Seventh Annual


All talks are open to the entire UNL Community

Friday, February 4, 2005

Welcome and Registration, Burnett 119
There will be soft drinks and snacks at the registration

Opening Session, Burnett 115
Welcome: Wendy Hines, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Remarks: Donal Burns, Associate Vice President and Provost, University of Nebraska

3:45 - 4:45
Plenary Session I, Burnett 115
Susan Friedlander, University of Illinois at Chicago
A World of Instabilities

Break, Burnett 119
Special Session, Burnett 115
5:00 - 5:15
Sandra Speiser, National Security Agency
NSA Opportunities
Sylvia Wiegand, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
NSF Opportunities and AWM Opportunities
Murli Gupta, George Washington University
Summer Program for Women in Mathematics
Group Photo, Embassy Suites Hotel - Regency Room

Banquet, Embassy Suites Hotel - Regency Room
Remarks: Ellen Weissinger, Executive Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Panel Discussion: Life as a Mathematician
Panelists: Alissa Crans, Loyola Marymount University
  Susan Friedlander, University of Illinois at Chicago
  Dora Matache, University of Nebraska-Omaha
  Claudia Polini, University of Notre Dame
  Dorea Vierling-Claasen, Boston University
  Judy Walker, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Moderator: Wendy Hines, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Saturday, February 5, 2005

Continental Breakfast, Avery 348

Session 1 - Presentations by Undergraduate Participants
Mathematical Ecology, Avery 106 (Chair: Brigitte Tenhumberg)
Graph Theory and Coding Theory, Avery 110 (Chair: Claudia Polini)

8:30 - 8:45
Avery 106
Elizabeth Martin, University of Tennessee
Biological competition: a microcosmic view
Avery 110
Katherine Morrison, Swarthmore College
On the optimality of Huffman coding in data compression

8:50 - 9:05
Avery 106
Amber Russell, Mississippi State University
Positive solutions to a diffusive logistic equation with constant yield harvesting
Avery 110
Chloe Epstein, Ithaca College
The nature of path lengths in binary asymmetric fractal trees

9:10 - 9:25
Avery 106
Nancy Newren, University of Utah
A mathematical model of tri-trophic interactions of predator, prey/herbivore, producer
Avery 110
Margaret Doig, University of Notre Dame
Braid groups and right-angled Artin groups

Short Break, Avery 348

Panel Discussion: Going to Graduate School?, Burnett 115
Panelists: Alissa Crans, Loyola Marymount University
  Carina Curto, Duke University
  Susan Friedlander, University of Illinois at Chicago
  Roger Wiegand, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Moderator: Jim Lewis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Break, Avery 348

Session 2 - Presentations by Undergraduate Participants
Algebra, Avery 106 (Chair: Sylvia Wiegand)
Mathematical Biology, Avery 110 (Chair: Sue Geller)

11:00 - 11:15
Avery 106
Lori McDonnell, University of Akron
Properties and roots of generalized Fibonacci polynomials
Avery 110
Mihaela Krasteva, Mount Holyoke College
Mouse HIV, noisy zeros, and the singular value decomposition

11:20 - 11:35
Avery 106
Zajj Daugherty, Harvey Mudd College
An algebraic approach to voting theory
Avery 110
Jennifer Dieringer, Texas A&M University
Prediction of the first water shell of a protein

11:40 - 11:55
Avery 106
Denise Terry, University of Redlands
Extraction degree of zero sequences of finite Abelian groups
Avery 110
Tanya Kazakova, Marymount University
Mitigation strategies for a smallpox outbreak using optimal control

Lunch, Wick Alumni Center, 1520 R Street (corner of 16th & R)
Note: The plenary speakers, panelists, invited graduate students, and members of the organizing committee have agreed to sit at assigned tables so that participants can have an opportunity to talk with them informally. Check the packet of bios for table assignments.

1:30 - 2:30
Plenary Session II, Burnett 115
Margaret Wright, New York University
Adventures in Optimization

Session 3 - Presentations by Undergraduate Participants
Graph Theory and Combinatorics, Avery 106 (Chair: Sandra Speiser)
Miscellaneous, Avery 110 (Chair: Sharon Frechette)

2:40 - 2:55
Avery 106
Jackie Kaminski, Xavier University
Snark embeddings
Avery 110
Amanda Criner, University of Maine
Internet epidemiology

3:00 - 3:15
Avery 106
Gwen Spencer, Harvey Mudd College
Combinatiorial consequences of LSB-related theorems
Avery 110
Ellen Gasparovic, College of the Holy Cross
Partition functions and modular forms

3:20 - 3:35
Avery 106
Jenna Hammang, Valparaiso University
The cubed colored cubes problem
Avery 110
Jennifer Leahy, Mount Holyoke College
The movement of periodic points

Poster Session, Avery 119
Snacks, Avery 348

Session 4 - Presentations by Undergraduate Participants
Knot Theory, Avery 106 (Chair: Alissa Crans)
Recreational Mathematics, Avery 110 (Chair: Dora Matache)

4:45 - 5:00
Avery 106
Sara Frietze, Loyola Marymount University
Knot invariants: the Alexander polynomial
Avery 110
Stephanie Kuenzel, Regis University
Solving the RUBIK’S Cube

5:00 - 5:15
Avery 106
Lucy Spardy, Duquesne University
Describing the shape of ropelength-minimized knots
Avery 110
Jackie Van Ryzin, St. Norbert College
Sumthing special: the N festivals of the season

Dinner (see Restaurant Guide)

Game Night, Embassy Suites, Alumni Room

Sunday, February 6, 2005

Continental breakfast, Avery 348

Session 5 - Presentations by Undergraduate Participants
Geometry, Avery 106 (Chair?)
Numerical Analysis, Avery 110 (Chair: Margaret Wright)

8:30 - 8:45
Avery 106
Sarah Mall, St. Edward’s University
The DNA inequality for a non-convex cell
Avery 110
Laura Lynch, Florida Atlantic University
Numerical integration of linear and nonlinear wave equations

8:50 - 9:05
Avery 106
Amber Anderson, Minnesota State University – Moorhead
Conic sections with the Minkowski metric
Avery 110
Daniela Banu, Hope College
Regularizing the Volterra integral equation of the first kind

9:10 - 9:25
Avery 110
Melissa Ackerman, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Linear algebra in the ensemble forecast method

9:10 - 9:45
Avery 106
Emily Banks, Laura Hudson, Elizabeth Miller, Carleton College
Spinning a vertex, tracing a point, how circles are made

Break, Avery 348

Panel Discussion: Careers in Mathematics, Burnett 115
Panelists: Dora Matache, University of Nebraska-Omaha
  Claudia Polini, University of Notre Dame
  Sandra Speiser, National Security Agency
  Margaret Wright, New York University
Moderator: Richard Rebarber, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Conference Wrap-up, Burnett 115
Remarks: John Meakin, Chair of the UNL Department of Mathematics