The 8th Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture was given on Friday, October 10, 2014 by Professor Colin Adams from Williams College

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## Zombies & Calculus: A Survival Guide

### Abstract

If you are reading this, then you have managed to survive the zombie apocalypse so far. Congratulations! But as the world sinks further into ruin, what additional strategies can you apply to endure the onslaught? Learn how calculus can help you to defeat the zombie hordes. The lecture room will be certified as a safe haven for the duration of the talk.

### About the Speaker

Colin Adams is a Thomas T. Read Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. Dr. Adams is particularly interested in the mathematical theory of knots, their applications and their connections with hyperbolic geometry. He is the author of "The Knot Book", an elementary introduction to the mathematical theory of knots and co-author with Joel Hass and Abigail Thompson of "How to Ace Calculus: The Streetwise Guide", and "How to Ace the Rest of Calculus: the Streetwise Guide", humorous supplements to calculus.

Having authored a variety of research articles on knot theory and hyperbolic 3-manifolds, he is also known for giving mathematical lectures in the guise of Mel Slugbate, a sleazy real estate agent. A recipient of the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Distinguished Teaching Award from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in 1998, he was a Polya Lecturer for the MAA for 1998-2000 and a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer for 2000-2002. In 2012 Colin Adams became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He is also the author of mathematical humor column called "Mathematically Bent" which appears in the Mathematical Intelligencer.

The Pi Mu Epsilon lecture series is made possible through the support of the UNL Mathematics Department, the Nebraska Alpha Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon and the Nebraska Math Scholars program.

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## Complete Listing of Pi Mu Epsilon Lecturers

Year | Speaker | Institution |
---|---|---|

2013 | Suzanne Lenhart | University of Tennessee |

2012 | Michael Parks | Sandia National Laboratories |

2011 | Paul Zorn | Saint Olaf College |

2010 | James A. Sellers | Penn State University |

2009 (fall) | Andrew F. Rich | Manchester College (North Manchester, Indiana) |

2009 (spring) | Gwen Fisher | Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo |

2008 | David M. Bressoud | Macalester |