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Upcoming Mathematics Events

COLLOQUIA:

"Multiphase Modeling of Tumor Growth Under Microenvironmental Stresses," presented by Dr. Gregory Baramidze of the Department of Mathematics and Philosophy at Western Illinois University.
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 3:45 p.m.
Place: 204 Morgan Hall

"On Mixture Modeling and Model-based Clustering of Skewed Matrix Data," presented by Dr. Volodymyr Melnykov, Associate Professor & Applied Statistics PhD Program Coordinator, University of Alabama
Date: Friday, November 17, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Place: 204 Morgan Hall

"Braids and Transverse Links," presented by Professor Doug LaFountain of the Department of Mathematics and Philosophy at Western Illinois University.
Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Time: 3:45 p.m.
Place: 204 Morgan Hall

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2017 MATH CONTESTS:

Past Colloquia

 "Residue Field Domination in Real Closed Valued Fields," presented by Professor Clifton Ealy of the Department of Mathematics & Philosophy at Western Illinois University.
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time: 3:45 p.m.
Place: 204 Morgan Hall

Student Colloquium: Dr. Tom Blackford of the Department of Mathematics & Philosophy at Western Illinois University discussed "Continued Fractions and Quadratic Numbers."
Date: Friday, October 6, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Place: 208 Morgan Hall

 "Multiplication is Not Just Repeated Addition," presented by Professor John Baldwin of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Time: 3:45 p.m.
Place: 204 Morgan Hall

"Beatty Sequences, the Golden Ratio, and Connections to Analysis and Algebra," presented by Professor Kenneth Stolarsky of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Date:  Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time:  3:45 p.m.
Place:  208 Morgan Hall

"Hilbert's Approach to the Consistency Problem for Arithmetic," presented by Professor Michael Detlefsen of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.
Date:  Thursday, April 20
Time:  3:45 p.m.
Place:  204 Morgan Hall

Interdepartmental Science and Mathematics Colloquium: "Modeling Nonlinear Dynamics for Control and Management Applications," presented by Dr. Dinesh Ekanayake (Department of Mathematics) and "Research in the Most Extreme Laboratory: Radio Astronomy and the Universe," presented by Dr. Esteban Araya (Department of Physics).
Date:  Friday, April 14
Time:  4:00 p.m.
Place:  205 Currens Hall

"On m-Convexity on Real Linear Spaces," presented by Dr. Roy Quintero of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Iowa.
Date:  Thursday, April 13
Time:  3:45 p.m.
Place:  204 Morgan Hall

"Modeling Reproduction of Whitetail Deer for Population Management," presented by Dr. Dinesh Ekanayake of the Department of Mathematics at Western Illinois University.
Date:  Thursday, April 6
Time:  3:45 p.m.
Place:  204 Morgan Hall

"Iterations, Wolfram Sequences, and Closed Formulas," presented by Dr. Mojtaba Moniri of the Department of Mathematics at Western Illinois University.
Date:  Thursday, March 30
Time:  3:45 p.m.
Place:  204 Morgan Hall

"Reflections on the Theory of Computability, " presented by Professor Paul Schupp of the Department of Mathematics at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Date:  Thursday, March 9
Time:  3:45 p.m.
Place:  208 Morgan Hall

 "Conics and Hyperovals in Projective Planes Over Fields of Characteristic 2," presented by Professor James McQuillan from the School of Computer Sciences from Western Illinois University.
Date: Thursday, February 2
Time: 3:45 pm
Place: Morgan Hall Room 208

"Tight and Efficient Geodesics in the Curve Complex," MS Thesis Defense by Mingzhu Wang, student of Dr. Douglas LaFountain.
Date: Thursday, December 1
Time: 3:15 pm
Place: MG 204

"Near-Linearity and Weak Arithmetics," Presented by Professor Mojtaba Moniri from the Department of Mathematics from Western Illinois University.
Date: Thursday, November 10
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: Morgan Hall Room 204

Interdepartmental Science and Mathematics Colloquium - Dr. Feridun Tasdan (Department of Mathematics) presented "Circular Data Analysis Using R Software" and Dr. Redina Herman (Department of Geography) presented "Using threshold concepts and reflective journals to improve learning (and teaching!)".
Date: Wednesday, October 26
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: MG 204

Student Colloquium: Dr. Doug LaFountain of the WIU Department of Mathematics discussed "Can We Predict the Outcome of the Presidential Election?"
Date: Friday, September 23
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: MG 208

Past Events

Logic Seminar presented by Professor John Baldwin of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He discussed "Proofs of the Completeness Theorem: Gödel, Henkin, and Beyond".
Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: 207A Morgan Hall

Math Club Annual Picnic at Everly Park in Macomb. Everyone is welcome - there will be hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers and more!  Map of Everly Park.
Date: Friday, May 5, 2017
Time: 5:15 p.m.
Place: Lakewood Shelter, Everly Park

66th Annual Western Illinois University Mathematics Teacher's Conference
Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Place: Horrabin Hall (8:00-8:30am Registration in Morgan Hall)

ACT Prep Course: Presented by the Math Club. A one hour session to review sample problems from the math portion of the ACT, and to discuss general problem solving strategies to help boost your ACT score. Cost included the one hour course and a packet of sample problems to study at home. Everyone was welcome to attend, including high school students preparing for the exam.
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: 224 Morgan Hall
Cost: $5.00

Math Club Meeting: Dr. Dinesh Ekanayake spoke about graduate studies and provided a comprehensive overview on the value of a graduate degree. Math majors, and others, from freshmen through grad students were invited.
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Place: 202 Morgan Hall
Time: 5:30 p.m.

Math Club Meeting:  Wednesday, March 29, 2017 in MG 202 at 5:30pm.  The Math Club hosted a Poker Night! Winners will receive prizes, including gift cards for local restaurants.  Cost is $5 for students, $10 for faculty.

Math Club Meeting:  Wednesday, March 1, 2017 in MG 216 at 5:30pm.  Dr. Amy Ekanayake presented a workshop on using LaTeX, a document preparation system for professional typesetting used in mathematics and the sciences.

ICTM Regional Math Competition - Saturday, February 25, 2017 in Morgan Hall.

AMC 10/12 - Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in Morgan Hall Room 224 from 4:00-5:00pm.

Math Club Meeting:  Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 5:30pm in MG 202.  James McQuillan of the School of Computer Sciences at Western Illinois University will discuss interesting types of algorithms.

Math Club Cookie Fundraiser: Held through Thursday, November 10, 2016.  Contact jm-herek@wiu.edu for more information.

Math Club meeting was held in MG 202 on Wednesday, November 9 at 5:30 pm.  WIU mathematics professor, Dr. Feridun Tasdan, presented "Circular Data Analysis Using R Software."  Pizza and drinks were served. 

Math Club meeting was held in MG 202 on Thursday, October 6 at 5:30 pm.  WIU alumnus Josh Davis discussed "Math to Stats", his journey from a math major to a research statistician with State Farm.  Pizza and drinks were served.

Math Club meeting was held in MG 202 on Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30 pm.  The topic was "Mathematical Practices in Education," presented by Dr. Bob Mann.   Pizza and drinks were served.