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    Aaron Lauve

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    Elizabeth Greiwe

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    Jennifer Johnson

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  • A Taste of Math

    A Taste of Math

    December 4th, 2014

    by Elizabeth Greiwe

    One of the many places that mathematics shows up in our everyday lives is in cooking. Basic mathematics appears in the measurement of ingredients and conversions of cups to pounds or ounces to tablespoons. A stripped-down recipe is nothing more than a ratio. Take a shortbread cookie for example; the ratio is 1 part sugar […]


    Alan Turing, Computers, & Cryptography

    Alan Turing, Computers, & Cryptography

    November 15th, 2014

    by Stephen Doty

    Who was Alan Turing?  An athlete, for one, but also a gifted mathematician who published one of the most important mathematical papers ever written, in which the precise notion of what can be computed was defined for the first time. The paper came out in 1936, when he was 24 years of age and still […]


    A Mathematical Way to Find Your Spouse

    A Mathematical Way to Find Your Spouse

    November 7th, 2014

    by Jennifer Johnson

    Have you ever wondered about the ideal age to get married? Perhaps you are curious about how many people you have to date before you find “the one.” Interestingly enough, mathematicians think about this problem and have developed a formula that will give a person a chance at happiness, or maybe just a chance at […]


    Infinitude of Prime Numbers

    November 4th, 2014

    by Hans Murcia

    Recently, a prime number of more than 17 million digits was discovered and it is the largest prime number known; however, the search for prime numbers continues given the fact that the number of prime number is infinite as it was proved by Euclid around the 3rd century B.C.


    2D Cellular Automata

    October 14th, 2014

    by Jonathan Kusner

    This post will discuss 2D cellular automata; we will talk about what they are, how they are constructed, and why they are studied. We will see how these systems, though simple in their construction, are a hopeful tool that may give researchers insight into the origins of many complex mechanisms like consciousness.


    Mathematics Careers Rank Top 4 in Best Jobs List

    Mathematics Careers Rank Top 4 in Best Jobs List

    August 28th, 2014

    by Jennifer Johnson

    Students around the country majoring in the mathematical sciences have gained assurance that they are heading down the right road. A recent report(*) from CareerCast put mathematics careers in the top four spots for the best jobs for 2014. 1. Mathematician 2. Tenured Professor 3. Statistician 4. Actuary Rankings are based on career outlook, salary, and […]


    Iranian Mathematician is First Female Fields Medalist

    Iranian Mathematician is First Female Fields Medalist

    August 15th, 2014

    by Elizabeth Greiwe

    For the first time in its 78-year history, a woman has won a Fields Medal, mathematics’ equivalent to the Nobel Prize. The International Congress of Mathematics recognized Stanford University mathematics professor Maryam Mirzakhani for her work on the geometry of Riemann surfaces. More specifically, Mirzakhani has looked into “moduli spaces,” or how a Riemann surface […]


    Do doctors understand test results?

    Do doctors understand test results?

    July 8th, 2014

    by Stephen Doty

      Are doctors confused by statistics? A new book by one prominent statistician says they are – and that this makes it hard for patients to make informed decisions about treatment. In 1992, shortly after Gerd Gigerenzer moved to Chicago, he took his six-year-old daughter to the dentist. She didn’t have toothache, but he thought […]


    How to derive a brain

    How to derive a brain

    April 18th, 2014

    by Peter Tingley

    On April 14, Dr. Mark Albert from our own CS department gave a great talk in the undergraduate colloquium series. Here is one audience member’s view of what happened!


    Next UCMS: How to Derive a Brain

    Next UCMS: How to Derive a Brain

    April 11th, 2014

    by Aaron Lauve

    In the last lecture of the semester in the Undergraduate Colloquium in the Mathematical Sciences, we learn how mathematics, statistics, and computer science are helping neuroscientists these days to model individual neurons. And I don’t mean Givenchy. Monday, April 14th Speaker: Mark Albert (Loyola – Dept. of Comp.Sci.) Title: How to Derive a Brain Lecture: 4:30 p.m., Cuneo Hall 311 […]