, cocoa, cookies, and similar light fare. See you then!!
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak with a math tutor RKC 111
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Join our December graduating seniors in presenting their senior projects
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Sunita Vatuk, City College of NY Hegeman 204 "It is notoriously hard to give a satisfactory answer to the question, 'What is mathematics?'" —Timothy Gowers
"One proposal, made in desperation, is 'What mathematicians do.'" —Ian Stewart
This women's art form is not part of academic research mathematics, and most of the experts in it are not formally educated, but the kolam-maker and the mathematician do share many patterns of thought. The range of mathematical connections found in kolams make it a particularly rich arena in which to explore that elusive definition of mathematics, by focusing on mathematical thinking outside of academia.
Dr. Vatuk has a PhD in differential geometry from Princeton University. As part of her teaching at University of Colorado (Boulder), Rutgers University (Piscataway), and City University of NY she has worked extensively with high school math teachers. That work sparked an interest in the existence and nature of mathematical thinking outside of research mathematics, including, but not limited to, origami and textile production. This talk is based on over 80 interviews with kolam experts and hundreds of designs she learned as a Fulbright scholar affiliated with the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Kariane Calta, Vassar College Hegeman 204 In this talk, I will begin by describing how a question about the geodesic flow on translation surfaces led to an exploration of continued fraction algorithms associated to triangle groups. My aim is to describe how apparently different areas of mathematics can work together to give rise to interesting and sometimes surprising results.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Nicholas A. Scoville Ursinus College
Hegeman 204 Digital images surround us. They are found in our computers, iPhones, televisions, and more. Because they are so integrated into our lives, there is a constant need to manipulate and investigate these images. Anything that one might want to do with a digital image will inevitably involve some kind of mathematics, whether it be linear algebra, geometry, or topology. In this talk, we will introduce not only the topology of digital images, but topology in general. We'll discuss some of the main ideas in topology and use them to figure out what topology would mean in a digital setting. Our newfound knowledge of digital topology will then allow us to dene a digital version of the Hopf fibration, a function between spheres of different dimensions which links together circles in a beautiful and profound way. This talk will be accessible to undergraduates.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Heidi Burgiel, University of Massachusetts, Lowell Hegeman 204 Learn to fold a star-building unit -- a modification of the Sonobe module for unit origami. These modules combine to form right angled pyramids over equilateral triangles. Participants will have the opportunity to stellate a tetrahedron (creating a cube) and to explore the eight strictly convex deltahedra.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 204 Sam Baumgartner Yuming Liu Andres Mejia Kirill Shakhnovskiy Yida Shao Darren Tirto Eric Zhang Lingxin Zhao
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Ming-Wen An, Vassar College Hegeman 204 In the final stages of a long and costly drug discovery process, a drug compound is introduced into humans as part of a clinical trial. A clinical trial is a research study with a pre-defined protocol and is conducted in different phases. In oncology, as many as 60% of drug compounds that reach the last phase (Phase III) fail this final step. This high failure rate may reflect inappropriate evaluation of compounds in preceding Phase II trials, in which the primary endpoint is often binary tumor response, based on the Response Evaluation Criteria for Solid Tumors (RECIST). This motivates the search for alternative Phase II endpoints. In this talk, we will introduce clinical trials and survival analysis to contextualize the problem. Then we will describe our work evaluating alternative categorical and continuous tumor measurement-based endpoints for their ability to predict overall survival using data from real clinical trials.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 204 Teagan DeCusatis Jessica Liu Rachel Nalecz Thuy Linh Nguygen Odett Salcedo Peter Servatius Kaylynn Tran Christian Yost
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 204 Eric Zhang, ’18 COMPACTNESS OF RIGID GRAPH Given a graph G, a framework is a straight line embedding of a G into d-dimensional space. Two frameworks of G are equivalent if the corresponding edges in the two frameworks have the same length. Given a collection of equivalent frameworks of G, a framework is compact if the distance between all pairs of vertices is minimal among the collection. We are mainly considering generic frameworks, in which the coordinates of the vertices of G are algebraically independent. In this paper, we studied compact frameworks in R and R^2.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hema Gopalakrishnan Sacred Heart University Hegeman 204 Recurrence relations arise in many fields of study. To solve a recurrence relation is to find an explicit formula for the numbers of the sequence generated by the recurrence. Informally, an ordinary generating function is a power series whose coefficients are the terms of a given sequence. In this talk, we will introduce the method of generating functions for solving linear recurrence relations with constant coefficients and apply this method to solve the Fibonacci recurrence relation.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Kerri-Ann Norton, Computer Science Program Hegeman 204 Breast tumor development is influenced by the individual properties of the tumor cells but also by other non-cancerous cells within its microenvironment. Based on experimental data, each tumor cell’s intrinsic properties are modeled, taking into account properties like cancer cell type and receptor numbers. In addition, we model the microenvironment’s influence on individual cancer cell properties, such as migration and proliferation. Then using agent-based modeling, we examine how individual cells interact with their microenvironment to form tumors and show how changes in that environment affect the tumor’s growth and invasion. From these results, we make predictions for potential therapies based on the interplay between the tumor and its microenvironment.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Moshe Cohen, Vassar College Hegeman 204 A line arrangement is a finite collection of lines in the plane. We can study this combinatorially by looking at intersections of lines. We can study this topologically by looking at the complement (in complex projective space). We can ask if the combinatorial information forecasts the topological information. When this does not occur, we obtain two different geometric arrangements; we call this a Zariski pair. There is no such pair of up to nine lines. Examples have been found with thirteen lines by Rybnikov in 1998 and with twelve lines by Guerville-Balle in 2014. Together with Amram, Sun, Teicher, Ye, and Zarkh, we investigate arrangements of ten lines. Together with an undergraduate student Liu last year, we investigate arrangements of eleven lines.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
3rd floor Albee lounge Come and learn how you can help the Bard Math Circle provide access to mathematics enrichment throughout the Hudson River Valley. All Bard students are encouraged to attend and eat pizza, play puzzles and games, and find out more about the Bard Math Circle.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Albee 3rd floor lounge On behalf of the math faculty, I would like to welcome everyone back from what was hopefully a fun and relaxing summer break!
To celebrate your return, the math program will be having a get together this Monday 9/11 in the math common room from 5-6pm. There will be light refreshments and delightful conversion.
We would love if you could make it to hang out, talk, and reconnect. See you then!!
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Antonios Kontos, Physics program Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium With three detections and counting, the Advanced LIGO gravitational-wave observatories have opened a new window into the Universe. For now, all the detected gravitational-waves originated from collisions of two black holes. The effect that these gravitational-waves have as they pass through space is to stretch and compress space-time, much like sound waves stretch and compress the air. To understand the challenge of detecting this effect here on Earth, imagine (if you can) that a reasonably strong gravitational wave changes the length of one kilometer by one thousandth of a proton's diameter. At this level of sensitivity, quantum mechanics and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle start playing a significant role and if we want to listen further into the Universe, we need to manipulate the quantum nature of light to our advantage. In this talk I will give an overview of gravitational waves, how LIGO detects them, and why quantum mechanics matters when measuring distances with such precision.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Join Science, Mathematics & Computer graduating seniors in presenting their senior projects.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Amir Barghi, Mathematics Program Hegeman 308 At a dinner party, each guest is assigned a seat along a long table, which seats 12 people. However, when all guests arrive, they decide to change things a little up by swapping seats. In order to minimize the amount of chaos, they have to follow the following three rules: a guest can keep their seat; two guests sitting next to each other or across the table can swap seats; three or more guests can swap seats in a cyclic fashion, provided that each person is moving one seat to the left or to the right or across the table. Assuming that all guests have showed up, how many possible seating rearrangements are there? Now consider the graph on the left. We want to place dominoes along some of the edges of this graph so that each vertex is covered by exactly one domino. We call any such placement of dominoes a domino tiling. How many domino tilings of this graph exits?
In this talk, we will explore the connection between these two problems by defining what the factorial of a graph is.
Prerequisites: A familiarity with graphs and counting arguments is a plus, but not required.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Maria Belk, Mathematics Program
Hegeman 308 In this talk, we investigate the important question of how many zombies are required to catch and eat a person in an enclosed structure. We model the structure with a graph, and we assume that the person can move much faster than the zombies. The minimum number of zombies required to catch an intelligent person is called the zombie number of the graph. This is a variation on the "cops and robbers" game from graph theory, which can be used to define the treewidth of a graph. We will discuss how the zombie number of a graph relates to the treewidth, and we will determine which graphs have zombie number 1 and 2. This talk will be accessible to anyone who is taking or has taken a 200-level mathematics course.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Lauren Rose, Mathematics Program Hegeman 308 Splines are piecewise polynomial functions that are often used to approximate complicated functions. They arise in various branches of applied mathematics, computer science and engineering. Applications include computer graphics and computer modeling, airplane design, and approximating solutions to partial differential equations. More recently, splines have been studied for their algebraic properties, and their defining equations have been generalized to arbitrary rings.
In this talk, I will describe Integer Splines on a graph, where both the edges and vertices of the graph are labeled with integers. The vertex labeling is called a spline if the difference between vertex labels is divisible by the corresponding edge label. I will report on recent work with Bard students, and open problems for the future.
Prerequisites: Familiarity with Linear Algebra and modular arithmetic is helpful, but not required.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Stefan Mendez-Diez Mathematics Program Hegeman 308 The purpose of this talk is to explore the interplay between mathematics and physics by taking a closer look at the theory of Electricity and Magnetism. We will start with the normal physicist's formulation of Maxwell's equations and then rewrite them from the perspective of a mathematician. This will allow us to describe what charge is as a mathematical object. We will then give a mathematical generalization of Maxwell's equations motivated by string theory and explore how physical phenomena can inform our understanding of the underlying mathematical structures. This talk should be accessible to anyone who has taken Math 213 or above.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Steve Simon, Mathematics Program Hegeman 308 Given any 3 shapes in R3 (e.g., a piece of ham, a hunk of cheese, and a slice of bread), does there exist a single plane that simultaneously cuts each shape into two pieces of equal volume? Can any shape in R2 be dissected into four pieces of equal area by some pair of perpendicular lines? By exploiting hidden geometric symmetries, we will show how equipartition problems such as these can be solved using powerful techniques from the seemingly unrelated eld known as algebraic topology. For instance, the positive answer to the rst problem above { the so-called Ham Sandwich" Theorem { ultimately reduces to a very deep result of Borsuk and Ulam: for any continuous map from a sphere to a plane, there must exist a pair of antipodal points on the sphere whose images coincide. While fairly advanced mathematics is not too far away, this talk requires only a familiarity with the intermediate value theorem to be understood. All are welcome to attend!
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Japheth Wood, Mathematics Program
Hegeman 308 Come learn several historical methods to compute the area under a parabola, including approaches from Archimedes, Pascal, and Riemann. This talk is suitable for curious math students from Calculus I and beyond, and illustrates how creative approaches to problem solving can open up beautiful mathematical ideas.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Jim Belk, Mathematics Program Hegeman 308 A fractal is a geometric figure that exhibits a self-similar structure, meaning that the same patterns appear at a range of different scales. In this talk, I will explore the notion of symmetry in mathematics, and then describe some symmetries of fractal shapes that reflect their self-similar structure. The algebra of these symmetries can have certain unusual features, and I will discuss some surprising results that have been uncovered about this algebra as part of my research. This talk should be accessible to all math majors.
Refreshments to follow immediately in the Math Common Room.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Ethan Bloch Mathematics Program Hegeman 308 A very useful number associated with polyhedra is the Euler characteristic, which in the 2-dimensional case is V - E + F, where V, E and F are the number of vertices, edges and faces of a polyhedron, respectively. In this talk we consider the question of whether the Euler characteristic is locally determined, which means that it can be calculated as the sum of numbers determined in a neighborhood of each vertex of the polyhedron; there are combinatorial and geometric versions of this question, where the geometric version goes back to an idea of Descartes, from before Euler. We will then ask the analogous question regarding the Charney-Davis quantity of a polyhedron, which in the 2-dimensional case is 1 - (1/2)V + (1/4)E - (1/8)F. This talk should be suitable for all students who are currently in Math 261 (Proofs and Fundamentals) or beyond.
Refreshments to follow immediately in the Mathematics Common Room
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
John Cullinan, Mathematics Program Hegeman 308 In 1909 Arthur Wieferich proposed a way to attack Fermat's last theorem by introducing a variant on Fermat's little theorem. His idea has since been refined and now forms what is known as the "Wieferich Conjecture". Even though Fermat's last theorem has been proved, the Wieferich conjecture remains open and a major area of research in modern number theory. In this talk, I will explain the Wieferich conjecture, its modern geometric interpretation, and my current research project. This talk should be suitable for all students who are currently in Math 261 (Proofs and Fundamentals) or beyond. In particular, we will make extensive use of modular arithmetic.
Refreshments to follow immediately in the Math Common Room.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Zammy Diaz Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition Campus Center Lobby Join Zammy Diaz, IHN Communications Center, to learn why the one-year MS Program in Nutrition Science may be a great gap or glide year for you.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Sponsored by the Bard Math Circle Reem-Kayden Center The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The contest is paired with an engaging math talk at the middle school level, presented by a Bard mathematician. The Bard Math Circle hosts this annual event to promote a culture of mathematical problem solving and math enrichment in the mid-Hudson Valley.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 204 Rebecca Schiavo, Senior Assistant Director from Columbia's Office of Undergraduate Admissions, will be coming to talk about the 3+2 and 4+2 BA/BS Combined Plans. This is an ideal opportunity to get definitive answers to your specific questions. She visits only once in two years, so don't miss her talk.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
We want you to participate in trying out a new Science Literacy assessment developed here at Bard!
Assessment sessions are being held on Sunday, September 11 at 3 p.m. and on Monday, September 12 at 7 p.m. RKC second floor pods The assessment is done in pairs, takes a little more than 90 minutes to complete, is designed to see how you go about finding the answer to a science-related question, and is pretty fun to do! Treats provided for all who participate!
**science majors are always welcome!**
Bring a laptop for the assessment
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Sunday–Thursday, RKC 111, 7–10 p.m. RKC 111 A place to do math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tutor
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium Join a panel of professors from Bard and other local colleges for a discussion on gender, sexism, and empowerment in science. The panel is hosted by Women in S.T.E.M. at Bard, a group which aims to provide inspiration and support to underrepresented minorities in science and their allies.
Q&A and reception with refreshments will follow.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Steven Simon, Wellesley College RKC 111 Can any three shapes in ℝ3 be simultaneously cut into two pieces of equal volume by a single plane? Can any shape in ℝ2 be dissected into four pieces of equal area by two perpendicular lines? By exploiting hidden symmetries, we will show how equipartition problems such as these (as well as a variety of other questions from combinatorial geometry) can be solved using techniques from the seemingly unrelated field of algebraic topology. For instance, the positive answer to the first problem above -- the so-called "Ham Sandwich" Theorem -- ultimately reduces to a deep result of Borsuk and Ulam: for any continuous map from a sphere to a plane, there must exist some pair of opposite points on the sphere whose images coincide. Although group theory, topology, number theory, and even Fourier analysis are all truly at play, no background in these fields is required to appreciate the fascinating interplay of the continuous and the discrete at the heart of topological combinatorics. All are welcome to attend!
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Please see the link below for information on applying for a Distinguished Scientist Scholar Award. Application deadline is Friday, April 1
Ivan Ventura, Harvey Mudd College Hegeman 204 Inverse problems are a large class of both theoretical and applied problems that have captivated the mathematical community for over half a century. During this time numerous applications have arisen in in a variety of fields, such as medical imaging and cloaking. In the first half of this talk I will discuss, by example, general inverse problems and how they arise in the real world. In the second half I will focus specifically on spectral inverse problems, starting with the classic "Can you hear the shape of a drum?" problem in the case of the sphere. Finally I will present an analogous result for semiclassical Schrödinger operators.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Ursula Whitcher University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire RKC 111 If you have a rubber band and a pegboard, how many polygons can you make that have only one peg in the center? The answer to this question is highly interesting to string theorists, who use shapes like these to write equations for the predicted "extra" dimensions of the universe. We'll talk about the way mathematicians use intuition from string theory to make mathematical discoveries.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
A national math contest for high school students Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium The AMC 10/12 is a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examination in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.
The contest is paired with an engaging math talk at the high school level, presented by a Bard mathematician.
