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Spring 2017

Thursday, January 12, 5:00-6:00 pm, in Avery 351
Research opportunities for undergraduates: REUs and UCARE
Find out about the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer programs in mathematics and the Undergraduate Creative Activity and Research (UCARE) program at UNL from your fellow undergraduate students who have participated in these activities.

January 19-23
The COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling

Thursday, January 26, 5:00-6:00 pm, in Avery 351
The Mathematics of Tilings - a presentation by professor Tri Lai
Tilings are everywhere around us. Tilings can be found on sidewalks, on brick walls, on floors, on carpets, in gardens, and even in crystal structures. Intuitively, a tiling is just a way of decomposing an object into small pieces that fit together without gaps or overlaps. In this talk we will explore many hidden mathematical properties of tilings. Our talk covers from simple puzzles to very hard open problems in mathematics.

February 3-5
The 19th annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics

Thursday, February 23 at 5pm in 351 Avery Hall
The fourth Career Perspectives in Math lecture by Lisa Amen (Stanford Health Care)

Math in Health Care and Technology

In this talk, Lisa will elucidate the career advantages and opportunities she has secured by leveraging her bachelor's degree in math. While still a student at UNL, majoring in math opened several doors for math-related part-time jobs; after graduation, a degree in math introduced her to a career in health care technology - first at Epic (a health care software company), and now with Stanford Health Care. Lisa will explain the core functions of the work she does and how she get to apply her background in math on a daily basis. She will also provide the resources and processes she has used to find and secure positions with Epic and Stanford Health Care.

March 30 - Course Preview
Come find out about upper level math classes for the Fall 2017 semester from the instructors teaching these classes.

Fall 2016

Thursday, September 1, 5:00-6:00 pm, in Avery 109: Talk by graduate student Jessalyn Bolkema
Errors, Eavesdroppers, and Enormous Matrices
Abstract. Join us for a tour of the mathematics of information security! Cryptography aims to protect information from malicious eavesdroppers. Coding theory aims to protect information from inadvertent errors - consequences of a noisy environment. These are two very different problems - but amazingly enough, solutions to one problem can be used to build solutions to the other. We'll talk through some fundamental principles and key ideas in both coding theory and cryptography, with an end goal of appreciating their intersection: the future of post-quantum security.

And, of course, PIZZA!

Thursday, September 8, 5:00-6:00 pm, in Avery 109: Info session on Graduate Schools in Mathematics
Have you considered graduate programs in math? We will be happy to share information on where to begin your search, what schools to look into depending on your interests (applied, finance, pure, education), how to prepare your applications, and whether or not a grad school in math is right for you.
As always, there'll be pizza and refreshments!

Visit our grad school info page for more information.

Thursday, September 15, at 5:00 pm, in Avery 109: Introduction to typesetting mathematics with LaTeX

Interested in learning about (La)TeX - the most flexible and efficient tool for typesetting scientific litcerature? Come to our introductory workshop!
Michael Pieper and John Chrostek will guide you through the basics, while you enjoy pizza and refreshments!

Bring your laptop and, if you do not have LaTeX software installed, then please open a ShareLaTeX account (personal accounts are free) before the workshop.

You can also visit our LaTeX resource page for links to various useful programs and references.

Friday, October 7, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, in Avery 115: 10th Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture by David Saltman

Thursday, October 20, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, in Avery 109: 1stMath Modeling Workshop
This will be the first in a series of lectures and mini-workshops, led by Professor Yu Jin, on the basics of mathematical modeling. All interested students are welcome! As always, there will be Pizza and refreshments!

If you wish, you can also later consider joining the UNL team for the next Mathematical Contest in Modeling that will take place in January 2017.

Monday, October 24: Priority registration for Spring 2017 semester.

Tuesday, October 25, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, in Avery 119: Math Course Preview
Come to learn about Spring 2017 math courses from their instructors. Pizza and soda on tap!

Thursday, October 27, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, in Avery 109: Curriculum Vitae/Resume Review Session

Whenever you apply for graduate schools or summer research programs, your Curriculum Vitae or Resume is often the first document that gets closely read by the prospective hosts.
Join us for this review session and we will try to offer advice on how to best summarize your academic achievements. Pizza included!

Wednesday, November 2, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, in Avery 351: 2ndMath Modeling Workshop
The second in the series of lectures on mathematical modeling by Professor Yu Jin. All interested students are welcome! As always, there will be pizza and refreshments!
While at it, also take a look at the Mathematical Contest in Modeling that will take place in January 2017.

Thursday, November 10: 3rd Career Perspectives in Mathematics Lecture by Mary Hegemann

Wednesday, November 16, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, in Avery 351: 3rdMath Modeling Workshop

November 24-27: Thanksgiving vacation.

Saturday, December 3: Putnam Mathematical Competition

Thursday, December 8, 5:00 pm, in Avery 351: 4thMath Modeling Workshop

Saturday, December 10: Last day of classes.

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Spring 2016

Thursday, January 14, 5:00-6:00pm in Avery 108: Math Modeling Workshop

This month, Math Club will hold several short lectures/workshops on rudiments of mathematical modeling. If you are interested in the topic and, maybe, in the annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling, please feel free to join us for this first meeting.

January 29-31 (Friday-Sunday): 18th Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics (NCUWM)

Thursday, Feb 18: Career Perspectives in Mathematics lecture by Kamara Wright

In Pursuit of Logic and Happiness

5:00 - 6:00 pm in Avery 347

Preceded by Reception in Avery 348 at 4:15 pm (quality cookies and refreshments!)

Kamara Wright graduated from UNL in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and English. Since then, her career has taken her to Maryland where she is an Operations Research Analyst in the Cost Department at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). As a participant in the Engineer and Scientist Development Program, Kamara also received training in leadership and communication.

Join us to hear Kamara's story and her career advice!

