News and Upcoming Events
April is mathematics awareness month (MAM). The theme for 2014
is Mathematics, Magic, & Mystery. The MAM organization is also
celebrating the centennial birth year of Martin Gardner.
There are 30 days of theme related activities as well as
essays and other things located at http://www.mathaware.org/mam/2014/.
Mathematics & Actuarial Science Colloquium
James Humphrey, FSA, MAAA, One America
Financial Partners, Inc.
"Monte Carlo: Real World Benefits & Challenges for
As the title suggests, the presentation will discuss the use of
Monte Carlo models in real world actuarial applications. Most
actuarial models in practice are deterministic. Use of a Monte
Carlo approach is fairly limited; such models are generally
employed for risk analyses, such as assessing the distribution of
outcomes over a one year time horizon. While those applications are
fitting, Monte Carlo models can also be used in place of
traditional deterministic models. In this presentation, we will
walk through basic examples of deterministic actuarial models,
discuss their usage, and identify certain shortcomings. We will
then explore how a Monte Carlo model can overcome such limitations.
The story of Monte Carlo models is not entirely rosy, though.
Hence, we will also discuss some of the challenges they face in the
Please join us Friday, April 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm in
Jordan Hall Room 236. Refreshments will be
Butler Senior Seminar Students
Monday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m. in Jordan Hall Room 242
Join us as our Senior Seminar students present on a variety of
mathematical concepts that they have studied during their time in
the course this spring.
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
Aaron Schlenker's presentation at the Undergraduate
Research Conference on April 11, 2014
Previous Mathematics & Actuarial Science
Butler University Senior Actuarial Science Majors
Friday, January 31 at 2:30 p.m. in Jordan Hall Room
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
Dr. Scott Chapman,editor of the American Mathematical
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
J. James Woods Lectures in the Sciences and
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
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 http://blue.butler.edu/~dleather/fir/unitD/events10/mathdinner.html
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 teamwss 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 (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Professor Kathie Freed(mailto:email@example.com