News and Upcoming Events
Mathematics & Actuarial Science Colloquium Speakers
"Solving World Hunger with Free Groups!"
Amanda Harsy Ramsey
Ph. D. stuent at IUPUI and newest adjust faculty member of
the Mathematics and Actuarial Science Department at Butler
What if we could take a pumpkin, cut it up into finitely many
pieces, and then reassemble the pieces so that we get two pumpkins
identical to our first pumpkin? We could make a lot of
pumpkin pie. In this talk, we will introduce and explore
properties of Free Groups which have this counter-intuitive
property. Free groups are one of the most commonly used
groups in Geometric Group Theory, an exciting, relative new area of
mathematical research in which we treat groups like geometric
objects. In particular, we will discuss the relationship of free
groups to The Banach Tarski paradox, amenability, and Yu's Property
Friday, November 15th, at 3:30 p.m. in Jordan Hall Room 242
Amanda holds both a M.A. and M.S. in mathematics. Amanda will be
defending her disseration later this year. Her main research
interests are in geometric group theory and Sylow group
theory. She is also the founder of the IUPUI Women in Science
Calculus Study Tables where women in the STEM majors can get free
tutoring, mentoring, and support. In her free time, Amanda
plays on several co-ed competitive soccer teams and hangs out with
her husband and two kittens.
J. James Woods Lectures in the Sciences and
Dr. Carl Pomerance will speak on
"What We Still Don't Know About Addition and
Multiplication" on Tuesday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. in
the Reilly Room in Atherton Union
How could there be something we don't know about arithmetic? It
would seem that subjec was sewn up in the third grade. But here's
an answer we don't have: What is the most efficient method for
multiplication? Another: How many different numbers appear in a
large multiplication table? Come hear about many more of these
types of problems, plus some recent progress.
Pomerance, a number theorist, specializes in analytic,
combinatorial, and computational number theory, with applications
in the field of cryptology.
Butler Senior Seminar Students will speak on
Friday, December 13th at 3:30 p.m. in Jordan Hall Room 242.
Join us as our Senior Seminar students present on a variety of
The Department Fall Picnic 2013
The department hosted the
annual student/faculty picnic for all majors at Professor
Duane Leatherman's residence in Resco "D" Unit. A large group
of students and faculty met for a delicious dinner, great
conversation, and fun outside Prof. Leatherman's front door between
4 and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013. Photos are
available at Prof. Leatherman's website
Actuarial Science in the News - Summer 2013
Joel McVey, senior Actuarial Science major, was featured on the
valuepenguin website as a "new and
upcoming actuary". Congratulations, Joel!
Butler Summer Institute - Summer 2013
Aaron Schlenker and Alia Ajamoughli presented the results of
their individual BSI programs on July 15, 2013. As a mathematics
major, Aaron's research involved and was titled Generalized
Mandelbrot Sets. Alia, both a music performance major and
mathematics major, chose to study how music influences revolutions.
Her study was titled The Music of Censorship and Revolution Through
the Eyes of Syrian Musicians.
Generalized Mandelbrot Sets
The Music of Censorship and Revolutions
Through the Eyes of Syrian Musicians
Previous Mathematics & Actuarial Science
Dr. Scott Chapman,editor of the American Mathematical
Wednesday, October 23rd, at 3:45 p.m. in Jordan Hall Room
The American Mathematical Monthly is the mostly widely read math
journal in the world, and Dr. Chapman is a renowned
mathematician, a professor, and Scholar in Reisdence at Sam
Houston State University. He specializes in modern algebra.
MAA Scavenger Hunt
The MAA student chapter will host its annual
scavenger hunt for high school teams on March 2014. The
event was an enjoyable morning with teams competing for prizes as
they hunted for the solutions to
mathematical problems. For information concerning the
2014 MAA Scavenger Hunt, contact Rena Duerksen (mailto:email@example.com) or
Professor Kathie Freed(mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org).