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MONDAY Mar. 30, 04:30 PM CW 120

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#### Faculty Meeting

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#### Algebra Seminar

MONDAY Apr. 06, 04:30 PM CW 120

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#### COLLOQUIUM

TUESDAY Apr. 07, 02:30 PM CW 122

Title: Modules of Constant Jordan Type, Pullbacks of Vector Bundles and Generic Kernel Filtrations
Shawn Baland University of Washington

### Recent News

#### K-State Hosts Inaugural Central States Mathematics Undergraduate Research Conference

March 2015

The first annual Central States Mathematics Undergraduate Research (CeSMUR) Conference took place at K-State on February 27-28, 2015. CeSMUR, a joint project of Kansas State University and Truman State University, will annually provide undergraduates who are engaged in mathematical research projects the opportunity to present their work to peers and faculty from Kansas, Missouri, and neighboring states.

#### Mathematics major Aaron Messerla one of four KState nominees for Goldwater Scholarship

February 2015

Messerla, a sophomore in mathematics and music, is working with David Auckly, professor of mathematics, on a dance program that depicts a specific class of geometric shapes using ropes. He is a member of Pi Mu Epsilon math honor society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He also is a mathematics department I-Center Scholar and a member of the university's Concert Band and Cat Band. He has received a College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship, Putnam Scholarship, Fort Riley Combined Scholarship, James R. Foster Jr. Memorial Arts and Sciences Scholarship, Thomas L. and Elouise J. Miller Scholarship for Excellence in Mathematics, Riley County 4-H Foundation Scholarship and the Mary Lou Gibbs State 4-H Scholarship. A 2012 graduate of Riley County High School, Riley, he is the son of Dave and Dawn Messerla, Manhattan.

#### David Auckly and three collaborators selected as a Structured Quartet Research Ensemble at the American Institute of Mathematics

January 2015

Dave Auckly is collaborating with Hee Jung Kim, Paul Melvin, and Danny Ruberman to better understand the structure of surfaces in four-dimensional spaces. In a paper to appear in the next issue of the Journal of the London Math Society they describe pair of embedded spheres that may be continuously deformed into each other, but crinkles must appear at some point in the deformation. When a worm-hole is added to the space, the spheres may be deformed into each other without crinkles at some point in the deformation. Auckly and his collaborators will make several extended visits to the American Institute of Mathematics over the next few years to extend this research.

#### David Auckly has another puzzle in New York Times NumberPlay

November 2014

Professor Auckly has another puzzle in the New York Times NumberPlay this week, see here. The story of the puzzle is about trading sheep in the Navajo Nation. This puzzle is easier than the last one he contributed to NumberPlay, see here . Dr Auckly used a version of the sheep puzzle at the summer math camp that he helped run on the Navajo Nation this past summer. This particular puzzle is suitable for use with elementary school students. Indeed groups of fourth graders have had fun playing with it.

#### Distinguished alumnus Paul Laugesen receives the Alumni Merit Award

October 2014

Paul Laugesen, who was commissioned by the K-State Air Force ROTC program and graduated with a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1983, received the Alumni Merit Award during the fifth annual Eisenhower Circle Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.

#### Fernando Roman is one of four K-State nominees for the Rhodes and Marshall scholarships

October 2014

Fernando Roman, I-Center scholar supported by an Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship, has been nominated by K-State for the Rhodes and Marshall national scholarship competitions. Rhodes scholarships are awarded to 32 students each year and provide full funding for one or two years of study at Oxford University in England. Marshall scholarships are awarded to as many as 40 students each year and provide full funding for one or two years of study at most universities in the U.K. Nominees selected as competition finalists for either scholarship will interview in November.

#### Master research project in graph theory answers art scholars' longstanding questions.

September 2014

The paper Is The List of Incomplete Open Cubes Complete?, co-authored by former K-State mathematics graduate student Michael Reb and his advisor Dr. Natasha Rozhkovskaya, will appear in the special issue "Rule-Based Design" (vol. 17, no. 3) of the Nexus Network Journal. The Nexus Network Journal is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal dedicated to relationships between architecture and mathematics. Michael Reb graduated with a Master Degree in Mathematics in 2013. His research project was dedicated to the properties of embeddings of cubical graphs. Rozhkovskaya and Reb were able to apply this area of combinatorics to give a mathematical description of the famous artwork Incomplete Open Cubes by prominent American conceptual artist Solomon LeWitt (1928 -2007). The paper summarizes the graph theory approach to the artist's project and answers several important questions posed by art scholars several decades ago.