Thursday, March 10, at 5 pm, in Avery 108. Bioinformatics internship at USMARC

Our math Ph.D. alumna Brittney Keel now works as a research geneticist at the US Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) within the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). She will be visiting to tell you about a new internship opportunity. Participating students will use mathematical methods and computer programming to study genome sequences under the supervision of world renowned animal research scientists. If you are interested in bioinformatics and careers in this field, come to learn more. Pizza on tap!

Monday, 3/14... Pi Day Celebration! Avery 348, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
To celebrate the day of the famous mathematical constant we invite you to a lunch social.
There will be fruit and pizza pies, board games, and fun math challenges to win prizes!

Feel free to come and leave as fits your schedule.

March 20-27: Spring semester break

Monday, March 28: Priority registration begins

Thursday, March 31, at 5 pm, in Avery 108: Course Preview
Come to our preview of the upper-level math courses to be offered in Fall 2016. The faculty teaching them will describe the course contents, format, prerequisites, and answer questions. Pizza served!

Saturday, April 30: Last day of classes.

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Fall 2015

Sunday, Aug 23 at 6:30pm on Memorial Stadium Loop: BIG RED WELCOME

The Math Club and Pi Mu Epsilon will have a table at Location 342. Stop by to learn about the upcoming events, competitions and opportunities for undergraduates in mathematics.
Free candy!

Thursday, Sep 3, 5:00-6:00 pm in Avery 110: Talk by Professor Adam Larios
Can mathematicians compute our way out of doing math?

As computers gain a stronger hold in mathematics, should mathematicians start to worry? Computers obviously depend on mathematics, but more and more areas of mathematics are starting to depend on computers. Does this mixture violate the purity of mathematics? Will the beauty of mathematics be forgotten, reduced to cold hard computation? Fortunately, the situation may be not so scary. We will see many examples of mathematics and computers living happily together. Moreover, pairing these disciplines can be beneficial to both sides. I will argue that computers do not spell doom for mathematics; indeed, they make mathematics more exciting than ever.
And, of course, PIZZA!

Thursday, Sep 24 at 5:00-6:00 pm in Avery 110: Careers for Mathematicians - by Professor Michael Dorff
What's out there–beyond academia–for a mathematical mind? Want to learn of more opportunities? Have questions? Come along!

Friday, Sep 25 at 4:00 pm in Avery 115: 9th Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture by Michael Dorff

How Mathematics is Making Hollywood Movies Better

Thursday, Oct 2

Thursday, Oct 8

Thursday, Oct 15

Oct 19-20: Fall semester break.

Friday, Oct 23 at 4:00 pm in Avery 115: Inaugural Career Perspectives in Math lecture by Brian Bares, CFA of Bares Capital Management

Monday, Oct 26: Priority registration begins.

Tuesday, Oct 27 at 5:00 pm in Avery 347: Math Course Preview
Learn about Spring 2016 math courses from their instructors. Pizza and soda on tap!

Thursday, Oct 29

Thursday, Nov 5, 4:30--5:30pm in Avery 348: Tea Time Social with Kim Austen
Have you heard of Allied Insurance? Allied is a part of a Fortune 100 Best 2015 company (Nationwide Insurance) and is among world's leading independent insurance-rating agencies!

The former President of Allied, Mr. Kim Austen received his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from UNL in 1977. The Mathematics Department is pleased to host Mr. Austen next week and we invite you to a tea time social! Come have some tea, coffee and cookies, say "Hello", ask questions, or just relax and hear a story of how a background in mathematics influenced Mr. Austen's career in many ways. Bring friends!

Sign up Here.

Thursday, Nov 12, 5:00-6:00pm in Avery 110: Info Session on Research and Internships for Undergraduates.

It is about time to think of summer 2016 if you are interested in extracurricular research or internship opportunities.

Come to hear presentations by your peers about their recent REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) summer sites, UCARE, or internship work. Ask questions about the application and selection process, the research projects and overall impressions.

All spiced up with PIZZA and pop!

Thursday, Nov 19: UNL Math Day!

Nov 25-29: Thanksgiving vacation.

Thursday, Dec 3

Saturday, Dec 5: Putnam Exam

Monday, Dec 7, 6:00 - 8:30 pm, in Avery 348: Game night!
Take a break before the finals! Join us for PIZZA and Games: Settlers of Catan, Citadels, Carcassone, Ergo, Set, Chess - all of these and more will be available! Feel free to bring friends and your own board/card games.

Saturday, Dec 12: Last day of classes.

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Spring 2015

Thursday, Jan 22, 5:00-6:00pm in Avery 108: Info Session on Summer Research Opportunities

It is time to start thinking about internships and research programs for summer 2015! Most Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs have their application deadlines around mid-February (which means you need to start preparing the applications now).

This information session will feature short presentations by your peers about their internships at NASA, Sandia Laboratories, and REU sites, followed by a discussion panel about the application and selection process, research projects, and students' overall impressions.

PIZZA and pop on the house!

January 23- February 25
Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics.

February 5-9
Mathematical Contest in Modeling

Thursday, Feb 12, 5:00-6:00 pm in Avery 108: Talk by graduate student Kat Shultis
Equi-decomposability of Polygons
Abstract. There are many ways of comparing polygons. For instance, we could compare their areas or perimeters. We could also ask if they are similar or congruent. In this talk we will explore a notion of comparing polygons, called equi-decomposability, that involves breaking them into pieces and comparing the pieces. We'll look at some examples and then sketch a proof showing that equi-decomposability is equivalent to having the same area.

And, of course, PIZZA!

Friday, March 13, 1:30pm-3:00pm in Avery 348. It's only one day till the π-Day of the Century!

Come to the pre-Pi-Day (π-0.01) luncheon in Avery 348. There will be fruit pies, cookies, soda, coffee and board games in abundance (Ergo, Set, Flux, Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Citadels and more). Try the Pi-digit challenge, Pi-sudoku and Pi-trivia quiz to win prizes!
You can sign up to ride with us to the Pi Fun Run Marathon at NE Wesleyan University (see the next event below).

