Student Colloquium Series: Thursday, November 21 at noon in 268 Olin Science

"What Did You Do Last Summer?" A student panel

Jack Dealtrey '15, Ben Freedman '14, Clare McLaughlin '14, Kim Rich '14, and Cody Stockdale '15, Bucknell mathematics students

Abstract: There are many exciting summer opportunities for students of mathematics. These range from internships in financial companies to pure research experiences, either at Bucknell or at another university. In this week's colloquium, a panel of your peers will tell you about experiences they have had in recent summers. What did they enjoy about their experiences? What did they get out of them? When did they apply? There will also be ample time for questions and answers. These varied opportunities, as well as being terrific fun, are also immensely valuable as you begin to think about your careers after Bucknell. Come and join us for some pizza and lively discussion.

Pizza, calzones, and drinks will be provided. All are welcome!

Student Colloquium Series: Thursday, November 7 at noon in 268 Olin Science

Jove GrahamOne Thing Leads to Another? The Most Beautiful Equation in Medical Research

Jove Graham, Ph.D., Investigator I and Director, Clinical Research Project Development, Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA

Abstract: Physicians often wish to know whether a medical treatment will have a desirable effect on an individual patient, but for various practical reasons, physicians must base decisions on medical research that reports on average effects in groups of patients. Understanding that distinction, and how average effects are measured, is important in interpreting and evaluating the results of clinical research. Perhaps surprisingly, a simple formula learned in high school algebra class, Y = a + bX, can be used as a starting point for representing and investigating a wide variety of clinical research questions, provided that the user understands what each component of the equation represents and appreciates other study design considerations that must be taken into account. In this colloquium, we will explore the utility of this simple equation and how it can be applied to some examples and common pitfalls in medical research.

Pizza, calzones, and drinks will be provided. All are welcome!

Student Colloquium Series: Thursday, October 24 at noon in 268 Olin Science

MCM 2013Mathematical Modeling Contest 213 Student Panel: How to Bake Better Brownies

Kristina Li '14, Li Li '16, and Rachel Ren '15, Bucknell University

Abstract: "How to bake better brownies" is the question the team of Li, Li, and Ren answered as they embarked in the 96-hour competition, the 2013 Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM). For their efforts Kristina, Li, and Rachel earned Meritorious Winner (only 24 out of 5,636 teams placed above them in this year's MCM competition). Kristina, Li and Rachel will explain the three models they developed for baking brownies which take into account thermodynamic and geometric considerations. Based upon the results of their models, the team will give advice on how to bake a better brownie and they will also share their strategies for success in the MCM competition.

Pizza, calzones, and drinks will be provided. All are welcome!

Student Colloquium Series: Thursday, October 10 at noon in 268 Olin Science

Peter McNamaraThe Art of Double Counting

Peter McNamara, Department of Mathematics, Bucknell University

Abstract: In the world of accounting, double counting can lead to trouble. In the world of combinatorics, however, double counting can lead to great results. We will show off the simplicity and power of double counting using examples that demonstrate the wonder of Pascal's triangle.

Pizza, calzones, and drinks will be provided. All are welcome!

Distinguished Visiting Professor Seminar: Thursday, September 26, 4:00pm in 372 Olin Science

Chiacchio Portrait Sharp lower bounds for eigenvalues of linear and nonlinear Neumann problems

Francesco Chiacchio, Dipartimento di Matematica e Applicazioni "R. Caccioppoli", Università degli Studi di Napoli

Abstract: We prove some sharp lower bounds for the first nontrivial Neumann eigenvalue for the p-Laplace operator in a Lipschitz, bounded domain. Our estimates are asymptotically sharp, at least for n=p=2. In particular we show that equality is achieved along a sequence of rhombi as the acute angle goes to zero.
(Joint work with B. Brandolini and C. Trombetti)

Student Colloquium Series: Thursday, September 26 at noon in 268 Olin Science

A Robinson and J. LevisThe Sexiest Job of the 21st Century
How Analytics Professionals Make the World Go Round

Anne G. Robinson, Ph.D.,Director Supply Chain Strategy and Analytics, Verizon Wireless
Jack Levis, Director of Process Management, UPS

Download the main slides from the talk or the slides on UPS and Analytics.

Abstract: Math is cool. There is no other way to look at it. It's hard to open a business magazine, walk through an airport or even participate in an executive meeting and not see or hear reference to analytics. Recognized as the currency of business, mathematics or analytics are empowering decision-making at new levels. A trend that started with CIOs is spreading throughout the C-Suite – Everyone wants ANALYTICS!

As a result of this trend, employment opportunities for analytics experts are also prospering., an online global jobsite, has experienced an increase of over 15,000% in analytics related job postings between 2011 and 2012. McKinsey & Company examined the growing demand for analytics professionals in the U.S. and the shortage of trained people in the field. They predict that demand for deep analytical talent in the U.S. could be 50-60% greater than its supply by 2018. Gartner estimates that only one third of the 4.4 million data scientist roles available worldwide will be filled by 2015. Harvard Business Review calls these jobs The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century!

