College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Math & Actuarial Science

Our New Faculty Members

The department welcomes Philip Mummert, Ph.D, as our new tenure-track professor.  Dr. Mummert earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University and previously taught at Taylor University. His specialty is discrete dynamics.

The department also welcomes Brandon Neese, Ph.D., a Visiting Assistant Professor. for the fall semester 2014.  Dr. Neese earned his M.A. from the University of Southern California and his Ph.D. from Indiana University.

Mathematic s & Actuarial Science Colloquium Speakers

Jim Kunce, Senior Vice President & Chief Actuary for Medical Protective 
Friday, November 7, 201

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Assessing risk in today's dynamic healthcare environment is a tall order. EnsuringMedPro charges each insured a fair premium based on their own risk profile is paramount to our mission. Mr. Kunce, in collaborates with the experienced MedPro Actuarial team which continually strives to apply and refine the latest statistical and predictive modeling techniques to create an accurate and fair price for each unique practice or facility.

Mr. Kunce, a 1994 University of Kansas graduate in Physics and Astronomy, is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuary Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He is responsible for all aspects of Medical Protective's actuarial functions including pricing, ratemaking, reserving and system implementation.

James J. Woods guest speaker

William Dunham
"From the Mendelian Gene to the Dynamic Genome"
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 - 7:30 p.m., Reilly Room

Almost fifty years ago, Cambridge University Press published the correspondence of Isaac Newton, a seven-volume, 3000-page collection of letters that provide insight into this great, if difficult, genius. Dunham will share his favorite examples of Newton as correspondent.  From his earliest known letter in 1661 (where he scolded a friend for being drunk), through exchanges with Leibniz, Locke, and others, to documents from his days at the Mint in London, these writings give glimpses of Newton at his best … and his worst.  He will end by discussing Newton's most-quoted line about standing on the shoulders of giants and describe how his search for its place of origin led him, improbably, to a library in Philadelphia.

William Dunham, a historian of mathematics, is retired after 22 years as the Koehler Professor of Mathematics at Muhlenberg College.  As a visiting professor at Harvard University, he taught a semester course on the mathematics of Leonhard Euler at Harvard University in both 2008 and 2013, and he also held a visiting appointment at Princeton University in the spring of 2014. He is currently a visit at the University of Pennsylvania and serves as the MAA's George Pólya Lecturer.

Previous 2014/2015 Colloquium Speakers

  Dr. Bridget Tenner, De Paul Universit y

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"Non-Messing-Up: A Surprising Sorting Result"
Friday, September 12, 2014, 3:00 pm in JH 236, 

Dr. Tenner discussed a sorting phenomenon for data in a rectangular array, called the "non-messing-up" property.  Consider a collection of distinct numbers arranged in a rectangle.  The non-messing-up property says that if you put the numbers of each row into increasing order, and then do the same thing to the (possibly new) numbers of each column, then the "possibly new" numbers in each row will still be in increasing order.  In other words, the "increasing order" feature of the rows doesn't get messed up, even though the values in the rows may change!  We will explore what it means to generalize this property and will look at some of these generalizations in detail. 


Jeremy Walthall, Butler University, CLAS Internship and Career Advisor

"Show the World You are Awesome: Market Your Math & Actuarial Science Skills"
Friday, September 9, 2014, Jordan Hall Room 236, 3:00 p.m. 

Jeremy Walthall gave tips on presenting yourself well in job interviews, getting great internships,
and formulating a CV and cover letter that will make you stand out!  Students learned how to look like a Mathematics and Actuarial Science ROCK STAR! This invaluable colloquium was suited for all students from freshmen to seniors.  It's never too early to start planning for your future!  

Complete list of the  2014/2015 colloquium speakers.


Gunner Johnson receives Second Team All Big East recognition

Check out the honor that Gunner received as an outstanding Butler baseball player at

Graduation Reception May 10, 2014

Department faculty welcomed graduating majors and their families and friends to a reception following the graduation ceremony.  The event was held in Robertson Hall.  This provided a great opportunity for faculty to meet families and congratulate the new graduates.

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Aaron Schlenker, Dr. Bill Johnston, Molly Anderson

Mc Vey Shull Smith Garvin 2014   

Joel McVey, Laura Shull, Nathan Smith, Emily Garvin

   Maria Michelle Krohn Leatherman 2014 Web

Maria Jansen, Michelle Jansen, Dr. Mary Krohn, Prof. Duane Leatherman 

Our New Faculty Member

The department welcomes Philip Mummert, Ph.D, as our new tenure-track professor.  Dr. Mummert earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University and previously taught at Taylor University. His specialty is discrete dynamics. 


Mathematics & Actuarial Science Colloquium Speakers

Undergraduate Research Conference April 11, 2014

Aaron Schlenker presented the results of his research at the URC on April 11, 2014. A mathematics and computer science major, Aaron's research was titled Generalized Mandelbrot Sets and Their Algorithms.


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Aaron Schlenker's presentation at the Undergraduate
Research Conference on April 11, 2014












MAA Scavenger Hunt 2014

The MAA student chapter hosted its annual scavenger hunt for high school teams on March 1, 2014. The event concludes at approximately 12:30-1:00 p.m. after prizes are awarded. Lunch was included for all attendees.

The event was an exciting morning with high school teams competing for prizes as they hunted for the solutions to mathematical problems. Each team was led by a Butler student member of the Mathematical Association of America club.  For more information concerning the 2015 MAA Scavenger Hunt, please contact Rena Duerksen ( or Professor Kathie Freed(mailto:kfreed@butler.ed

The Department Fall Picnic 2014

The department hosted the annual student/faculty picnic for all mathematics and actuarial science majors at Professor Duane Leatherman's residence in Resco "D" Unit on Thursday, September 11, 4:00-6:00 pm.