Feel free to come and leave as your schedule permits.

3/14/15 : Pi Day!

A date to match the first 5 digits of the famous ratio. That happens once in a 100 years! Nebraska Wesleyan University is hosting 5th annual Pi Run Fun. Run or walk the approximately 3.141592653...miles to celebrate the fundamental mathematical constant. Check-in will begin at 8:45 a.m. in front of Olin Hall at Nebraska Wesleyan University (at the corner of St. Paul Ave. and 50th Street). The course will remain entirely on NWU's campus. If you need a ride, UNL Math Club can provide transportation! Departing from Avery Hall at UNL around 8:30am. You can sign up during lunch on Friday (see above), or just email Daniel Toundykov by Friday evening.

Happy Pi Day!

Thursday, March 19 at 5:00 pm in Avery 108: Math Course Preview
Come to learn about advanced mathematics courses scheduled for Fall 2015. PIZZA and soda on tap!

March 22-29: Spring Break

March 30: Priority registration begins

Thursday, April 16, 5:00 pm - close, in Avery 348: Game Night!
Join us for PIZZA and Games: Chess, Go, Settlers of Catan, Citadels, Carcassone, Forbidden Island, Set, Fluxx - all of these and more will be available! Feel free to bring friends and your own board/card games.

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Fall 2014

Sunday, Aug 24 at 6:30pm on Memorial Stadium Loop: BIG RED WELCOME

The Math Club and Pi Mu Epsilon will have a table at Location 341 to welcome new students and let them know about the upcoming events, competitions, and opportunities for undergraduates in mathematics.
Free candy!

Tuesday, Sep 9 at 5pm in Burnett 118: Careers at HUDL

Sports, Math and Technology

HUDL is a software company headquartered in the Haymarket District of Lincoln. It specializes in design and implementation of digital tools that aid coaches in analysis of sports matches (and football games in particular).
Company representatives will tell you about job and internship opportunities at HUDL, as well as how their developers incorporate math and technology.
Pizza and soda provided!

Thursday, Sep 25 at 5:00 pm in Avery 110: A journey into Mathematical Biology by Dr. Yu Jin.

This lecture will provide an expository overview of interesting applications of mathematics in various subfields of biology, such as, epidemiology, ecology, and population dynamics.
Pizza and soda on tap!

Friday, Oct 10 at 4:00 pm in Avery 115: 8th Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture

Oct 21-22: Fall semester break.

Thursday, Oct 23 at 5:00pm in Avery 110: Panel on graduate school in mathematics
Thinking about graduate school in mathematics? A panel of faculty and grad students will address questions about the application process, life as a grad student, and whether or not grad school in math is right for you. As always there'll be pizza and refreshments!

Oct 27: Priority registration for Spring 2015 begins.

Thursday, Oct 30 at 5:00 pm in Avery 110: Math Course Preview
Wondering which classes to register for? Come to learn about Spring 2015 math courses from their instructors. Pizza and soda on tap!

Thursday, Nov 13, 5:00-5:30 pm in Avery 110: Come to learn about The Mathematical Contest in Modeling
The Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) is an annual competition organized by COMAP. Every year, thousands of teams from universities across the globe propose their solutions to fascinating modeling tasks prompted by real-world problems.

UNL teams have always been successful participants and over the past few years have twice earned an Honorable Mention for their solutions!

Come to learn about the format of the contest, the types of problems, future training sessions (open to everyone), how to join the team if you are interested, and why this is awesome! And have some pizza while at it!

Tuesday, Nov 18th, 5:00pm - close, in Avery 348: Game night!
Take a break after the midterms! Join us for PIZZA and Games: Chess, Go, Settlers of Catan, Citadels, Carcassone, Set, Fluxx - all of these and more will be available! Feel free to bring friends and your own board/card games.

Thursday, Nov 20: UNL Math Day!

Nov 26-30: Thanksgiving vacation.

Saturday, December 6: Putnam Exam

Dec 13. Fall semester ends.

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Spring 2014

Thursday, Jan 16, 5:00-6:00pm in Avery 106: Information Session on Research Experiences for Undergraduates.

It is time to think about how you'd like to spend summer 2014 if you are interested in extracurricular research. Most Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs have their application deadlines around mid-February (which means you need to start preparing the applications now).

This info-session will feature short research presentations by your peers about their recent REU's, followed by a discussion panel about the application and selection process, research projects, and students' overall impressions.

All spiced up with PIZZA and pop!

January 31- February 2
15th Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics.

February 6-10
Mathematical Contest in Modeling

Thursday, February 27, 5:00-5:40 pm in Avery 106: UCARE program info session

Did you know every year hundreds of UNL undergraduates engage in research projects with UNL faculty and get paid?

This program generously supports opportunities for students to participate in research or creative activities under direction of UNL faculty. Here's the list of 2013-2014 UCARE projects.

The application deadline for the next academic year is March 20, 2014. Come to our meeting to learn how to apply, get advice on finding a faculty mentor, hear what UCARE projects your peers have been involved in, and to grab a slice of PIZZA!

Thursday, March 13, 5:00-6:00pm in Avery 106: Talk by Professor Abdul-Aziz Yakubu:

Mathematical Ecology: Modeling Fish Harvesting Strategies

Abstract. Overfishing, pollution and other environmental factors have greatly reduced commercially valuable stocks of fish. In a 2006 Science article, a group of ecologists and economists warned that the world may run out of seafood from natural stocks if overfishing continues at current rates. We will use simple models to explore the interaction between constant proportion and periodic proportion harvest policies. We will analyze how they might be applied to the Gulf of Alaska Pacific halibut fishery and the Georges Bank Atlantic cod fishery, based on harvesting data from 1975 to 2007.

This event is sponsored by the Nebraska Math Scholars program, funded by the National Science foundation.

