Spring 2019

Thursday-Monday, January 24-28: The COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling

Math Club will organize training sessions for these contests for interested students.

Friday - Sunday, January 25-27: The 21st annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics

Participate in this conference for an opportunity to meet outstanding women undergraduates who share your interest in the mathematical sciences. Many of the undergraduate participants, who have already done research, will present their results.

Thursday, January 31, 5-6 pm in 351 Avery Hall: How to land the perfect job
Kristen Aldrich and Megan Savage, two career coaches from the UNL career services center, will offer tips and answer questions on searching for employment, navigating career fairs and job interviews.
Thursday, February 21 5-6 pm in 351 Avery Hall: Career Perspectives in Math Lecture

Using Math to Save Lives

Presentation by Lucas Sabalka, senior research officer at Ocuvera.

I think of mathematicians as problem solvers. I’ve been lucky enough in my career to be able to think about plenty of interesting problems. I’ll talk about a few of them, including predicting algal blooms in lakes, modeling the efficiency of next-generation solar cells, and creating 3-D scans of people for form-fitted braces. My current job is with a company called Ocuvera, where the math I do is used to prevent people from falling in the hospital, literally saving lives. My job is to create and train the algorithms we use to find and monitor each patient and teach the computer what behavior increases a patient’s risk of falling. If the algorithms think that a patient is doing something dangerous, our system sends a live streaming video to nurses so they can see what’s happening and respond appropriately: see that the alert is a false alarm, communicate to the patient that they’re on their way, or get to the patient as fast as possible.

Thursday, March 14, 5-6 pm in 351 Avery Hall: Countering Gerrymandering with Math

Presentation by professor Steven Dunbar

Gerrymandering is the age-old practice of manipulating voting districts for partisan gain. Recently there has been a surge of interest in using mathematics to detect and study gerrymandering. In fact, this topic is currently a combination of law, political science, politics and mathematics.

This talk will focus on a particular aspect of the mathematics behind the study of gerrymandering, namely the efficiency gap. This is an algebraic formula which appeared in arguments before the Supreme Court last October. Prerequisites for this talk are at the level of calculus and elementary algebra.

Thursday, March 28, 5-6 pm in 351 Avery Hall: Course Preview for Fall 2019

Come find out about upper level math classes for the Fall 2019 semester from the instructors teaching these classes.

Saturday, March 30, 1-5 pm in 106 Avery Hall: 1st UNL Undergraduate Math Day

Come participate in a quiz bowl-style event to have fun and earn prizes. All majors are welcome. Students who have taken any of the following classes: MATH 106, 107, 208, 221, and 314 are especially encouraged to participate.

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