The Mathematics Colloquia is a series of talks by the Willamette University Math Department and visiting speakers. These talks are aimed at faculty and undergraduate math students and will introduce the audience to fun, interesting applications of undergraduate mathematics, as well as more advanced topics in mathematics research. Unless otherwise noted, colloquium talks will be held **Thursdays at 4:10pm in Ford Hall, Room 204**. Refreshments will be provided. We hope you can join us! If you would like more information, please contact Prof. Richard Moy.

**Colloquium Schedule (Google Calendar)**

# Colloquium Schedule 2017-18

## 2017-18 Talks

### September 2017-

9/7**Allison Kerkhoff and Zechariah Hazel**

*LARC - Creating Problems*

### May-

5/2/17**Math Senior Thesis: Taylor Matsumura, Rufei Men, and Mattie Wiltbank**

*Efficient Mino Foldings*

**Math Senior Thesis: Jeremy Coste and Dane Miyata**

*Weighted k-Majority Tournaments*

### April-

**4/27/17Math Senior Thesis: Katy Ohsiek and Ana Wright**

*Mountain Graphs in Origami Crease Patterns*

**Math Senior Thesis: Samuel Coste and Boyuan Lyu**

*The Accountable Art Gallery Problem*

**4/26/17**

**Math Senior Thesis: Megan Duff and Kees McGahan**

*Transport Pebbling*

**4/20/17Colin Starr, Willamette University**

*Unipancyclic Graphs and Matroids, or I Thought This Would Be Easier*

**4/6/17Richard Moy, Willamette University**

*What is Mathematical Research? A Former Undgrad's Tale*

### March-

**3/23/17Naiomi Cameron, Lewis & Clark College**

*Belyi Maps for Trees of a Given Passport*

**3/16/17Holly Swisher, Oregon State University**

*Ramanujan's Mock Theta Functions and Quantum Modular Forms*

**3/2/17Vivek Pal, University of Oregon**

*Combinatorics and Magic Tricks*

### February-

**2/8/17Derek Garton, Portland State University**

*Dynamically Distinguishing Polynomials*

**2/2/17***Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimenstion (Nova Video)*

## 2016-17 Talks

### December-

12/8/16**Anna Wright '17 **

*Mixing Time of the Generalized Rook's Walk*

**Dane Miyata '17**

Neural Mapping Using Grobner Bases

Neural Mapping Using Grobner Bases

*12/1/16 Evan Hedlund, Corban UniversityApplications of Local Fields in the Classification of Rational Periodic Points of the Map Qc(x)=x2+c*

### November-

11/17/16**Taylor Mutch '15***Data Visualization & Decision Support*

11/10/16**Carolyn Yackel, Mercer University***Discrete Planar and Spherical Symmetries*

11/3/16**McKenzie West, Reed College***Solutions of Polynomial Equations: Not So Easy After All*

### October-

10/20/16**Breeann Flesch, Western Oregon University***Variations of Interval Graphs*

10/13/16**Karl-Dieter Crisman, Gordon College***Connecting Voting Theory and Graph Theory*

### September-

9/22/16**Joshua Scott & Aimee Reynolds, McKay High School***Willamette Students and the McKay Algebra Academy*

9/15/16**Dr. Martin Flashman, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, Humboldt State University***The Role of Philosophy in Proof: Euclid's Proof of Proposition 1*

## 2015-16 Talks

### April-

4/28/16**Colleen Chrisinger, Oregon Department of Revenue***Taxing Marijuana and Other Adventures*

4/26/16**Albert Garcia, WU Math/Econ **

*Senior Thesis Presentation*

### March-

3/31/16**John Hossler, Seattle Pacific University***Let’s Play! Principles of Gamification in Higher Education, Especially in STEM Courses*

3/17/16

Marylesa** Howard. National Securities Technology, LLC***The Need for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering in Nuclear Security*

3/3/16**Christian Millichap, Linfield College***How Many Different Ways Can You Prove There Are Infinitely Many Primes?*