The Bard Math Circle hosts this annual event to promote a culture of mathematical problem solving and math enrichment in the mid-Hudson Valley.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Stefan Mendez-Diez, Utah State University Hegeman 204 In physics, supersymmetry is a pairing between the carriers of mass and energy appearing in theories of subatomic particles. These physical theories can be described using graphs known as Adinkras. We will tour the mathematics of supersymmetry by illustrating how we can construct Adinkras using binary cubes and error correcting codes. We will discuss recent results that allow us to give a geometric interpretation of these physical theories using Grothendieck’s theory of dessins d’enfants, or “children’s drawings.” This will lead us to consider spin structures and discrete Morse functions as a natural part of supersymmetry.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Nora Youngs Harvey Mudd College RKC 111 Navigation and spatial memory are two of the most vital functions of the brain. Without the ability to construct an internal map of our environment and remember how to get from one place to another, we would be lost (literally)! In 2014, the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine was awarded to John O'Keefe for the discovery of place cells, a particular type of neuron essential to spatial memory. In this talk, we will consider an algebraic method to store spatial information received from place cells, and explore ways to reconstruct topological features of a spatial environment from that stored data.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Mario Micheli, Bowdoin College Hegeman 204 In this talk I will give an overview of the exciting and growing field of image processing, by introducing how images and video can be modeled and manipulated mathematically. I will give examples of the typical problems that are studied in this discipline, and present an array of applications in medicine, astronomy, atmospheric science, security, navigation systems, and others in information technology. Also, I shall present the research problem of image reconstruction under "optical turbulence", i.e. the optical phenomenon caused by light rays being refracted to form distorted images at the observer's location: this typically occurs when looking at objects at a distance in hot climates, or underwater in the presence of temperature gradients (i.e., when the water temperature is not the same at different locations). The results of an imaging recovery algorithm will also be illustrated.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Ying Zhou, Ohio State University RKC 111 We live in an environment that is constantly changing. On a large time scale, climate change has a global effect on the dynamics of plant populations. On a smaller scale, there are seasonal changes of local habitats, for example, flooding and drying of wetland habitats. In this talk, I will present a spatial perspective of the effects of environmental changes. What happens when the suitable habitat of a population changes its location, or its size over time? Are there limits of the population’s ability to cope with these spatial changes? How does the life history of plant species affect their persistence in the presence of environmental change? I will present a set of mathematical models aiming at answering these questions.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Lauren Childs Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 AuditoriumWolbachia are intracellular bacteria that are widespread in mosquito species and are known to limit the spread of insect-borne human pathogens including dengue, malaria and worms. The success of Wolbachia is attributed to a variety of ways in which the bacterium manipulates its host to promote fitness of infected females and increase transmission as bacteria are passed from mothers to offspring. Although long-proposed as a tool for the control of dengue, until recently it was thought that Anopheles mosquitoes, the vectors of human malaria, were unable to be infected by Wolbachia. Recent observations in Burkina Faso showed stable but low persistence of Wolbachia infections in Anopheles mosquitoes. Here, I present an ordinary differential equation model of Wolbachia infection in Anopheles mosquitoes developed in collaboration with students from the Summer Research Program in Epidemiology at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. We demonstrate the persistence of Wolbachia at low prevalence in the context of varied reproductive phenotypes. Through analysis of our model, we determine which phenotypes are most important for persistence of Wolbachia infection, aiding survival of Wolbachia infected laboratory populations.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Professor Frank Scalzo Health Professions Adviser Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium Professor Frank Scalzo will introduce the pathways leading to post-baccalaureate degrees in the health professions including, traditional medicine, allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, etc. etc. The discussion will be tailored to the interests of the audience. If you are interested in a health profession, you should attend this discussion.
For more information, please contact Professor Frank Scalzo at scalzo@bard.edu.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Eyvindur Ari Palsson Williams College RKC 111 One of Erdos' greatest contributions to geometry was his problem on distinct distances that asks: what is the least number of distinct distances among n points. This seemingly innocent inquiry inspired many other related questions, some of which are still being worked on today. In this talk we will start with an introduction to the original distinct distance problem and then move on to some related questions, such as the unique distance problem and heavy lines. There will be a special emphasis on crescent configurations that were tackled by the Number Theory and Harmonic Analysis group in the Williams undergraduate summer research program in 2015.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Olin, Room 201 Want to tutor Bard Prison Initiative students next semester? Come to our first info session to learn how to apply.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Sponsored by the Bard Math Circle Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.
The contest is paired with an engaging math talk at the middle school level, presented by a Bard mathematician.
The Bard Math Circle hosts this annual event to promote a culture of mathematical problem solving and math enrichment in the mid-Hudson Valley.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
The language of experience and evaluation: Logical and linguistic investigations into subjective judgment Reem-Kayden Center Room 101 Abstract: We’re all in the business of evaluation. We evaluate basketball players and beers, movies and motels, students and teachers. Philosophical discussions both contemporary and classical have elevated the notion of a judge or point of view in explaining the central puzzling feature of evaluation — the tug-of-war between the subjective genesis of and objective standards of correctness for evaluative judgments. In recent years there has been a torrent of work at the intersection of philosophy and linguistics on so-called "faultless disagreements" — disputes (e.g. over whether vanilla ice cream is tastier than chocolate ice cream) that seem to concern mere personal preferences. I argue that popular accounts misconstrue the meaning of evaluative expressions and that the claims at issue concern norms of experience. On the way to this conclusion, we’ll touch on a number of issues in logic and linguistics: quantification, genericity, modality, and aspect.
Alex Anthony is a PhD candidate at Rutgers University, Department of Philosophy. After completing his undergraduate studies at Wesleyan University he participated in Summer Schools in Logic, Language and Information in Ljubljana, Slovenia and in College Park, Maryland before enrolling at Rutgers. At Wesleyan he received the Wise Prize for the best paper in Philosophy. At Rutgers he received the Presidential Fellowship, one of ten awarded annually university-wide to an outstanding doctoral student.
this is the last seminar in the series
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Olin 102 Interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholarship, a Watson fellowship, or another postgraduate scholarship or fellowship? This information session will cover application procedures, deadlines, and suggestions for crafting a successful application. Applications will be due later this month, so be sure to attend one of the two information sessions!
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
SUNDAY-THURSDAY RKC 111 7-10 P.M. A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or speak to a math tuto RKC 111
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
an exhibition of digital prints by artist (and Bard alum) Steven Salzman Reem-Kayden Center Download: SS_BARD_060215copy.pdf
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Join the graduating seniors in the Science, Mathematics and Computing Division in presenting and celebrating their senior project work
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Applications are due to Megan Karcher, karcher@bard.edu, by Friday, April 3 Reem-Kayden Center Distinguished Scientist Scholar (DSS) AwardGuidelines and Application Instructions All current students concentrating in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics or physics are eligible to apply for a Distinguished Scientist Scholar (DSS) Award. These awards are given to exceptional students who have distinguished themselves academically in one of the above-mentioned disciplines in the division of Science, Mathematics and Computing. The exact amount of each award is determined by the Financial Aid office, on average $5000 for each academic year, and includes the opportunity to apply for a summer research stipend to participate in NSF or NIH sponsored summer research programs at other institutions, if the student is not already eligible for federal funding. Like other science students at Bard, DSS recipients are also eligible for BSRI funding for summer research at Bard. Please note that this is a very competitive process and only a few awards will be given out each year. · Eligibility: To apply for a DSS award (commencing in the fall), a student must meet the following eligibility criteria:o Concentrating in one of the following programs: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics.o Not currently receiving a DSS scholarship or award.o Cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall in the college.o Cumulative GPA of 3.5 in courses in the SM&C Division. · Application Procedure:o Write a letter of request to the DSS Committee. The letter should discuss your plan of study in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and/or physics.o Write an essay about an experience in science or math that you found particularly interesting.o Ask two Bard faculty members to write you letters of recommendation. At least one of these faculty members must be in the SM&C Division. They should submit their letters directly to Megan Karcher.o Submit this information as attachments via e-mail to the SM&C Division secretary, Megan Karcher (karcher@bard.edu) · Selection Criteria: Awards will be granted to students showing exceptional qualifications in their areas of study and based upon the following:o College academic records.o Letters of recommendations from the faculty.o A strong interest in working in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics.o Availability of funds. · Deadline: Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, April 3rd, 2015. The DSS Committee will meet shortly after that, and will make recommendations to the Director of Financial Aid, who will determine the final awards. You should receive word of whether you have been selected to receive a DSS award by early May. Questions? Contact Robert McGrail, Chair of the Division of Science, Math and Computing, mcgrail@bard.edu.
The national AMC 10B/12B math contest Reem-Kayden Center As part of its competition program, the Bard Math Circel hosts the AMC 10B/12B contests followed by an engaging math talk by a Bard math professor.
The AMC contests are 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examinations in secondary school mathematics containing problems which can be understood and solved with algebra and geometry concepts (AMC 10B) and pre-calculus concepts (AMC 12B), but very challenging.
Please join the Bard Math Circle for this and other events. For more information, visit bardmathcircle.org or email bardmathcircle@gmail.com.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
A lecture by Robert Thompson, Harvey Mudd College RKC 111 Butterfly wings, snowflakes, and Romanesco cauliflower are all great examples of the beautiful symmetry found in nature. But symmetry also has a second life as a powerful tool for reducing the complexity of mathematical problems. In this talk I'll introduce this second life of symmetry and highlight some of its unlikely applications, including a very impractical scheme to get rich by reassembling broken eggshells.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
A lecture by Victor Barranca, New York University RKC 115 Mathematics plays an increasingly crucial role in understanding the mechanisms underlying brain activity. This talk introduces fundamental problems in neuroscience and explores how mathematical analysis may provide new solutions, impacting technological advances such as prosthetics and artificial intelligence. We focus on information processing in sensory systems, and study how data may be encoded by neuronal dynamics. Using a large-scale network model of the visual system with nonlinear dynamics, we demonstrate how stimuli may be efficiently compressed by sensory systems and reconstructed through novel signal processing techniques. Especially drawing from the theory of differential equations, probability, and linear systems, this talk highlights the central role of applied mathematics in the interdisciplinary field of computational neuroscience, linking principles from physics, biology, computer science, and engineering.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
A lecture by Kristine Snyder, University of Michigan RKC 111 While walking and running are everyday activities for most of us, researchers still have a rather limited understanding of how the brain and body interact to produce human locomotion. In this talk, I will offer some examples of how mathematics can be used to help explain the neural processes involved in walking and running. These include identifying the processes involved in minimizing energy expenditure, analyzing the effect of mechanical artifact on mathematical analyses of electroencephalography during walking, and using mathematical modeling to examine dynamic causality between neural sources. I will then discuss how mathematical models, experimental analysis, and the development of appropriate mathematical measures can interact to help us answer some remaining fundamental questions about neural activity during gait.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Students presenting: Oliver Bruce, Michael DiRosa, Jacob Fauber, Andy Huynh, Caitlin Majewski, Henry Meyers, Cameron West, Clare Wheeler
Advisers: Rebecca Thomas, Matthew Deady, Keith O’Hara, James Belk, Csilla Szabo, Sven Anderson, Sarah Dunphy-Lelii, Christopher LaFratta
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
A middle school math contest and engaging math talk. Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium The AMC 8 Contest contains engaging math problems that are challenging at the middle school level. The exam is intended to inspire, promote enthusiasm, and a healthy attitude towards mathematics. Students will be exposed to the richness of middle school level mathematics at a deeper level than ordinarily encountered in the schools.
After the exam, students will be treated to an engaging math talk from a Bard math professor.
Lisa Warshauer Lowrance, United States Military Academy, West Point Hegeman 204 Consider the problem of information passing in a network. When one person is given a piece of information in a network and every person is allowed to pass this piece of information to exactly one person at any discrete time step, we give an optimal algorithm to pass this information to every person in the network in the fewest number of time steps. A similar algorithm is used to find the optimal starting person. These algorithms are applied to specific classes of graphs and also interpreted to give applications to cyber-security. ** Only an algebra background needed for the talk
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Middle school math circle Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium The Bard Math Circle is a mathematical enrichment program geared toward middle school and elementary students. Each month features puzzles and games, challenging problems, and a hands-on project that students can take home. We help students strengthen their critical thinking skills and make math more fun.
Middle school math circle Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium The Bard Math Circle is a mathematical enrichment program geared toward middle school and elementary students. Each month features puzzles and games, challenging problems, and a hands-on project that students can take home. We help students strengthen their critical thinking skills and make math more fun.
Dinner will be served. RKC 200 Please join us for the most in-depth information about the Levy M.S. program. Levy Institute Scholar and Director of Applied Micromodeling Thomas Masterson will be available to discuss the program curriculum as well as the research that takes place at the Institute.Dinner will be catered by Rusty’s Farm Fresh Eatery and the Bard Farm. Please RSVP by e-mailing Azfar Khan (akhan@bard.edu) and indicate your choice of meal: vegetarian, vegan, or nonvegetarian.Early Decision deadline: November 15 | Regular Decision deadline: January 15Visit us at www.bard.edu/levyms.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Join faculty and students who participated in this year's Bard Summer Research Institute in presenting their work!
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
The Science, Mathematics & Computing Division will be sending a bus down to the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY on Saturday, September 20. Space on the bus is LIMITED. The bus will depart RKC promptly at 9 a.m. and return to campus at approximately 7 p.m.
Tickets to get into the Faire and a spot in the van are $30.00. CASH ONLY, EXACT CHANGE ONLY. Reservations will be accepted until Friday, September 12
TO RESERVE YOUR TICKET AND A SPOT IN THE VAN, PLEASE SEE MEGAN KARCHER, RKC 219. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 101 Professor Frank Scalzo Health Professions Adviser, Bard CollegeProfessor Scalzo will introduce the pathways leading to post-baccalaureate degrees in the health professions, including allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, etc. etc. The discussion will be tailored to the interests of the audience. If you are interested in a health profession, but have not attended a similar previous discussion, you should attend this one.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
A lecture by Peter Winkler, Dartmouth College Hegeman 308 Humans are not born with perfect mathematical intuition, to say the least, yet most decisions we make are based on "feel," not calculation. Today you will hear some mind-boggling puzzles (some with solutions, some without) that are designed to help you adjust your intuition when it's about to run off the rails. This talk is aimed at college students (and at anyone who likes to have their mind boggled!).
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
A lecture by Rachel Roe-Dale, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Skidmore College Hegeman 204 Several experimental and clinical studies have documented that the order in which chemotherapy drugs are administered affects the outcome of cancer treatment. I present a brief discussion of a simple mathematical mechanism to explain this order dependence in conjunction with more detailed models which investigate the specific relationship between drug order and treatment response in breast cancer chemotherapy and gastric cancer chemotherapy. In all cases, I simulate treatment by bolus injection and employ a pulsing condition to indicate cell kill. I then extend this type of treatment model to my current investigation which considers the dynamics of bacteria and yeast populations. I model these populations as competitive species and simulate antibiotic treatment to investigate how this treatment alters the behavior and dynamics of the populations perhaps leading to an infectious state.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
A lecture by Taalaibek Imanaliev, AUCA RKC 102
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
A presentation by Dr. Robert Moniot, Chair, Department of Computer & Information Science, Fordham University and Dr. Damian Lyons, Director, FRCV Lab, Fordham University
RKC 100 The first presentation overviews the Computer and Information Science (CIS) department at Fordham University and introduces the CIS graduate program in Computer Science.
In the second presentation, three pieces of ongoing research at the FRCV Lab will be overviewed: visual homing, multirobot exploration and formal analysis of robot behavior to generate performance guarantees.
Visual homing is a navigation approach first proposed as a model of inspect behavior. Because it requires only visual image comparisons, it is a simple and general approach. However, goal directed motion in the absence of distance information can be error prone. Nirmal & Lyons (2013) proposed a stereocamera based visual homing whose performance improves on that of regular visual homing.
In deploying a team of robots to explore an area for search and rescue or C-WMD missions, it is preferable for the team to spread out and cover the area as quickly as possible. It is difficult to design a simple, decentralized dispersion algorithm that works with a wide range building layouts. Liu and Lyons (2014) developed a simple yet general potential field approach based on the concept of generating a potential in empty space that reflects coverage.