What exactly are these analytics professionals doing? What types of real-world problems are they solving? Are they actually applying the math, statistics and operations research tools they learned in their courses? What other skills or certifications do they have? Hear from Anne Robinson from Verizon Wireless and Jack Levis from UPS about their own career paths as well as the exciting careers of colleagues they have met along the way!

Pizza, calzones, and drinks will be provided. All are welcome!

Mathematics Alumna Presentation on Actuarial Career Path: Wednesday, September 25, 5:00-6:00pm in 266 Olin Science

Cigna logoAre You Interested in the Actuarial Career Path?

Alyssa Ward '12, Cigna

Abstract: Are you interested in the actuarial career path that will allow you to exercise your analytical skills in the business world?
Cigna's mission is "to help the people we serve improve their health, well-being and security" and our actuaries work hard to make sure the company is able to meet and exceed the needs of its customers and shareholders.
Actuaries use their analytical abilities to help manage Cigna's risk with a strong focus on improving business results. A great way to assess whether the actuarial profession in general and Cigna in particular are a good fit for you is to participate in our actuarial summer internship.
Supported by the Mathematics Department and the Career Development Center. Pizza and drinks will be served.

Wolfram Technology Seminar: Wednesday, September 25, 2:00-3:00pm in 264 Olin Science

Mathemtica logoMathematica 9 in Education and Research

Andy Dorsett, Wolfram Research

Abstract: During this free seminar, we will explore Mathematica's use for a wide variety of practical and theoretical applications across a variety of disciplines. Attendees will not only see new features in Mathematica 9, but will also receive examples of this functionality to begin using immediately. No Mathematica experience is required, and students are encouraged to attend.

Distinguished Visiting Professor Colloquium: Tuesday, September 24, 4:00pm in 372 Olin Science

Chiacchio Portrait Rearrangements and spectral inequalities

Francesco Chiacchio, Dipartimento di Matematica e Applicazioni "R. Caccioppoli", Università degli Studi di Napoli

Abstract: We will firstly recall the definitions and the basic properties of the rearrangements. Then we will show how they can be used in order to derive some classical spectral inequalities. In the last part of the talk we will describe some recent results concerning the first non-trivial Neumann eigenvalue of the Hermite operator. We will show for instance that, making use of the "Gaussian rearrangement" it is possible to obtain a Szegö-Weinberger type estimate for such an eigenvalue.
(Joint works with B. Brandolini, G. di Blasio, A. Henrot and C. Trombetti)

MAA (Math Club) Tea: Thursday, September 12 at 2:00-3:00pm in 383 Olin Science

A chance for students to socialize with others interested in mathematics in an informal setting. Donuts, cider, fruit, cookies, tea and soda will be available. Take a break and stay as long as you would like. All are welcome! Hosted by the Bucknell Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America.

Student Colloquium Series: Thursday, September 12 at noon in 268 Olin Science

Polynomials and Pirate Gold

Paul McGuire, Department of Mathematics, Bucknell University

Abstract: Given a finite number of points in the plane, there are several ways to find a polynomial passing through the given points.  We will explore a couple of such methods and illustrate how the analog of one method can be used to solve the following fun puzzle associated with the Chinese Remainder Theorem.
Seventeen pirates appropriate a sack of gold coins.  The first attempt to divide the spoils leaves three coins leftover.  In the ensuing brawl, one pirate gets killed.  The next division leaves ten coins.  Another argument ensues and yet another pirate gets killed.  Now the coins divide evenly.  What is the smallest possible number of coins?
Pizza, calzones, and drinks will be provided. All are welcome!

Bucknell trio named "Meritorious Winners" at international math competition

More than 5,600 teams from around the world competed in the 2013 Mathematical Contest in Modeling where three Bucknellians placed in the top 16%.

Read more.


Summer 2013 Conference Honoring Howard Smith

On May 13 and 14, the department of mathematics hosted a celebration of the career and mathematical achievements of our friend and colleague, Howard Smith, who is retiring this year.

Mathematicians based in the US, Italy, Ireland, and New Zealand joined us for the event, giving a total of eight talks on various aspects of Howard's main area of research.

  • Martin J. Evans, "Omissible extensions of certain locally finite linear groups"
  • Eamonn O'Brien, "Algorithms for linear groups defined over infinite domains"
  • Kim Ruane, "Automorphism Groups and Geometric Group Theory"
  • Patrizia Longobardi, "Some results on products of finite subsets in groups"
  • Martyn Dixon, "Groups with subgroups of certain types"
  • Ted Hurley, "Algebra in communications"
  • Mercede Maj, "Recent results on groups with few isomorphism classes of derived subgroups"
  • Giovanni Cutolo, "Groups with restricted outer automizers"

View a pdf of the Conference Program which contains titles and abstracts for all of the talks.



Events from previous semesters