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.

The Department Fall Picnic 2015

The department will host the annual student/faculty picnic for all mathematics and actuarial science majors at Professor Duane Leatherman's residence in Resco "D" Unit on Wednesday, September 10.  

Mathematics & Actuarial Science 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 will discuss a sorting phenomenon for data in a rectanrular 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. 

The talk is open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.


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

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.

Gunner Johnson receives Second Team All Big East recognition

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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.


Schlenker April 2014

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











Previous Mathematics & Actuarial Science Colloquium  Speakers

Butler Senior Seminar Students -

Monday, Apri; 28, 2014

Molly Anderson, Michelle Jansen, Lauren Nasci, Kailie Tobin, and Paul Yanow

MA 290 Senior Seminar final presentations

James Humphrey, FSA, MAAA, One America Financial Partners, Inc. April 18, 2015

"Monte Carlo: Real World Benefits & Challenges for Actuarial Models".

Butler University Senior Actuarial Science Majors

Friday, January 31, 2014

Senior actuarial science majors described how they landed awesome summer internships, as well as what those internships had them work on.  This was the third annual internship colloquium and is always one of the favorites of our actuarial science majors.

Dr. Scott Chapman,editor of the American Mathematical Monthly
Wednesday, October 23rd
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 Residence at Sam Houston State University. He specializes in modern algebra.

Amanda Harsy Ramsey, PhD student at IUPUI and newest adjust faculty member of the Mathematics and Actuarial Science Department at Butler University
Friday, November 15th
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 A.

J. James Woods Lectures in the Sciences and Mathematics
Dr. Carl  Pomerance spoke on "What We Still Don't Know About Addition and Multiplication" on Tuesday, December 3.

How could there be something we don't know about arithmetic? It would seem that subject 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 spoke on Friday, December 13th, presenting a variety of mathematical concepts.

The Department Fall Picnic 2015

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   Photos are available at Prof. Leatherman's website  

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