Department Colloquia

If you are interested in presenting in Spring 2022, contact the Colloquium Coordinator Dr. Kristen Roland (RolandKE at appstate.edu).

Fall 2021 Colloquia (3 PM - locations TBA)

Watch the news and announcements for location and abstract information.

  • August 27: W. Garrett Mitchener, College of Charleston
  • September 3: Gary Smith, Pomona College
  • September 10: Michal McRoberts, Championship Analytics
  • September 17: Dashiell Young-Saver, Skew the Script
  • September 24: Heather Zinn-Brooks, Harvey Mudd College
  • October 1: Erica Slate Young, Appalachian State University
  • October 15: John Gemmer, Wake Forest University
  • October 22: Thomas Weighill, UNC-Greensboro
  • October 29: Sarah Greenwald, Appalachian State University
  • November 5: AnnaMarie Conner, University of Georgia
  • November 12: Daniel Alvey, Trinity College
  • Noember 19: Alex Lyford, Middlebury College

Spring 2021 Colloquia (3 PM via ZOOM)

Please contact Dr. Quinn Morris for the link and password.

  • Februarty 26: Dr. Katherine Kinnaird, Smith College
  • March 5: Dr. Steve Wang, Swarthmore College
  • March 12: Dr. Nicholas Dwork, UC San Francisco
  • March 19: Dr. Victoria Woodard, Notre Dame University
  • March 26: Dr. Marissa Loving, Georgia Tech
  • April 9: Dr. Angelynn Alvarez, SUNY Potsdam
  • April 25: Dr. Nicole Lazar, Penn State University
  • April 30: Dr. Lori Watson, Wake Forest University

Fall 2020 Colloquia (3 PM via ZOOM)

Please contact Dr. Quinn Morris for the link and password.

  • September 4: Dr. Igor Erovenko, UNC-Greensboro
  • September 11: Dr. Quinn Morris
  • September 18: Dr. Matthew Mizuhara, The College of New Jersey
  • September 25: Dr. Malena Espanol, Arizona State
  • October 2, Dr. Trina Palmer
  • October 9: Graduate School Panel of Recent MA Grads
  • October 16: Anqi Zou, Truist
  • October 23: Dr. Allison McColloch, UNC-Charlotte
  • November 6: JoAnna Klein, Freelance Science Journalist
  • November 13: Dr. Angelynn Alvarez, SUNY-Potsdam

Spring 2020 Colloquia 

  • January 22: Chawne Kimber, Lafayette College, Teaching Roundtable
  • January 24: Thomas Cameron, Davidson College,  On the Rankability of Data
  • February 21: Becky Sanft, UNC-Asheville, Exploring Mathematical Modeling in Biology
  • February 28, Michael Bosse, Report on Scholarly Assignment Activities
  • March 6: Carl Mummert, Marshall University, Counting Down from Infinity and TREE(3)
  • April 3: Kaitlin Hill, Wake Forest University - Virtual presentation through zoom, Stochastic Systems

Fall 2019 Colloquia

  • August 23: Katie Mawhinney and Travis Weiland,  The Revised 4th Math Courses in NC High Schools
  • August 30: Holt Wilson, UNC-Greensboro, Reforming Reform at the Intersection of the Ivory Tower, the Pink Palace, and the Trenches
  • September 6: Ross Gosky, Simulation Results Involving Bayesian Closed Population Capture-Recapture Models with Heterogeneity
  • September 13: Erica Slate-Young, Using Interdisciplinary Collaborations to Enhance Mathematics Teaching
  • September 20: Staci Hepler, Wake Forest University, A spatio-temporal model for multivariate occupancy data
  • September 27: Felician Simpson, Winston-Salem State University, Unlocking the Door to Success: The Role of Statistical Research in Discovery and Innovation
  • October 4: George Waltmann, GIMPS, Hunting for the Largest Known Prime Numbers
  • October 18: Rene Salinas, Sports Analytics at App State
  • October 25: Christian Wypasek, Wypasek Data Science, Going from Modeling to Meta-Modeling
  • November 1: Karen Hollebrands, NC State University, Early Career Mathematics Teachers' Uses of Technology to Teach Mathematics
  • November 8: Melissa Reid, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, NC Community College Math Redesign
  • November 15:  Fred Coon, UNC-Charlotte, Understanding the Probability Literacy of High School Students