#### Max Goering wins the Pi Mu Epsilon student speaker award

August 2014

Goldwater recipient Max Goering traveled to the MathFest conference in Portland, Oregon, to give a presentation on his paper Modulus of Families of Walks on Graphs that he co-authored with Professors Nathan Albin and Pietro Poggi-Corradini, as well as ECE Ph.D. Faryad Darabi Sahneh. During the award banquet Goering was one of a dozen speakers, out of approximately 240 speakers, to be recognized with the 'Pi Mu Epsilon student speaker award'.

#### Fernando Roman to talk at Mathfest, YMC, SACNAS, and Joint AMS/MAA meeting

August 2014

Fernando Roman, I-Center scholar supported by an Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship, has been invited to give a talk in the prestigious Young Mathematicians Conference at Ohio State University. He will present his work on backward-shift realizations of rational discrete analytic functions, performed under the supervision of Professor Dan Volok, associate director of the I-Center. Fernando will also speak at Mathfest, the national conference of the honorary mathematical society Pi Mu Epsilon. In addition, this summer, Fernando participated in the mathematics REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) at MSRI, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley. Together with Hadrian Quan and Michole Washington, under the direction of Victor Moll (Tulane), they have generalized a recent result of Jean Paul Allouche on infinite products in automatic sequences. Roman will present this work at the upcoming National Conference of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) in October (with funding from MSRI), as well as at the annual Joint AMS/MAA Meeting in San Antonio, in January 2015.

#### David Auckly has puzzle in New York Times NumberPlay

August 2014

Professor Auckly had a puzzle in the New York Times NumberPlay this past Spring. NumberPlay puzzles are inspired by many sources and are reported by Gary Antonick. They are generally mathematical or logical problems, with occasional forays into physics and other branches of science. The May 26, 2014 NumberPlay is titled Dave Auckly's Crunched Charms. Check it out here and see if you can help Dave fix his broken charm(s). Dave was inspired to create this puzzle while writing a recent research paper on 3-manifolds. The paper has appeared in the Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications.

#### Zijian Li to present at the Young Mathematicians Conference 2014

August 2014

I-Center scholar Zijian Li, whose work is supported by an Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Award, was invited to give a talk about his work at the upcoming Young Mathematicians Conference (YMC) at Ohio State University, August 22-24 2014. The YMC is the most competitive venue in the country for research carried out by undergraduate mathematics students. Only about 65 students are invited each year. His faculty mentor is Professor Hrant Hakobyan. Zijian Li is a senior, and plans to pursue doctoral studies in Mathematics. A transfer student from South China Normal University, he is originally from Guangzhou, China.

#### Andy Chermak solves a fundamental open problem in Algebra

July 2014

Professor Andrew Chermak has solved an important open problem at the interface between Algebra and Topology. His breakthrough has given rise to new tools and techniques that go under the name of 'partial groups'. Chermak's article Fusion systems and localities has appeared in ACTA MATHEMATICA, a prestigious and highly selective journal founded in 1882 by the Swedish mathematician Mittag-Leffler. Professor Chermak, with help from K-State postdoctoral fellow Alex Gonzalez, plans to apply his new techniques to the classification theory of finite simple groups and many other open problems in algebra.

#### Gabriel Kerr receives a Simons Foundation Grant

July 2014

Assistant Professor Gabriel Kerr received a Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians from the Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences. The grant provides 35,000 USD total for 5 years in travel and other research expenses. Kerr's work is in Homological Algebra, Algebraic Geometry, and Symplectic Geometry. He plans to use this grant to strengthen the relationship between the K-state algebra and mirror symmetry research groups with collaborators in Austria, France and South Korea.

#### SUMaR Closing Conference

July 2014

SUMaR 2014 Math REU will conclude on July 22 with an entirely student-organized conference. The program can be found at

#### Alexander Rosenberg posthumous papers on Noncommutative Geometry

June 2014

More than 20 scholarly papers by a pioneering Kansas State University mathematics professor have been collected online in a single work by New Prairie Press, the publishing arm of Kansas State University Libraries.

May 2014

Associate Professor Diego Maldonado receives an NSF-DMS award to support his research on A first-order calculus for the Monge-Ampère quasi-metric structure and its applications to Analysis and PDEs.

#### Bob Burckel retires after 43 years in the Mathematics Department.

May 2014

Professor Robert B. Burckel is set to retire from the Kansas State University Department of Mathematics after 43 years of service. In his retirement Professor Burckel will remain active in the department. He plans to continue his work as assistant editor of the Mathematical Intelligencer and he intends to finish the revisions to the Second Edition of his masterful book An introduction to classical complex analysis. Vol. 1. We wish Bob many more productive years ahead and thank him for all he has done. Happy retirement Bob!

