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Past Colloquia

2015-2016

Monday, November 9, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in Lytle Hall 228

"Hands-on Dynamical Systems"

Dr. Karen Keene, North Carolina State University

In her talk, Dr. Keene will offer a hands on way for students to be introduced to the notion of solutions for dynamical systems. Participants in the colloquium will use pipe cleaners to construct an understanding of what a solution to a dynamical system looks like. Then specialized technology will move students into a more formal understanding.

Come prepared to listen, talk, and work in a fun area of mathematics.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in Lytle Hall 228

"Classical and Generalized Iteration"

Dr. Jesse Feller, Kutztown University

The study of holomorphic dynamical systems (discrete time) is a relatively new area of study involving the repeated composition of a single function f(z) in a process called iteration. Thus we are studying the convergence of the sequence of functions fn(z) = (f ◦ f ◦ ... ◦ f)(z) (n times). We will discover the concept of periodic points and classify them into the three categories of attracting, repelling, or neutral. Most of our examples have dynamical properties that are easily understood. Other examples have dynamical properties that are called chaotic due to their unpredictability. We will take a look at several computer generated images of the important Julia and filled Julia sets for several examples.

Some mathematicians studying dynamics focus on composing a different function at each step of the iteration process where the function is chosen from a family according to some probability distribution. This is called random iteration. We will learn about a few recent results in this area regarding the probability that a random iteration ends up “close” to an attracting periodic point.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in Lytle Hall 228

"Factor Pair Latin Squares: Be There or Be Square"

Dr. James Hammer, Cedar Crest College

Sudoku has risen in popularity over the past few years.  The rules are simple, yet the solutions are often less than trivial. Mathematically, these puzzles are interesting in their own right.  This talk will use the idea of a Sudoku puzzle to define a new kind of n x n array.  Further, we will aim to prove some necessary (and on occasion sufficient) conditions for the existence of these arrays.  To that end, we define a Latin square of order n as an n x n array where every row and every column contain every symbol 1,2,...,n exactly once.  We say (a,b) is an ordered factor pair of the integer n if n = a x b.  An (a,b)-Sudoku Latin square is a Latin square where in addition to each row and column containing every symbol exactly once, each a x b rectangle also contains every symbol exactly once when the n x n array is tiled with a x b rectangles in the natural way.  A factor pair Latin square of order n (denoted FPLS(n)) is an (a,b)-Sudoku Latin square for every factor pair (a,b) of n.  This talk will mainly be concerned with the existence of such designs as well as related problems to such designs.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in Boehm Hall 261

"Unsolved!  History's Greatest Ciphers"

Dr. Craig Bauer, York College

Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in Lytle Hall 228

"Numerical ranges: from matrices to pretty pictures"

Dr. Patrick Rault, State University of New York at Geneseo


2014-2015

Friday, April 10, 2015 at 6:15 p.m. in Boehm Hall 145

Eighth Annual Thomas Pirnot Lecture in Mathematics

"My Favorite Integer Sequences, or, Confessions of a Sequence Addict"

Neil J.A. Sloane, Ph.D., Founder of the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences (OEIS) and President of the OEIS Foundation

Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in Lytle Hall 218

"Learning Communities: Theory, Models, Applications, etc."

Dr. Gil Clary, Dr. Gail Craig, and Dr. Robert Ziegenfus

Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in Boehm Hall 260

"Glitzy Math: The Mathematics of Computer Graphics"

Dr. Tom Pirnot, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Kutztown University

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in Lytle Hall 228

"Fun with Factoring Fantastic Forms"

Brian Kronenthal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Kutztown University


2013-2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in Lytle Hall 214

"Catalan Numbers"

W. H. Tony Wong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Kutztown University

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in Boehm Hall 260

Seventh Annual Thomas Pirnot Lecture in Mathematics

"Pondering Packing Puzzles: Research in Recreational Mathematics"

Derek Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics, Lafayette College

Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in Lytle Hall 228

"Those Summer Math Nights" 

Mr. Zachary Bales and Ms. Lauren Williams, Kutztown University '14

Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in Lytle Hall 228

"Beliefs of Mathematics Majors" 

Joshua Goodson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Kutztown University


2012-2013

Wednesday, March 26, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. in McFarland Student Union Building 250

Sixth Annual Thomas Pirnot Lecture in Mathematics

"Cantor and the Paradise He Gave Us" 

Robert Vallin, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in Lytle Hall 214. 

"Hopf Algebra Structure of Generalized Scissors Congruence Groups" 

Jianqiang Zhao, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Eckerd College

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in Lytle Hall 214. 

"Individual Based and Dynamic Energy Budget Models" 

Baldvin Einarsson, University of California at Santa Barbara

Friday, February 15, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in Lytle Hall 214. 

"Decomposing Graphs into Stars and Hyperstars " 

D.P. Roberts, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Illinois Wesleyan University

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in Lytle Hall 214. 

"The Hopf Algebra of Sashes " 

S.E. Law, North Carolina State University

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in Lytle Hall 214. 

" Spying on Cages, Generalized Quadrangles, and Moore!"   

B.G. Kronenthal, University of Delaware

Thursday, November 1 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Lytle Hall 228. 

Blood, Sweat, and Tears: the Cable-Trench Problem and some Applications "  

Dr. Eric Landquist, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. in Lytle Hall 228. 

"Braids, Permutations, and Games"   

Dr. Jennifer Franko Vasquez, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of Scranton


2011-2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. in Boehm Hall 261

Fifth Annual Thomas Pirnot Lecture in Mathematics

"Adventures with The Moore Method as a Student and Teacher," a MILK Lecture 
Dr. E. Lee May, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, Salisbury University

Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Lytle Hall 228. 

"On the Collatz Conjecture," a MILK Lecture   

Mr. Patrick Wiltrout, Kutztown University '11

Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Lytle Hall 228. 

"On Cardinality of Sets: What does `Big' or `Small' Really Mean?," a MILK Lecture   

Mr. John Paul Jablonski, Kutztown University '13

Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Lytle Hall 228. 

"Research Experience for Undergraduates- Research Report," a MILK Lecture   

Mr. Clinton Watton, Kutztown University '13

Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Lytle Hall 228. 

"From Finite Geometries to Translation Planes

Dr. Craig Culbert, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in Lytle Hall 228. 

"Aspects of Some Intersting Sets: A Primer

Dr. Padraig McLoughlin, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. in Boehm Hall 260. 

"Thoughts on a Modified Moore Method Course in Undergraduate Analysis," a MILK Lecture 

Dr. Alex Meadows, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, St. Mary's College of Maryland 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in Lytle Hall 228. 

"Chomp, Chomp, Bechewy Chomp: Math and Games 

Dr. Alex Meadows, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, St. Mary's College of Maryland 

Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in Lytle Hall 228. 

"Research Experience for Undergraduates- Research Report," a MILK Lecture 

Ms. Ashley Dougherty, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania '12  

Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in Lytle Hall 228. 

"Using Math to Make Games fun

Dr. Ryan Gantner, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, St. John Fisher College

                                                                                    

Archives of previous colloquia are available here. 

Mathematics Inquiry Learning at Kutztown (MILK) Lectures are funded by the generous support of the Academy for Inquiry-Based Learning, The Educational Advancement Foundation, and Mr. Harry Lucas, Jr.