Thursday, March 14, 11:30-2:00pm in Avery 348. Let's celebrate Pi Day!

Come to the Pi-Day pi(e)-luncheon in Avery 348. There will be fruit and pizza pies, soda, coffee and board games in abundance (Ergo, Set, Flux, Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and many others). Try our Pi-digit challenge and Pi-trivia quiz to win a prize!

Feel free to come and leave as your schedule permits.

Thursday, March 20, 5:00-6:00pm in Avery 12 (Hi-tech classroom). Professor Eric Eager from University of Wisconsin - La Crosse will present:

Computational Experiments in Biology: Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Disturbance Specialist Plants

We will use probability theory and computer simulations to explore how populations respond to uncertain environmental conditions. We'll consider a "disturbance specialist" plant, which is a plant that will die off unless a disturbance, such as a burrowing animal, shakes loose the seeds in its seed bank. We will illustrate this with a wild sunflower, a disturbance specialist plant that is native to Nebraska and Kansas.

This talk will be held in the high-tech classroom Avery 12, so you can run simulations in R.
If you prefer to use your own computer, feel free to bring it. We'll help you install the program and run the code.

You can optionally pre-download R for free here.

Simulation program code can be downloaded here.

Thursday, April 1 in Nebraska Union Auditorium at 4:30 pm. 2014 Rowlee Lecture by Tony DeRose - Research Group Lead at Pixar Animation Studios
Math in the Movies

Film making has undergone a revolution brought on by advances in areas such as computer technology, geometry, and applied mathematics. Using numerous examples drawn from Pixar's feature films, this talk will provide a behind the scenes look at the role that math has played in the revolution.

Tuesday, April 8 at 5:00 pm in Avery 119: Math Course Preview
Wondering which classes to register for? Come to learn about Fall 2014 advanced math courses from the instructors. PIZZA and soda on tap!

Thursday, May 1: Game night in Avery 348, 5 pm - close!
Take a break before the finals! Join us for PIZZA and Games: Chess, Go, Settlers of Catan, Citadels, Carcassone, Set, Fluxx - all of these and more will be available! Feel free to bring friends and your own board/card games.

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Fall 2013

Sunday, August 25 at 6:30pm: BIG RED WELCOME Festival

The Math Club and Pi Mu Epsilon will have a table at Location 183 to welcome new students and let them know about the upcoming events, competitions, and opportunities for undergraduates in mathematics.
Free candy!

Thursday, August 29 at 5:00pm in Avery 106: talk by Daniel Toundykov

Vector Graphics 101

Abstract. I will introduce the basics of displaying and manipulating 3D vector objects, and explain what it has to do with matrix algebra (no prior knowledge required). We will also look at some implementation examples.
There will be Pizza, refreshments, stick-3D and even breakdancing spiders!

Thursday, September 12, at 5:00 pm in Avery 106: Presentation by Marc Warburton - Director of The Great Plains National Security Education Consortium and Defense Research Initiatives

Careers in Defense and National Security

Mr. Warburton will present various internship and future career opportunities with government agencies and companies in the Intelligence and Defense sectors. Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome! Note, however, that such positions are open to US citizens only.

Thursday, September 26, at 5:00 pm in Avery 106: Presentation by Doug Durham, Lucas Sabalka, and Josh Brown-Kramer

Internships with Nebraska Global

Nebraska Global is a parent company for software-based startups. It is actively seeking Mathematics and CS students for internship positions. The Chief Technology Officer Doug Durham, and Applied Mathematicians Lucas Sabalka and Josh Brown-Kramer will discuss the job opportunities, talk about the values and objectives of the company, and share their experience.

Thursday October 10 at 5:00 pm in Avery 112: Panel on graduate school in mathematics
Thinking about graduate school in mathematics? A panel of faculty and grad students will address questions about the application process, life as a grad student, and whether or not grad school in math is right for you. As always there'll be pizza and refreshments!

Thursday October 24 at 5:00 pm in Avery 110: Math Course Preview
Wondering which class to register for? Come hear about Spring 2014 math courses from their instructors. Pizza and soda on tap!

Friday November 1 at 4:00 pm in Avery 115: 7th Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture
The power of optimal control: from confining rabies to improving CPR
By Suzanne Lenhart from the University of Tennessee. The lecture will be preceded by the Pi Mu Epsilon induction ceremony.

Thursday November 21: UNL Math Day!

Saturday, December 1: Putnam Exam

Friday, Dec 6, 12:00-1:30pm in Avery 348: Free lunch with Dr. Joe Bulher.

Dr. Buhler is the Director of the Center for Communications Research, a federally-funded research center in La Jolla, CA. He also is an emeritus professor of Reed College, well-known for his work in number theory and other areas, and so has a lot of perspective on the differences between academic and nonacademic positions.

Joe Buhler will talk about career opportunities outside academia and answer your questions. This will be a free discussion so feel free to come and go as your schedule permits. There will be sandwiches and refreshments.

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Spring 2013

January 25-27
Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Math.

January 31- February 4
Mathematical Contest in Modeling

Thursday, February 14 at 4:30pm in Avery 108: Talk by Professor Keri Kornelson:

Loosen up! An Introduction to Frames.

Abstract. An orthonormal basis (ONB) in a finite-dimensional space like Rn has a lot of useful and efficient properties, which is why a great deal of what you learn in linear algebra makes use of ONBs. There are a wide range of applications to other areas of math and science as well where ONBs play a crucial role. But in this talk, we will discuss some of the drawbacks of ONBs. We find that a somehow looser set of vectors (called a frame) might maintain the positive attributes of the ONB while overcoming some of the flaws.

Thursday, March 7 at 5 pm in Avery 106: Course Preview
Want to know what course to take in the fall? Come to the preview of upper-level math courses offered in Fall 2013. Faculty teaching these courses will describe the course contents, format, and prerequisites, and answer questions. Pizza served!