Spring 2019 Colloquia

  • January 18: Alana Baird and Tyrel Winebarger, Sustainability as a Topic in Mathematics Classes
  • January 25: Jeff Hirst
  • February 1: Appalachian Initiative for Mathematics, University of Kentucky
  • February 8: Kevin Shirley
  • March 15: Beth Herbal Eisennman, Michigan State University
  • March 22: Frances Harper, University of Tennessee
  • March 29: Thomas Lewis, UNC-Greensboro
  • April 5: Nie Xiaoying, Shaanxi Normal University, China
  • April 12: John Sevier
  • April 19: John Wagaman, Western Carolina
  • April 26: Diana Davis, Swarthmore College

Fall 2018 Colloquia:

  • August 24: Faculty Briefs on Potential Projects
  • August 31: Anthony Fernandes, UNC-Charlotte
  • September 7: Anass Bayaga, University of Zululand
  • September 14: Thomas Cameron, Davidson College CANCELLED due to hurricane Florence 
  • September 21: Premkumar Pugalenthi, UNC-Charlotte, Using Engineering Contexts to Teach Mathematics
  • September 26 (Wednesday at 3 PM in 103A Walker): Sloan Despeaux, Western Carolina University
  • October 5: Sherry Nikbakht, ASU Math Walk
  • October 19: Robert Erhardt, Wake Forest University
  • October 26: Alun Lloyd, NC State University
  • November 2: Abbey Bourdon, Wake Forest University
  • November 9: Ben Orlin

Spring 2018 Colloquia:

  • January 19: Holly Hirst, Social Networks and Graph Theory
  • January 26: Sarah Greenwald, Geometry of the Earth and Universe
  • February 2: Faculty Interview - candidate research talk
  • February 9: Faculty Interview - candidate research talk
  • February 16: Faculty Interview - candidate research talk
  • March 16: Vicky Klima, An Algebraist Listens to Music
  • Cancelled due to impending weather....March 23: Sloan Despeaux, visiting from Western Carolina University
  • April 6: Katie Mawhinney, TBA
  • April 13: Jill Thomley, TBA
  • April 20: Directed Research Presentation: Stephen Graham
  • April 27: Directed Research Presentation: Coleman Ross
  • May 4: Directed Research Presentations: Averia Padgett; Cescily Metzgar

Fall 2017 Colloquia

  • August 25: Research Opportunities for Students: Jeff Hirst, Joel Sanqui, Travis Weiland, and Jason Osborne
  • September 8: Bill Cook: OCSA Report
  • September 22: Jake Pardo, "Gambling against some odds"
  • October 6: Visiting Speaker James Cook, Liberty University
  • October 27: Visiting Speaker Anant Godbole, East Tennessee State University
  • November 10: Visiting Speaker Gene Fiorini, Muhlenberg College, "CrIME: Criminal Investigation through Mathematical Examination"
  • December 1: Visiting Speaker John Glasser, Centers for Disease Control

Fall 2016 Colloquia

  • August 26: Research Ideas: Eric Marland, Jeff Hirst, Bill Bauldry.
  • September 9: Bill Bauldry - OCSA Report: Some Projects can Crash and Burn
  • September 16: Troy Schaudt - Wolfram Technologies in Education and Research
  • September 23: Visiting Speaker Tomas McIntee, Virginia Tech - Condorcet's Unasked Question
  • September 30: Bethany Turner - Leibniz Algebras
  • October 7: Jeff Hirst - Counting uses of Ramsey's theorem
  • November 4: Visiting Speaker David Royster - Unversity of Kentucky (Grad Program)

Spring 2016 Colloquia

  • January 26: Visiting Speaker Daniel Yorgov, CU Denver
  • January 29: Visiting Speaker Brooke Alhanti, Emory University
  • February 5: Greg Rhoads - Minimal Surfaces in R^3
  • February 12: Visiting Speaker Tim Chartier - Bracketology & March Madness
  • February 19: Jason Osborne - Curve and Surface Curvature
  • February 26: Jason Osborne and Eric Marland - Going Paperless & Vicky Klima - Encouraging Careful Questioning
  • March 16: Visiting Speaker Matt Swinand - ALEKS Placement/Study System
  • March 24: Visiting Speaker Carl Mummert, Marshall University - Incompleteness Theorems
  • April 1: Visiting Speaker Celes Woodruff, JMU - Two Mathematical Problems Arising in Geosciences
  • April 8: Visiting Speaker Matthew Lasater - The Brief History of Bank Stress Testing
  • April 15:
    • Matthew Cavallo - Survey of Cohomology
    • Amanda Copeland - Nontraditional Calculus
  • April 29:
    • Lee Fisher - Senior Honors Thesis
    • Michael Rudziewicz - Directed Research
  • May 4: Josh Carr - Senior Honors Thesis

