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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

North Dakota Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (NDUMC)
Saturday, September 21, 2013 Minot State University Minot, ND

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Doğan Çömez to Speak On The Mathematics of Modern Communication

Doğan Çömez studied mathematics at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and received his PhD degree in mathematics from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Following a two year teaching experience in his alma mater, he joined the Department of Mathematics at North Dakota State University in 1985.  His main research interest is in dynamical systems and operator ergodic theory, particularly on the convergence of additive or superadditive processes and ergodic Hilbert transform.  He has also been involved in various interdisciplinary research collaborations in pharmaceutical science, in operations research, and in mathematics and science education.  He has made numerous mathematical presentations for the 4-H Club, the Kiwanis Club, Sonya Kovalevski Math Days and the North Dakota Governor’s School. He is a leading advocate for departmental programs aimed to attract students to Science and Mathematics. He is currently the director of the GraSUS Program (originally NSF-funded, currently institutionalized at NDSU) that places graduate students in local high schools, and the ND-PRIME Project (funded by North Dakota State DPI) that provides professional development for K-12 mathematics teachers.

ABSTRACT: Over the last 100 years our means of communication have been improved and increased, both in variety and quality, in numerous ways; and this change/increase is continuing in a faster pace.  With the advance of computer technology, new and more effective means of communication have been introduced.  Although the general public may not be well aware of it, mathematics is one of the main factors that contributed to this change.  None of the modern means of communication we have today (telephone, telex, fax, e-mail, radio, television, mobile phone, etc.) would be possible without innovative use of mathematical concepts.  Surprisingly, many of the concepts that made all these technological advances possible are those that form a part of typical math curriculum in our universities.  In this talk, I will discuss some of these concepts and how they are utilized in communication technology.  Some of these concepts are part of capstone projects or undergraduate research projects of students at NDSU whom I advised.

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Ryan Zerr to Speak On Being Mathematically Inquisitive: How a Simple Beginning Can Lead to a Wealth of Interesting Questions

Ryan Zerr is a Professor and the Associate Chair in the Mathematics Department at the University of North Dakota. His background is in operator algebras, but he’s had the pleasure to work with a number of undergraduate students on research projects in dynamical systems.He is also very interested in undergraduate education generally, devoting considerable time to teaching a wide variety of undergraduate courses in mathematics, as well as directing UND’s First-Year Seminar Program.

ABSTRACT: What is mathematical research, and where does one get started?  There are many answers to this question, but they all likely involve being mathematically inquisitive – wondering about the nature and behavior of mathematical “things.”  This talk will show how a surprisingly simple starting point, along with a bit of curiosity, has led to a variety of mathematical research questions accessible to both high school and undergraduate students.

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Central

Location: Minot State University Model Hall

Minot State University is hosting the first North Dakota Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (NDUMC) on September 21, 2013 . The NDUMC is a one-day meeting designed to provide an opportunity for undergraduate and high-school students to present their mathematical research or projects in a professional setting. Students are strongly encouraged to present in the areas of mathematics, and mathematics education. Students who do not present in the conference are also strongly encouraged to attend and learn more about mathematics and potential mathematics careers. The North Dakota Undergraduate Mathematics Conference will feature:
The North Dakota Undergraduate Mathematics Conference is free for all participants but pre-registration is required by September 14, 2013.Lunch and other light snacks will be provided throughout the conference.

Funding for the 2013 North Dakota Undergraduate Mathematics Conference is provided by NSF grant DMS-0846477 through the MAA Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences program,and supported with additional funds by the department of mathematics at Minot State University

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