It would be preferable to deploy autonomous teams rather than teleoperated robots to handle C-WMD missions given the potential for widespread and serious damage. However, autonomous robots can behave very unpredictably. Formal verification techniques, such as model-checking, could be applied to this problem, but the requirement parallel activities, time-constrained and probabilistic action, and real-number variables all cause extreme state-space size issues. Lyons and Arkin (2012) propose an approach to verification of behavior-based robot systems based on a process algebra model of recurrence a dynamic Bayesian network for probabilistic filtering. They show that this can be used for efficient verification of performance guarantees and validate the guarantees with extensive experimentation.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
A lecture by Yan Zhang, University of California, Berkeley
Hegeman 308 Adinkras are graphical tools created for the study of representations in supersymmetry. Besides having inherent interest for physicists, adinkras offer many easy-to-state and accessible open problems for mathematicians from different trades (by the end of the talk, I will have pretended to have known stuff about Clifford algebras, posets, coding theory, switching graphs, and algebraic topology...), but especially combinatoralists! I will include my original results, but mostly, I just want to share my enthusiasm for these pretty objects. No specialist knowledge required.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
A lecture by James Gatewood, United States Military Academy Hegeman 308 We present an urban network that takes into account how streets and neighborhoods interact and influence each other. This two-mode urban structure presents another approach to analyze urban environments. We use GIS to construct a network map of an American city and then apply network analysis to evaluate how the network structure influences such features as traffic flow, density and housing considerations. Also, given the rise of African cities, where some are being completely designed and developed in lieu of developing organically, the results of this project will make recommendations for effective metropolitan growth structures.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor RKC 111
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Students presenting: Julia Les Maxwell McKee Lydia Meyer Eric Reed
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 204 A lecture by Zachary Hamaker '08
A sorting network is a way to reverse a list of numbers by swapping adjacent entries in the list using as few swaps as possible. We will discuss what a random sorting network looks like. To do so, we will highlight the role of simulation in mathematics, use combinatorial and probabilistic techniques and explore what it means to describe a random object. There will be open problems. There will be surprising conjectures. We will look at the best pictures. The target audience is all Bard students.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center The Bard Math Circle will host the AMC 8 Math Contest for the second year. The AMC 8, first offered in 1985, is an annual contest in middle school mathematics sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. In 2012, more than 150,000 students from 2,300 schools participated in the AMC 8 contest, including 49 students at Bard College from around the Mid-Hudson Valley. The AMC 8 program at Bard will include an inspirational talk by Bard mathematics professor Sam Hsiao, and a panel discussion for parents entitled "Supporting Your Child as a High Achiever in Math and Science."
Note: The location of Sam Hsiao's talk has been moved to the Olin Language Center, room 115. The rest of the AMC 8 program will remain in the RKC.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 204 A lecture by Natasha Komarov Carnegie Mellon University
We consider a pursuit-evasion game played on a graph in which the pursuer—here referred to as “hunter”'—is not constrained by the graph but must play in the dark against a “mole.” It turns out that the graphs—which we will call “hunter-win”—on which the hunter can guarantee capture of the mole in bounded time have a nice characterization: a graph is hunter-win if and only if it is a lobster. We also define an optimal hunter strategy (and consequently an upper bound on maximum game time on hunter-win graphs) and note that an optimal hunter strategy need not take advantage of the hunter's unconstrained movement.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Please join us for The Fourth Biennial Mid-Hudson Mathematics Conference for Undergraduates
Plenary Address by Sam Vandervelde of St. Lawrence University: "Path-Counting for Pleasure and Profit" The conference will be held in the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation at Bard College. Continental breakfast and lunch are complimentary and registration is free. Undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty are invited to give 20-minute talks. To register and/or submit an abstract, go to math.bard.edu/mhmc2013. Abstract deadline: Friday, October 18.
Hegeman 204 A lecture by Brigitte Servatius Worcester Polytechnic Institute
A bar-and-joint framework in the plane with degree of freedom 1 is a mechanism. A famous simple example of a mechanism is the Watt engine, also called Watt's parallel linkage. It consists of two grounded bars (or links) whose free ends are connected by a third link. In Watt's patent specification of 1784 for the Watt steam engine he explains that the midpoint of the connecting link is constrained to move on a (good approximation to a) straight line. This fact is still used in automobile suspensions, allowing the axle of a vehicle to travel vertically while preventing sideways motion.
It is well known that the operations of 0-extension and 1-extension, the so called Henneberg moves, may always be done on a mechanism to preserve the degree of freedom infinitesimally and generically. But, is it true that for a given generic realization of a mechanism these operations may be performed without restricting the motion?
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 204 A lecture by Daniel Cristofaro-Gardiner The Institute for Advanced Study
The "Ehrhart polynomial" is an important tool for counting lattice points in triangles and other polygons. An Ehrhart polynomial has a "period", and the relationship between the coordinates of the vertices of a polygon and the period of its Ehrhart polynomial can be quite mysterious. Daniel Cristofaro-Gardiner will present recent joint work with Aaron Kleinman relating the periods of the Ehrhart polynomials of some simple triangles with recursive sequences like the Fibonacci numbers and the Pell numbers. Interestingly, this is linked to a curious staircase arising in a special geometry called "symplectic" geometry.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Students presenting: Emin Atuk, Tedros Balema, Griffin Burke, Kathleen Burke, Desi-Rae Campbell, Kody Chen, Yan Chu, Matt Dalrymple, Tom Delaney, Georgia Doing, Leila Duman, Colyer Durovich, Matthew Greenberg, Sumedha Guha, Asad Hashmi, Emily Hoelzli, Nushrat Hoque, Seoyoung Kim, Muhsin King, Midred Kissai, Julia Les, Lei Lu, Yuexi Ma, Katherine Moccia, Gavin Myers, Van Mai Nguyen Thi, Matthew Norman, Molly North, Nathaniel Oh, Ian Pelse, Linh Pham, Christina Rapti, Joanna Regan, Diana Ruggiero, Iden Sapse, Clara Sekowski, Sabrina Shahid, Min Kyung Shinn, Anuska Shrestha, Eva Shrestha, Shailab Shrestha, Olja Simoska, Ingrid Stolt, Henry Travaglini, Shuyi Weng, Clare Wheeler, Noah Winslow
Advisers: Craig Anderson, Sven Anderson, Paul Cadden-Zimansky, John Cullinan, Olivier Giovannoni, Swapan Jain, Brooke Jude, Christopher LaFratta, Robert McGrail, Emily McLaughlin, Keith O’Hara, Bruce Robertson, Lauren Rose, Rebecca Thomas
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 204 A lecture by Branden Stone Mathematics Program
The Hilbert series of a module over a commutative ring is a generating function that captures many invariants of the module. In the case of zero dimensional standard graded rings, the Hilbert series is a polynomial and we call the coefﬁcients the h-vector. As it turns out, the number of such h-vectors of length n is bounded above by the nth Fibonacci number. In this talk, we will define the Hilbert series and give some basic examples. We will also discuss the sequence deﬁned by the number of h-vectors of a given length and its relation to the Fibonacci numbers and partitions. This talk will be accessible to anyone who has taken (or is currently taking) linear algebra.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Albee 3rd Floor Common Room All Mathematics students are welcome!
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor
Sunday - Thursday ● RKC 111 ● 7-10 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Bard College Campus
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Students presenting: Adenike Akapo, Raed, Al-Abbasee Ammar Al-Rubaiay, Perry Anderson, Michael Anzuoni, Jeremy Arnstein, Nina Bar-Giora, Ian Barnett, Brendan Beecher, Abhinanda Bhattarcharyya, Cara Black, Sheneil Black, Laura Bradford, Cameron Brenner, Ross Cameron, Emily Carlson, Matteo Chierchia, Diana Crow, Kierstin Daviau, Jonathan De Wolf, Ha Phuong Do Thi, Katharine Dooley, Alexia Downs, Kimara DuCasse, Amy Eisenmenger, Jose Falla, Margo Finn, Joseph Foy, Prabarna Ganguly, Nabil Hossain, Matthew Hughes, Linda Ibojie, Miles Ingram, Lena James, Blagoy Kaloferov, Sun Bin Kim, Thant Ko Ko, Ruth Lakew, Hsiao-Fang Lin, Sam Link, Amy List, Weiying Liu, Julia Lunsford, Iliana Maifeld-Carucci, Claire Martin, Andres Medina, Jose Mendez, Tiago Moura, Jonathan Naito, Anam Nasim, Rachit Neupane, Mark Neznansky, Jeffrey Pereira, Liana Perry, Anisha Ramnani, Lydia Rebehn, Nolan Reece, Jonah Richard, Loralee Ryan, Perry Scheetz, Joy Sebesta, Erin Smith, Will Smith, Frank Stortini, James Sunderland, Oliver Switzer, Jacqueline Villiers, Weiqing Wang, Jasper Weinrich-Burd, Michael Weinstein, Layla Wolfgang, Fanya Wyrick-Flax, Sara Yilmaz, Anis Zaman, Wancong Zhang, Feifan Zheng
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 308 A lecture by Tristan Hübsch Professor of Physics, Howard University Symmetry is recognized throughout nature and our descriptions of it. Mathematically, it requires that varying some quantity results in no observable change: rotate a well-formed clover leaf by 120 degrees, and it looks the same. Supersymmetry is such a transformation, the only one known to guarantee our Universe from decaying into another, and then another, and again, and again. Yet, this transformation maps physical quantities measured in terms of ordinary numbers into quantities measured in numbers that square to zero. The study of this supersymmetry being underway for about half a century, it is surprising that a complete (so-called off-shell) representation theory is only now emerging---and it includes certain binary encryption codes, of the kind used by your browser to insure that the downloaded page is a faithful copy of the original on a web-site! This fascinating syzygy of diverse ideas opens doors to new discoveries in physics, mathematics and encryption alike. This talk does not assume any advanced background in mathematics or physics. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Albee Math Lounge.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
EXTENDED DEADLINE Applications due Tuesday, April 30
All current students concentrating in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics or physics are eligible to apply for a Distinguished Scientist Scholar (DSS) Award. These awards are given to exceptional students who have distinguished themselves academically in one of the above-mentioned disciplines in the division of Science, Mathematics and Computing. The exact amount of each award is determined by the Financial Aid office, on average $5000 for each academic year, and includes the opportunity to apply for a summer research stipend to participate in NSF or NIH sponsored summer research programs at other institutions, if the student is not already eligible for federal funding. Like other science students at Bard, DSS recipients are also eligible for BSRI funding for summer research at Bard. Please note that this is a very competitive process and only a few awards will be given out each year.Eligibility: To apply for a DSS award (commencing in the fall), a student must meet the following eligibility criteria:o Concentrating in one of the following programs: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics.o Not currently receiving a DSS scholarship or award.o Cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall in the college.o Cumulative GPA of 3.5 in courses in the SM&C Division. Application Procedure:o Write a letter of request to the DSS Committee. The letter should discuss your plan of study in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and/or physics.o Write an essay about an experience in science or math that you found particularly interesting.o Ask two Bard faculty members to write you letters of recommendation. At least one of these faculty members must be in the SM&C Division. They should submit their letters directly to Megan Karcher.o Submit this information as attachments via e-mail to the SM&C Division secretary, Megan Karcher (karcher@bard.edu)Selection Criteria: Awards will be granted to students showing exceptional qualifications in their areas of study and based upon the following:o College academic records.o Letters of recommendations from the faculty.o A strong interest in working in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics.o Availability of funds.Deadline: Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, April 12th, 2013.The DSS Committee will meet shortly after that, and will make recommendations to the Director of Financial Aid, who will determine the final awards. You should receive word of whether you have been selected to receive a DSS award by early May. Questions? Contact Sven Anderson, Chair of the Division of Science, Math and Computing, sanderso@bard.edu.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Csilla Szabo Candidate for the position in Mathematics
Networks are all around us! From our social interactions to the neurons in our brains to financial markets, we find network structure. Network science can help us to better understand how these complex systems in our world work. We will begin our discussion with a brief introduction to network science; including the components of a network, how we measure the center of a network and other network metrics. I will present some interesting applications of network science that you may encounter in your daily life. Finally, I will conclude with an overview of three ongoing projects in network science. The first looks at how use network structure to classify a financial market. Second, we will explore how Twitter can be used to predict an event such as a protest or revolution during the time of the Arab Spring. Finally, I will present a project examining the links between water, energy and social networks in developing countries and plans of how this multi-layered network can be synchronized to build a resilient and robust network, which could supply more people with these resources.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Dominoes, Problem-Solving & Graph Theory Reem-Kayden Center A Math Teachers' Circle is a community of math teachers, math professors, & professional mathematicians, coming together to do fun, open-ended math. Typically, we engage in open-ended, brain-teasing, fun problems that require us to think in new and creative ways. Then, we talk about the math together and share ideas and resources for bringing the math into the classroom. Each teacher will receive manipulatives and other take-aways related to the problems at hand, and dinner will be served.
Please join us for an afternoon designed to celebrate the excitement of math, to deepen our understanding of both content and math practice standards, and to explore classroom-ready resources. For more information about math teachers circles in general, visit http://www.mathteacherscircle.org/
Steering Committee for the Mid-Hudson Math Teachers Circle: Lauren Rose, (Professor of Mathematics, Bard College), Jeff Suzuki (Professor of Mathematics, Brooklyn College), Sheila Shaffer (Math Teacher, Bailey MS, Kingston), Beth Goldberg (Math Teacher, Red Hook Schools) & Dana Fulmer (Supervisor, Professional Development, Ulster BOCES)
Co-sponsored by Bard College & Ulster BOCES.
Reem-Kayden Center, room 115
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 102 A Lecture by Amir Barghi, Candidate for the Position in Mathematics
In the Firefighter Problem, a fire starts at a vertex of a graph (a tree in an orchard or a forest). In discrete time intervals, the fire spreads from burning vertices to their neighbors (from burning trees to the ones close by) unless they are protected by one of the firefighters that are deployed every turn. Once burned or protected, a vertex remains in that state. This process terminates when the fire can not spread any longer. In the case of finite graphs, firefighters wish to minimize the damage or the time that the fire rages. When a fire starts in an infinite graph, the key question is whether the fire can be stopped. In this talk, two different models for an infinite forest on a flat terrain will be introduced and conditions under which a fire can be stopped will be discussed.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 308 A lecture by Emma Norbrothen Candidate for the Position in Mathematics
Rational numbers can construct the real numbers by using the absolute value metric. Under different metrics, rationals can construct different types of numbers. In particular, the p-norm evaluates how much a prime, p, is a factor in a given rational. We will explore some consequences of the p-norm and what kind of numbers it creates from the rationals.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Avner Halevy Candidate for the position in Mathematics
Go ahead, put on your n-dimensional goggles. To be sure, we’re not talking n=3 (for kids and the faint-hearted). Think higher; so high your head has almost disappeared; so high your neighbors are all suspiciously alike and almost perfectly different. As thrill-seeking mathematicians, we’ll go where no man has gone before (well, except for those other thrill-seeking mathematicians). We’ll explore some mind-bending high-dimensional phenomena, including: Surprising methods for eliminating surprises, low-distortion inter-dimensional travel, what the laws of large numbers don’t tell you, how geometry and probability are sometimes the same thing, easily mowing your hyper-spherical lawn, and where to look for your hat in a high-dimensional room.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Amanda Redlich Candidate for the position in Mathematics
When is it possible to glue two graphs together? When is it possible to slice a large graph? What does "first-order logic with parity quantifiers" mean, and what does it have to do with gluing and cutting graphs? In this talk I will answer all four of these questions. No previous knowledge of parity, first-order logic, graphs, scissors, or glue will be assumed.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Website Anyone who is interested in submitting a scientific research paper or scientific review to be peer-reviewed should send in their submissions to bardsciencejournal@gmail.com by March 1st.
For more details on our submission guidelines, check out our tumblr at bardsciencejournal.tumblr.com or email us and ask for a pdf copy.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 308 Nathanial Burch Candidate for the Position in Mathematics
Mathematical models are used across the sciences to help understand complicated processes, e.g., the life expectancy of a nuclear reactor, the spread of a contaminant, the risk of a disease outbreak, the sustainability of an endangered species, and so on. In this talk, we introduce sensitivity analysis as a tool for studying the dynamics of such a model and identifying which parameters have a significant impact on its output. This analysis plays a crucial role in informing viable and effective management strategies while also helping to quantify the effects of uncertainty in parameter values. Examples from biology and epidemiology will be presented throughout the talk.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Students Presenting: Stephanie Dunn Adviser: Felicia Keesing
Justin Gero Adviser: Felicia Keesing
Liza Miller Adviser: Brooke Jude
Keaton Morris-Stan Adviser: Philip Johns
Megan Naidoo Adviser: Philip Johns
Jonah Peterschild Adviser: Felicia Keesing
Damianos Lazaridis Giannopoul Adviser: John Cullinan
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Courtney Gibbons University of Nebraska, Lincoln If you love math and games, you've probably done a few Sudoku puzzles in your day. Have you noticed that all Sudoku puzzles have some properties in common (the sum of every row is 45, for instance)? We'll see how to formalize these observations by using polynomials to set up the Sudoku "game space." Then we'll figure out how to solve specific "game boards" in this space using some tools from (abstract) algebra.
Don't worry; even if you haven't taken any abstract algebra, you'll be able to follow this talk (all you really need is a background in Calculus II).
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Fanya Wyrick-Flax 4:30 p.m.
Mark Neznansky 4:38 p.m.
Ruth Lakew 4:46 p.m.
Weiying Liu 4:54 p.m.
Layla Wolfgang 5:02 p.m.
Joy Sebesta 5:10 p.m.
Jeffrey Pereira 5:18 p.m.
Illiana Maifield-Carucci 5:26 p.m.
Anam Nasim 5:34 p.m.
Laura Bradford 5:42 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Anisha Ramrani 3:20 p.m.
Emily Carlson 3:28 p.m.
Ian Barnett 3:44 p.m.
Joseph Foy 3:52 p.m.
Jacqueline Villiers 4:00 p.m.