Thursday, March 14 at 5 pm in Avery 348! Come any time 5 - 10 pm: Pi Day / Game Night!
Come celebrate the Pi Day with us and play some games! Chess, Go, Settlers of Catan, Carcassone, Khet, Set, Zombie Flux, Gloom -- all of these and more will be available. Bring your friends, and if there's a particular board game you have and enjoy do feel free to take it along. Pies (pizza-shaped) and refreshments will be provided. There'll also be mini-competitions (with prizes!) held between 6 and 7 pm (hint: learn π-facts and π-digits).

March 16-24: Spring break.

Thursday, April 11 at 5 pm in Avery 106: Talk by graduate student Kathryn Haymaker:

Counting techniques and the game SET

Abstract. SET is a multi-person card game in which the goal is to collect particular sets of three cards from a group of 12 (or more). The person with the most SETs by the end of the game wins. We will use different counting techniques to answer some interesting questions about the game, including: what is the size of the largest group of cards that does not contain a SET?, and, what is the most common type of SET? It turns out, one of the questions above was actually answered 11 years before the game was invented! In this talk we will relate this proof back to the game SET and discuss some generalizations.

And, as always, Pizza!

Saturday, April 20 2013: 2nd Missouri River Valley Undergraduate Math Conference
PME Logo

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Fall 2012

Sunday, August 19 at 6:30pm: BIG RED WELCOME Festival

The Math Club and Pi Mu Epsilon will have a table at Location 142 to welcome new students and let them know about the upcoming events, competitions, and opportunities for undergraduates in mathematics.
Free candy!

Thursday, August 23 at 5:00pm in Avery 106: Talk by Dr. Allan Donsig

Penrose Tilings: "Impossible" Symmetries in Math, Crystals, and Art

Tiling a floor with a few standard tiles has been a practical problem for a long time. It is also a mathematical problem and, in spite of its long history, there have been surprising recent discoveries. There are two tiles, discovered in the 1970's, that tile the whole plane, but only in a non-repetitive way, something that had been thought to be impossible. We'll talk about what a non-repetitive tiling is, what we know about them, and a bit about how they appear in both physics (as quasicrystals) and art (as Islamic building decorations of the 13th Century).

And of course there'll be Pizza!

Thursday, September 6, at 5:00 pm in Avery 12: Introduction to typesetting mathematics with LaTeX
Interested in learning about (La)TeX - the most flexible and efficient tool for typesetting scientific literature? Come to our introductory workshop! Ryan Gunderson and Evan Nash will guide you through the basics, while you enjoy pizza and refreshments!
Visit our LaTeX resource page for links to various useful programs and references.

Tuesday, September 18, at 6:00 pm, Avery 348 (then 351 or 347): Pizza Social and presentation on careers by Dr. William Velez

Join us for an abundance of pizza and refreshments, chat with fellow math majors, and meet our visitor Professor William Velez from the University of Arizona! Dr. Velez is a distinguished educator, researcher and a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

The pizza party will subsequently move from Avery 348 to Avery 351 (possibly to 347 depending on number of attendees) where Dr. Velez will give a presentation on Research and Career Opportunities for Math Majors


Thursday, September 27, at 5:00 pm in Avery 106: Talk by Dr. Pablo Seleson (University of Texas at Austin)

Scientific Research from a Computational Science Perspective

What do computational scientists do and how do they approach scientific problems? Are computational models predictive? This talk will provide an overview of the computational science discipline along with different concepts involved in the design of mathematical models and computational algorithms, with illustrating examples.

Pizza and pop on tap!

Thursday, October 4, at 5:00 pm in Avery 110: Talk by Dr. Pedro Jordan (Naval Research Laboratory)

Selected Topics in Fluid Mechanics and Wave Phenomena: An Introduction

Dr. Jordan is affiliated with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory at NASA's Stennis Space Center. He is an established researcher and the recipient of a number of awards including the Top Scientists/Engineers Award from the U.S. Navy for his work in nonlinear acoustics. In this presentation he will give an introduction to some topics in fluid mechanics, treated at a basic level and with many examples.

Pizza and refreshments served!

This event is sponsored by the Nebraska Math Scholars program.

Thursday October 18 at 5:00 pm in Avery 110: Math Course Preview
Wondering which class to register for? Come hear about Spring 2013 math courses from their instructors. Pizza and soda on tap!

Thursday November 1 at 5:00pm in Avery 111: Panel on graduate school in mathematics
Thinking about graduate school in mathematics? A panel of faculty and grad students will address questions about the application process, life as a grad student, and whether or not grad school in math is right for you. As always there'll be pizza and refreshments!

Friday November 9 at 4:00 pm in Avery 115: 6th Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture
will be given by Dr. Michael Parks from Sandia National Laboratories. The lecture will be preceded by the Pi Mu Epsilon induction ceremony.

Thursday November 15: UNL Math Day!

Saturday, December 1: Putnam Exam

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Spring 2012

Thursday, January 12, at 5:00 pm Avery 347: Talk by Dr. Marta Lewicka (U. Pittsburg)
Title: How to understand shapes of leaves and flowers through Mathematical Analysis and Geometry

Abstract. In certain circumstances, growing tissues such as leaves, flowers or some small marine invertebrate organism develop curious wavy-like patterns, resembling curves and ruffles at the edge of a thorn plastic sheet. It turns out that 'morphogenesis by growth' can be rigorously studied through a mathematical model, in which the distances between points (e.g. cells) are measured in a non-standard way. In this elementary talk, I will try to explain what Mathematical Analysis, Algebra and Geometry have to do with this business.

Preceded by a Brown Bag Lunch with the speaker in Avery 348, 12:30 - 2 pm.
Everyone is welcome! Come to socialize and enjoy the refreshments and sandwiches (first-come, first-served)!

This event is sponsored by the Nebraska Math Scholars program.

January 27-29, 2012
14th Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics.

