Spring 2019

Tuesday, January 22nd
Tom Edgar, '02, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Pacific Lutheran University

"No Numeration Without Representation"

A complicated version of "eeny, meeny, miny, moe," some two-player token collecting games, a mystery of identifying a counterfeit coin, and certain magic card tricks can all be explained by letting go of our usual method of representing the numbers involved. After describing each of the problems, we'll pursue a "choose-your-own-adventure" path to showing how nonstandard numeration systems give rise to interesting solutions to the problems.

Noon
Tome 115
Lunch provided

Monday, February 11th
Marc Renault - Professor of Mathematics, Shippensburg University
"Everything you Wanted to Know About the Fibonacci Sequence"
  (and some things you didn’t want to know)

In 1994 he learned about the Fibonacci sequence in a number theory class, and has been fascinated by it ever since.  This simple sequence of integers 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 12, 21, 34, 89, ... contains a multitude of patterns that have fascinated mathematicians for centuries.   In this talk he’ll introduce the sequence, show some clever proofs for well-known identities, and talk about some recent work concerning the sequence.

3:30pm
Tome 115
Snacks provided

Friday, March 1st
Andrew Marchese - Data Scientist at Plated
"Exploring Data Science Case Studies: An Industry Perspective"

The term Data Science has become ubiquitous and almost every tech company strives to hire a data team. But what sort of problems do these teams solve? In this talk, we will go through several different machine learning models, discuss how they work from a technical point of view, and then explore (and code) a real world case study where these models find use in the context of industry. 

3:30pm
Tome 115
Snacks provided

Tuesday, March 19th
Computer Science Course Information Session

There are a number of changes to the Computer Science major and to the course offerings beginning Fall 2019.  Please attend this information session to learn more about the changes, how they will affect you, and which course you should register for next semester.

4:30pm
Tome 115

Tuesday, March 19th
Mathematics Drop-In Advising Session

Mathematics faculty members and a representative from the Center for Advising, Internships & Lifelong Career Development will be at tables ready to answer your questions about courses, the major and minor, placement, careers, internships, graduate school, research, study abroad, and so on.

4:00pm
Rector Atrium
Refreshments provided

Tuesday, April 2nd
Becky Coutts '03, Director for Instructional Design and PD Resource Development for Computer Science at the College Board
"Beyond the classroom: How Dickinson prepared me for a not-so-traditional career in education"

Becky has had a 15-year career in education, both in and out of the classroom, despite never earning a teaching degree or certification.  Hear about the ways in which Dickinson helped prepare her for this career, as well as the work currently being done at the College Board to increase diversity in computer science throughout the country.  In addition to her own career path, Becky will discuss other careers in education that exist outside the classroom.

3:30pm
Tome 115
Refreshments provided

Monday, April 8th
Uniform Convergence - A One-Woman Play
Written and performed by Corrine Yap

Through the lives of a 19th century Russian mathematician and a present-day Asian-American math professor, this solo piece explores the struggles of two women trying to find their place in a white-male-dominated academic world. Using text, mathematics, movement, and music, the play is an attempt to understand identity and how we communicate who we are.

7:00pm
Althouse 106

Tuesday, April 9th
Corrine Yap
Talk Title

Abstract

Noon
Tome 115
Lunch provided

Monday, April 15th
John Jones '11
"Leveraging Liberal Arts in Your Tech Career"

With constant news of tech companies facilitating the spread of misinformation and automation threatening our future workforce, there's growing backlash around technology that does more harm than good. John Jones (’11) works to find ways technology can do good in the world. He credits Dickinson's liberal arts approach combined with his computer science education for bestowing him with a unique perspective and a broader understanding of how the tools and technologies we all use today shape and impact society. John will talk about his current work at the Case Foundation which includes understanding open source software's role in the philanthropic sector, his career path, and how Dickinson prepared him.

3:30pm
Tome 115
Snacks provided

Tuesday, April 30th
Moyi Tian
Faculty Advisor, Professor RIcheson
"Maypole Braids: An Analysis Using the Annular Braid Group"

Abstract

Noon
Tome 115
Lunch provided

Wednesday, May 1st
Daniel Ngo
Faculty Advisor, Professor Braught
"Self-Adaptive Chaotic Mutation Operators in Evolutionary Computation"

Abstract

11:30am
Tome 115
Lunch provided

Thursday, May 2nd
Mengting Chao
Faculty Advisor, Professor Koss
"Dynamics of a Taylor Series Approximation of a Dixon Elliptic Function"

Abstract

Noon
Tome 117
Lunch provided

Friday, May 3rd
Adam Cogan
Faculty Advisor, Professor Siddiqui
"Empirical Evaluation of Low-Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) for Internet of Things"

Abstract

11:30am
Tome 115
Lunch provided

Wednesday, May 8th
End of Year Mathematics & Computer Science Majors BBQ
Professors will grill hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers.

Noon
Rector Courtyard (Rain Location: Rector Atrium)
Lunch provided