Will Smith 4:08 p.m.
Abhinanda Bhattacharyya 4:16 p.m.
Nabil Hossain 4:24 p.m.
Jasper Weinrich-Burd 4:32 p.m.
Fiona Do Thi 4:40 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Ruth Haas Smith College A proper coloring is an assignment of a color to each vertex of a graph G so that neighboring vertices have different colors. Graph coloring has been a motivating topic for much of graph theory.
Suppose we change the color of just one vertex in a graph coloring. Can we get from one coloring to another by a sequence of vertex changes so that each step along the way is a proper coloring? The answer is of course yes, if we are allowed an unlimited number of colors. What is the fewest colors we can have for this to work?
We introduce a new graph called the coloring graph to analyze this situation. The coloring graph, and similar constructions, can be used to solve problems ranging from counting the possible number of graph colorings to modeling spin conﬁgurations in atoms.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Students presenting:Michael Anzuoni, Tedros Balema, Amanda Benowitz, Cara Black, Sheneil Black, Max Brown, Celeste Cass, Matteo Chierchia, Nikesh Dahal, Francesca DiRienzo, Leila Duman, Jose Falla, David Goldberg, Sumedha Guha, Nabil Hossain, Linda Ibojie, Lena James, Seoyoung Kim, Thant Ko Ko, Lila Low-Beinart, Yuexi Ma, Keaton Morris-Stan, Mark Neznansky, Matthew Norman, Ian Pelse, Liana Perry, Min Kyung Shinn, Olja Simoska, William Smith, Nathan Steinauer, Xiaohan Sun, James Sunderland, Weiqing Wang, Michael Weinstein, Clare Wheeler, Sara YilmazAdvisers: Craig Anderson, Christian Bracher, John Cullinan, Swapan Jain, Philip Johns, Brooke Jude, Tanay Kesharwani, Christopher LaFratta, Barbara Luka, Emily McLaughlin, Keith O’Hara, Lauren Rose
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Albee 3rd floor common room Mathematics TeaTea and cookies will be served All mathematics students are welcome!
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Albee 3rd floor common room All mathematics students are welcome!
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Albee 3rd floor lounge In honor of the 2012 Mathematics Seniors: Jeanette Benham, Ke Cai, Siyao Du, Yunxia Jia, Adriana Johnson, Sankalpa Khadka, Stergios Mentesidis, Mariya Mitkova, Lindsey Scoppetta, Evan Seitchik, Giang Tran, Kimberly Wood, Zhiwei Wu, Dimin Xu, Yongqing Yuan, Changwei Zhou
All current and prospective mathematics majors are welcome to attend
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Graduating Seniors: Daniela Anderson, Lilah Anderson, Nadya Artiomenco, Conor Beath, Rachel Becker, Jeannette Benham, Matthew Boisvert, Samantha Brechlin, Ke Cai, Nicole Camasso, Curtis Carmony, Deven Connelly, Shellie Ann Dick, Sara Doble, Siyao Du, Madison Fletcher, Briana Franks, Abigail Fuchsman, Kira Gilman, Erin Hannigan, Lucas Henry, Andrew Hoffman-Patalona, Maxwell Howard, Yunxia Jia, Adriana Johnson, Axel Kammerer, Nicole Kfoury, Sankalpa Khadka, Youseung Kim, Sining Leng, Emily Mayer, Stergios Mentesidis, Mariya Mitkova, Samantha Monier, Jessica Philpott, Jega Jananie Ravi, Laura Schubert, Lindsey Scoppetta, Evan Seitchik, Hannah Shapero, Abhimanyu Sheshashayee, Eli Sidman, Gabriella Spitz, Veronica Steckler, Joshua Tanner, Emma Taylor-Salmon, Isabelle Taylor, Giang Tran, Will Wisseman, Kimberly Wood, Zhiwei Wu, Dimin Xu, Jing Yang, Yongqing Yuan, Changwei Zhou
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 308 A lecture by Elizabeth Russell Department of Mathematical Sciences United States Military Academy
In this talk, we will discuss the sets of the complex plane on which chaos occurs (the Julia set) for families of iterated polynomial and rational maps. Specifically, we will see how well-known Julia sets like the basilica, rabbit, and rat behave when perturbed by the addition of a pole at the origin. Some of the objects that will appear in the talk are Cantor sets, Cantor sets of simple (and not so simple) closed curves, and Sierpinski curves.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 308 A lecture by Elizabeth McMahon Lafayette College The cards in the game of SET are an excellent model for the finite affine geometry AG(4,3). We will explore how to use the game to visualize the structure of the geometry. We will focus on complete caps, which correspond to largest possible collections of cards with no sets. There is an interesting structure to these caps, and even more, the geometry can be partitioned into disjoint complete caps together with a single point closely related to the caps.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Campus Center, Multipurpose Room A lecture by Elizabeth McMahon Lafayette College
The card game SET is an award-winning, addictive game played with a special deck of 81 cards. We can learn a lot about the game through combinatorics, probability, linear algebra and geometry. In this talk, we will explore some of the things we can learn about the game by looking at the mathematics behind it, and we'll also see that you can learn more about mathematics using the game to help with visualization. If you would like some practice with the game before the talk, go to www.setgame.com for the rules and a Daily Puzzle.
Dr. Elizabeth McMahon is Professor of Mathematics at Lafayette College. She earned an A.B. from Mount Holyoke College, an M.S. in Mathematics at the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Originally trained in non-commutative ring theory, her current research interests are in combinatorics, finite geometry, and Cayley graphs. She has held visiting positions at numerous institutions, including the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge, UK and the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science at Rutgers University. She has been recognized for her teaching through several awards, including the James P. Crawford EPADEL Teaching Award from the Mathematical Association of America in 2005.
This event, intended for a general audience, is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 308 A lecture by Jo Ellis-Monaghan St. Michael's College Recent advances in DNA self-assembly have resulted in nanoscale graphs: cubes, octahedrons, truncated octahedra, and even buckyballs, as well as ultra-fine meshes. These constructs serve emergent applications in biomolecular computing, nanoelectronics, biosensors, drug delivery systems, and organic synthesis.
One construction method uses k-armed branched junction molecules, called tiles, whose arms are double strands of DNA with one strand extending beyond the other, forming a 'sticky end' at the end of the arm that can bond to any other sticky end with complementary Watson-Crick bases. A vertex of degree k in the target graph is formed from a k-armed tile, and joined sticky ends form the edges. Another construction method 'threads' a single strand of DNA through the graphical structure and then uses short 'staple' strands to fold the DNA into the desired geometric realization of the graph. A third method uses circular single strands of DNA to trace the faces of a topological embedding of the graph.
We use graph theory to determine optimal design strategies for biologists producing these nanostructures, and conclude with a discussion of how the same mathematics, on the macroscale now, may be adapted to space applications.
This is joint work with Greta Pangborn, with undergraduate research participation.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 308 A lecture by Branden Stone University of Kansas, Candidate for the BPI position in Mathematics A generating function is is said to be "a clothesline on which we hang up a sequence of numbers for display." We will define and give examples of this notion. Further, we use the concept of a generating function to count the number of ways there is to make change for a dollar. Also, we will briefly explore where generating functions appear in mathematical research, in particular, commutative algebra. The talk should be accessible to anyone who has taken Calculus II.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 308 Joshua Bowman SUNY Stony Brook Flat surfaces (such as a cube or tetrahedron with the vertices removed) show up in a variety of mathematical areas. Their structure can be studied using Delaunay triangles, which in most cases are uniquely determined by the surface. As a surface is deformed, its Delaunay triangles change, and the way in which they change can give us a surprising amount of information about the surface. The only prerequisites for this talk are knowing what a 2x2 matrix is, and a certain level of comfort with abstract constructions.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 308 A lecture by Jan Cameron Vassar College Though the terminology may be unfamiliar, you have certainly seen a maximal abelian self-adjoint subalgebra (masa) of the complex matrices in your linear algebra course: the algebra of diagonal matrices. The notion of orthogonality for a pair of masas in M_n(C) is simple to describe, but surprisingly deep and relates to many areas of mathematics. In this talk, we'll consider the fascinating and important open problem of nding complete sets of pairwise orthogonal masas in the n x n complex matrices. We'll look at a few dierent ways to think about the problem, as well as why one might be interested in a solution, and an assortment of related questions. If time permits, I'll talk a bit about how orthogonal masas have come up in current research on structure theory of nite von Neumann algebras.This talk will be accessible to anyone who has had a course in linear algebra
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 308 Kristin Camenga Department of Mathematics Houghton College Most people remember working with polyhedra in elementary and high school: cubes, prisms, tetrahedra, pyramids, etc. Euler's formula states that if V is the number of vertices, E the number of edges and F the number of faces of a polyhedron, V + F = E + 2. This is a beautiful and useful formula - but can't we do more? Can we get a similar theorem if we change some of our hypotheses? How does Euler's formula change if we allow polyhedra to be in dimension 4 or 5 or n? What if we look at angles of polyhedra instead of the number of faces? We will look at a number of examples as we generalize Euler's formula in these directions and others. We will end with a glimpse of open questions about angles in polytopes. No specific math background will be assumed, but curiosity is expected!
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 308 James Belk Mathematics Program Bard College A fractal is a mathematical shape that exhibits the same structure at a range of different scales. Among the most famous fractals are the Julia sets, which arise in a simple way from polynomials and complex numbers. In this talk, I will introduce Julia sets and discuss some of their basic properties. I will then indicate a connection between Julia sets and certain groups of functions on the unit circle. This talk should be accessible to students who have taken Proofs and Fundamentals. Some familiarity with groups would be helpful, but is not necessary.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 308 A lecture by John Cullinan Mathematics Program
The Legendre Polynomials are orthogonal polynomials that have deep connections to mathematical physics. For example, they arise when solving the Laplace equation in spherical coordinates. It is also the case that the Legendre Polynomials are extensively studied for their number-theoretic properties. In this talk we will describe some of these properties as well as discuss some open questions surrounding the Legendre Polynomials. This talk should be accessible to students who are currently taking Proofs and Fundamentals (though some group theory will be used at the end).
**MATH TEA**The weekly Math Tea will immediately follow the seminar. Join us for tea and refreshments at 4:30 in the Albee 3rd floor Math Lounge.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor
Every Sunday-Thursday RKC 111 7-10 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 308 A lecture by Rebecca Goldin Associate Professor of Mathematics George Mason University
In the late 19th century, mathematicians were interested in problems such as this one: given four generically placed lines in threedimensions, how many other lines intersect all four? This question andmany others can be formulated in terms of the intersections ofsubvarieties of the Grassmannian of k-planes in n-space, or moregenerally, flag varieties (whose points are sequences of inclusions of vector spaces).These intersection questions inside the flag variety and some generalizations, together with related algebraic and combinatorial questions, form the field of Schubert calculus. Of primary importanceis that flag varieties can be realized as algebraic, symplectic manifolds with Hamiltonian actions by a compact torus. Among the magic properties are that the torus acts with isolated fixed points, and that codimension-one tori fix only points and two-spheres.The desire to compute associated algebraic invariants, such as the product structure of associated rings in special bases, has spawned many combinatorial and graph-theoretic objects. In this talk, we will discuss some graphs associated to certain manifolds with torus actions, and ask the question of how combinatorial games involving the graphs can be used to answer geometric questions about the original manifold and intersections of subvarieties therein.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Students presenting: Soloman Garber Yulia Genkina Nabil Hossain Anirban Joy
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium A lecture by Peter Skiff Physics Program The discovery of an unexpected acceleration of the expansion of the cosmos led to the awarding of the 2011 Nobel Prize to Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt, and Adam Reiss. While cosmic expansion (the continuous separation of galaxies and clusters) is neatly described by the use of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and Gravity, this acceleration is not (quite). The most popular of the current speculations involves a mysterious “dark energy” that was somehow lurking undetected in the13.5 billion year old cosmos until about 7 billion years after the origin, inflation, and “big bang” events began the evolutionary track. Apparently this dark energy comprises about 75% of the total matter and energy of the universe. This talk will review the expansion models and the techniques used to measure the galactic motions that led to this discovery, including the theory and observation of type Ia Supernovae. It will be descriptive (no mathematics), in order to be accessible to a general audience.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 4:45 Sankalpa Khadka
5:00 Zhiwei Wu
5:15 Kimberly Wood
5:30 Siyao Du
5:45 Joy Sebesta
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 **ROOM CHANGE LECTURE BEING HELD IN RKC 111**
A lecture by Nathan Ryan Department of Mathematics Bucknell University The distribution of the primes among the positive integers has long fascinated mathematicians. In this talk I will discuss this distribution and describe some of its surprising characteristics.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 4:45 Dimin Xu
5:00 Changwei Zhou
5:15 Yunxia Jia
5:30 Yongqing Yuan
5:45 Youseung Kim
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 101 4:45 Mariya Mitkova
5:00 Ke Cai
5:15 Zana Tran
5:30 Adriana Johnson
5:45 Jeanette Benham
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 4:45 Stergios Mentesidis
5:00 Lindsey Scoppetta
5:15 Evan Seitchik
5:30 Yuan Xu
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden CenterPlenary Address by Mihai Stoiciu Williams College
"Orthogonal Polynomials, Methods of Approximation, and Applications to iPods and Digital Cameras"
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All undergraduates, graduate students and faculty are welcome to attend and are invited to give a talk accessible to undergraduates. The deadline for submitting abstracts is September 30th. Please register online by September 30th if you plan to attend, even if you are not giving a presentation.
The conference will be held in the Reem Kayden Center for Science and Computation at Bard College. Continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea are complimentary for all participants. There are no registration fees.
Funding for this conference is provided by BardCollege and by NSF grant DMS-0846477 through the MAA Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences program www.maa.org/RUMC,
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Kerri-Ann Norton, '04 Department of BioMedical Engineering Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Breast cancer is one if the leading causes of cancer deaths in women. While breast cancer is a dynamic disease that may change morphology (shape) over time and depending on its placement within the tissue, diagnosis of the disease is usually accomplished by examining 2D slices of stained breast tissue and assigning the sample a grade and morphology. Unfortunately, the correlation between grade (a way of evaluating how irregular the nuclei look) and patient outcome is poor, depends on details of the classification method used, and is complicated by the frequent presence of multiple morphologies within a single sample. Here, I show two examples of how using mathematical biology provides insights into the mechanisms that drive the disease and provides possible explanations for the difficulties in correlating morphology with patient outcome. Specifically, I use mathematical modeling techniques to study the progression of breast cancer over time under different cellular conditions and I use image processing to visualize the 3D morphology of breast cancer as compared to corresponding 2D slices. I find that differences in breast cancer morphology can result from different cancers with different cellular features or from cancers with the same cellular features at different time-points. I also find that early breast cancers with similar morphologies in 2D exhibit very different 3D morphologies. This work demonstrates the benefits of using mathematical and computational tools for studying cancer.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 101 Michael L. Frank President & Actuary, Aquarius Capital
Michael Frank is the founder and president of Aquarius Capital. He is a health and life actuary with twenty four (24) years of experience, including executive management experience with insurance, reinsurance, employee benefits consulting and managed care entities. His company provides financial and management consulting to a variety of organizations including insurance companies, investment bankers, reinsurers, HMOs, managed care organizations, hospitals, disease management, third-party administrators, accounting firms, private equity funds, Fortune 500 companies and other organizations servicing the insurance/reinsurance industry in the US and internationally.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Georgi Gospodinov Bard College Knot theory is central to low-‐dimensional topology and has many applications to physics, chemistry, biology, etc. We study knots up to isotopies, i.e., deformations that do not tear the knot or pass it through itself. So isotopic knots are thought of as the same. The question arises, given two knots, how can we tell if they are isotopic or not? Knot invariants are functions that assign an object (usually an algebraic object such as a number, a polynomial or a more complicated structure) to a knot. We use knot invariants to detect knots that are different, by studying the algebraic objects associated with the knots.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Laurence A. Marschall Professor of Physics, Gettysburg College
Until 1995, we knew of no solar systems like our own in the universe. Yet in the past few years nearly 500 planets have been discovered orbiting stars other than our Sun using telescopes here on Earth, and, in early 2011 NASA announced the discovery of more than 1000 planets discovered from the orbiting Kepler mission. In this presentation I'll describe how this sudden flood of discoveries came about, explore some of the oddest and most noteworthy new worlds that have been investigated so far, and review what we have learned about the structure and history of our own planetary system from observing these far more distant planets.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Campus Center, Weis Cinema THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE
A documentary by LeAnn Erickson
The screening is open to the public and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Math faculty will be there to discuss how a math senior project works. We will go over deadlines, LaTeX resources, searching the literature, and more. Students starting their projects this fall are strongly encouraged to attend. Anyone else who is curious about the process is also welcome to join us.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Albee 3rd floor lounge Tea and cookies will be served.
All mathematics students are welcome!
