Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics, co-authored a research article, *The commuting graph of the symmetric inverse semigroup*, published in the Israel Journal of Mathematics.

## Konieczny Publishes in the Israel Journal of Mathematics

## Denhere Presents at Joint Mathematics Meetings

Melody Denhere, assistant professor of mathematics, presented her work “*Rank Estimation for the Functional Linear Model*” in a session on Probability and Statistics at the Joint Mathematics Meetings which were held in San Antonio, Texas from Jan. 10 – 13. This work was a collaboration with Huybrechts Bindele from the University of South Alabama.

Earlier, Denhere also attended the 2014 Blackwell-Tapia Conference held in Los Angeles, California from Nov. 14 – 15. The conference and prize honors David Blackwell and Richard Tapia (who won the National Medal of Science in 2010), two seminal figures who inspired a generation of African-American, Native American and Latino/Latina students to pursue careers in mathematics. At the conference, Denhere presented a poster on work she carried out with her student, Victoria Moore, during the summer through the Jepson Summer Science Institute.

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## Konieczny Publishes in Linear Algebra and Its Applications

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics, co-authored a research article, *The largest subsemilattices of the endomorphism monoid of an independence algebra*, published in the journal Linear Algebra and Its Applications.

## Student Abstract Accepted for Pi Mu Epsilon National Council

Senior mathematics student Kimberly Hildebrand’s abstract titled ** Using Independent Bernoulli Random Variables to Model Gender Hiring Practices **has been accepted for presentation at the 2014 National Pi Mu Epsilon Conference from August 6 to 8 in Portland, Ore.

Here is the abstract:

Gender bias is a problem in the workforce at large. In order for society to progress it is important that hiring practices do not use gender as a competitive factor. Hiring practices based on gender can be represented statistically using Bernoulli Random Variables and the Beta and Binomial Distributions. Using the moment generating function (MGF) of the Bernoulli and Binomial Distributions, it is possible to calculate the expected value (mean) and variance for the number of women hires for n positions. The probability generating function (PGF) of a sample size n can be used to find the probability of hiring a specific number of women (X). A computer program was used to run trials to simulate different male/female distributions using recent data on the proportion of women earning a PhD in a variety of disciplines. The simulations were used to represent hiring results for seven faculty positions. Situations where the female proportion is centered at 0.3, 0.5, and 0.7 were studied. Trials that included random proportions of women for each position were run as well. Results revealed that it is actually unusual for employers to hire one or fewer women for seven positions, which could provide evidence of gender bias.

## Janusz Konieczny Publishes in Asian-European Journal of Mathematics

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics, published a research article, *Automorphism groups of endomorphism monoids of free G_sets*, in the Asian-European Journal of Mathematics.

## Janusz Konieczny Publishes in the Journal of Algebra

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics, co-authored a research article, *Conjugation in semigroups*, which was published in the Journal of Algebra.