Thursday, February 2, at 5 pm in Avery 108: Talk by Charles Larrieu (UNL senior math major)
Title: A Friendly Discussion of Light, Space, the Universe, and Everything...And Groups!

Abstract. This talk is mostly meant to be a justification for the statement, "REU's and other Undergraduate Research Experiences are awesome." To this effect, I will speak very generally about some of the mathematical ideas that I studied in the REU on Geometry through Lie Groups last summer at the University of Utah. These ideas include group actions, smashing shapes with textbooks, Cayley Graphs, living in non-Euclidean universes, and light in Einstein's universe.

February 9-13, 2012
Mathematical Contest in Modeling

Thursday, March 1 at 5:00 pm in Avery 106: Talk by graduate student Ashley Weatherwax Johnson
Title: Math in the Future(ama)

Abstract. If you look closely, mathematics appears often in popular culture. In this talk we will look into some appearances of mathematics (and related fields) in the television show Futurama. Knowledge of the show is not a prerequisite for this talk.

Thursday, March 15 at 5:00pm in Avery 19: Course Preview for Fall 2012
Want to know what course to take in the Fall? Come to the preview of upper-level math courses offered in Fall 2012. Faculty teaching these courses will describe the course contents, format, and prerequisites, and answer questions. Pizza served!

Thursday, April 5 at 5 pm in Avery 106: Talk by graduate student Derrick Stolee
Title: Symmetry, Groups, and Graphs

Abstract. Symmetry is something that everyone understands intuitively, since we see it so frequently in art, nature, and ourselves. We will explore a mathematical version of symmetry called group actions. In particular, we will investigate symmetries of combinatorial objects called graphs. Graphs have many practical purposes, but mostly we find that every type of symmetry imaginable can be encoded into a graph.

Thursday, April 12 at 5 pm in Avery 106: Talk by senior math undergraduate Adam Azzam
Title: Sperner's Lemma and its Continuous Corollaries

Abstract. In this talk I will present a celebrated mathematical result known as Sperner's Lemma. While it originated in the context of combinatorics and graph colorings, it also has surprisingly powerful applications to analysis and topology. In particular, I'll use Sperner's Lemma to prove the Intermediate Value Theorem, the Brouwer and Kakutani Fixed Point Theorems (with applications to nonlinear equations), and establish the existence of Nash Equilibria for n-person games with mixed strategies.

Saturday, April 21 2012: Missouri River Valley Undergraduate Math Conference
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Fall 2011

Sunday August 21 at 6:00pm: Big Red Welcome Street Fair
The Math Club and Pi Mu Epsilon will have a table (# 424) setup to welcome new students and let them know about opportunities for undergraduates in mathematics. Free candy!

Thursday August 25 at 5:00pm, Avery 106: First meeting
Interested in the Math Club? Come meet its members and faculty advisors---pizza and pop provided! Dr. Susan Hermiller will give a talk:

Reflections on a planar landscape.

Abstract. We will make a foray into a beautiful interplay between geometry and computer science. For reflections a, b, and c about three lines the plane, a composition of these three functions (for example abaccbcbabcaba) may end up not moving any of the points in the plane. We'll talk about deciding when this happens, and what sort of computer - if any - can determine the answer.


Thursday September 8 at 5:00pm, Avery 108: Panel on graduate school in mathematics
Thinking about graduate school in mathematics? A panel of faculty and grad students will address questions about the application process, life as a grad student, and whether or not grad school in math is right for you. As always there'll be pizza and refreshments!

Friday September 23 at 4:00 pm in Avery 115: Fifth Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture
will be given by Professor Paul Zorn of Saint Olaf College College. The lecture will be preceded by Pi Mu Epsilon induction ceremony.

Thursday October 6 at 5:00pm in Avery 106: Student presentations on summer research activities
Join us for some pizza, refreshments, and listen to Adam Azzam speak about his exciting research work at an REU site this summer:

Embroidering in Hilbert Space.

Abstract. If you ask a first-year calculus student how class is going, they might beg you to "make the derivatives stop!" Underlying this futile request lies a subtle question: how many functions can you "get" by taking the derivative of a given function? Start with a polynomial? The derivative eventually smashes it to zero. Start with sine or cosine? It eventually repeats. Start with an exponential? You can't expect much change. How chaotic can this predictable process of taking derivatives be? Wild. In this talk, I'll present some basic theorems and some new results demonstrating how chaotic these linear functions can be.


Friday October 14: AMS Conference Poster Session
All undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in the Poster session to be held 8:30-9:30pm, Friday, October 14, at the Downtown Holiday Inn. This event will be a part of the Central Section Meeting of the American Mathematical Society. We expect a large crowd so this is a great chance to publicize your work and get to know people! To present a poster submit the abstract the registration page by September 30.

Thursday October 20 at 5:00pm in Avery 106: Math course preview
Wondering which class to register for? Come hear about Spring 2012 math courses from their instructors. Pizza and soda on tap!

November 3: Game night in Avery 348! Come any time between 5 and 10 pm.
Passionate about table games? How about some Chess, Go, Settlers of Catan, Carcassone, Khet, Set? -- All of these and more will be available. Bring your friends, and if there's a particular board game you have and enjoy do feel free to take it along. Pizza and refreshments will be provided, and while you are pondering the next move or savoring a slice of pizza, there will be a short presentation about the Theory of Corresponding Squares in Chess Endgames (no prior chess knowledge required).

Thursday November 10 at 5pm in 110 Avery: Panel on undergraduate research opportunities
This week the Math Club will be holding a panel on undergraduate research opportunities and related mathematical programs. Our panelists will be faculty: Richard Rebarber, who has directed a number of REU sites at UNL, and the chief undergraduate adviser Gordon Woodward; as well as students: Adam Azzam, Amy Been, and Daniel Miller all of whom have participated in various research programs. We'll be discussing both summer research sites (REUs, NSA, SMP, etc.) and programs available during academic year (such as UCARE and Honor's Thesis). And, of course, there'll be PIZZA and refreshments available for consumption!