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center, Biochemistry Lecture Lab 111 A talk by
Thomas Zaslavsky Professor at Binghamton University Nonattacking chess pieces: The bishops' dance
Recreational chess fans have asked questions like: What is the largest number of identical pieces (queens, or bishops, etc.) that can be placed on a chessboard so none attacks any other?
Some have tried to solve a harder question: Given q identical pieces, how many ways can they be placed on an n x n chessboard?
For some chess pieces the answer is given by a sequence of polynomials in n. We have found that the bishop requires only 2 polynomials, no matter how many bishops there are. The proof uses the geometric theory of signed graphs. I will explain the geometry and graph theory that lie behind the foregoing assertions.
Tea at 3:00 p.m. in RKC 2nd floor pods
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Math Lounge, 3rd floor Albee In honor of the 2011 Mathematics seniors Lionel Barrow, Julia Bennett, Alexandra Carver, Adam Chodoff, Anastassia Etropolski, Alexandros Fragkopoulos, Diana Khaburzaniya, Travis McGrath, Jules Moreau de Balasy, Madeline Schatzberg, Benjamin Selfridge, Nathan Smith, Jacqueline Stone, Zhexiu Tu
All current and prospective mathematics majors are welcome to attend
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden CenterStudents presenting: Thomas Anderson, Gregory Backus, Lionel Barrow, Julia Bennett, Alexandra Carver, Sebastien Cendron, Adam Chodoff, Sara Director, Elena Dragomir, Anastassia Etropolski, Margo Finn, Alexandros Fragkopoulos, Zoe Johnson-Ulrich, Melanie Kenney, Robert Kittler, Bella Manoim, Travis McGrath, Leandra Merola, Jules Moreau de Balasy, Olivia Nathanson, Angela Potenza, Nazmus Saquib, Madeline Schatzberg, Benjamin Selfridge, Erik Shagdar, Lisa Silber, Nathan Smith, Abigail Stevens, Adina-Raluca Stoica, Jacqueline Stone, Maksim Tsikhanovich, Zhexiu Tu, Regina Vaicekonyte, Stavros Velissaris, Michael Walker, Anshul Zota
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Brandt Kronholm candidate for the position in MathematicsThe partitions of a number are the ways of writing that number as a sum of positive integers. For example, the five partitions of 4 are 4, 3 + 1, 2 + 2, 2 + 1 + 1, and 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 and we write p(4) = 5.
How do we compute p(n) for any natural number n? Euler developed several methods for computing partition numbers, but they aren't really formulas. One formula is less than 100 years old and you wouldn't believe it even if you saw it. Another formula is only a few months old.
The restricted partition function p(n,m) enumerates the number of partitions of a non negative integer n into exactly m parts. For example, the two partitions of 4 into exactly 2 parts are 3+1 and 2 + 2 and we write p(4, 2) = 2. Moreover, p(n,m) is like a little brother function to the unrestricted partition function p(n) in thatp(n) = p(n,1) + p(n, 2) + ⋯ + p(n,n). Is there a formula for p(n,m)?
Around the same time that the formula for p(n) was formulated, the great Indian genius Ramanujan observed that p(n) had unexpected divisibility properties:p(5n + 4) ≡ 0 (mod 5) p(7n + 5) ≡ 0 (mod 7) p(11n + 6) ≡ 0 (mod 11) Fifty years later one more divisibility property modulo 17 was discovered. Are there any others? Does p(n,m) have similar divisibility properties?
This talk will introduce the theory of partitions from the ground up and segue into a discussion of classic and recent results on divisibility properties for p(n,m) and p(n). The content of this talk will be accessible to students who have had or are currently taking calculus.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Jan Cameron Vassar College In this talk we will introduce the ﬁeld of operator algebras, currently one of the most exciting and widely applicable areas of mathematics. Our main objects of study are collections of linear transformations on vector spaces with special properties. Operator algebras possess both a rich algebraic structure, and a meaningful notion of distance, and as such have seen many natural connections to ﬁelds as diverse as signal analysis, geometry, group theory, and dynamical systems. We won’t cover all this ground; but we will look at a few of the most important examples of operator algebras, and conclude, if time permits, with a glimpse at some current research problems.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Math Lounge, 3rd floor Albee Are you wondering which math course to take next semester? Are you considering a math major?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, please stop by the Mathematics Program Open House
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Japheth Wood MAT program and Math Circle Bard College Nim is an impartial combinatorial game with a long history and a mathematical theory. Jim (short for Japheth's Nim) is also an impartial combinatorial game that was invented by the speaker in February 2011! In this interactive math circle talk, participants learn how to play both Nim and Jim, and develop strategies that lead to a full understanding of the mathematical theory of both games. This talk will assume no mathematical or scientific background, and is open to all Bard students.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Marisa Hughes Cornell University
A manifold is a space that locally "looks like" Rn. The surface of the earth, for example, is a 2-manifold. In times past, our civilization was unable to distinguish this surface from the side of a cube; sailors feared that they may sail off the edge of the earth. In this talk, we will discuss what life would be like in other 2-manifolds and venture into higher dimensions. We will then begin folding these manifolds along certain symmetries to get a new (and often stranger) spaces. What do these spaces look like? How can we, as mathematicians, quantify the properties of life in a quotient space?
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Ethan Bloch Mathematics Program Morse theory is an important tool in the study of smooth manifolds, which are the higher-dimensional analogs of surfaces. For example, Morse Theory is used in the proof of the higher-dimensional Poincare Conjecture. The idea of Morse Theory is to analyze a manifold by looking at the critical points of smooth maps from the manifold to the real numbers. This talk will provide an elementary introduction to the basic idea of Morse theory, and will discuss some recent analogs of Morse theory in polyhedral and combinatorial settings.
This talk should be accessible to students who have taken Calculus III.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Jennie D'Ambroise Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of Minnesota-Morris Candidate for the Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics position Einstein's equations are the essential equations of general relativity. Roughly they encode the dual relationship between the presence of matter and the curvature of spacetime. This relationship can be intuitively understood by thinking about how gravity bends the trajectories of satellites near earth or of light rays passing by the sun. The theory is formulated mathematically as the "tensorial" equation Gij=Tij, but for the purposes of this talk we will instead think of Einstein's equations as a system of second order differential equations. In full generality one cannot solve these equations exactly. I will discuss techniques that are used to simplify Einstein's equations to find exact solutions. As we will see, a variety of methods are required depending on the physical assumptions we impose on the system. In some cases solutions are computable in terms of elliptic functions, and in other cases we see the appearance of so-called generalized Ermakov equations which are known to appear in other branches of physics. This talk assumes some familiarity with ordinary differential equations.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 204 Come celebrate Pi Day with the Mathematics Program!
We're hosting a variety of events including a "Computing Pi" workshop led by Greg Landweber, followed by pizza and pi(e) and some math-related games.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Joseph KirtlandMarist CollegeIdentification numbers, such as credit card numbers, ISBNs, UPCs, and vehicle identification numbers, are used to identify individual items, specific products, people, accounts, and documents. Each time an identification number is transmitted, there is a chance that an error in the number will occur. To combat this problem, many identification number systems include a check digit and a mathematical calculation to determine if the number received was the number sent. This talk will present a variety of currently used check digit schemes. The schemes presented will range in complexity from ones using modulo arithmetic and permutations to ones that use group theory and dihedral groups.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Adam Lally IBM Senior Software Engineer
Building the Watson system presented a number of software engineering challenges. Watson consists of many components that must work seamlessly together, and Watson must manage a highly parallel computation in order to answer questions fast enough to compete with humans. Our approach to solving this problem is the DeepQA architecture, which defines the types of components that make up Watson and how they fit together. In this talk I will relate my experiences as a Senior Software Engineer on the Watson project. I will discuss the DeepQA architecture in detail and explain how the architecture was efficiently implemented in order to meet the speed requirement of the Jeopardy! challenge. (Note that this talk picks up from where the "What is Watson?" talk concludes, so that talk should be attended prior to attending this one.)
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Matthew Noonan Mount Holyoke College You have to get your Differential Equations homework done fast in order to make it to a movie on time. What tricks can you use for reasoning geometrically about differential equations? Once you complete your work, how can you efficiently parallel park your car at the movie theater? And when you finally take your seat, how does your brain fill in missing details from the movie screen when part of your view is rudely blocked by somebody's head? And what on earth do these three things have to do with each other!?
This talk will require only elementary calculus and vectors. No special knowledge of differential equations will be assumed.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 The math program will be holding an information session this Thursday for students interested in summer REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) programs. We will discuss the benefits of these programs as well as how to apply.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Albee 3rd floor Are you wondering which math course to take next semester?
Are you considering a math major?
Do you like to eat cookies and hang out with math students and professors?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, pelase stop by the Mathematics Program Open House
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium Chemistry Making the Connections – The 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Palladium Catalyzed Carbon-Carbon Coupling The formation of carbon-carbon bonds has been a challenge that, for many years, only nature has been able to accomplish effectively. With the ability to assemble carbon-containing molecules into more complex structures, a multitude of new materials and biologically active compounds can be prepared. This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Richard F. Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki for their development of and contributions toward the field of transition-metal promoted reactions to create new carbon-carbon bonds.Lecture by Emily McLaughlin Chemistry Program Physics “for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene” Awarded to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics for “producing, identifying and characterizing graphene”, a sheet of carbon atoms arranged in hexagons. Since Geim and Novoselov revealed their absurdly simple method for making graphene in 2004, thousands of papers about this material have been published. Graphene’s two-dimensionality gives rise to unusual properties of fundamental and practical interest, including its electrical conductivity, strength and flexibility. In this talk, we’ll take a look at how graphene was made and characterized and some of its significant properties.Lecture by Simeen Sattar Physics Program
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Sinan Gunturk Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York UniversityA fair duel is a mathematical abstraction that seeks infinite binary sequences which are highly balanced in a certain universal sense. This talk will present the origin of this problem, how some classical sequences fare as attempts to solve it, and the current best solution that is inspired by a signal processing algorithm.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Ben Selfridge 4:45
Lexi Carver 5:00
Nathan Smith 5:15
Zhexiu Tu 5:30
Diana Khaburzaniya 5:45
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Lionel Barrow 4:45
Alexandros Fragkopoulus 5:00
Jules Moreau 5:15
Greg Backus 5:30
Madeleine Schatzberg 5:45
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Ursula Whitcher Harvey Mudd College The mathematical field of mirror symmetry was inspired by an observation made by string theorists: different candidates for the shape of the extra dimensions of the universe yield the same observable physics. We will describe pairs of "mirror" universes using geometric figures such as polygons, polyhedra, and their higher-dimensional analogues, polytopes.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium A lecture by Philip Johns Biology ProgramOne of the most elegant ideas in evolution is the notion that organisms cooperate with relatives because relatives share genes. Mutations that lead to relatives cooperating can spread through populations even if the altruistic individuals do not themselves leave offspring. This process is called kin selection. It is difficult to overstate how influential this idea has been over the last half century. But in the last 15 years modern genetics revealed that some of the most impressive examples of animal cooperation -- eusocial insects with sterile working castes -- involve animals that are not necessarily closely related. In fact, in some groups, cooperating animals may be unrelated. In August, Martin Nowak, Corina Tarnita, and Edward Wilson published a model explaining how relatedness, per se, is not necessary for the evolution of eusociality. This paper is enormously controversial. Fifty prominent scientists have reportedly signed a letter protesting its publication in Nature. In this talk, we discuss the elements of the model and why it is so controversial.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Julia Bennett 4:45
Jackie Stone 5:00
Travis McGrath 5:15
Adam Chodoff 5:30
Anastassia Etropolski 5:45
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by John Cullinan Mathematics Program Given a polynomial in two variables F(x,t), if we substitute a constant for t then we are left with a one-variable polynomial. This is called a specialization of F(x,t). What algebraic or number-theoretic information about F(x,t) can be deduced from its specializations? Using simple examples as motivation, we'll discuss irreducibility and Galois properties of polynomials. These examples will allow us to state some of the deepest conjectures in number theory. Some exposure to abstract algebra will be helpful, but is not necessary.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Sam Hsiao Mathematics Program
The Catalan numbers, a famous sequence beginning with 1, 1, 2, 5, 14, 42, . . . (can you guess the pattern?), appear as the solution to a dizzying array of counting problems. I will discuss a few of the many different interpretations and uses of the Catalan numbers, including their connections to ballot counts and the drunkard's walk. While this talk will be elementary, familiarity with Taylor series will be helpful.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC lobby
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 100 A seminar by Ethan Bloch Mathematics Program TEX (pronounced “tek”), of which LATEX is the most widely used dialect, is the state-of-the-art system for typesetting mathematical texts, widely used by mathematicians, scientists and computer scientists, as well as professional journals and book publishers. TEX is not a what-you-see-is-what-you-get word processor, but is rather a computer programming language, originally developed by the noted computer scientist Donald Knuth. Though TEX is a bit harder to use than a regular word processor, it is easily mastered, and offers a number of advantages for typesetting mathematical texts, including the ability to type very complicated mathematical formulas, automatic theorem numbering, and real portability between platforms. TEX is particularly well suited for senior projects in mathematics, computer science and the physical sciences. This talk will present some of the basic ideas of using LATEX.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor
Every Sunday-Thursday RKC 111 7-10 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC lobby Come to the Science, Mathematics & Computing Division ICE CREAM SOCIAL Stop by to ask questions about courses being offered or find out more about majoring in the programs. Faculty members from each program will be there to answer questions.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A talk by Ming-Wen An Vassar College In 2007, there were 33 million people around the world living with HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). In May 2003, the U.S. President announced a global program, known as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), to address this epidemic. We seek to estimate patient mortality in PEPFAR in an eﬀort to monitor and evaluate this program. This eﬀort, however, is thwarted by loss to follow-up that occurs at very high rates. As a consequence, standard survival data and analysis on observed non-dropout data is generally biased, and provide no objective evidence to correct the potential bias. We develop and apply double-sampling designs and methodology to estimate mortality in PEPFAR. In this talk, we show that the estimate of yearly mortality based on our methods is substantially better than the estimate based on standard methods; and we examine proﬁles of lost to follow-up individuals whom researchers should target for double-sampling. Reception at 4 p.m. Talk begins at 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Students presenting:Erik Badger Oni Banks Jacqueline Bow Alex Carlin Aleksandar Chakarov Cedric Cogell Joseph Corey Ivelina Darvenyashka Jyoti Dev Tessa Dowling Jacob Ezerski Sarah Farell Jonathan Fivelsdal Wui Ming Gan Jun Harada Xian He Sam Israel Nina Jankovic Liz Jimenez-Martinez Huaizhou Jin Emanuel Krantz Leah Ladner Shun-Yang Lee Hannah Liddy Jason Mastbaum Robert McNevin Alison Mutter David Polett Hannah Quay-de la Vallee Adrita Rahman Viriya Ratansangpunth Che Ruisi-Besares Dale Simmons Fang Song Petar Stojanov Corinna Troll Alexandru Vladoi Nicholas Wilton Yu Wu William Wylie Xinyuan Xu
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Bradley Forrest Stockton College
We will explore Yes-No voting systems, systems where voters are choosing between only two options, for example when a bill or amendment is pitted against the status quo. Four specific real world Yes-No voting systems will be discussed: the UN Security Council, the European Economic Community (now the EU), the legislative branch of the U.S. Federal Government, and the procedure to amend the Canadian constitution. These voting systems highlight several interesting properties of Yes-No voting systems that we will investigate in detail.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A lecture by Timothy Goldberg Cornell University Some pretty interesting mathematics, especially geometry, arises naturally from thinking about bicycles and how they work. Why exactly does a bicycle with round wheels roll smoothly on flat ground, and how can we use the answer to this question to design a track on which a bicycle with square wheels can ride smoothly? If you come across bicycle tracks on the ground, how can you tell which direction it was going? And what's the best way to find the area between the front and rear wheel tracks of a bicycle? We will discuss the answers to these questions, and give lots of illustrations. We will assume a little familiarity with planar geometry, including tangent vectors to curves.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center The Bard Summer Research Institute supports campus based summer research by undergraduate students in empirical/quantitative fields - anthropology, biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, physics, psychology, and sociology. Faculty propose research projects related to their own research that are appropriate for undergraduates participation and faculty act as mentors for the students. Each student selected to participate in BSRI receives a $2,500 stipend for the eight-week program. JUNE 7-JULY 30 APPLICATION DEADLINE-Monday, March 29th Students applications should be submitted via e-mail to Megan Karcher, karcher@bard.edu, using the attached form.
RKC 111A lecture by John McCleary Vassar College In 1911, Otto Toeplitz conjectured that a simple closed curve in the plane always has four points on it that form a square. This conjecture has been attacked in many ways over the last almost 100 years. I will present some of the approaches and reasons to believe it true.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A lecture by Matthew Deady Physics Program You hear an airplane passing overhead, you look for it and realize the sound is coming from a different place than where you see the plane. This is due to the fact that the speed of sound is much less than the speed of light. So, one could ask, when do you first hear a plane?
