Eighth Annual


All talks are open to the entire UNL Community

Friday, February 3, 2006

Welcome and Registration, City Campus Nebraska Union Auditorium, Rm. 211
There will be soft drinks and snacks at the registration

Opening Session, City Campus Nebraska Union Auditorium, Rm. 211
Welcome: Judy Walker, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Remarks: J.B. Milliken, President, University of Nebraska

3:45 - 4:45
Plenary Session I, City Campus Nebraska Union Auditorium, Rm. 211
Lenore Blum, Carnegie Mellon University
Computing over the reals: where Turing meets Newton

Break, City Campus Nebraska Union Auditorium, Rm. 211
Opportunities from Federal Agencies, City Campus Nebraska Union Auditorium, Rm. 211
Michelle Wagner, National Security Agency
Lloyd Douglas, National Science Foundation
Banquet, Holiday Inn
Speaker: Bettye Anne Case, Florida State University

Saturday, February 4, 2006

Continental Breakfast, CBA Courtyard

Session 1 - Presentations by Undergraduate Participants
Graph Theory, CBA 143 (Chair: Christine Heitsch)
Statistics and Financial Mathematics, CBA 025 (Chair: Kristie Pfabe)
Number Theory, CBA 128 (Chair: Andrea Frazier)

8:30 - 8:45
CBA 143
Sarah Bleiler, Seton Hall University
A surgery reducing the number of spanning trees for certain threshold graphs
CBA 025
Aubrey Komorowski, Duquesne University
Independence models, likelihood ratio tests, and a side of bacon
CBA 128
Pam Welch, Nazareth College of Rochester
Partitions of integers

8:50 - 9:05
CBA 143
Diana Carr, Central College
The congestion of graphs
CBA 025
Tabitha Huntemann, St. Mary's College of Maryland
A simple method for parameter estimation for the left-truncated normal distribution
CBA 128
Lola Thompson, University of Chicago
Impartial combinatorial games and the field ON2

9:10 - 9:25
CBA 143
Elizabeth Hayden, Coe College
Finding short paths, minimal cutsets, and enumerations of graphs
CBA 025
Shengjie Guo, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Topics in financial mathematics
CBA 128
Kensey Riley, Truman State University
On the frequency and generation of Sturmian and one-dimensional cut and project sequences

Short Break, CBA Courtyard

Panel Discussion: Careers Using Mathematics, Love Library Auditorium
Panelists: Lenore Blum, Carnegie Mellon University
  Christine Heitsch, University of Washington
  Laura S. Kang, Boeing
  Krista Taylor, Shawnee State University
  Michelle D. Wagner, National Security Agency
Moderator: Lloyd Douglas, National Science Foundation

Break, CBA Courtyard

Session 2 - Presentations by Undergraduate Participants
Graph Theory, CBA 143 (Chair: Amelia Taylor)
Mathematical Biology, CBA 025 (Chair: Richard Rebarber)
General, CBA 128 (Chair: Sue Geller)

11:00 - 11:15
CBA 143
Diane Lunman, Nazareth College of Rochester
Applications of covering maps to spectral theory of graphs
CBA 025
Jennifer Houle, University of Maine
A spatial population model on a dynamic heterogenous landscape
CBA 128
Heather Anderton, Houghton College
Shanille shoots baskets: a generalization of a 2002 Putnam Exam contest problem

11:20 - 11:35
CBA 143
Tricia Profic, Canisius College
Covers, Laplacians, and Kesten's theorem
CBA 025
Jessica Schaefer, Northern Arizona University
Diffusive equations with non-constant harvesting
CBA 128
Brittany Mosby, Spelman College
Elliptic curve applications in number theory and cryptography

11:40 - 11:55
CBA 143
Eliana Hechter, University of Washington
Embeddings of circular planar graphs
CBA 025
Nancy Newren, University of Utah
Wild population augmentation from reserve populations
CBA 128
Traci Baker, Cathy George, and Laura Smith, Northwest Missouri State University
Observations and recommendations for reading mathematics

Group Photo, Nebraska Union
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.