Thursday November 17: UNL Math Day

Saturday December 3: Putnam Exam

Thursday December 8 at 5 pm in 347 Avery: Talk by Dorea Vierling-Claassen

My path from Math 221 to Neuroscience

Abstract. Since graduating from the UNL math department as an undergrad in 2001, I have been forging a career at the interface of dynamical systems mathematics and cutting-edge experimental neuroscience.
I did my graduate work at Boston University, using differential equations to study brain rhythms in schizophrenia. Since then, I've been doing research in both experimental and computational neuroscience at MIT and Brown University.
In this talk and discussion I'll take you on a whirlwind tour of the biological topics I've researched, via the gateway of my mathematics education, and talk about the career steps that got me from differential equations class my sophomore year to my current work in electrophysiology and computational neuroscience. I'll be looking forward to your questions about mathematics, neuroscience, and how I've balanced family and career.

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Spring 2011

Thursday January 20 at 5:00pm in 106 Avery
Come learn about summer research opportunities. Pizza and pop provided! Chief Undergraduate Advisor Gordon Woodward will discuss summer research programs.

January 28-30, 2011
13th Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Math.

February 10-14, 2011
Mathematical Contest in Modeling

Thursday, February 17 at 5:00pm in Avery 348
Explore the strategies and math behind common games and play some fun games as well. Learn to play Set, Philosopher's Football, and many other games; or bring your own game and teach others! As always, pizza and pop will be provided! This event will also double as an organizational meeting to hear what events you, the member of math club, would like to have for the remainder of the semester!

Thursday, March 10 at 5:00pm in Avery 12
Interested in learning about (La)TeX, the standard tool for typesetting mathematics? Come to a workshop for beginners and TeXperts alike.

Thursday March 17 at 5:00pm in 108 Avery
Want to know what course to take in the fall? Come to the preview of upper-level math courses offered in Fall 2011. Faculty teaching these courses will briefly describe the course contents, format, and prerequisites, and answer questions. Pizza served!

Thursday, April 7 at 5:00pm in 106 Avery
UNL Math Professor Daniel Toundykov will speak on "Efficient multiplication with the Fast Fourier Transform":

Abstract: Fast arithmetic for large numbers, hundreds or thousands of digits in length, has become increasingly important in number theory research, combinatorics problems, cryptography, and arbitrary-precision computing. However, even specialized computer processors are limited to about 19 significant digits per operation, and must be supplemented by software algorithms to handle higher-precision arithmetic. The standard long division and multiplication procedures are too inefficient for this purpose. I will describe the ideas behind the fastest known multiplication algorithms based on the discrete Fourier transform, and discuss connections of integer multiplication with algebra and complex analysis.

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Fall 2010

Sunday August 22 at 6:00pm: Big Red Welcome Street Fair
The Math Club, Pi Mu Epsilon, and the Women's Undergraduate Math Network will have a table setup to welcome new students and let them know about opportunities for undergraduates in mathematics. Free candy!

Thursday August 26 at 5:00pm in 119 Avery: First meeting
Interested in the Math Club? Come meet its members and faculty advisors---pizza and pop provided! Dr. Carina Curto will also speak on "How math helps us listen to neurons in the brain."

Thursday September 16 at 5:00pm in 108 Avery: Panel on graduate school in mathematics
Thinking about graduate school in mathematics? A panel of faculty and grad students will address questions about the application process, life as a grad student, and whether or not grad school in math is right for you. Pizza and pop provided!

Thursday October 14 at 5:00pm in 110 Avery: Student Talks on Summer Mathematics Experiences
Come and hear UNL students Adam Azzam and Ryan Hotovy talk about their mathematical activities this past summer. Pizza and pop served!

Wednesday October 20 at 5:00pm in 111 Avery (sponsored by WUMN)
Dr. David Taylor from Roanoke College will speak on "Monty Hall's Sudoku Puzzles". Pizza and pop provided!

Thursday October 21 at 5:00pm in 110 Avery: Math course preview
Come hear about spring 2011 math courses from their instructors. Pizza and pop provided!

Tuesday October 26 at 5:00pm in 110 Avery
Dr. Josh Laison from Willamette University will speak on "Prime Distance Graphs: Making Difficult Problems Seem Easier Using Pretty Diagrams".
Abstract. A graph is a prime distance graph if its vertices can be labeled with distinct integers such that for any two adjacent vertices, the difference of their labels is prime. Surprisingly, some well-known theorems and longstanding conjectures in number theory are closely connected to questions about prime distance graphs. In this talk we'll investigate some of these connections and fail to prove any of the longstanding conjectures. No previous knowledge of graph theory or number theory will be assumed.
Pizza and pop provided!

Monday November 1 at 4:00pm in 115 Avery: Fourth Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture
Prof. James Sellers of Penn State will speak on "Revisiting What Euler and the Bernoullis Knew About Convergent Infinite Series".

Tuesday November 9
UNL Math Day.

Thursday November 11 at 5:00pm in 348 Avery (lounge): Masters Week
Therese McGuire will be at UNL as the College of Arts and Sciences Master for masters' week. She is an alumna of UNL, with dual majors in math and economics. She went on to receive a PhD in economics at Princeton and to have a distinguished career at Northwestern.

Saturday December 4
Putnam Exam.

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Spring 2010

Thursday January 21 at 5:00pm in 110 Avery
Come learn about summer research opportunities. Pizza and pop provided! Chief Undergraduate Advisor Gordon Woodward will discuss summer research opportunities, and Tyler Lemburg will give a talk entitled

Baseball Cards and Matrices

Suppose a collector wants to collect a complete set of n unique baseball cards, and he can collect p unique cards in a pack at one time, with replacement. What is the probability he will have his complete set after buying t packs? This ``Baseball Card Collector's Problem", also known as the ``Coupon Collector's Problem", has been thoroughly studied for p=1. However, say the collector wants to have c complete sets instead of just 1. To answer the above question in this case, basic inclusion/exclusion combinatorics will not suffice. Instead, transition matrices representing the probability of going between certain states in the problem give us the tools to formulate probabilities for c=2 and p=1. Tools for higher c and p are demonstrated, but the solutions become very complex. This research was carried out at the Clemson University summer REU, which will be highlighted in the talk.