Answering this question using simple calculus gives insights into wave propagation and reception, and a different way to understand the phenomenon of sonic booms. The physics and mathematics of sonic booms and related phenomena will be presented, including applications to the detection of particles in particle physics experiments.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 AuditoriumA Science on the Edge lecture by Philip Johns Biology program The Y chromosome is the chromosome that determines the development of males in humans and most other mammals. It is a small chromosome with very few genes. Evolutionary biologists have hypothesized the causes of its "degenerate" evolution. One prediction of how Y chromosomes degenerate is that the genes on Y chromosomes should evolve slowly. In a recent study titled, "Chimpanzee and human Y chromosomes are remarkably divergent in structure and gene content", Jennifer Hughes and her colleagues at MIT found that, contrary to expectations, genes on the Y chromosome have evolved incredibly quickly since humans and chimps diverged. We will discuss recent human evolution, how scientists have used the Y chromosome to make startling discoveries about humans in the past, and what the implications are that the Y chromosome is evolving as quickly as it is.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A lecture by Jim Pivarski Texas A&M University The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a 17-mile circumference circular accelerator, in which two beams of protons (which are “hadrons”) collide with each other at the highest energies ever achieved in a laboratory. It has received more media attention than most physics projects -- why is this experiment important, and what is it for? That question could be answered many different ways, but I will present it in the context of the central story of the quest to understand what matter is: from electromagnetism to quantum field theory, the Standard Model, the search for the Higgs boson, and super-symmetry (time permitting). Equal weight will be given to theoretical motivations and experimental techniques.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 AuditoriumA lecture by Dr. Mukhles Sowwan Al Quds University
In this talk I will speak about the international collaborative science project SESAME Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East. SESAME is being developed under the umbrella of UNESCO and is modeled closely on CERN. The first beam line will be operational in 2012. Several hundred scientists from the region and other parts of the world are expected to use this facility, which will cover disciplines ranging from archaeology to the medical sciences and nanotechnology. The members of SESAME are Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Pakistan, and Turkey. This makes SESAME a unique multidisciplinary center in this part of the world. In addition, I will talk about the Nanotechnology Research at Al-Quds University, and my views on science and politics, and international collaboration, in a volatile environment like the Middle East.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A presentation by Kelvin Mischo Wolfram Research Mathematica is a powerful mathematical programming language and software package designed for technical computing. Mathematica features integrated symbolic manipulation, numerical computation with arbitrarily high precision, and numerous tools for creating graphics and visualizing data.
In this talk—which will be given entirely in Mathematica—we will discuss several useful applications of Mathematica for teaching and research in mathematics, the physical sciences, and economics. In particular, we will show how to design universal examples in Mathematica that can be used by faculty or students with no prior Mathematica experience. We will also discuss the basics of the Mathematica language and system, as well as some of the new functionality available in Version 7. No previous knowledge of Mathematica or mathematical programming will be assumed.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 AuditoriumTHIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. A re-schedule date will be announced A Science on the Edge lecture by William Maple Biology program Charles Darwin, Thomas Huxley and hundreds of biologists, paleontologists and anthropologists throughout the 19th and 20th centuries confronted the question of human origins without adequate fossil evidence. The similarity of apes and humans was clear but the links were missing. Even as more fossil, anatomical and biochemical evidence illuminated ape-human relationships, the mystery remained of accounting for the evolution of typical hominid bipedal locomotion from the knuckle-walking and arboreal locomotion of the African apes. The last 100 years of hominid fossil discoveries gradually pushed the age of our ancestry back to as much as 3+ million years (Australopithecus), but all were terrestrial bipeds. The discovery in the Ethiopian Afar Rift region of fragments (including a partial female skeleton) of a hominid now known as Ardipithecus ramidus clearly (at least to some) suggests a species that moved with both ape-like climbing and human-like bipedality. Recovery of other fossil vertebrates, invertebrates and plants in the same site clarified the ecological habitat as patchy forest.
The elucidation of the place of Ardipithecus in hominid evolution was named breakthrough of the year by Science Magazine.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A lecture by Sam Hsiao Mathematics Program How many shuffles does it take to randomize a deck of cards? The famous paper by Bayer and Diaconis published in 1992 provides a definitive analysis of this problem. I will discuss the beautiful interplay between algebra and combinatorics that shows up in their work, and will survey subsequent developments that relate to my current research in algebraic combinatorics. This talk will assume a basic familiarity with abstract algebra.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A lecture by Sarah Koch Harvard University
Julia sets are a certain family of fractals that arise from the iteration of polynomial maps on the complex plane. In 1983, Duaday and Hubbard discovered that two polynomial maps can sometimes be combined into a single dynamical system by "gluing together" the Julia sets, an operation known as mating.
In this talk, we begin with a brief introduction to complex polynomials, Julia sets, and the parameter space for quadratic polynomials (the Mandelbrot set). We then discuss the notion of mating two polynomials, focusing on the quadratic case. Finally, we will explore some examples where the mating does exist, and examples where it does not.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor
Every Sunday-Wednesday
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC lobby Students presenting: Denise Feng Adviser: Michael Tibbetts
Genevieve Howell Adviser: William Maple
Paul Jordan Advisers: Craig Anderson and Michael Tibbetts
Paul McLaughlin Adviser: James Belk
Sarah Mount Adviser: Catherine O'Reilly
Jacob Pooler Adviser: Peter Skiff
Wyatt Shell Adviser: Philip Johns
Sarah Wegener Adviser: William Maple
Yi Xiao Adviser: Michael Tibbetts
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 2009 Nobel Prizes
Swapan Jain lecturing on the Chemistry prize Awarded to Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas A. Steitz, and Ada E. Yonath "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome"
Michael Tibbetts lecturing on the Physiology or Medicine prize Awarded to Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider, and Jack W. Szostak "for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase"
Christian Bracher lecturing on the Physics prize Awarded to Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith "for the invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit - the CCD sensor"
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A seminar by Sheila Miller United States Military Academy at West Point A left distributive algebra (LD) is a set with one binary operation satisfying the left distributive law. Examples of left distributive algebras in classical mathematics include groups under conjugation and the weighted mean; we are interested in the free left distributive algebra which appears in both set theory and braid groups. We give an introduction to the main theorems about free left distributive algebras, particularly theorems concerning a linear ordering and a normal form theorem, and end with a discussion of the Comparison Algorithm. Though the Comparison Algorithm is the most natural way to compare two terms in the free LD, it is an open question whether the Comparison Algorithm terminates when given two arbitrary terms of the free left distributive algebra.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium Molecular Shapes and Molecular Interactions: Insights from Infrared Spectroscopy
A lecture by Timothy Vaden Candidate for the position in Chemistry
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Matthew Glomski Marist College A century ago, physicists Henri Bénard and John William Strutt (a.k.a. Lord Rayleigh) studied the onset of convection in a thin layer of fluid heated from below. This question, now termed the planar Bénard problem, has evolved into one of the true "classics" of classical thermodynamics. In this talk, we will borrow tools from subfields as disparate as calculus, geometry and logic to examine some proven results and investigate a few unanswered questions in the problem. This talk is intended to be accessible to all undergraduates with an interest in mathematics, computer science, and/or physics.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 101 Find out more about math and CS courses Get information about MATC courses Find out your math placement Find out about the BARC Algebra Workshops This drop-in session isn led by Q-director Maria Belk, and math and CS faculty.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 This session if for all first and second year students considering a major in mathematics. Find out about course requirements, moderation requirements, the senior project, etc. Meet mathematics program faculty and other students interested in mathematics. Please attend this session in addition to meeting with your adviser on Advising Day.
Refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A seminar by Elisha Peterson United States Military Academy at West Point Have you ever seen one of those movies where the hero unearths an artifact covered with mysterious symbols, and it takes a brilliant scientist to decipher their meaning? Hollywood's tacit (and reasonable) assumption is that the mathematics of a different civilization would look very different. This talk is an accessible introduction to trace diagrams, a non-traditional notation for linear algebra that could plausibly have been developed by another civilization. Surprisingly, the notation is perfectly rigorous, and often leads to proofs more elegant than those written using traditional notation. The only prerequisite is an understanding of basic linear algebra and a willingness to work some examples to get used to doing real math with "doodles".
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium Watching Rust Dissolve: Ultrafast X-Ray Absorption Measurements of the Reductive Dissolution of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles
A lecture by Jordan Katz Candidate for the position in Chemistry The reduction of Fe(III) is one of the most important chemical changes that takes place in the development of anaerobic soils and sediments, and the reductive dissolution of iron-bearing minerals by microbes plays a critical role in this process. Despite its importance in biogeochemistry, many questions remain about the mechanism of this electron transfer reaction, in part because the speed of the fundamental chemical steps renders them inaccessible to conventional study. Ultrafast time-resolved x-ray spectroscopy is a technique that can overcome this limitation and measure changes in oxidation state and structure occurring during chemical reactions that can be initiated by a fast laser pulse. We use this approach with ~100 ps resolution to monitor the speciation of Fe atoms in maghemite nanoparticles following photo-induced electron transfer from a surface-bound photoactive dye molecule.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A seminar by Ethan Bloch Mathematics program It is well known that Newton and Leibniz invented calculus in the 17th century. It is less well known what exactly they did, and did not, do. In fact, many of the ingredients of calculus were known before Newton and Leibniz, and it took over one hundred years after them for calculus to be brought into the form in which we know it today, and another fifty years after that for all the details to be worked out rigorously. This talk will outline some of the main steps in the development of calculus from the ancient Greeks to the 19th century. Most of the talk will be accessible to anyone familiar with the basic ideas of calculus.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Cedric Cogell 4:15
Huaizhou Jin 4:30
David Pollett 4:45
Sarah Farrell 5:00
Liz Jimenez 5:15
Aleks Chakarov 5:30
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium Creating Devices and Performing Analyses at the Micro-Scale A lecture by Christopher LaFratta Candidate for the position in Chemistry
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Ming Gan 4:15
Jonathan Fivelsdal 4:30
Alison Mutter 5:00
Xian He 5:15
Alex Vladoi 5:30
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Che Ruisi-Besares 4:15
Elias Halloran 4:30
Xinyuan Xu 4:45
Shun-Yang Lee 5:00
Viriya Ratansangpunth 5:15
Hannah Quay de la Valle 5:30
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 100 A tutorial by Gidon Eshel Bard Center Fellow in Environmental Sciences
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A seminar by Jenny Magnes Vassar College Physics department We have shown that shapes representing functions can be opto-mechanically integrated and re-produced. This method involves linear opto-mechanical scanning. We show that angular opto-mechanical scanning can be used to classify shapes by symmetry groups. This information can then be used to identify objects mathematically based on their symmetries. Applications lie in the fields of psychology, quality control, and surveillance.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 AuditoriumA lecture by J.B. Nation University of Hawaii A projective plane is a planar geometry in which every pair of lines has a point of intersection. Heuristically, we think of parallel lines as intersecting at infinity. This talk will concern various ways in which we can construct projective planes, with particular attention to the structure of finite planes.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A seminar by Robert W. McGrail Bard College ASC Laboratory The speaker presents a meta term rewriting system (TRS) for the laws of idempotence, right-cancellation, and right self-distributivity. Particular instances of this meta TRS demonstrate that the equational theories of quandles, involutory quandles, racks, and right symmmetric, right distributive groupoids (RSRD) are decidable. Moreover, another instance encodes the standard solution to the three-peg Tower of Hanoi problem. This is joint work with Peter Golbus of Northeastern University and Claudio Gutierrez of the University of Chile in Santiago.This talk will be accessible to those familiar with elementary formal mathematics.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A seminar by Robert W. McGrail Bard College ASC LaboratoryThe speaker introduces the word problem for recursively presented algebras. This will include a brief history of progress in this area, most notably Novikov's proof of the undecidability of the word problem for groups. The speaker will then present a reduction of the word problem for groups to the word problem for quandles as well as a reduction of the word problem for quandles to the word problem for racks. This demonstrates that quandles and racks also have undecidable word problems. This original research is joint work with Jim Belk of the Bard Mathematics Program.This talk will be accessible to any attendee familiar with group presentations and normal subgroups in group theory.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 100 A seminar by Ethan Bloch Mathematics Program TEX (pronounced “tek”), of which LATEX is the most widely used dialect, is the state-of-the-art system for typesetting mathematical texts, widely used by mathematicians, scientists and computer scientists, as well as professional journals and book publishers. TEX is not a what-you-see-is-what-you-get word processor, but is rather a computer programming language, originally developed by the noted computer scientist Donald Knuth. Though TEX is a bit harder to use than a regular word processor, it is easily mastered, and offers a number of advantages for typesetting mathematical texts, including the ability to type very complicated mathematical formulas, automatic theorem numbering, and real portability between platforms. TEX is particularly well suited for senior projects in mathematics, computer science and the physical sciences. This talk will present some of the basic ideas of using LATEX.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Get help at the Math Study Room! A place to work on Math homework, study with classmates, or find a Math tutor
Every Sunday - Wednesday RKC 111 7-10 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Kline, President's Room Join Math and Computer Science students and faculty for an informal lunch gathering.
All are welcome!
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Find out about math courses, math-related activities and events on campus, and the math major.
Math faculty members will be there to answer your questions.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC lobby "Ice cream is happiness condensed" -Jessi Lane Adams
Come to the Science, Mathematics & Computing Division ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Stop by to ask questions about courses being offered or find out more about majoring in the programs. Faculty members from each program will be there to answer questions.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center, Room 101A seminar by John B. Ferguson Health Professions Advisor
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 AuditoriumA lecture by Sandy Simon Laboratory of Cellular Biophysics Rockefeller University Most studies in biology focus on the "averaged" behavior. Either the average behavior of a molecule (which we study by its biochemical activity), the average behavior of a cell (which we study by its physiology) or the average behavior of an individual (which we study by population dynamics). However, important lessons can be learned from studying single events. Examples will be given from our work on a number of projects ranging from studying single HIV viruses as they assemble, single vesicles as they are release by a cell to signal or internalized into a cell, single cells as they die and single tumor cells as they metastasize through the body.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC lobby Join us in celebrating our graduating seniors as they present posters outlining their work.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC lobby Join us in celebrating our graduating seniors as they present posters outlining their work.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC lobbyStudents presenting:
Algebraic & Symbolic Computation Laboratory Adviser: Robert McGrail Jacqueline Bow Aleksandar Chakarov Bella Manoim Georgi Smilyanov Adina-Raluca Stoica Petar Stojanov
Biology Independent Research Students Advisers: Ken Howard, Philip Johns & Michael Tibbetts Elena Dragomir Rosa Levin Jessica Philpott Jega Jananie Ravi Hannagh Shapero Ilya Smirnoff Rachel Steinhorn
Math Independent Research Students Advisers: James Belk, Maria Belk & Lauren Rose Julia Bennett Adam Chodoff Liz Jimenez-Martinez
Tropical Ecology class Adviser: Catherine O'Reilly Erik Badger Tessa Dowling Genevieve Howell Allison James Hannah Liddy Chantal Ludder Elizabeth Lund Sarah Mount Loralee Ryan Wyatt Shell Marta Shocket
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Serena Randolph 4:15 p.m.
Tina Zhang 4:40 p.m.
Scott McMillen 5:05 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Nicholas Michaud 4:15 p.m.
Sylvia Naples 4:40 p.m.
Tomasz Przytycki 5:05 p.m.
Zhechao Zhou 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium Young Eun Choi "Developing a reversible and cell-specific system for inhibiting protein synthesis in C. elegans"
Trillian Gregg "Development of a Novel Method of Macromolecule Delivery into Cells"
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Mona Merling 4:15 p.m.
Ezra Winston 4:40 p.m.