#### Anna Zemlyanova receives a Simons Foundation Grant

May 2014

Assistant Professor Anna Zemlyanova received a Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians from the Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences. The grant provides 35,000 USD total for 5 years in travel and other research expenses. Zemlyanova's work is in the theory of elasticity, fluid mechanics, and applied complex analysis. She plans to use the grant to strengthen her current research collaborations with universities across the US and Canada.

#### Sarah Reznikoff receives NSF support to host the 34th annual Great Plains Operator Theory Symposium (GPOTS 2014)

May 2014

The Department of Mathematics will host the 34th annual Great Plains Operator Theory Symposium (GPOTS 2014). The local organizing committee, comprised of Assistant Professor Sarah Reznikoff, Professor Gabriel Nagy, and Postdoctoral Faculty Jonathan Brown has obtained funding from the National Science Foundation (DMS-1402509) and the William J. Spencer Endowment for Mathematics. The symposium, which has over 125 registered participants from more than one dozen countries, will take place from May 27-31.

#### Louis Crane to speak about his idea of a black hole propelled starship.

April 2014

The National Space Society has extended an invitation to Professor Louis Crane to give a talk at the Living in Space Track of the upcoming International Space Development Conference (ISDC). Professor Crane in collaboration with KState graduate student Shawn Westmoreland initiated and developed a theoretical idea for a black hole starship that could enable interstellar travel. The talk will take place in Los Angeles on May 16, 2014 and Crane was also asked to participate on a panel discussing possible propulsion systems.

#### Todd Cochrane receives the College of Arts and Sciences Stamey Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

April 2014

William L. Stamey is a mathematician who served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for seventeen years from 1970-1987. The William L. Stamey Award was established in recognition of Dean Stamey's outstanding record in recruiting excellent faculty to Kansas State University and in recognition of the continuing need to foster excellence in teaching and advising.

Professor Cochrane was recognized for his extraordinary ability to make difficult mathematics clear and for inspiring students to achieve. Cochrane is equally adept at teaching upper-division courses for math majors and introductory service courses. He is committed to his students and always goes the extra mile to be sure students have all the support they need.

April 2014

For the second year in a row the Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching goes to a graduate student in mathematics. This year Zheng Hao has won this University-wide competition. The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in teaching performance in the undergraduate program, and to provide an incentive to achieve that goal. There are four \$2500 awards made each year for excellence in undergraduate teaching. One of these awards goes to a graduate teaching assistant.

#### New Mathematics Undergraduate Student Research Seminar

April 2014

A group of undergraduate students, veterans in undergraduate research with the I-Center, and active Math Club members, have created the undergraduate student research seminar.

#### 16th annual S. Thomas Parker Mathematics Competition

April 2014

The winners of the 2014 S. Thomas Parker Mathematics Competition are: Jessica McCall, mathematics and biology major, Topeka, first place; Natalie Davis, chemical engineering major, Hutchinson, second-place tie; and Yichao Zhang, chemical engineering major, China, second-place tie.

#### Joint Math Open House activities 2014

April 2014

This year the I-Center, the Math Club and the Graduate Program inaugurated joint Open House activities in Cardwell Hall.

#### 2013 Putnam Competition results

April 2014

The Kansas State University team finished in the top 25 percent among the 537 colleges and universities and 4,113 students participating in the 2013 Putnam Competition.

#### OPEN HOUSE DAY - Department of Mathematics

April 2014

On Saturday, April 5, join the activities hosted by the Department of Mathematics in Cardwell Hall.

#### Professor Auckly is working with colleagues to develop a mathematics outreach program in the Navajo Nation.

April 2014

Capture the flag, the game of set, tesseracts, solar ovens, the braid group, water balloon fight!!! It is the Navajo Nation Math Circle (NNMC). Middle school and high school students from all over the Navajo Nation are encountering math from a new angle these days. The program, which has been very successful in other areas across the country, is finding success on the Navajo Nation as well.

#### MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT HIRES TWO NEW TENURE-TRACK FACULTY MEMBERS

April 2014

The Mathematics department has hired two new tenure-track faculty members, Tanya Firsova and Bacim Alali. Both Professor Firsova and Professor Alali will join us in the Fall of 2014. The department received 390 applications for the two positions and is very pleased with the new mathematicians who will be joining us.

#### Kansas State University students receive Goldwater Scholarships

April 2014

Kansas State University students Max Goering, senior in mathematics, McPherson, and Christine Spartz, junior in chemistry, Ellington, Conn., are the university's newest Barry M. Goldwater scholars.