Dr. Scott Kaschner, Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Arizons
Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Jordan Hall Room 201
"Complex Dynamics in One and Several Variables"
Dynamical systems are mathematical or physical systems that
evolve over time. This talk will present background and fundamental
aspects of dynamical systems in one and several complex variables.
Two distinct projects will be presented; the
first explores a family of polynomials of one complex variable and
their dynamicalbehavior as their degree increases. The second is a
surprising polynomial example from several complex variables
dynamics that exhibits many interesting qualities regarding
foliations and dynamical degrees that are unique to higher
MAA Scavenger Hunt 2015
Each year, Butler University's Mathematics Association of
America (MAA) chapter hosts an MAA Scavenger Hunt on campus for
local high school students to attend. This event offers students
the chance to utilize mathematical concepts they have learned in
the classroom in a fun way. Past participants have enjoyed the
hunt, and we look forward to hosting it again this year! The
scavenger hunt will be held on February 28, 2015. Registration will
be limited to the first twelve teams to register on a first-serve
basis. Each school is allowed to bring up to two teams
consisting of three participants.
A tentative schedule
of events for the day is as follows:
8:30am- Registration in Jordan Hall, Room 272C
9am- Rules/Groups meet their Butler student guide
9:30 to 12:00pm-MAA Scavenger Hunt
**The event normally concludes between 12-1pm
There is no entry fee for participants.
To register students, please email the following information to
the department secretary, Rena Duerksen (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org):
1. Number of teams (3 students per team, 2 teams max)
3. Faculty contact (name, phone number, email)
Note: If you enter a team, please make sure you
are able to make the event as we are limiting the number of teams
allowed to participate. If for some reason a conflict arises,
please email Rena asap.
Upon registering, we will let you know if you are among the
first twelve and provide you with more detailed information closer
to the event. If you have any questions regarding this event,
please feel free to email Rena at email@example.com or call her
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,
Check out the photos at http://blue.butler.edu/~dleather/
s & Actuarial Science Colloquium Speakers
Celebration of the Mind in honor of Martin Gardner's 100th
The celebration of Martin Gardner's 100th birthday (born October
21, 1914) took place on October 21, 2014 in Jordan Hall 238
from 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Dr. Judi Morrel's honors class presented magic tricks with
mathematical foundations, and Professor Jeremiah P. Farrell
contributed a new magic trick to this fun event. Gardner's birthday
is celebrated world-wide. Martin Gardner was highly respected
for his contributions to the world of mathematics and science
through his many Scientific American articles
about puzzles, tricks, and other astounding mathematical ideas.
He wrote many books which are still enjoyed today!
Special Colloquium Presentation
Allan Rossman, Ph. D., presented "Choosing the Best: Decision
Making under Uncertainty" on Friday, October 31, 2014,
2:00-3:00 pm, Jordan Hall 238.
Dr. Rossman presented a classic probability problem known as the
"Secretary Problem" which illustrates the utility of probabilistic
thinking when making decisions under uncertainty. The problem
is easy to state: Your task is to hire a new employee for your
company. You know how many candidates have applied, you
interview them one-at-a-time in random order, and you can rank the
candidates after you have interviewed them. But the rules are
that you have to decide immediately whether or not to hire a
candidate (i.e., you can't invite one back later), and you must
hire THE best candidate (i.e., if you hire the second best one, you
have failed). We will devise a clever strategy for choosing
the best candidate and will explore how (surprisingly) well the
strategy performs with both small and large numbers of
candidates. We will also consider a gambling application and
ponder whether the optimal strategy is relevant to finding your
soul-mate in life!
Allan Rossman is Professor and Chair of the Statistics
Department at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo and previously taught in
the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Dickinson
College. His Ph.D. is in Statistics, from Carnegie Mellon
University. He is co-author with Beth Chance of the Workshop
Statistics series and Investigating Statistical Concepts,
Applications, and Methods, both of which adopt an active learning
approach to learning introductory statistics. He was Program
Chair for the 2007 Joint Statistical Meetings and President of the
International Association for Statistical Education from
2007-2009. He served as Chief Reader for the Advanced
Placement program in Statistics from 2009 - 2014. He is a
Fellow of the American Statistical Association and was one of the
recipients of the Mathematical Association of America's Haimo Award
for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics in
J. James Woods guest speaker
"Your humble Servant, Is.
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.
Research Conference in Korea, July 2014 - Dr. Mummert
Dr. Mummert attended a conference in Gyeongju, Korea from Aug
23-26, which brought together over 60 research mathematicians
(ranging from graduate students to acknowledged experts in the
field) to discuss topics in holomorphic dynamics in one and several
complex variables. Dr. Mummert presented a poster entitled "A Path
Lifting Algorithm for the Julia Set of a Complex Henon Map."
For more information about the conference check out the website
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.