Dexin Zhou 5:05 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A lecture by Megumi Harada McMaster UniversityThe motivation for symplectic geometry comes from classical physics, but the modern theory is related to many other areas of mathematics (not just physics) such as combinatorics, representation theory, topology, algebraic geometry, and many others. I will give a "mosaic" glimpse of this exciting field of research by briefly discussing the following inter-related topics, all of which appear (in one way or another) in my current work: 1) From classical physics to symplectic geometry: the magic of Hamiltonians;2) Horn's problem: how linear algebra and symplectic geometry yield polytopes and combinatorics;3) Getting topology out of a function: a bit of Morse theory;and finally, time permitting, I will say a few words about how the themes (1)--(3) come together in my current work on the study of the topology of hyperKahler Hamiltonian quotients.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Laszlo Z. Bito Auditorium-RKCA lecture by Kathy Corrado Director, Onondaga County Crime Lab Forensic DNA analysis is used extensively in criminal investigations to either associate or exonerate individuals from leaving their DNA at crime scenes. The Director of the Onondaga County Crime Lab in Syracuse NY will provide insight into the real life workings of a forensic DNA lab including the types of evidence typically encountered, current technologies being utilized in the field, the significance of DNA matches, and examples of interesting cases. The benefits and concerns of the use and expansion of forensic DNA databases will also be discussed.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A lecture by Catherine O'Reilly Biology program and Simeen Sattar Chemistry program In February, NASA launched a rocket on a mission to deploy a new satellite. The rocket malfunctioned, sending the satellite, in development for the past 9 years and part of $273 million dollar system, into the ocean. The rocket was carrying the NASA's new Orbiting Carbon Observatory, a satellite intended to assess carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere. The information from this satellite would have helped researchers understand the distribution of this greenhouse gas, providing data to improve climate models and insights into the 'missing carbon sink'.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A lecture by Gidon Eshel Physics program I will first review the concept of stability in the context of variance maintenance by dynamical systems, starting in 1-D and working our way to N-D. I will provide numerous examples, both analytic (i.e., with no physical relevance) and from physically realizable system such as the jet stream or Spotted Owl survival in response to conservation efforts. I will discuss two methods of obtaining dynamical system's governing linear operator: (1) using analytic linearization of non-linear operators (with the examples of mid-latitude perturbations on the jet, and the Lotka-Volterra equations of population dynamics; and (2) data-based (empirical) derivation using covariance of strobed states. I will then introduce normality (self-adjointness), discuss time-scales, and emphasize the distinction between asymptotic and transient stability. I will conclude with the complete solution of the stability problem, a solution comprising both eigen analysis (and thus asymptotic stability) and Singular value Decomposition of finite time propagators (addressing transient stability).
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A lecture by Harry Mairson Brandeis University
Static program analysis is a form of predicting the future: it's what a compiler does to predict the behavior of your program, so that at run-time, the compiled version of your code runs faster or better.
Control flow analysis (CFA) is a canonical form of static program analysis performed by compilers, where the answers to questions like "can call site X ever call procedure P?" or "can procedure P ever be called with argument A?" are used to optimize procedure calls. In the interest of compile-time tractability, these questions are answered approximately, possibly including false positives. Much experimental work has been done on flow analysis. Here we describe, instead, some analytic characterizations of how hard CFA is.
Different versions of CFA are parameterized by their sensitivity to calling contexts. We show that the simplest version of CFA, called 0CFA, is complete for PTIME. In other words, it is as difficult to solve as any problem requiring polynomial time. A family of generalizations of 0CFA providing better analyses, called kCFA (k a positive integer), has never been implemented efficiently. We prove that this is necessary: the problem solved by kCFA is complete for EXPTIME---it is as difficult to solve as any problem requiring exponential time.
Each proof depends on fundamental insights about the linearity of programs, appealing to ideas from linear logic and the geometry of interaction---a linear logic semantics that is effectively an exact form of control-flow analysis.
This is joint work with David Van Horn (Brandeis University), presented at the 2008 ACM International Conference on Functional Programming.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Laszlo Z. Bito Auditorium-RKCA lecture by David Sloan Wilson Director, EvoS program Binghamton University For complex reasons, evolutionary theory was restricted to the biological sciences and avoided for most human-related subjects for most of the 20th century. That is now rapidly changing. The 21st century will witness an integration for the study of humanity comparable to the integration of the biological sciences that took place during the 20th century (and continuing). I will review current trends and how they are embodied in EvoS, a campus-wide evolutionary studies program at Binghamton University that has received NSF funding to expand into a nationwide consortium.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A lecture by Kristin Lane Psychology program Many mental activities occur automatically or unconsciously, including thoughts that are relevant to social perception, judgment, and action. This talk will present interactive illustrations of mental events that exist outside of conscious awareness or control; I will then show evidence that suggests that these ordinary processes can give rise to systematic social biases, which in turn can influence participation, interest, and performance in science and math domains. In particular, the talk will consider the gender disparity in science and mathematics in light of these findings from the mind sciences.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Laszlo Z. Bito Auditorium - RKCA lecture by Georgia E. Hodes University of Pennsylvania Women are twice as likely as men to suffer an episode of depression, but only between puberty and menopause. This suggests a relationship between reproductive hormones and depression in females. However, most theories on the etiology of depression are based on research done solely in males. This talk will focus on current research examining sex differences in the effects of antidepressants on neurogenesis and depression associated behaviors using a rodent model. Additionally, this talk will examine how reproductive hormones influence cognitive function and the response to stress across the lifespan. The understanding of how males and females differ may lead to better treatments for depression in both sexes.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A lecture by Robert McGrail Laboratory for Algebraic and Symbolic Computation Bard College The speaker introduces the notion of a quandle, an algebra that arises in knot theory and group theory, as well as the concept of connectedness in algebras. In particular, every finite, connected quandle has an unambiguous permutation cycle structure associated to it. This cycle-structure can be simply and efficiently computed from an operation table for the quandle, and so serves as a useful combinatorial invariant for the classification of finite, connected quandles. The speaker will introduce an improvement to the isofilter program of the Prover9/Mace4 automated deduction suite based upon this invariant. Moreover, he will discuss the implications of this work to the goal of completing a computational classification of the variety of finite quandles. This is joint work with Aleksandar Chakarov (Bard '10).
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Laszlo Z. Bito Auditorium - RKCA lecture by Michele Caggana, Sc.D, FACMG Director, New York State Department of Health, Newborn Screening ProgramNewborn screening began in New York State in 1965 with the addition of a single metabolic disorder called phenylketonuria (PKU). If you drink diet soda, you may see the bottle warning phenylketonurics not to drink these beverages. That's because prior to 1965, people who had PKU became mentally retarded and often were institutionalized because their disease was caught too late. With the advent of newborn screening, the Wadsworth Center, New York State's Public Health Laboratory could identify those affected babies at birth, before they suffered significant cognitive impairment by sampling a few drops of blood from a newborn's heel. By limiting intake of phenylalanine and protein in general, affected infants could live and function normally. Newborn screening has changed a lot over the years. The Program in New York is the largest, most comprehensive free program in the United States. We now screen for 45 disorders and use sophisticated equipment. This discussion will start in the early 60's, bring us to current activities in Albany, and we will glimpse into the future as well. In addition, factors that have impacted newborn screening in recent years will be discussed.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Laszlo Z. Bito Auditorium-RKCA lecture by Cathy Gibson Skidmore College As integrators of the landscape, streams are heavily impacted by land-use change such as urbanization. Changes in ecosystem structure associated with urbanization are well known, but how ecosystem function changes as a result of these structural changes is not well understood. This talk will examine how urbanization affects nutrient cycling and whole system metabolism in both small headwater streams and large rivers. Maintenance of downstream water quality depends on the ability of stream to retain and process nutrients. This talk will examine what drives nutrient uptake in urban streams, how it differs from forested counterparts, and discuss implications for downstream water quality. In addition, we will look at the impact of hydrological modifications via dams affects these functions, as well.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 102A lecture by Jeff Suzuki Brooklyn College
What do a musical scale, a calendar, and the U.S. flag have in common? They are all solutions to the problem of finding a set of whole numbers that match a particular property. The solutions rely on the use of Diophantine equations and continued fractions, which offer the best rational approximation to a given real number.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Laszlo Z. Bito Auditiorium-RKCA lecture by S. James Gates, Jr. John S. Toll Professor of Mathematics Director, Center for String and Particle Theory University of Maryland Gauge theories seem to describe all of the known forces in Nature...except gravity as it is normally viewed. However, using the Cartan approach to the geometry of curved manifolds, even gravitation is seen to be almost identical to other gauge theories. This talk will be accessible to math and physics majors.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Laszlo Z. Bito Auditorium-RKCA lecture by Richard S. Ostfeld Senior Scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies The rate of species extinctions, both globally and from local communities, continues to accelerate. In recent years, ecologists have asked, to what degree will ecological communities lose their ability to provide “ecosystem services” as biodiversity is lost? This talk will describe how biodiversity loss affects the risk and incidence of zoonotic diseases (diseases transmitted from non-human vertebrates to humans). Zoonotic diseases, including avian influenza, Ebola, SARS, and plague, comprise the majority of so-called emerging infectious diseases. Most zoonotic pathogens can infect several wildlife host species. However, hosts differ strongly in their capacity to support population growth of the pathogen. Some hosts act as reservoirs that amplify pathogens, whereas others act as “dilution hosts” that can absorb but do not contribute pathogens. Therefore, the diversity and species composition of the host community is fundamentally important in determining pathogen transmission and disease dynamics. Reservoir hosts tend to be abundant, widespread species that are resilient to human-caused environmental degradation. In contrast, dilution hosts are often sensitive to environmental degradation, disappearing when biodiversity is lost. This presentation will describe three case studies of diseases – Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, West Nile virus encephalitis, and Lyme disease – that are exacerbated when biodiversity is reduced. Explorations of the mechanisms that underlie the increase in disease risk with reduced biodiversity suggest that other zoonotic diseases will behave similarly. These case studies show that the current biodiversity crisis is likely to increase human exposure to many infectious diseases.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A lecture by Peter Golbus, class of 2009 ASC Lab, Bard College This work presents a method for associating a class of constraint satisfaction problems to a three-dimensional knot. Given a knot, one can build a knot quandle, which is generally an inﬁnite free algebra. The desired collection of problems is derived from the set of invariant relations over the knot quandle, applying theory that relates ﬁnite algebras to constraint satisfaction problems. This allows us to develop notions of tractable and NP-complete quandles and knots. In particular, we show that all tricolorable torus knots and all but at most 2 non-trivial knots with 10 or fewer crossings are NP-complete.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Laszlo Z. Bito Auditorium - RKCA lecture by Jason Schwarz Laboratory of Sensory Neuroscience, Rockefeller University The teleost fish Aplocheilus can locate and capture its insect prey on the surface of the water without any visual input. An array of mechanosensory organs on the crown of the fish's head, the neuromasts, detect water surface waves in a manner analogous to the detection of sounds by tetrapods. The fish compares the intensities and latencies of stimuli at various neuromasts to determine the direction of the wave source and analyzes the wave spectrum to determine how far the wave has propagated. In view of the robustness of the behavior and the accessibility of the nervous system, prey localization by Aplocheilus offers us an experimental system useful in the study of fast neural signal processing.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A lecture by Rebecca Ryan MAT Program in Mathematics Bard College In 1973 Fischer Black and Myron Scholes settled a longstanding problem in economics: how to determine the fair value of a stock option. They realized that holding specific positions in stocks and in an option could render a portfolio instantaneously risk-free. Having eliminated the risk, solving for the value of an option became a feasible mathematical procedure. This revolutionary insight sparked the explosion of the now multi-trillion dollar derivatives market.
In this presentation, I will reconstruct the Black-Scholes portfolio from the ground up, assuming basic economic or mathematical knowledge from the audience. First, learn how investors use options, stocks, short positions, and long positions to speculate and to hedge. Then, explore how casinos hedge games to cover payouts. Finally, see how the Black-Scholes portfolio is analagous to a casino's hedging strategy.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 AuditoriumA lecture by Steven Gavlik Siena College Most vertebrates pass through two or more distinct life stages. Examples include hatching or birth (larval to juvenile transitions) and puberty (a juvenile to adult transition). Hormones of the endocrine system are primary controllers of the anatomical and physiological changes occurring during these life stage transitions. Fish undergo these transitions as free-living organisms, which allows for interactions between the hormonal control systems and the environment. This talk will present findings about the hormonal controls of two important fish life stage transitions – metamorphosis of Summer flounder and sex determination in American eel.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111A lecture by John Cullinan Mathematics program Dynamical systems have been studied in the context of population modeling, fractal geometry, and topology for much of the 20th century, but it is only recently that they have been studied for their number-theoretic applications. In fact, many open questions in number theory can be rephrased in terms of dynamical systems. This talk will be an introduction to the arithmetic of polynomial dynamics and we will also discuss our recent work on the ramification of iterated rational functions.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111Lecture by Ethan Bloch Mathematics Program The angle defect, which goes back to Descartes, is a very simple way of measuring the curvature at the vertices of a polyhedral surface in Euclidean space. The angle defect is the polyhedral (and much simpler) analog of Gaussian curvature, as studied in differential geometry. Although the angle defect is the only plausible definition of curvature at the vertices of a polyhedral surface, it turns out that there is more than one possible way to generalize this definition to arbitrary finite 2-dimensional polyhedra, and to higher dimensional polyhedra. This talk will present a few different such generalizations, and will discuss a way to compare these different generalizations in dimension 2. The talk will be elementary, though a willingness to consider higher dimensional polyhedra is required.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC pod 222 A chance to do homework, get help with your classes, eat pizza and socialize with your professors & fellow biology students!TuesdaysRKC POD 2227 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium The 2008 Nobel Prize Awards Christian Bracher, Physics programLecturing on the Nobel Prize in Physics awarded jointly to Yoichiro Nambu for the discovery of the mechanism of spontaneous broken symmetry in subatomic physics and to Makoto Kobayashi and Toshilde Maskawa for the discovery of the origin of the broken symmetry which predicts the existence of at least three families of quarks in nature. John Ferguson, Biology programLecturing on the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded to Francoise Barre-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier for their discovery of human immunodeficiency virus. Michael Tibbetts, Biology programLecturing on the Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Osamu Shimomura, Martin Chalfie and Roger Y. Tsien for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Struggling with algebra in your math, science, or econ courses? Need to brush up on your basic skills? Come to the Algebra Review WorkshopMonday, February 9th RKC 111 7-8 p.m. This workshop is geared toward Precalculus and Calculus students, but it should also be beneficial to students in science, economics and statistics courses. Additional sessions will be scheduled if there is student interest.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Cliona Golden Mathematics program Math plays a key role in the workings of many electronic devices we use in day-to-day life: MP3 players, digital cameras, cellphones, .... In this talk, we will discuss two fundamental math tools, Fourier Analysis and Wavelets, for the representation and processing of signals and images.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 AuditoriumLed by Stephanie Oleksyk (SES '06) Learn more about the Semester in Environmental Science at Woods Hole, MA.
Study environmental science in an array of ecosystems with researchers at one of the world's premier centers for biological research and education! The Semester in Environmental Science (SES) is a hands-on semester of courses taught in beautiful Woods Hole by some of the field's top scientists. The aim of the core curriculum is to study global problems in a local context. It covers ecosystem biogeochemistry and the biology of coastal bays, ponds, wetlands and forests of Cape Cod. Students conduct independent research projects and make connections with researchers that can lead to internships and jobs at the MBL.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 STRUGGLING WITH YOUR MATH HOMEWORK? Come to the Math Study Room! A place to work on Math homework, study with classmates, or find a Math tutor Every Sunday-Thursday RKC 111 8-10 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Kline, President's Room Join Math and Computer Science students & faculty for an informal lunch gathering.
All are welcome!
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC terrace Attention all Biology students!!!A chance to do homework, get help with your classes, eat pizza and socialize with your professors and fellow biology students. Professors Felicia Keesing and Philip Johns will be hosting tonight.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC lobbyBiology program
Fall 2008 Independent Research Poster Session Students presenting: Alex Carlin Jyoti Dev Margo Finn Samuel Israel Allison James Anna Josephson-Day Sarah Mount Jessica Philpott Wyatt Shell Ilya Smirnoff Rachel Steinhorn Emma Taylor-Salmon William Wylie
Students presenting: Priyanka Oberoi Adviser: Felicia Keesing
"The Effect of Invasive Plant Species, Garlic Mustard Plant (Alliaria petiolata), on Entomopathogenic Fungi, Beauveria bassiana"
Faqir Usman Adviser: Sam Hsiao
"Using Graphs to Model the Spread and Containment of Fire"
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Maria Belk Mathematics program Why are some structures rigid, but others fall down? We'll look at some simple structure and examine their rigidity. We'll start by considering bar frameworks - place the vertices of a graph in 2 or 3 dimensions, and think of the edges of the graph as bars, forced to maintain their length. After examining the rigidity of bar frameworks, we'll move to consider tensegrities. In a tensigrity framework, some of the edges are called struts and are allowed to increase in length while others are called cables and are allowed to decrease in length. These are tensegrities where the struts are suspended in the air by the cables, and yet the entire structure is rigid.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium A lecture by Sven Anderson Computer Science program Telling the difference between human and automated programs such as Web-bots has become important in preventing Web-bot access to e-mail addresses, private information and limited electronic resources. CAPTCHAs, programs that can accurately judge whether a user is human or machine, are the primary line of defense against Web-bot access. For example, Google's Mail program uses CAPTHCAs to prevent Web-bots from creating bogus user accounts from which to launch spam messages. Every day humans solve about 60 million CAPTHCAs. The human "computation" expended has an unintended benefit: it can be recycled to help digitize old printed texts that are unrecognizable using optical character recognizers. This talk, intended for a general audience, will explore the vanishing difference between humans and computer programs on current text CAPTCHAs and outline efforts to keep one step ahead of the intelligent Web-bots. We will also consider other efforts to recycle human computation.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium A lecture by Lisa Scheifele candidate for the position in Biology Mobile DNA presents a considerable challenge to genome stability due to its presence as dispersed repeats. Could this instability enable adaption and thereby explain why genomes retain high levels of mobile DNA? Indeed, we have found that following experimental evolution, strains with higher levels of repetitive DNA contain a broader variation in chromosome structure. The abundance of repetitive DNA must therefore be fine-tuned so that benefit of chromosome rearrangements in promoting genome evolution outweights the potential for lethal damage.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Keith O'Hara candidate for the position in Computer Science
Just as special purpose mainframe computers grew into general purpose personal computers, special purpose industrial robots are evolving into general purpose personal robots. Drawing on ideas from computer systems architecture such as parallelism, redundancy, heterogeneity, locality, and scaling laws, we propose a "robot systems architecture" perspective on the design of robot computing systems. From this perspective, two distributed robot systems built for tasks as varied as computing education and mobile robot navigation will be presented.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium A lecture by Jane Liu, candidate for the open position in Chemistry.
