Patrick Rault, SUNY Geneseo, on Wednesday, October 28th at 11:00 am in SCP 229

**Title:** A New Matrix Invariant

Dr. Rault was the recipient of both the Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching from the MAA and the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Faculty Mentoring Award.

]]>Cynthia Curtis, The College of New Jersey

How can anyone do research in math? Isn’t all of math already known? What does Professor Curtis do when she isn’t teaching class? What is topology? Why do mathematicians care about knots? Can studying knots really be math if there are no numbers?

Come find out at 11am on October 21 in P229!

]]>This talk counts as a colloquium requirement for Math Education majors. It is sponsored by TCNJ CSTM.

]]>Brendan Kelly, who graduated from TCNJ in 2008 with a degree in Mathematics, returned to campus on September 8th to give a talk to department students and faculty. His talk, titled “How many ways can I get to the coffee shop?” centered around how posing good questions is critical to the problem-solving process. He explored the importance of asking good questions, and showed techniques that help empower students to ask those good questions.

Brendan was the 2015 recipient of the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize at Harvard University.

]]>**Closed Geodesics on Surfaces**

A light ray traveling on a surface traces out a geodesic path. The search for closed goedesics on surfaces goes back more than a hundred years, and has given rise to a beautiful interplay between geometry, analysis, and topology. We will introduce basic differential geometry of curves and surfaces in 3 dimensions, and some ideas that have been developed over the last century to prove the existence of closed geodesics. For example, every closed, convex surface has at least 3 simple closed geodesics.

The application deadline for the Women and Mathematics Program is February 19, 2016. The program is sponsored by the NSF and is open to undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral women in the field of mathematics. This is an intensive program which includes lectures, seminars, and panel discussions on a wide range of topics of interest to women mathematicians. For more information and an application, please go to the Women in Mathematics website.

]]>**Rebecca Santorella** – “A Multi-Treatment Model of Cancer Stem Cell Driven Tumor Growth” – Winthrop University

**Zonia Menendez** – “Lattice Sphere Numbers” – University of Washington Bothell

**Juliette Daily** – “Modeling of Starling Flight” – Rutgers Camden

**Alana Huszar** – “Unipancyclic Matroids” – Willamette University

*Presented by Pi Mu Epsilon and the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.*

*The Department of Mathematics & Statistics would like to welcome:*

Dr. Brendan Kelly, 2015 recipient of the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize at Harvard University and TCNJ alumnus, on Tuesday, September 8 at 12:30 pm in SCP 101.

**Title:** How Many Ways Can I Get to the Coffee Shop

**Abstract: **The ability to pose good questions is critical in the problem solving process. This talk will begin with a simple question that will frame a conversation on mathematics, education, and your college experience. The mathematical enterprise of digging deeper will send us down the rabbit hole as we investigate variations of the title question. We will explore the importance of asking good questions and techniques to empower students to ask good questions.

*The only prerequisite for this talk is an inquisitive mind and a willingness to actively participate.*

Hope to see you there!

**E-portfolio presentation schedule
(Mathematics Secondary Education capstone presentations)
Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 5:00 – 7:00pm**

**Room 222**

*Evaluators: Ruth Sweeney and Dr. Steffan Marcus*

Alexa Swartz

Julie Bradley

Kristen Wiley

Kyle Pak

Kelly Cullinane

**Room 229**

*Evaluators: Dr. Bob Cunningham and Marian Palumbo*

Sarah Ayad

Jessica Gonzalez

Troy O’Connor

Bridget Williams

Connor Given

**Room 230 **

*Evaluators: Dr. Cathy Liebars and Saundra Conte*

Matt Fleck

Tom Andrews

Katelyn Eyer

Melissa Garcia

Rachel Reenstra