2015 Welcome Letter

Welcome Letter for new graduate students can be read online here or you
can download the pdf.

Events discussed in the Welcome Letter can also be found in calendar format on the Department Calendar.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.

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REU student presentation 7/29-7/30/2015

It is hard to believe that our 8-eight REU program on Combinatorics and Graph Theory is almost over. This program has been sponsored by NSA, NSF and Math Department.

Twelve talented and diligent undergraduate students from 11 different universities have been working with the discrete math group on different challenging research projects. All of them have done a great job and most projects will eventually lead to publications in peer-reviewed discrete math journals. One of our teams won an award at the poster symposium last week.

The students will give their final presentations on Wednesday and Thursday morning. See attachment for the abstracts and schedule. On behalf of the mentors and the REU students, I would like to invite you to come to the talks if you are around. All talks will be in Armstrong 315 from 10:30-12:00 (7/29 and 7/30).

Presentation Schedule: PDF

Date: 07/29/2015 & 7/30/2015
Time: 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

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Dr. Etienne collaborates with NASA

Black holes are usually thought of as the result of a very massive star that has died. However, black holes millions of times more massive than such stars are thought to exist at the cores of all galaxies, including the Milky Way. How such supermassive black holes gained so much mass remains a mystery. One popular idea is that they were built up through “swallowing up” nearby matter and galaxy collisions.

Read the rest of the article here.

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Mr. Meng Zhang Defense 7/17/2015

Spanning Trails and
Spanning Trees

Date: 07/17/2015
Time: 3:30PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

All are welcome.

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Mr. Todd Tichenor Defense 6/30/2015

Topics in Graph

Date: 06/30/2015
Time: 1:00PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

All are welcome.

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Mr. Christopher Short Prospectus 6/17/2015

VEGF Binding with High Affinity Domains: an Analytical and Computational Study

Date: 6/17/2015
Time: 3:00PM-5:00PM
Place: 422 Armstrong Hall

Christopher Short

This project involves composing a chemical reaction network with a network of domains. This is necessary to better simulate the physical reality of receptor-ligand binding on a cellular membrane. We apply this approach to a model of VEGF signaling. The purely well-mixed approximations of receptor-ligand interactions lacks previously unknown spatial components. This is due to the discovery of receptor clusters which locally increases the membrane bound receptor concentration. The model is studied using both analytical and numerical methods.

Everyone is invited. Following the talk and any discussion there will be an oral examination by his committee that is otherwise open only to graduate faculty that wish to attend in an observing capacity.

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Commencement Ceremonies

2015 Eberly College
Commencement Ceremonies

Information: Here

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Basim Al-Maliki 5/15/2015

Bifurcations of Differential Equations from Theoretical and
Numerical Standpoints

Date: 5/15/2015
Time: 1:00PM-2:00PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

Basim Al-Maliki

Abstract: Differential equations, arising in practical applications, often depend on parameters
and their values are generally determined by non-exact measurements. For that reason, it is
important to study the behavior of solutions and examine their dependence on the parameters.
Bifurcation theory describes how a slight variation in a parameter can have significant impact on
the solutions. In this study, we analyze some dynamical systems with one and two-dimensional
phase spaces, and review the common types of their bifurcations

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Christopher Andrews Project 5/7/2015

Modeling the Outcome of an Ultimate Frisbee Match Based on Offensive Metrics

Date: 5/7/2015
Time: 12:00PM-1:30PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

Gary Ganser is the project supervisor and committee chair.

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Nawaf Alsowait Project 5/7/2015

A Comparison of p-Adic Analysis and Real Analysis

Date: 5/7/2015
Time: 13:45PM-3:00PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

Murali Vemuri is supervisor for the project.

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