Due to their central role in regulating bacterial pathogenesis, small non-coding RNAs (sRNAs) represent targets with therapeutic potential. To investigate the entire repertoire of sRNAs in the human pathogen, Vibrio cholerae, we developed a method, sRNA-Seq, to directly clone and analyze whole populations of V. cholerae transcripts, 14 to 200 nucleotides, by high-throughput pyrosequencing. From over 680,000 reads, 500 new intergenic sRNAs and 127 antisense sRNAs were identified.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Jim Belk
If you draw a grid on the plane and then zoom out, the empty squares between the gridlines become smaller and smaller until they are lost to sight. The result is that the large-scale geometry of the plane is essentially the same as the large-scale geometry of an infinite grid. In the same way, many non-Euclidean geometries can be understood on a large scale using infinite graphs. In this talk, we will explore the geometry of several graphs that arise in this fashion, and we will discuss the sorts of questions that one might ask about the geometry of an infinite graph.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium A lecture by Tracy Kress, candidate for the position in Biology.
From the beginning of transcription, mRNAs are processed in a myriad of ways to specify the correct timing, localization, and quantity of protein synthesized. To ensure the efficiency and accuracy of gene expression, transcription and mRNA processing steps are tightly coordinated both spatially and temporally. Despite their critical importance, few factors that regulate this coordination are known. I identified Npl3 as one such factor, and my work aims to uncover the mechanism of Npl3, and other factors, in this coordination.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium A lecture by Patrick Page-McCaw, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
I will present two stories on how the zebrafish can be used as a model of heart disease. In the first story, our lab has used genetic, pharmacological and surgical tools to dissect the affect of stress on cardiac output. In the second story, we have discovered that Serum Amyloid A is required for cholesterol transport early in embryogenesis and that the failure to transport cholesterol results in defects in Hedgehog signaling.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium A lecture by Jeremy Johnson, candidate for the open position in Chemistry
The mechanism of ribonuclease toxicity toward cancerous cells involves multiple steps, including cellular uptake and evasion of the ribonuclease inhibitor protein. Both of these steps of ribonuclease cytotoxicity are proposed to be controlled by the cationic nature of the ribonuclease and its interactions with the anionic cell membrane and anionic inhibitor. To understand the role that electrostatics play in ribonuclease biology, I investigated the effect that the positive charge of ribonuclease have on their cytotoxicity.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Interested in summer research in mathematics?
Come to an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) information session.
Hosted by the Mathematics program
Students Sylvia Naples and Tomasz Przytycki and faculty members John Cullinan and Lauren Rose will be speaking on the application process and their own experiences with past REU's.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium A lecture by Brett Pellock, candidate for the open position in Biology.
Bacteria use small, non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) to rapidly alter gene expression in response to changing conditions. Bacterial ncRNAs are small and difficult to identify experimentally. We are synthesizing computational and experimental methods to predict and validate the existence of ncRNAs in Shewanella oneidensis, a bacterium that can reduce a wide variety of substrates when grown anaerobically. Of particular interest is the ability of Shewanella to reduce soluble, toxic heavy metals to insoluble, much less toxic forms.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium A lecture by Alexis Gambis, The Rockefeller University
Alexis Gambis will speak about the importance of visual imagery and narrative in both science understanding and communication. He will give insight into his current thesis work explaining the mechanisms of cellular death, how to use the fruit fly as a genetic model to study human neurodegenerative diseases, and the fluorescent toolkit to visualize neurons in the fruit fly eye . Using the camera eye, Alexis has also been actively making films with scientific themes during his graduate career. Alexis will talk about his recent films and the importance of visual storytelling in science communication, show a few clips of his film "A Fruit Fly in New York", and share his recent experience pioneering the first science film festival in New York.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium A lecture by Richard A. Gordon, Professor of Psychology.
After the discovery of antidepressant drugs in the 1950s and the burst of research on neurotransmitters that took place in the 1960s, a scientific hypothesis about depression became firmly established in the community of researchers and clinicians: depression was rooted in depleted brain amines, such as norepinephrine and serotonin, a deficit that the antidepressants corrected. The amine hypothesis (known popularly and in pharmaceutical advertising as “chemical imbalance”) guided research throughout the rest of the 20th century. However, by the late 1990s it had become clear that direct research on the metabolism of depressed patients had failed to support the hypothesis. In this lecture I will discuss some exciting recent research that uses sophisticated techniques of brain imaging and has lent new support to the possibility that depleted amines are importantly involved in the chemistry of depression. Further commentary will be offered on the limitations and promise of this work, as well as some of the current thinking on the underpinnings of depression in the brain.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium A lecture by Swapan Jain, candidate for the open position in Chemistry.
According to RNA World hypothesis, early life used RNA for information storage and chemical catalysis. Small molecules may have played an important role in this endeavor by assembling nucleic acids during prebiotic evolution. Our results with proflavine and coralyne (small organic ligands) show that reactions carried out by protein enzymes today could have been achieved by non-enzymatic means. Mechanistic studies using hydroxyl radical footprinting have also been instrumental in our understanding of RNA structure. Future work aims to understand the structural changes that occur in riboswitches (noncoding region of mRNA) upon ligand binding. I would also like to investigate whether RNA can be regulated simultaneously by multiple pathways.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 New Biology course for spring semester:
Tropical Ecology
Professor Catherine O'Reilly
Tropical ecosystems are among the most biodiverse, most threatened, and the least studied in the world. This course will examine both practical and theoretical aspects that are unique to tropical ecosystems, including the role of geology, biogeochemical cycling, evolutionary processes and species interactions. In addition, we will discuss issues related to conservation, such as habitat fragmentation and climate change. This course will include lectures, student presentations, and research projects. Students will design, conduct, synthesize, and present a field research project. This course will involve a field trip to La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica over spring break.
Prerequisites: Moderation, Bio 202 Ecology and Evolution, Permission of the instructor.
Come to the information meeting to learn more about the field trip, acceptance into this course, and the additional costs.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium Speakers include:
Cristina Ballantine, College of the Holy Cross
"Expander Graphs: Algebraic and Combinatorial Constructions"
Margaret Bayer, University of Kansas
"Flag Vectors of Polytopes: An Overview"
Debra Boutin, Hamilton College
"The Determining Set: A (Smallest) Set that Identifies Every Vertex in a Graph"
Robert McGrail, Bard College
"Knots, Quandles, and the Constraint Satisfaction Problem"
Ed Swartz, Cornell University
"f-Vectors of Manifolds"
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Charles Doran, University of Alberta.
We'll start by investigating the combinatorial properties of certain lattice polytopes in R^n, specifically reflexive polygons. By reinterpreting these as Newton polygons, we will relate these combintorial objects to algebraic equations naturally defined on complex tori. The vanishing loci of these equations are then elliptic curves, whose basic geometric and topological properties we will discuss. If time permits, we may also describe an application to string theory.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium A lecture by Brooke A. Jude, candidate for the open position in Biology.
Investigation into Vibrio cholerae revealed that this organism colonizes both chitinous aquatic surfaces and the human small intestine via GbpA. Sequence analysis has revealed a GbpA homolog in all other Vibrio species that have been sequenced to date. We hypothesize that other aquatic Vibrio, such as Vibrio fluvialis, Vibrio vulnificus, or Vibrio parahemolyticus may also utilize GbpA to bind to environmental and intestinal surfaces. Current investigations include screening of aquatic isolates for attachment potential via GbpA.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Tomasz Przytycki 4:30
Dexin Zhou 4:50
Scott McMillen 5:10
Tina Zhang
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Hegeman 107 Interested in Studying Engineering? come hear about Bard's 3-2 combined plan with Columbia University. Derek Hernandez, former Bard student and current Columbia student, will speak about the program.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Sylvia Naples - 4:15 p.m.
"An upper bound for the number of graceful labelings of a path with N edges"
Nicholas Michaud - 4:35 p.m.
"Delaunay Realizability of Certain Graphs"
Mona Merling - 4:55 p.m.
"Function Fields with Class Number Indivisible by a Prime 1"
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium A lecture by Peter G. Selfridge, Ph.D.
Virtual graphical environments (think Second Life or World Of Warcraft) have a number of real-world applications including training first responders, urban planning, and military training. Technology for creating both “geo-typical” terrain (e.g., a generic small city) and “geo-specific” terrain (e.g., downtown Kingston) has improved dramatically in recent years. What is missing is the ability to create realistic populations of regular people to populate the landscape: people commuting, going to lunch, taking their kids to daycare, et cetera.
This talk will first review some motivating applications, the current state-of-the-art in terrain generation, and the general problem. Approaches to creating realistic agent populations will be reviewed, including crowd modeling, game technologies, and work in AI-style cognitive architectures. Two key challenges will then be described: the creation and maintenance of realistic behaviors, and the idea of scalable cognition or cognition on demand. Some research ideas to address these challenges will be briefly sketched.
Bio:
Peter Selfridge received his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Rochester and spent 19 years at Bell Labs and then AT&T Bell Labs doing research into sensory robotics, artificial intelligence, knowledge representation, software visualization, interactive database exploration, 3D web technologies, and more. For the last 5 years he has supported the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in their mission of funding revolutionary R&D to help maintain the technological superiority of the United States. He also does independent research in Artificial Intelligence.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Sylvia Naples 4:30
Zhechao Zhou 4:50
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium A lecture by Matthew Deady, Physics program
The Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland has just been turned on for initial testing. The "Standard Model" of particles and fields has successfully matched theory and experiment for more than 30 years, and results from the LHC will put the model to its most stringent tests yet. The large energies available will also undoubtedly answer questions about extensions of and alternatives to the Standard Model, including supersymmetry, dark matter, dark energy, and string theory. In this lecture, these theories and what might be learned about them from the LHC will be explored. We will also discuss the spurious concerns that the LHC might cause a black hole that would swallow the universe.
This talk will focus on the theories of particles, as a complement to the October 2007 talk which focused on the accelerator technology itself. An edited version of that talk appears in the latest issue of the Bardian.
RKC 111 Lecture by Allison Pacelli, Williams College.
How do you divide a candy bar fairly between two people? The most popular solution is known by many and can even be found in the bible: one person divides the bar in half, the other gets to choose which piece she wants. But what happens if three people are dividing the candy? Worse yet, what do you do if you're dividing a collection of indivisible goods? Things like TV's and pianos are not much use cut in half! The idea of fairness itself is considerably more complicated when more than two people are involved, but mathematics can be surprisingly useful in these situations.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium A lecture by Martha F. Hoopes, Mount Holyoke College
Early metacommunity theory emphasized four distinct models to explain the spatial structure, dynamics, and species composition of communities: species sorting, patch dynamics, mass effects, and the neutral model. Several tests of metacommunity theory have focused on these models and on determining their relative importance in explaining spatial community structure. Applying metacommunity theory to invasion ecology redirects the focus to examine how theory on spatial community dynamics can inform our understanding of spatial interactions when all species are not considered equal. This talk examines how a focal species approach affects the interpretation of processes critical to metacommunity dynamics. I offer some preliminary thoughts on conceptual differences between the four conceptual metacommunity models and explore these with three invasion case studies.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 Tomasz Przytycki 4:30
Dexin Zhou 4:50
Scott McMillen 5:10
Tina Zhang 5:30
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC lobby Join the SM&C division faculty and students in presenting their summer research
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Robert McGrail, Computer Science program.
L'Hopital's Rule is a useful tool for computing limits with indeterminate forms. In fact, it is too useful. The speaker demonstrates how some of these limits can be computed without this rule. This talk is a shamless ruse designed to introduce the 0-1 law of finite mondel theory as well as expose the unwitting members of the audience to some very beautiful mathematics.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 A lecture by Gregory Landweber, Mathematics program.
In calculus, we teach you how to take derivatives, and then once you're good at that, we tell you about second derivatives. But how do we go in the other direction and try to take HALF a derivative? It turns out that to take a half derivative, your functions need to come in pairs, analogously to how a complex number can be thought of as a pair of numbers, one real and another imaginary. Supersymmetry is the study of such pairings. This talk will discuss different ways that supersymmetry arises, both through explicit constructions, and through the notion of superspace.
**Some exposure to multivariable calculus and linear algebra will be assumed**
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium A lecture by Dr. Lisa Schwanz, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
Parasites negatively impact their host’s fitness, potentially damaging host tissues and impairing host physiological or behavioral performance. In response to parasitic infection, hosts may alter their physiology, behavior or life history in ways that minimize the costs of infection. In this talk, I examine the optimal life history response of hosts when infected with parasites that have varying impacts. In addition, I explore the impacts of schistosome infection in deer mice by examining host physiology, survival and reproductive investment. In accordance with predictions, deer mice infected with this parasite increase their investment in offspring.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium A lecture by Michael Tibbetts, Biology program.
What are the genetic bases of the qualities that we think of as uniquely human? Is there a set of “humaness” genes? Large-scale genome sequencing projects in multiple species are generating the kind of data that allow us, for the first time, to seriously ask such big questions. An article published in the September 5 issue of Science Magazine (Human-specific gain of function in a developmental enhancer, by Prabhakar, S. et al.) describes a gene whose human-specific activity may be necessary to form an opposable thumb. The nature of the differences between the human and chimpanzee versions of the gene they identify supports a popular model for how small modifications in genomes can lead to significant changes in physical characteristics. The methodologies employed by these researchers may lead to the discovery of genes important for other human-specific characteristics.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Reem-Kayden Center "Quandles in Knot Theory: Nakanishi's 4-move conjecture." Jozef Przytycki, professor of mathematics at the George Washington University.
In its long history, knot theory abounds with elementary open problems. One of them is Nakanishi’s 4-move conjecture (1979). We will discuss the possibility that this conjecture can be solved using Quandles of knots.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
RKC 111 In celebration of Pi, the Mathematics program presents 3 short talks about Pi:
"ESTIMATING PI BY THROWING VIRTUAL DARTS"
BECKY THOMAS
"ESTIMATING PI BY DROPPING STICKS ON THE FLOOR"
SAM HSIAO
"WHAT ARCHIMEDES DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT PI"
GREG LANDWEBER
Pi(e) after the talks!
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Bard College Campus The Mid-Hudson Mathematics Conference for Undergraduates is a new conference series whose purpose to create an environment that encourages students to engage in mathematical research and to connect with other mathematics students in the Mid-Hudson region of New York State.
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Campus Center, Multipurpose Room DISTINGUISHED SCIENTIST LECTURE SERIES AT BARD COLLEGE TO HOST LECTURE ON SOAP BUBBLES AND MATHEMATICS ON MARCH 21
Kline Commons Eat lunch with Math and Cs students and faculty
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Olin Hall Bard College will host the 2005 Fall Eastern Section Meeting of the American Mathematical Society October 8-9. Approximately 300 mathematicians from 34 states and 14 countries will gather at the College for the meeting, where a wide variety of topics in advanced mathematics will be discussed.
Two faculty members from the Bard College Mathematics Program, Lauren L. Rose and Sheila Sundaram, are organizing sessions during the meeting. "The conference is an exciting opportunity for mathematics and science majors at Bard to see a large gathering of world-class mathematicians in action, and will help to give students a flavor of what research mathematicians do outside the classroom," said Rose.
A highlight of the conference will be the Erdős Memorial Lecture, given by Persi Diaconis will and titled "Erdős’s Picture of Most Things," on Saturday October 8, from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. at the Olin Hall auditorium. The lecture is an annual invited address made possible by a fund created by Andrew Beal, a Dallas banker, and named for the prolific mathematician Paul Erdős (1913-1996). Diaconis, an accomplished magician as well as an engaging mathematician, is the Mary V. Sunseri Professor of Statistics and Mathematics at Stanford University.
The meeting includes four more invited addresses, two on each day, covering a wide spectrum of mathematics. All of the invited addresses will be given in the auditorium of Olin Hall.