Mathematics Colloquium

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 

Ross Casebolt 2017

Abstracts Archive

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-

4/27/17
Math 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

4/20/17
Colin Starr, Willamette University
Unipancyclic Graphs and Matroids, or I Thought This Would Be Easier

4/6/17
Richard Moy, Willamette University
What is Mathematical Research? A Former Undgrad's Tale

March-

3/23/17
Naiomi Cameron, Lewis & Clark College
Belyi Maps for Trees of a Given Passport

3/16/17
Holly Swisher, Oregon State University
Ramanujan's Mock Theta Functions and Quantum Modular Forms

3/2/17
Vivek Pal, University of Oregon
Combinatorics and Magic Tricks

February-

2/8/17
Derek 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

12/1/16
Evan Hedlund, Corban University
Applications 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- 

2/25/16
Prof. Colin Starr, Willamette University
Prime Product Distance Graphs and Prime Power Distance Graphs

2/11/16
Prof. Josh Laison, Willamette University
Variations of Graph Pebbling

2/4/16
Prof. Peter Otto, Willamette University
Path Coupling Method to Bound Mixing Times of Markov Chains

November - 

11/12/15
Shelbi Jenkins, Jaqueline Remmel and N. Spencer Sitton
Differential Equations Rock!

11/5/15
Joshua Scott and Aimee Reynolds
Willamette Students and the McKay Academy

October -

10/29/15
N. Spencer Sitton, Willamette University Math Department
The Unsolvable: Equations Whose Solutions Can Never Be Found

10/8/15
N. Spencer Sitton, Willamette University Math Department
The Great Art of Solving Equations

September - 

9/24/15
Jesse Walker, Ph.D., Intel Corporation
The evolution of cryptographic hash function design

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 groups

9/3/2015
Max Lipton, WU Mathematics Major
Differential Equations on Fractals

 

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