Fall 2015 Colloquia

  • August 28: Research Ideas: Bill Bauldry, Sarah Greenwald, and Joel Sanqui
  • September 11: Research Ideas: Todd Abel, Eric Marland, and Bill Cook
  • September 25: Mike Perry - ASU Department of Mathematical Sciences 1960-80: Years of Transformation
  • October 23: Jeremy Brazas - Fundamental groups in topological algebra
  • October 30: Mini-dept meeting & Vicky Klima - A Spacey OCSA
  • November 6: Jeff Scroggs - NCSU Financial Math Program
  • December 4:
    • Laurel Bates - Senior Thesis Defense
    • Sarah McGinnis & Katie Severin - Directed Research Projects

Spring 2015 Colloquia

  • February 6: Bill Bauldry -- Changes in Maple
  • February 13: Eric Marland -- Adaptation and Mitigation in a Changing World: The Role of Uncertainty
  • February 27: Katrina Palmer -- Dealing with Large Ill-Posed Problems
  • March 27: (A) Luke Tunstall - Promoting Numeracy in an Online College Algebra Course through Projects and Discussions (B) Noah Hughes - Reverse mathematics and marriage problems: a few new results
  • April 10: Alan Arnholt -- Using RMarkdown (in Walker 303) then @ 4pm Amanda Whitt - Computational History of Pi (in Walker 103A)
  • April 17: (A) Ralph Chikhany -- An Introduction to Functional Analysis (B) Alex Vannoy -- The Effects of Population Density on the Spread of Disease (C) Michael Kelley -- Optimal cycle length for a managed forest (D) Susanna Hogue -- Uncertainty in Gridded CO2 Estimates
  • May 1: (A) Jacob (Tyrel) Winebarger -- Poset Diagrams for theta-Twisted Involutions of Weyl Groups (B) Kenneth Jones -- Fuzzy AHP: Using Chang's Extent Analysis to Examine Several Fuzzified Comparison Scales (C) Amanda Yoder -- Flipping the Statistics Classroom (D) Molly Blackman -- Student Errors in Dynamic Mathematical Environments (E) Tessa McMullen -- Learning thought Dynamic Mathematics Environments: Investigating Cognitive Processes in Problem-Solving

Fall 2014 Colloquia

  • September 12: Research Interests -- Joel Sanqui, Rene Salinas, Bill Bauldry
  • September 19: Research Interests -- Mark Ginn, Sarah Greenwald, Katie Mawhinney
  • September 26: Holly Hirst - Overview of the SageMath Computing Environment (we will meet in WA 303)
  • October 3: Jason Osborne - The Mass-Spring-Damper System on the Sphere
  • October 10: Herbert Khuzwayo (University of Zululand in South Africa) A Case for the History of Mathematics Education as a Field of Study: A Focus on South Africa
  • November 7: Trina Palmer - Mapworks
  • November 14:
    • Margaret Rahmoeller (NCSU) - Demazure Crystals for U_q(A^{(1)})
    • Abby Bishop - Posets of H_2, H_3, and H_4
  • November 21: Joyce Dickerman (Wiley) - The Acceleration of Data-Driven Learning and Assessments – examples from WileyPLUS

Spring 2014 Colloquia

  • January 24: Sarah Greenwald: What I learned (and published) on my OCSA
  • January 31: Vicky Klima: Introduction to Crystal Basis Theory
  • February 7: Rene Salinas: OCSA Report
  • February 28: Jan Rychtar & Sat Gupta: Computational Mathematics at UNCG
  • March 21: Alan Arnholt: Using Version Control (GIT)
  • March 28: Noah Hughes: Introduction to Reverse Math
  • April 4: Tyrel Winebarger and Ethan Smith
  • April 18: Thomas Cook and Kent Vashaw
  • April 25: Alison McClay, Dawn Woodard, and Meredith Branham

Fall 2013 Colloquia

  • September 13: Tracie Salinas OCSA report
  • September 27: John Webb (Wake Forest): A (very brief) History of Partitions
  • October 4: Research Interests: Mike Bosse, Vicky Klima, Eric Marland, & Joel Sanqui
  • October 11: Jeff Hirst
  • November 15: Faith Miller: On the Crossing Number of the K_{3,3,3} Tripartite Graph
  • November 22: Matt Mastin: Knots, Glueballs, and Symmetry