# Department Seminars 2001 to 2005

## Department Seminars in 2005

Feb. 22

Will Dickinson and Clark Wells. *Stupid (or Cool) Computer Tricks.*

March 15

Nathan Wodarz. March 22 Steve Schlicker. *The Geometry of H(Rn): Segments and Sequences.*

March 29

John Grabosek (Statistics) and Tom Kennedy (student). *Applying Statistical Modeling to Baseball.*

April 5

Mark Pearson (Hope College). *Windmills and Wreaths.*

April 1

Becky Bergeon (student), Tarah McCarthy (student), and Lindsey Slater (student). *Pictorial Growth Patterns: Preliminary Findings of 3 Student Thesis Projects.*

Sept. 13

Matt Boelkins. *The Sendov Conjecture and the Geometry of Polynomials.*

Sept. 20

Dave Coffey and Pam Wells. *I'm Not Wrong, I Answered Another Question: What's Right in Wrong Answers?*

Oct. 6

Manish Chakrabarti. *What is Bioinformatics?*

Oct. 11

Cynthia Groenink (student) and John Golden. *The Children Left Behind.*

Oct. 18

Chris Smith (student) and Akalu Tefera. *Hypergeometric Summations with Computers.*

Nov. 1

Jon Hodge and Pete Schwallier (student). *How Does Separability Affect the Desirability of Referendum Election Outcomes?*

Nov. 8

Brian Mosher (University of Michigan). *Undergraduate Research Projects in Computational Group Theory.*

Nov. 15

Anna Sfard (The University of Haifa & Michigan State University). *Identity that Makes a Difference: Substantial Learning as Closing the Gap between Actual and Designated Identities.*

Dec. 6

Angie Grumm (student) and Ngan Nguyen (student). *Slingshots and Paper Folding.*

## Department Seminars in 2004

Feb. 24

Nathan Wodarz. *Ghost in the Machine.*

March 25

Nathan Wodarz. *Topological Taylor Series (or, Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Topology, I Learned in Math 202).*

March 30

Mike Robison. *Academic Challenge and Significant Content for all Students?*

April 6

Will Dickinson and Kristina Lund (student). *A Summer of Exploration: Napoleons Theorem and The Area Principle.*

April 13

John Skukalek (student). *Zeta(2), Zeta(3), and Beyond.*

Sept. 14

David Austin. *Penrose Tilings.*

Sept. 21

Clark Wells. *What Makes a Number a Number Anyway?*

Oct. 19

Paul Fishback and Nate Burch (student). *The Least-Squares Property of the Lanczos' Generalized Derivative.*

Oct. 26

Ed Aboufadel and Drew Colthorp (student). *Recognizing Airplanes, Breaking CAPTCHAs, and Hiding Messages: Undergraduate Research Problems in Wavelets.*

Nov. 2

Reva Kasman. *Why Cant I Fold a Square into an Icosahedron?*

Nov. 9

Ben Vugteveen (student). *You, Me, and Semi-Symmetry: Disjunction Graphs and Their Properties.*

Nov. 16

Mark Hanish (Calvin College). *Three Linear Algebra Applications that Amaze.*

Dec. 6

Nathan Wodarz. *Hairy Mathematics.*

## Department Seminars in 2003

March 11

David Coffey and John Golden. *Triangular and Square Numbers: A Perfect Match?*

March 18

David Austin and Will Dickinson. *The Program Formerly Known as Spherical Sketchpad.*

March 25

Karen Heidenreich. *A What-Set?*

April 1

Matt Boelkins. *Plagiarism in Mathematics.*

April 8

David Coffey,Karen Novotny, and Akalu Tefera. *Enhancing Math 345.*

April 15

*Department Celebration.*

Sept. 16

Nancy Mack. *Adding It Up: Developing Students' Mathematical Proficiency.*

Sept. 23

Jon Hodge and Micah TerHaar (student). *Separable Preferences and Admissible Characters.*

Oct. 7

Char Beckmann, David Coffey, and Rebecca Walker. *Learning from Mathematics Teaching Around the World.*

Oct. 16

Don Vander Jagt. *Homogeneous Embeddings and Stratified Graphs.*

Oct. 23

Paul Fishback. *An Oxymoronic Derivative Definition.*

Nov. 4

Mike Tanoff (Kalamazoo College). *Whats the Problem?!*

Nov. 11

William Dickinson and Kristina Lund (student). *A Summer of Exploration: Napoleons Theorem and The Area Principle.*

Nov. 18

Matt Boelkins and Ben Vugteveen (student). *From Chebyshev to Bernstein: a Tour of our Summer Research in Polynomial Functions.*

## Department Seminars in 2002

March 12

Ed Aboufadel and Pam Wells. *Enhancing MTH 210.*

March 19

David Coffey and Will Dickinson. *The 'Product Game' and Beyond.*

March 26

Akilu Zeleke (Alma College). *The Loop Erased Walk.*

April 2

Pam Wells. *Listening to Childrens Mathematical Thinking.*

April 11

Mary Richardson (Statistics) and David Coffey. *Is it really fair?*

April 16

*Department Celebration Seminar.*

Sept. 10

Mike McDaniel (Aquinas College). *Who Put the PT in the HOMFLYPT?*

Sept. 17

Paul Fishback. *Mandelbrot Sets in Matrix Rings: The Tale of Ternary Number Systems.*

Sept. 24

Shandelle Henson (Andrews University). *If Animals Come In Discrete Units, How Can Population Size Be Chaotic?*

Oct. 1

Christopher Frayer (student). *Perfect One Error Correcting Codes on Complete Iterated Graphs.*

Oct. 8

Steve Schlicker. *The Geometry of the Hausdorff Metric.*

Oct. 17

Will Dickinson and Ryan Koesterer (student). *Spherical Triangle Theorems.*

Oct. 22

Tom Scofield (Calvin College). *Convergent Spirals and their Path Lengths.*

Oct. 29

Akalu Tefera. *An Introduction to Voronoi Diagrams and Their Applications.*

Nov. 14

John Golden. *What do the MEAP scores MEAN? Setting Standards for Statewide Exams.*

## Department Seminars in 2001

Jan. 30

Amy Vander Zee (student). *Bivariate Daubechies Scaling Functions.*

March 27

Georgianna Klein and John Golden. *Teachers Mathematics*.

April 3

Pam Wells, Jan Shroyer, and Esther Billings. *Using Case Studies to Help Prepare Preservice Elementary Teachers for a Tutoring Field Experience.*

April 10

Mary Ellen Rivers. *Sabbatical Leave Report.* Jody Sorensen. *MTH 495 Report.*

Sept. 11

Will Dickinson. *eGrade and WeBWorK in Calculus.*

Sept. 18

Alverna Champion. *The 2002 Michigan Educational Assessment Program.*

Sept. 25

Paul Fishback and the Instructional Resources Committee. *A Technology Sampler.*

Oct. 2

John Golden. *How to Write your own Web Page.*

Oct. 9

Phyllis Curtis and John Grabosek. *Enhancing the Mathematical Core: Integrating K-12 Reform Curricula into STA 312.*

Oct. 16

Matt Boelkins and Matt Wells (student). *A SURP on Polynomials with Distinct Real Zeros.*

Oct. 23

David Austin. *Postscript and Geometry.*

Nov. 6

Jody Sorensen. *Cubics and Complexes.*

Nov. 13

David Austin, Char Beckmann, and Will Dickinson. *Enhancing Euclidean Geometry.*

Nov. 25

Clark Wells. *One Bad Turn (or Rotation) Deserves Another?*