January 29-31, 2010
12th Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Math.

Thursday February 11 at 5:00pm in 348 Avery
Games night! Come join us as we explore the tricks behind common games and learn some new ones. Pizza and pop will be provided!

February 18-22, 2010
Mathematical Contest in Modeling

Thursday February 25 at 5:00pm in 112 Avery
How high can you jump? Ira Papick will speak about an interesting checker jumping problem discovered by John Conway of Princeton University. If there is time, Ira will also discuss a three dimension generalization of this problem that a colleague and he published in the late seventies.

Thursday March 25 at 5:00pm in 110 Avery
Want to know what course to take in the fall? Come to the preview of upper-level math courses offered in Fall 2010. Faculty teaching these courses will briefly describe the course contents, format, and prerequisites, and answer questions. Pizza served!

Thursday April 22 at 5:00pm in 109 Avery
Induction of new members into Pi Mu Epsilon. All members of Pi Mu Epsilon are invited to join us for dinner afterwards.

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Fall 2009

Sunday August 23 at 6:00pm
Big Red Welcome Festival! The Math Club, Pi Mu Epsilon, and the Women's Undergraduate Math Network will have two tables setup to welcome new students and let them know about opportunities for undergraduates in mathematics. Free candy!

Thursday August 27 at 5:00pm in 106 Avery
First meeting of the semester! We'll introduce the officers and faculty advisors and describe upcoming events. Prof. Steve Dunbar will also talk about Mathematics in the Markets: Probability, Rationality, and a little History. Pizza and pop served!

Thursday September 17 at 5:00pm in 111 Avery
Informational meeting on graduate programs in mathematics: Thinking about graduate school in mathematics? A panel of faculty and grad students will address questions about the application process, life as a grad student, and whether or not grad school in math is right for you. Pizza and pop served!

Thursday October 1 at 5:00pm in 119 Avery (cosponsored by WUMN)
Come and hear from two UNL students about the research they did this past summer! Pizza and pop served!

Tuesday October 13 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm in Nebraska Union
RSO Fair! The Math Club, Pi Mu Epsilon, and the Women's Undergraduate Math Network will have a table setup to advertise our organizations and to let them know about opportunities for undergraduates in mathematics. Free candy!

Thursday October 15 at 5:00pm in 119 Avery
Want to know what course to take in the spring? Come to the preview of upper-level math courses offered in Spring 2010. Faculty teaching these courses will briefly describe the course contents, format, and prerequisites, and answer questions. Pizza served!

Friday November 6 at 4:00pm in 115 Avery
Third Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture: Prof Andrew Rich of Manchester College, Indiana.

Thursday November 12
UNL Math Day.

Thursday November 19 at 5:00pm in 110 Avery (cosponsored by WUMN)
Come and hear from UNL students about their mathematical activities this past summer! Pizza and pop served!

Saturday December 5
Putnam Exam.

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Spring 2009

Thursday January 15 at 5:00pm in 106 Avery
Learn about how to apply for research experiences such as REU, UCARE, and Honor Thesis. Listen to several presentations of research done by undergraduates. National Science Foundation REU website

January 30-February 1, 2009
11th Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Math.

February 5-9, 2009
Mathematical Contest in Modeling

Wednesday February 25 at 5:00pm in 351 Avery
Collin Bleak will speak about measuring symmetry with groups and defining groups by actions. Pizza served!

Thursday March 5 at 5:00 pm in 111 Avery
Lorena Bociu, UNL, "Why should I study math?": Find out about careers in math! Sponsored by WUMN.

Thursday March 12 at 5:00pm in 348 Avery
Want to know what course to take in the fall? Come to the preview of upper-level math courses offered in Fall 2009. Faculty teaching these courses will briefly describe the course contents, format, and prerequisites, and answer questions. Pizza served!

Thursday April 9 at 5:00pm in 115 Avery
Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture: Dr. Gwen Fisher will speak about Visualizing Symmetry: How I Use Symmetry Groups in My Art.

Thursday April 23 at 5:00pm in 118 Avery
Presentation on this year's Math Contest in Modeling and our team's solution; and Pi Mu Epsilon inductions. Members of Pi Mu Epsilon are invited to join us for dinner afterwards.

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Fall 2008

Thursday August 28 at 5:00pm in 108 Avery
Welcome Meeting: Come and meet current and new members of the Math Club, see fun math, hear about events for the semester, and eat pizza!

Thursday September 4 at 5:00pm in 106 Avery
Jamie Radcliffe will give an exciting lecture about the game of SET. Pizza served!

Thursday October 2 at 5:00pm in 112 Avery
Libby Beer, a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University, will be speaking. Sponsored by WUMN.

Thursday October 30 at 5:00pm in 348 Avery (lounge)
Want to know what course to take next semester? Come to the preview of upper-level math courses offered in Spring 2009. Faculty teaching these courses will briefly describe the course contents, format, and prerequisites, and answer questions. Pizza served!

Thursday November 20 at 5:00pm in 106 Avery
Learn everything you want to know about how to apply to graduate school. Come and listen to a panel of faculty and graduate students talk about the grad school experience. Pizza served!

Friday November 21 at 3:30pm in 115 Avery
The film Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem will be shown. Julia Robinson was a famous American mathematician, and the first woman president of the American Mathematical Society.

Saturday December 6
Putnam Exam

Thursday December 11 at 5:00pm at East Campus Union
Bowling! Meet at East Campus Union for pizza and bowling.

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