### February-

**2/25/16Prof. Colin Starr, Willamette University**

*Prime Product Distance Graphs and Prime Power Distance Graphs*

**2/11/16Prof. Josh Laison, Willamette University**

*Variations of Graph Pebbling*

**2/4/16Prof. Peter Otto, Willamette University**

*Path Coupling Method to Bound Mixing Times of Markov Chains*

### November -

**11/12/15Shelbi Jenkins, Jaqueline Remmel and N. Spencer Sitton**

*Differential Equations Rock!*

**11/5/15Joshua Scott and Aimee Reynolds**

*Willamette Students and the McKay Academy*

### October -

**10/29/15N. Spencer Sitton, Willamette University Math Department**

*The Unsolvable: Equations Whose Solutions Can Never Be Found*

**10/8/15N. Spencer Sitton, Willamette University Math Department**

*The Great Art of Solving Equations*

### September -

**9/24/15Jesse Walker, Ph.D., Intel Corporation**

*The evolution of cryptographic hash function design*

9/17/15

Elton Graves, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

9/17/15

Elton Graves, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

*How Mathematicians Play Dot-to-Dot to Design Air-Foils and Other Useful Things*

**9/10/2015****Ross Casebolt, Portland State University (WU Alum '12)**

*Linear algebra applications: using matrices to represent finite group*s

**9/3/2015****Max Lipton, WU Mathematics Major**

*Differential Equations on Fractal*s

## 2014-15 Talks

### May -

**5/4/2015**

**Professor Mark Janeba, Willamette University **

*Really Big Numbers, Really Old Mathematics, and Endangered Internet Commerce*

### March -

**3/31/15 Professor Erin McNicholas, Willamette University **

*Fall 2015 Math Preview*

**3/19/15 Heidi Andersen '11, University of Minnesota **

*Fantastic Groups and Where to Find Them*

**3/12/15 **

**Professor Inga Johnson**

*All Tangled Up: Conway's Classification of Rational Tangles*

**3/5/15 **

**Professor Josh Laison**

*Modern Board Games and the Math Behind Them*

### December -

**12/4/14 Jeremy Coste and Kees McGahan**

*Cops and Robbers on Graphs*

Join us as we explore the game of Cops and Robbers on graphs. We will take a look at cop-win and robber-win graphs, as well as finding algorithms for computing the cop number. Furthermore, we will learn some variations of the game with firefighters and helicopters!

### November -

**11/24/14 Jared Nishikawa, Willamette '10 **

*Hash Functions, A Soft Intro*

**11/13/14 **

**Benjamin Young, University of Oregon**

*Tiling an Aztec Diamond*

**11/6 Bob Milnikel, Kenyon College **

*A New Angle on An Old Construction*

### October -

**10/30 Lexi Scheel & Eric Samelson **

*Lexi and Eric's Summer Research*

### September -

**9/23 Mega Menger Mania! **

*Discussion of fractals, fractal movies, and folding more menger cubes.*

**9/18 Spencer Sitton **

*Partial Differential Equations & Equivalence*

**9/11 Dr. Elton Graves, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology**

*Seeing the Wave: A Mathematical Simulation of the Waller Violin*

## 2013-14 Talks

### April -

**4/17 Liz McMahon, Lafayette College**

*Mathematics in the Game of Set*

**4/10 Gary Gordon, Lafayette College**

*Pick a Tree, Any Tree*

### March -

**3/13 Paul Cull, Computer Science, Oregon State University**

*Solving Towers of Hanoi and Related Puzzles*

**3/7 Matt Anderson**

*A Prime Producing Polynomial*

### February -

**2/20 K. Tucker (a.k.a k-TUCK)**

*Enumeration and Projection Dependence of 1-Singular Knots*

**2/20 R. Robinson (a.k.a Ray-Robins)**

*Convergence of Sequences of Polygons*

### December -

**12/5 Jordan Purdy, Mathematics Dept**

*Spatial Statistics - Logistic Regression,* *the Autologistic Model and Mountain Pine Beetle*

**12/4 Samantha Reynolds, Willamette University '14**

*College Entrance Exam Firms, Nonprofit Efficiency, and Testing Fees*

### November -

**11/14 Professor Inga Johnson, Mathematics Dept**

*Topology, Homology and Applications to Data*

### October -

**10/31 Jeff Schreiner-McGraw and Will Agnew-Svoboda**

*Unipancyclic Matroids*

**10/24 Nancy Ann Neudauer, Pacific University**

*What is a Matroid? Investigations of asymptotic enumeration in matroids*

**10/3 Yumi Li, Math Major**

*Put Your Thinking CAPS On (Exploring Finite Geometry in the Card Game SET®)*

### September -

**9/19 Ryan Wright, Janrain Inc.**

*Computing the Coming Robot Apocalypse: The math behind Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning*