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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

North Dakota Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (NDUMC)
Saturday, September 20, 2014 Minot State University Minot, ND

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Doğan Çömez to Speak On From Order To Chaos, . . ., And Back To Order.

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: Many simple, seemingly ordered, physical systems exhibit unpredictable behavior if the initial condition is slightly altered. Such systems are called chaotic. Over the years, mathematicians developed numerous techniques while trying to understand and analyze chaotic systems. As a consequence, not only we have quite a good insight of chaotic systems, the tools developed for this purpose enabled mathematicians to study many other complicated dynamical systems (modeling various physical phenomena) as well as to discover and study new type of dynamical systems. In this talk, I will develop some of these tools and concepts using simple examples and provide some interesting applications into fractal systems. The talk is accessible to anyone who has a basic understanding of linear algebra and properties of the real number system.

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Joel Iiams to Speak On Vanilla, Crunch, Separation Anxiety, and Survivors

Joel Iiams started his academic career at what was then Mesa State College. He then spent the next nine years at Colorado State University. He earned his PhD under the guidance of Robert A. Liebler. He has been a member of the mathematics department at UND since 1995. He is currently a full professor and chair of the department. He is a 25-year member of the Mathematical Association of America and is currently serving as President of the North Central Section.

ABSTRACT:The mathematics in this talk came about from a strange sequence of events. It began with a series of poker games I participated in while I was in graduate school. It so happens that that is where I met the boss, my wife. Next, I was repeatedly assigned to teach Math208 - Discrete Mathematics. Here I began to perfect the _ne art of student torture - which most people call teaching. Finally, I had the dubious pleasure of playing poker with a particular electrical engineer. The moral of the story is: Be careful who you play poker with.

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

Location: Minot State University Model Hall

Minot State University is hosting the second North Dakota Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (NDUMC) on September 20, 2014 . 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 16, 2014.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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