Focus on Math – Gwen Spencer (Smith College)

Thursday, February 23rd

4:00 pm 1170 TMCB

Everyone Welcome!

Gwen Spencer did her PhD in Operations Research under David Shmoys at Cornell. She comes highly recommended as a mathematician who can speak at the level appropriate for undergraduate students.

Focus in Math

Have you ever been in a math class and asked yourself in a blurt of frustration, “When will I ever use this!?!” If so, your answer is here! BYU Mathematics Department is excited to announce its “Focus-In-Math” speakers for Winter Semester 2017. Professional lecturers with careers in mathematics from across the country will be visiting our school throughout the semester to teach us how they use math. Our three guest speakers this semester are Dr. Gwen Spencer, Dr. Nick Trefethen, and Dr. Robert Bradshaw. This is an extremely beneficial opportunity for anyone going into careers involving math.

Our first speaker, Dr. Gwen Spencer, graduated from Harvey Mudd College with her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, and went on to attain a PhD in Operations Research, as well as Postdoctoral Fellowships in Environmental Studies, Computer Science, and Economics. She is a successful mathematician and specializes in Approximation Algorithms, Stochastic Optimization, and Graph Theory. With her unique background and experience, Dr. Spencer can help us see math from an innovative viewpoint.

Dr. Nick Trefethen is a renowned mathematician with a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, his master’s from Stanford, and a Ph.D. on “Wave Propagation and Stability for finite Difference Schemes.” He has experience working at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Cornell University. He is now an appointed chair at the University of Oxford, and a Fellowship of Balliol College, Oxford. Dr. Trefethen brings with him an extraordinary understanding of mathematics, and we are extremely excited to learn from such a prominent mathematician.

Dr. Robert Bradshaw is one of our very own BYU Alumni! After graduating BYU with double degrees in Mathematics and Linguistics he went on to get his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mathematics from the University of Washington. He has worked the past seven years as a Software Engineer for Google, and after meeting students last year as they toured Google’s Offices in Seattle, BYU invited him to share with students who share the same cougar pride.

Anticipate a powerful lineup of speakers and lectures this semester. Do not forget to mark your calendars:

  • Thursday, February 23 – Dr. Gwen Spencer
  • Thursday, March 23 – Dr. Nick Trefethen
  • Thursday, April 13 – Dr. Robert Bradshaw

Join us for “Focus in Math Lectures” in room 1170 TMCB at 4 PM on the listed dates. See math from a new perspective – Learn the real answers to why and to what depth we use math.

Careers in Math: Pixar Disney

The BYU Math Department proudly welcomes Aleka McAdams from Pixar Disney as a part of BYU’s Careers in Math.

Date: December 8

Time: 4 PM (Refreshments at 3:45)

Place: 1170 TMCB

Join BYU Math after Careers in Math for a Games and Fun in room 111 TMCB

Colloquium: Barry Simon (Cal Tech)

Title: Tales of Our Forefathers

Abstract: This is not a mathematics talk but it is a talk for mathematicians. Too often, we think of historical mathematicians as only names assigned to theorems. With vignettes and anecdotes, I’ll convince you they were also human beings and that, as the Chinese say, “May you live in interesting times” really is a curse.

Time: Nov 14th 4:00-5:00PM 3106 JKB

Annual Math Alumni Tailgate Party

The Math Department is pleased to host the Annual Math Alumni Tailgate Party on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm in room 3222 of the Wilkinson Center. This is a fun event to enjoy a catered dinner together and visit before the Homecoming football game. We hope to see you there! Please RSVP for the event —  https://rsvp.byu.edu/tailgate/ 
 
 
Homecoming Football Game and other events: link to http://homecoming.byu.edu/ 
Be part of the throng of thousands to support the Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium as they face the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Purchase tickets at byutickets.com
Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 8:15 PM

Graduate Open House

Thursday, Sept 29 at 5:30 pm at the Tanner Building in room 251.

All majors welcome and pizza is provided!

Explore Masters & PhD Options.

Meet with Faculty about their research.

Talk to Current Grad Students.

To Be Or Not To Be: Math Major Info Session

Choosing a major is tough.  BYU’s wide variety of options can be a bit overwhelming, and gathering information on each one can feel virtually impossible.

The Math Department wants to do everything possible to make this selection process easier for students.  If you have ever had any interest in mathematics, or maybe you just did really well in a math class, you are invited to attend an info session about the Mathematics degree on Thursday, Sept 22nd at 5:00pm .  The meeting is intended to provide all the basic information you need to know about being a mathematics major or minor.  In addition, there will be a discussion on all the different career options you would have with a degree in mathematics.  A question and answer session after the general presentation will follow.

If a successful future in mathematics is not enough to convince someone to attend the info session, pizza may do the trick.  Free pizza will be provided for all who attend.  So if you have an interest in mathematics, and have friends who also enjoy math and free food, then come and join us!

Math Opening Social

Happy Summer!

Congratulations 2016 Graduates!

Good luck to all of our new Math Department graduates! Following is a schedule of the April 2016 Graduation Ceremonies.
Thursday
3:00 pm Graduates assemble for the academic procession
3:15 pm Family & friends to be seated in the Marriott Center
3:15 pm Academic procession departs from the ASB
4:00 – 5:30 pm University Commencement Services in the Marriott Center
Friday
8:00 am Physical & Mathematical Sciences Convocation. Meet 30 minutes before in the Garden Court of the Wilkinson Student Center. Convocation is in the Wilkinson Ballroom.