April 21, 2018

Mathematics Faculty Participate in Joint Mathematics Meetings

Eight members of the Department of Mathematics presented at the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta in January.  The JMM is the largest mathematics conference in the country, with registrations this year exceeding 6,000 participants.  Highlights of the meeting include:

  • Randall Helmstutler, chair and associate professor, presented the talk “Generalized dihedral groups in non-commutative cryptographic protocols,” based on research conducted with former student Chris Lloyd. Dr. Helmstutler also participated in a day-long workshop for mathematics department chairs.
  • Professor Debra Hydorn presented the talk “Small Teaching” in the MAA session on discrete mathematics in the undergraduate curriculum. Dr. Hydorn also exhibited two pieces in the Mathematical Art Exhibition and participated in several committee meetings.
  • Associate professor Leo Lee gave the presentation “DDM for SPDE” in the AMS contributed paper session on numerical analysis and computer science.
  • Professor Larry Lehman gave two talks on his research in number theory, “A Continued Fraction Algorithm for Quadratic Numbers, Forms, and  Ideals” and “A Formula for the Number of Solutions of an Arbitrary Quadratic Congruence.”
  • Lecturer Jennifer Magee presented the talk “Cryptology for first-year students” in the MAA session on cryptology for undergraduates, providing an overview of the department’s unique FSEM course in the field.
  • Professor Keith Mellinger delivered “The ingredients for a successful liberal arts course in quantitative reasoning,” a talk addressing the department’s innovative approach to a recently developed course offering, Math 120: Quantitative Reasoning for the Sciences.
  • Professor Marie Sheckels presented “Enhancing Quantitative Reasoning and Skills through Exploring Scientific Applications” in the session Innovative Strategies to Inspire and Prepare Potential STEM Majors.
  • Professor Suzanne Sumner gave the talk “Environmental Applications: Introduction to Mathematical Modeling” in the session Meaningful Modeling in the First Two Years of College.

Lee Publishes Research Article in KSIAM

Associate Professor of Mathematics Leo Lee saw the recent publication of his paper “The h x p Finite Element Method for Optimal Control Problems Constrained by Stochastic Elliptic PDEs” in the Journal of the Korean Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.  Dr. Lee presented a talk on the results of this article at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Seattle in January.

Leo Lee Active on Sabbatical in Korea

During his semester sabbatical leave, Associate Professor of Mathematics Leo Lee has served as visiting professor at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea, teaching courses in computational and applied mathematics for both undergraduate and graduate students.  Dr. Lee has also given several research talks on stochastic partial differential equations at Yonsei University and Sogang University and recently published the paper “An Optimization Based Domain Decomposition Method for PDEs with Random Inputs” in the journal Computers & Mathematics with Applications.  In addition, Dr. Lee has served as the symposium chair for mathematics and statistics for the US-Korea Conference 2015.

Leo Lee Presents at Joint Mathematics Meetings

Professor  Jangwoon “Leo” Lee presented his latest research at the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings in January, held this year in Baltimore.   Dr. Lee’s talk was titled “An Optimization Based Domain Decomposition Method for PDEs with Random Inputs.”

Mathematics Students Present at Joint Mathematics Meetings, Lawhorne Earns Recognition

In January three mathematics majors presented their research at the annual AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, Md., which is the largest mathematics conference in the world. Kim Hildebrand presented “Using Independent Bernoulli Random Variables to Model Gender Hiring Practices” (advisor:  Dr. Debra Hydorn), Casey Howren presented “A Numerical Analysis of the SIR Model for Modeling Epidemics” (advisor:  Dr. Leo Lee), and Dane Lawhorne presented “The Fundamental Groups of the Digital Line and Circles” (advisor:  Dr. Randall Helmstutler). The students presented as part of the MAA’s undergraduate student poster session, and Dane Lawhorne was given special recognition as an outstanding presenter in the session.

Leo Lee Presents at US-Korea Conference

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Jangwoon “Leo” Lee, recently presented “Domain Decomposition Methods for Solving Stochastic PDEs” at the annual US-Korea Conference (UKC 2013) in New Jersey.  In addition to attending many research talks at the conference, Dr. Lee chaired an applied mathematics session.

Leo Lee Presents Research at Regional Conference

Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Jangwoon “Leo” Lee, traveled to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, last weekend to deliver an invited talk at the Spring Central Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society. His talk was titled Discretization of Stochastic Optimal Control Problems by the h x p Version of the Stochastic Galerkin FEM.

Leo Lee Presents Research in Korea

Lee, Leo10Jangwoon “Leo” Lee traveled to Korea over the holiday break to deliver an invited talk at Ajou University.  The talk was titled “Distributed Optimal Control Problems for SPDE by the h x p Version of the SGFEM.”  This international trip was fully supported by the host institution.

Mathematics Students Present at JMU

Three UMW mathematics majors, Morgan Brown, Peter Slattery, and Andrew Cole, traveled to the Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics conference – SUMS at JMU on Saturday, Sept. 29. The students presented their work completed under the direction of Dr. Leo Lee.  Morgan gave a talk “How to Win Every Time” and Peter presented his poster “The Wave Equation in One Dimension”.

Leo Lee Presents in California

In early August, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Jangwoon “Leo” Lee presented “The h-p Version of Stochastic Galerkin FEM for Stochastic Optimal Control Problems” at the US-Korea Conference 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif.