This past Wednesday, March 21st, Daniel Sternheimer, of Rikkyo University and Université de Bourgogne, delivered a lecture titled "the power of physical mathematics." This installment of the Rataj Lecture Series for students in the mathematical sciences was co-sponsored by the Departments of Mathematics & Statistics and Physics. Click to see some pictures from the event.
ASA DataFest returns to Loyola! This weekend-long data competition is held at top Universities across the nation and provides an opportunity for students, professors, and industry professionals to collaborate and analyze a surprise dataset. Join us!
Announcing the next iteration of the Rataj Lecture Series for friends of the mathematical sciences, sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Pies served from 4:00 to 4:30 in MUND 204. Sara-Marie Belcastro, director of MathILy and author of Discrete Math with Ducks, will be lecturing on tiles on surfaces and matchings on grids. Following the lecture, more pies and surprises courtesy of the Math Club. All are welcome to this super-secret post-lecture event. Click for more info.
The deadline to apply for the NOYCE Scholars Program is March 1st. The LUC NOYCE scholars programs is a scholarship opportunity for math and math-ed students (and also science students) who would like to teach in high-need school districts. If that is you, it provides some very nice funding. This is most likely to interest math-ed students, but there are options available for anyone who would like to teach, even if you are not already in the education program.
Make sure and come and enjoy cookies and coffee (or tea!) with other friends of mathematics and statistics (as well as your professors)! Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3:00-4:00pm, IES 116, throughout the semester!
The 5th Lake Michigan Workshop on Combinatorics and Graph Theory will take place at the University of Notre Dame during the weekend of April 21 - 22, 2018. The main formal part of the workshop will include two sets of tutorial lectures. Bridget Tenner from Department of Mathematical Statistics at DePaul University will speak on coxeter systems, permutation patterns and reduced words and Ryan Martin from Department of Mathematics at Iowa State University will speak on edit distance on graphs.
Within baseball analytics, there is substantial interest in comprehensive statistics intended to capture overall player performance. One such measure is Wins Above Replacement (WAR), which aggregates the contributions of a player in each facet of the game: hitting, pitching, baserunning, and fielding. However, current versions of WAR depend upon proprietary data, ad hoc methodology, and opaque calculations. Dr. Matthews proposes a competitive aggregate measure, openWAR, that is based upon public data and methodology with greater rigor and transparency.
Free Tutoring this Friday, December 8th from 1-5pm for all levels of math and free Dunkin Donuts. This is for some last minute studying before finals start. Come prepared with questions to ask, this tutoring will be popcorn style tutoring.
Prof. Birgit Kaufmann, a mathematical physicist from Purdue University, will tell us about "Geometry of the gyroid wire network." No math beyond calculus will be assumed. This is a fascinating minimal surface which appears in strange places in nature, like on the wings of butterflies. The gyroid is a fascinating triply periodic minimal surface embedded in R^3. It can be found in nature on the wings of certain bugs and butterflies and is responsible for giving them their vibrant color. It is possible to synthesize this structure in the lab on the nano-scale, and there is some hope that this may lead to increased effectiveness in solar cells.
Check out some photos from Loyola University Chicago Math Club's 3D printing event. The mathematics department has a 3D printer. You can use your laptop to make 3D-printable files yourself! Contact Dr. Emily Peters if you have questions on how to go about bringing your ideas to life!
How many ways can I juggle? How long has each ball been in the air? Dr. Peter Tingley asked our students these questions and later demonstrated juggling as a periodic sequence. Inspired by the talk, students tried testing out the theory for themselves, even some professors too. Here are some photos from Loyola University Chicago Math Club's Juggling event.
In case you missed Cathy O'Neil speak at the Water Tower Campus on Friday, October 13th, here is a link to her TED talk. Cathy O'Neil is the author of the New York Times bestselling Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, which was also a semifinalist for the National Book Award. She earned a Ph.D. in Math from Harvard, was a postdoctoral fellow in the MIT math department, and a professor at Barnard College where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry. She is a columnist for Bloomberg View.
Calling all Graduate Students! The department is holding a brief orientation for our new graduate students. There will be a few words from our Graduate Program Directors, Dr. Rafal Goebel and Tim O'Brien around 2:00PM. Returning graduate students and all faculty are then welcome to join us at 2:30 p.m. for the first Math/Stat Tea.
At the close of the academic year, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics wishes to recognize all of our students' outstanding achievements, especially our graduates. Take a look at our departmental awardees as well as where our amazing graduates are going!