Park University Mathematics Colloquium
In Fall 2013 the Park University Mathematics Colloquium will met Wednesdays at 4:30pm (note the change) in the FindlayWakefield Science Hall, room 110. The prerequisite knowledge for each talk is listed.
For more information or to book a slot to give a talk, please contact the organizer, Dr. Samuel Chamberlin at samuel.chamberlin@park.edu
Fall 2013 Schedule Date  Speaker  Title and Information 
9/18 
David McCune, Ph.D.
William Jewell College 
Title: Some Interesting Unsolved Problems Prerequisite: None 
11/13 
Lori McCune, Ph.D.
Missouri Western State University
 Title: Visualizing Probability with Applets
Prerequisite: Basic Probability

Previous Talks Fall 2011
Date

Speaker 
Title and Abstract
 Thursday,
Sept 8
 Dincer Guler, Ph.D.
Park University
 Title: What is a Curved Space and Curvature
Prerequisite: One Year of Calculus
 Thursday,
Sept 22
 Dincer Guler, Ph.D.
Park University
 Title: Curvature and Topology of Riemannian Manifolds
Abstract: We will describe the various curvature notions that appear in the study of Riemannian manifolds and the effect they have on the function theory and
the topology of the manifold. Two special cases will be discussed in
more detail: manifolds with nonpositive sectional curvature and manifolds with nonnegative Ricci curvature.
 Thursday,
Sept 29
 Azadeh Rafizadeh, Ph.D.
Park University
 Title: Knot Theory in a NutShell
Prerequisite: None
 Thursday,
Oct 6
 Dincer Guler, Ph.D.
Park University
 Title: Explicit Calculations of Curvature
 Thursday,
Oct 20
 Azadeh Rafizadeh, Ph.D.
Park University
 Title: Graph links and their splice diagrams, Part I
Abstract:
D. Eisenbud and W. Neumann have introduced splice
diagrams to present graph links. They have also developed a theory that
allows one to determine the fiberablity, the Thurston norm, and
Alexander polynomial of such links using their splice diagrams. In this
talk, we will introduce some of these concepts.
 Thursday,
Oct 27
 Azadeh Rafizadeh, Ph.D.
Park University
 Title: Graph links and their splice diagrams, Part II
Abstract: In
this talk, we introduce specific theorems by D. Eisenbud and W.
Neumann, and we use them to calculate the Alexander polynomial and the
Thurston norm of particular knot $K$, which is contained in a homology
sphere different from S^3.
 Thursday,
Nov 3
 Charlie Smith, Ph.D.
Park University
 Title: Historical Background of Irrationality and Transcendence
Prerequisite: None
 Thursday,
Nov 10
 Charlie Smith, Ph.D.
Park University
 Title: Irrationality of e
Prerequisite:
One Year of Calculus
 Thursday,
Nov 17
 Charlie Smith, Ph.D.
Park University
 Title: Irrationality of pi
Prerequisite:
One Year of Calculus
 Thursday,
Dec 1
 Samuel Chamberlin, Ph.D.
Park University
 Title: Groups and Symmetry
Prerequisite: None
 Previous Talks Spring 2012
Date
 Speaker
 Title and Information  Thursday,
Jan 26
 Samuel Chamberlin, Ph.D.
Park University

Title: More on Groups Prerequisite: None  Thursday,
Feb 2
 Erin Martin, Ph.D.
William Jewell College
 Title: A Foray into Tropical Geometry
Prerequisite: None
 Thursday,
Feb 9  Erin Martin, Ph.D.
William Jewell College
 Title: Zero Divisor Graphs
Abstract
 Thursday,
Feb 16
 Dincer Guler, Ph.D.
Park University
 Title: The Ham Salad Sandwich Problem
Prerequisite: None
 Thursday,
Feb 23
 Adam Potthast
Park University
 Title: Philosophy of Mathematics: What are numbers?
 Thursday,
Mar 1
 Charlie Smith, Ph.D.
Park University

Title: Transcendence of e, Part IPrerequisite: One Year of Calculus  Thursday,
Mar 8
 Charlie Smith, Ph.D.
Park University
 Title: Transcendence of e, Part II
Prerequisite: One Year of Calculus  Thursday,
Mar 22
 Samuel Chamberlin, Ph.D.
Park University

Title: Matrix Lie Algebras
Prerequisite: Linear Algebra  Thursday,
Mar 29
 Tim Ridenour, Ph.D.
Northwestern University

Title: An Introduction to Simple Z_nGraded Lie AlgebrasPrerequisite: Linear Algebra and the Previous Talk  Thursday,
Apr 19
 Ashley Harbin
Park University
 Title: From Myth to Music and Music to Math
Prerequisite: None  Thursday,
Apr 26

Charlie Smith, Ph.D. Park University

Title: Beauty in Mathematics: "A Few of My Favorite Things"Prerequisite: None 
Previous Talks Fall 2012
Date
 Speaker
 Title and Information
 Monday,
Aug 27
 Charlie Smith, Ph.D.
Park University

Title: Emanuel Lasker Mathematician and Chess Immortal: The Biography
Prerequisite: None
 Monday,
Sep 10
 David McCune, Ph.D.
William Jewell College 
Title: The Hanoi Tower Game and Automata
Prerequisite: College Algebra  Monday,
Sep 17
 Lori McCune, Ph.D.
Missouri Western State University

Title: An Introduction to Hilbert Samuel Polynomials
Prerequisite: College Algebra  Monday,
Oct 1  Keith Brandt, Ph.D.
Rockhurst University 
Title: Counting Urban Walks
Prerequisite: None  Monday,
Oct 8
 Charlie Smith, Ph.D.
Park University
 Title: Emanuel Lasker Mathematician and Chess Immortal: The Mathematician (Part One) Prerequisite: One Year of Calculus  Monday,
Oct 22
 Patrick Johnson, Ph.D.
William Jewell College 
Title: Measuring Pi with Matchsticks and Bowling Balls  Monday,
Oct 29
 Dincer Guler, Ph.D.
Park University 
Title: Millennium Prize ProblemsI: The Riemann Hypothesis  Monday,
Nov 5
 James Pearson, Ph.D.
William Jewell College

Title: Philosophy of Mathematics: Laws of Number as Laws of Thought  Monday,
Nov 19
 Charlie Smith, Ph.D.
Park University
 Title: Ideal Operations
Prerequisite: One Year of Calculus
 Monday,
Dec 3

Reisha Fregoe
Park University

Title: The Basics of Galois Theory
Prerequisite: None

Spring 2013 Schedule Date  Speaker  Title and Information  Monday,
April 1  Barbara Herzog, Ph.D.
Doane College  Title: Calculus on a Doughnut
Prerequisite: Calculus I  Monday,
April 8  Charlie Smith, Ph.D.
Park University  Title: The Golden Ratio
Prerequisite: None  Monday,
April 15  Charlie Smith, Ph.D.
Park University  Title: The Fibonacci Sequence
Prerequisite: None  Monday,
April 22  Math Movie  Title: Nova's The Proof
Prerequisite: None
 Monday,
April 29  Jessica Brucker and Reisha Fregoe
Park University
 Title: Partitions and Symmetric Functions
Prerequisite: None