2:00 - 3:00
Plenary Session II, Love Library Auditorium
Krystyna Kuperberg, Auburn University
From fixed points to dynamics

Session 3 - Presentations by Undergraduate Participants
Graph Theory and Optimization, CBA 143 (Chair: Laura S. Kang)
Mathematical Biology, CBA 025 (Chair: Brigitte Tenhumberg)
Analysis, CBA 128 (Chair: Wendy Hines)

3:10 - 3:25
CBA 143
Colleen Hughes, Denison University
The Steiner problem on a wide cone
CBA 025
Alyson Deines, Kansas State University
Robustness and transients applied to falcon harvesting
CBA 128
Erica Zrubek, Texas A&M University
Finite-interval wavelet sets

3:30 - 3:45
CBA 143
Sharon Hutton, Baylor University
Totally unimodular matrices and graphs
CBA 025
Amy Keighley, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Cheetah conservation
CBA 128
Kim Meyer and Kelly Houston, University of Louisville
Small subsets of the real line

3:50 - 4:05
CBA 143
Candace Selneck, Emmanuel College
An optimal algorithm for a course scheduling problem
CBA 025
Joy Kogut, Simmons College
Modeling invasive species

Poster Session, CBA, main north-south hallway
Snacks, CBA Courtyard

Session 4 - Presentations by Undergraduate Participants
Knot Theory, CBA 143 (Chair: Krystyna Kuperberg)
Algebra, CBA 025 (Chair: Sue Geller)
Analysis, CBA 128 (Chair: Al Peterson)

5:15 - 5:30
CBA 143
Debbie Witczak, Benedictine University
The arccos(-1/3) regular stick number of knots
CBA 025
Daniela Banu, Hope College
Presentations and representations of metacyclic groups
CBA 128
Heather Rosenblatt, University of Missouri
A general converse theorem for mean value theorems in linear elasticity

5:35 - 5:50
CBA 143
Melanie DeVries, University of Iowa
Technology and the knot table
CBA 025
Sarah Gilles, St. Olaf College
Selfatopes and their properties
CBA 128
Laura Cannon, Brigham Young University
Minimal surfaces and harmonic shearing

Dinner (see Restaurant Guide)

Game Night, Missouri and Niobrara Rooms, Holiday Inn

Sunday, February 5, 2006

Continental breakfast, CBA Courtyard

Session 5 - Presentations by Undergraduate Participants
Discrete Mathematics, CBA 143 (Chair: Kathy Bartley)
Analysis, CBA 025 (Chair: David Pitts)
Combinatorics, CBA 128 (Chair: Ellen Veomett)

8:30 - 8:45
CBA 143
Maureen Jackson, Lafayette College
The mathematics behind the game of SET
CBA 025
Rachel Saul, Texas A&M University
Tight frames in R^2
CBA 128
Emma Millman, Gettysburg College
On cutsets in the Boolean lattice

8:50 - 9:05
CBA 143
Sara Rowell, Xavier University
Using sets of winning coalitions to generate feasible Banzhaf power distributions
CBA 025
Megan Gallant, Trinity University
Periodic points in maps with f-invariant delta-scrambled sets
CBA 128
Margie Leopold, Regis University
Tropical mathematics in polynomials

9:10 - 9:25
CBA 143
Robyn Wolfe, Shippensburg University
Banzhaf power index applied to the 2005 German elections
CBA 025
Ashley Askew, Clayton State University
The delta derivative of the sine and cosine functions on time scales

Break, CBA Courtyard

Panel Discussion: Choosing a Mathematics Graduate Program, Love Library Auditorium
Panelists: Bettye Anne Case, Florida State University
  Cindy Farthing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1999 NCUWM participant
  Krystyna Kuperberg, Auburn University
  Jennifer Leahy, University of Arizona
  Andrea Watkins, Duke University
  Roger Wiegand, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Moderator: Jim Lewis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Conference Wrap-up, Love Library Auditorium
Remarks: John Meakin, Chair of the UNL Department of Mathematics